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Why We Live Here

“Priest Lake Boat Launch” JOANIE CHRISTIAN PHOTO

Cover Contest Winner MEGAN KENNEDY A native Californian, Megan Kennedy’s love for the Inland Northwest took root as a student at WSU. Since then, her appreciation for this region has only deepened as she’s traveled the Northwest capturing the stories of local entrepreneurs, clients and couples as a professional photographer and videographer. “We try to live with an adventurous spirit and tend to connect with people who share that love of nature,” explains Kennedy, who co-founded Rogue Heart Media with her husband, Rob. “On a lot of our shoots, we find ourselves in really beautiful spaces. From our perspective, the diversity of the terrain is amazing — that we can go out on an engagement shoot and be in an urban setting, and in 10 minutes drive to find high grasses, or be on the river, makes this area truly like no place else.” This winning image was captured at Spokane’s High Bridge Park, as part of an engagement shoot for Khalid and Sara Beznaigvia.

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For the past 14 years, we’ve filled the pages of the Inlander’s Annual Manual with the people and places that make the Inland Northwest unique. We’ve documented trends from the Farm Chick revolution to cupcakes and cold brew. We’ve written about running clubs with a love of craft beer and “random acts of debauchery” and rabble-rousers challenging the status quo. And this year is no different. Once again we’ve pulled together lists of hiking clubs and art galleries, urban wineries and ziplines. We hope that our shopping section will introduce you to your new favorite local boutique, and our list of romantic restaurants helps you plan your next anniversary. This year, we also asked you a question: We asked you why you live here, and asked you to answer with photos. Hundreds of images were submitted, and here’s what you said: You love the four seasons of the Inland Northwest — seeing the larch trees turn a brilliant gold amidst a sea of green conifers in the fall and witnessing a rosy alpenglow after a fresh snowfall. You appreciate the diversity of our region — the wheat fields of the Palouse, the wetlands, the mountain peaks and our urban skyline. Our lakes — Loon, Coeur d’Alene, Priest — clearly you enjoy them all (preferably on a kayak, it would seem) and relish the opportunity to spy moose taking muddy baths, eagles catching their prey, and beavers, osprey and deer in their natural habitats. You love vintage cars and Spokane institutions like the Garland Theater, and the fact that a river cuts through the heart of downtown. We’re so glad we asked. — TAMARA McGREGOR, Annual Manual editor




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ANNUAL REPORT Our annual update on the cornerstones of our community: transportation, employment, housing and health care. (PAGE 19) EDUCATION Coverage that spans from kindergarten to law school. (PAGE 39) 3 FOOD Sushi, pizza, burgers, gastropubs, bakeries and more; turn to these pages to plan your next meal out. (PAGE 57) 4 DRINK The complete guide to drinking your way through the Inland Northwest. (PAGE 95) 5 NIGHTLIFE Dance clubs. Karaoke. Pubs. Clubs. Bars. (PAGE 113) 6 SHOPPING From Farm Chick chic to urban boutique, this is the region’s most comprehensive guide to local shops. (PAGE 133) 7 RECREATION Outdoor adventures for every season. (PAGE 175) 8 ARTS Our breakdown of the 2016-17 Inland Northwest arts season. (PAGE 205) 1 2

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Explore summer fun with our river recreation maps. Boating, swimming, fishing, camping…our region offers lots of outdoor recreation. That includes along the rivers and reservoirs where Avista operates hydropower dams. It’s why we’re committed to protecting and enhancing these waterways for everyone to enjoy. But remember: please play it safe above and below dams and always obey posted warning and closure signs. To find recreation access sites and public facilities, visit

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Fit. Cozy. Livable. Delicious. That’s how outsiders are now defining Spokane in their ever-popular city rankings

#3 AMERICA’S FITTEST CITIES: FITBIT, 2016 Fitbit ranks America’s cities each year based on data from more than 10 million users, including average steps, calories burned, daily active minutes, resting heart rate and sleep duration. Spokane’s high overall ranking was definitely aided by its first-place finish in the “Cities that Sleep the Most” category, but we’ll take it. You snooze, you win! #7 MOST EFFICIENT U.S. AIRPORTS: SMARTASSET, 2015 SmartAsset analyzed the 100 largest U.S. airports (by volume) using six metrics, including average arrival/ departure delay and taxi times, for the more than 5.85 million flights that took to the skies in 2015. Spokane International’s overall efficiency is high, which may be why we can show up for flights a mere hour in advance and still have time for a coffee.

#3 BEST CITIES FOR WORKING STUDENTS: SMARTASSET, 2016 SmartAsset considered local minimum wage, unemployment rates and quality/cost of higher education in 227 U.S. cities with a four-year university to determine where students could most effectively use work to pay for their education. Spokane placed third, behind Rapid City, South Dakota, and Seattle.

#8 BEST CITIES FOR WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES: WALLETHUB, 2016 It’s good to know that Spokane has fully embraced the 21st century. The 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas were analyzed across 10 metrics that indicate overall business climate for women, and the stats show that Spokane is welcoming female entrepreneurship with open arms.

#5 TOP 20 PLACES TO SETTLE DOWN: LEAFFILTER REVIEWS, 2015 This study considered population, median household income and median home values, but LeafFilter was particularly impressed with Spokane’s outdoor exploration opportunities, its city pride and its continuous effort to beautify its neighborhoods.

#8 COZIEST CITIES IN AMERICA: HONEYWELL, 2016 We’re pretty sure the folks at Honeywell conducted this study as an excuse to visit some of the most charming places in America, but we’re not judging. They basically investigated the number of “warm and fuzzy” places in each city, like coffee shops, bed-and-breakfasts, bookstores and bakeries. Spokane made the ranks with its combo of decent snow and a slew of coffee shops. SIX GREAT SMALL CITIES FOR FOOD LOVERS: WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2015 People are finally realizing that they don’t have to go to New York or L.A. for delicious, innovative food. In 2015, the Wall Street Journal recognized Spokane’s thriving dining scene, citing Durkin’s Liquor Bar, Italia Trattoria, the Wandering Table, Casper Fry, Santé and Mizuna as culinary standouts. ALL-AMERICA CITY: NATIONAL CIVIC LEAGUE, 2015 Spokane has been named an All-America City for the third time in 41 years, this time for its efforts for boost high school graduation rates. The annual award recognizes civic innovation to tackle pressing local issues. Since 2010, Spokane Public Schools has raised its on-time graduation rate from 60 to 83 percent.

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Helpful numbers to have on hand Sure, you know to call 9-1-1 for emergencies and your mom for everything else. But just in case Mom doesn’t know who to call to report a pothole or a lost pup, we’ve got you covered. TO REPORT A THEFT

Spokane County Crime Check 456-2233 Kootenai County Non-Emergency 208-446-1850


Spokane 755-CITY Coeur d’Alene Police Department 208-769-2320

TO FIND OUT WHEN YOUR STREET WILL BE PLOWED Spokane Snow Hotline 625-7737, 755-CITY Coeur d’Alene Snow Line 208-769-2233


FOR DOMESTIC ANIMAL CRUELTY, ANIMALS ABANDONED IN HOT VEHICLES, OR DANGEROUS DOGS SCRAPS Emergency Line 477-2533 FOR WILDLIFE Mount Spokane Veterinary Hospital 238-1585 Ponti Veterinary Hospital 922-7465 Idaho Animals In Distress Association Hotline 208-367-1026


Spokane Street Department 625-7733 Coeur d’Alene Street Department 208-769-2235

TO FILE A CLAIM AFTER YOUR CAR HAS BEEN DAMAGED BY A POTHOLE Spokane County 24-Hour Pothole Hotline 477-2547

TO REPORT ROADKILL Washington State Highways 324-6000 Spokane County 477-3600 City of Spokane 755-2489 Dead Domestic Animals SCRAPS 477-2532 Idaho Roads 208-769-1414



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SCRAPS Lost Pet Hotline 477-8100 Spokane Humane Society 467-5235 City of Coeur d’Alene Animal Control 208-769-2320 Kootenai County 208-446-1300 Post Falls Animal Safety 208-773-3517

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Spokane Parks and Recreation 625-6746 Coeur d’Alene Parks 208-769-2252


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Big City Living

Can Spokane embrace a national trend and make downtown a desirable place to live? BY MIKE BOOKEY

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an Spalding remembers the old days of downtown Spokane. Well, not the old days, necessarily, but about 20 years ago, when he first moved to his apartment in the building he owns on Main Avenue on the east side of downtown. Once the downtown work crowd vacated on a weekday, the city was largely “left to the wolves,” recalls Spalding, a local renaissance man known in the community as a visual artist and real estate developer, among other designations. These days, he doesn’t even get a sideways look when he tells people he lives downtown. Spalding, who owns six buildings in the downtown area, including residential units, says that having a contingent of people actually living in the city’s core is vital to solidifying the ongoing and slow-burning process of propping up downtown Spokane. “I feel like I’ve been preaching this for years, but I’m never sure who’s listening. Just having the presence of residents downtown and visible makes an enormous difference. It gives a sense of pride of ownership,” says Spalding. According to the Downtown Spokane Partnership, a nonprofit organization that has advocated for the area since 1995, there are roughly 2,200 housing units in downtown. DSP estimates the addition of about 300 units per year for the next decade. Developers and local government representatives are realizing the economic and cultural possibility that could result from an increased residential presence at the core of Spokane. They’re hoping that a national trend of people and businesses gravitating toward downtown areas also is reflected in Spokane, giving a spark to an area that has long attempted to escape a downtrodden and dilapidated reputation. The idea of people moving to a more condensed and urban area is hardly unique to Spokane. “In the 51 largest metropolitan areas [in the U.S.], college-educated 25-to-34-yearolds are more than twice as likely than all residents of metro areas to live in close-in urban neighborhoods,” writes economist Joe Cortright in a 2014 study for City Observatory, a think tank that investigates the factors contributing to the success of American cities. Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart, who has advocated for downtown housing, including affordable housing, during his council tenure, recently made a push for the city to do what it can to help someone turn the vacated Macy’s building into a mix of residential units and street-level retail. Stuckart says that if the city is going to offer


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incentives to developers, they need to do it downtown. He has mentioned a specific tax increment financing district for downtown to help bring more development. “The question is how much intervention can the city do. Can we offer more incentives?” says Stuckart. “If we’re investing in incentives, it’s got to be downtown, because density builds your tax base.” A key piece to creating a downtown housing movement is the Ridpath Hotel, now going on eight years of dormancy and fallen far from its days as a beloved downtown Spokane institution. There have been many false starts in the promise to bring back the building, the sign of which still illuminates the Spokane skyline, but nothing has materialized yet. Spokane developer Ron Wells has long been part of this twisted ownership puzzle of the building, which was sold piecemeal in 2008. Wells still hopes to turn the building into 200 apartment units, many of which would be designated as affordable housing. Wells has support on his side in the city council, which pledged last month to make Wells’ company eligible for $1.75 million in federal housing loans, a deal a hotel project normally wouldn’t be eligible for. In addition to the possibility of the Ridpath, there are other projects in the works. Spalding says he hopes to announce a project of about 16 units in a new from-the-ground-up building sometime soon. Recently, it was announced that several floors of the former Spokane Chronicle building would be developed into apartments. There are other plans for the inclusion of apartments and condos in mixed-use remodels throughout downtown, as well as other housing units under construction just outside of downtown proper — near Gonzaga, in the Kendall Yards development, near the Spokane County Courthouse and elsewhere. For longtime downtown advocates like Spalding, there’s a feeling that now is the time to make this push for the center of the city. “So many things hinge on that residential element,” he says. “If there’s not a minimum amount of people living down here, the other hopes for downtown don’t fly.”

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CENTRAL PLANNING Years ago, the Spokane Transit Authority was dreaming of a trolley stretching through downtown. Now, the plan has been given a high-tech upgrade: Instead of a trolley, the Spokane Transit Authority is gunning for a “Central City Line” — a high-frequency electric bus, using inductive/conductive charging stations — stretching from Browne’s Addition to Spokane Community College. The challenge: Last year, voters oh-so-narrowly rejected a 3/10ths of a percent tax increase to pay for a big transit package including the Central City Line. But this November, STA’s going to the voters once again, with the exact same list of projects. Thanks to more state and federal funding, a better economy, and some rejiggered revenue assumptions, however, STA’s able to sell the same stuff for a lower price. Initially, in April 2017, taxpayers would only need to pay for a 1/10ths of a percent sales tax increase. Starting in April 2019, however,that would raise to 2/10ths of a percent. “We’ve found a way to deliver everything that the community wants, at a third less cost,” says STA board president Al French. — DANIEL WALTERS



Number of votes the previous STA measure failed by last year.


Amount of voters who cited the Central City Line as one of the reasons they opposed it. The vast majority of the opposition cited taxes as the reason they opposed it instead.


The prospect of a North-South Freeway has been dancing through Spokanite minds for 70 years. And with the North Spokane Corridor project finally fully funded, thanks to a boost from the legislature’s transportation budget last year, the freeway continues to be under-construction. But the originally route has been complicated by what amounts to an environmental booby trap: A massive plume of oil seven acres wide, deep beneath the soil directly in their route. It made it practically impossible to build directly on the site. Instead, the Washington State Department of Transportation has proposed the route be pushed west, behind the Market St. Business district. But this proposal has seriously worried the business community in the Hillyard neighborhood, who have visions of a Market Street under the shadow of a freeway, constantly rattled by passing semi-trucks. It “would basically destroy this business district,” warns Richard Burris of the Greater Hillyard Business Association. But Al Gilson, the Public Information Officer of eastern region of the Washington State Department of Transportation says that worries about plans for a massive Seattle-style viaduct behind Market Street are misplaced. Instead, he says, the preliminary proposal, as of June, called for the highway to rise up in only in two sections, just enough to clear the railroad tracks. — DANIEL WALTERS


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Amount STA would pay to construct the Central City Line. While the construction cost of the line is $72 million, STA says it will be able to pay for that entirely through state and federal funding. Approximate amount STA will have to pay annually to operate the Central City Line. While the more-frequent service of the line will make it more expensive than a regular bus route, using an electric bus will actually be less expensive to operate than a regular diesel bus, according to STA.

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On Washington roadways in 2014: The HIGHEST number of crashes occurred on FRIDAYS. The LOWEST number of crashes occurred on SUNDAYS. The MOST crashes occurred from 5:00 P.M. – 5:59 P.M. The LEAST amount of crashes occurred from 3:00 A.M. - 3:59 A.M. The MOST crashes occurred in OCTOBER (343 per day). The LEAST amount of crashes occurred in MARCH (263 per day). INATTENTION/DISTRACTION was the most frequent contributing circumstance among all collisions. SOURCE: CLAS (WSDOT), FARS (WTSC), DOL AND AOC.

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Room for I Growth What’s behind the expansion of medical facilities in Spokane and Kootenai counties? BY JAKE THOMAS

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t’s no accident that area hospitals are adding new buildings, hiring staff or upgrading facilities. “We are the largest health center between Seattle and Minneapolis,” says Todd Mielke, CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated, the region’s economic development agency and chamber of commerce. With the baby boomer generation aging and more people with access to health care as a result of the Affordable Care Act, Mielke says there’s greater demand for medical services, and providers will need bigger and better facilities. He also says the health care industry is bracing for a significant shortage of workers. The region, says Mielke, is poised to capitalize on that growth under GSI’s Vision 2030 project. Anne Marie Axworthy, project manager, says it’s based on a 2010 study that found if Spokane and the region could create a “critical mass” of medical and life science education, it could result in 9,000 jobs and have a $1.7 billion annual economic impact over a 20-year period. Having more medical education, such as Washington State University’s new Spokane-based medical school, will bring in new sectors, such as pharmaceuticals, attracted to research conducted at these institutions, she says.

In the meantime, expect construction around hospitals.

Rockwood Health System

Earlier this year, Deaconess Hospital opened its first freestanding, 24-hour emergency department on North Division Street. It has 15 private patient rooms with radiology and lab services on-site, as well as emergency physicians, nurses and other staff. However, it has no overnight facilities. Over the summer, Rockwood Health System opened its Integrated Sports Medicine practice on the South Hill, offering athletes and returning soldiers physical therapy and injury treatment. One unique feature of the clinic is its anti-gravity treadmill, a device that “unweights” its user by encasing their lower body in pressurized air. Out in the Valley, Deaconess opened an outpatient surgery center for orthopedics and obstetrics, as well as ear, nose and throat specialties.

Providence Health Care

Providence, working with Fairfax Behavioral Health, currently is building a 100-bed psychiatric hospital. Construction on the $34 million, three-story facility will begin this fall; it will begin taking patients in June 2018.

Providing Guidance, Clarity and Security. WSU hopes to admit the first class of its Spokane medical school in 2017. The new hospital will be located at Providence’s Children’s Hospital campus on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Browne Street. The existing building, originally constructed in 1954, will be razed to make way for the new facility. According to Providence spokeswoman Jennifer Semenza, more staff will be hired for the facility. However, exact numbers haven’t been determined.

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Kootenai Health

Earlier this year, Kootenai Health began work on a $10.5 million, two-story, 22,000-square-foot expansion project at its Post Falls campus. It’s expected to be complete in December 2016, and is designed to allow for better patient drop-off. The expansion will give its current 108 physicians more elbow room and allow the facility to offer treatments in family and internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, with more room for lab work and heart clinics. Kootenai Health is also expanding its emergency department, which will add 7,000 square feet of new space, increasing capacity to 36 rooms and allowing it to serve at least 55,000 patients annually. It’ll also have a new lobby, entrance and ambulance bays.

Medical education

All these new facilities will need doctors. Earlier this year, the University of Washington announced a partnership with Gonzaga University that will result in a record 60 medical students beginning their education in Spokane this fall. Another 40 second-year students will study at the campus. Meanwhile, Washington State University is working toward opening its medical school in Spokane. It could have it accreditation by this fall, and its first class could be admitted by 2017.

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deaths from an unintentional injury

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Spokane has a percentage of smokers higher than the rest of the state, and it’s particularly problematic when it comes to expecting moms, says Cindy Green, program manager for the Spokane Regional Health District. According to 2013 numbers from the SRHD, the most recent available, the maternal smoking rate in Spokane is 15.3 percent, higher than the 9 percent for Washington state. Green says that while reasons for the percentage of women smokers may be inconclusive, the data shows that women on Medicaid are more likely to smoke during pregnancy. Adult smoking, overall, is nearly 19 percent in Spokane County, also higher than the state average of 16 percent. “Since tobacco is still the leading cause of death in our community, we’d still like this to be lower,” she says. Green also says that Spokane has a higher rate of unvaccinated children than the rest of the state. Between 2009 and 2013, according to SRHD numbers, Spokane saw a significant increase in diseases that could have been prevented with vaccines. Over this time period, the number of people with vaccine-preventable diseases rose from 4 per 100,000 population to 13 per 100,000. There also was an outbreak of pertussis, a highly contagious disease also known as “whooping cough.” — JAKE THOMAS

deaths from Alzheimer’s disease

deaths from a stroke

125 deaths from diabetes 90

deaths from suicide


deaths from infections/parasitic diseases


deaths from chronic liver disease/cirrhosis


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HEALTH CARE HONORS Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center has been recognized by Healthgrades as being in the top 5 percent of 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its clinical performance. The hospital also has been recognized for its stroke care, critical care, pulmonary services and neurosurgery. Deaconess Hospital also has received various recognitions for bariatric surgery, cardiac care, knee and hip replacement and spine surgery. Kootenai Health was designated one of America’s 50 best hospitals for cardiac surgery. — JAKE THOMAS




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WAGE COMPARISON Annual salary (full-time, 40-hour week) in Spokane County compared to other counties throughout the state, 2015




Top five occupations with the most job postings in Spokane and statewide, according to 2016 data Spokane County Washington state Registered nurses (545 jobs posted online) Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (269) Retail salesperson (186) Customer service representatives (153) Food preparation supervisors (137)

Registered nurses (7,533 jobs posted online) Software developers (5,139) Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (4,247) Computer occupations (3,820) Retail salesperson (3,203)

Top five skills with the most job postings in Spokane and statewide Spokane County

Quality assurance (420) Critical care (359) Behaviorial health (332) Pediatrics (269) Technical support (244)

Washington state

Quality assurance (10,868) Java (9,696) Structured query language (9,099) Linux (6,330) C/C++ (computer programming) (6,048)


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What do chickens, electrical engineering and an online retailer have in common? Nothing, except that they describe three of the fastest-growing companies in the Inland Northwest.

Zaycon Fresh

A poultry-selling startup that’s taken a page out of same playbook as Airbnb and Uber. Subtract the huge warehouse and massive inventory; Zaycon’s model of delivering chicken right to your door has expanded into a $17 million business since it launched in 2010.

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Already the largest private employer in Whitman County, the electrical power engineering giant plans to open a 200,000-square-foot facility in Pullman, adding about 850 jobs during the coming year.

Etailz Inc

The only Spokane-based company on Inc.’s top 5,000 fastest-growing companies in 2015, this is an e-commerce and technology business that also operates three brick-and-mortar shops. It ranks No. 625 on Inc.’s list and has seen 732 percent three-year-growth. — MITCH RYALS


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Buder Haven low-income housing in downtown Spokane.


The local sellers’ real estate market is booming, with homes selling as soon as they hit the market, and going for full, and at times more than asking price. But over the mountains in the Seattle area there’s a valley, some local agents say. Some are concerned the bubble could burst. Advice from local real estate agents: if you think you’re going to buy and then sell in two or three years, it’s better to rent. Don’t let emotion — the idea that if you don’t buy now, you’ll never be able to afford anything — guide your decision. • From 2014 to 2015, the market saw an 18 percent jump in sales. • In that same time, the median price of a home in the Spokane area jumped from $168,000 to $179,900, a 7 percent increase (compare that to the statewide median home price: $289,400). • From 2015 to the first quarter of 2016, median home prices continued to grow at 7 percent. • Prices across the state have surpassed pre-recession levels for the first time. • Spokane and King counties had the largest inventory at the end of the first quarter of 2016 at 1,898 and 2,162 respectively. But, those numbers represent approximately 20 percent decreases from the previous quarter. — MITCH RYALS


LOW INCOME HOUSING IN SPOKANE COUNTY Spokane County is poised to see four low-income housing buildings completed by the end of 2016 for a total of 352 units, thanks in part to funding from the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. Three additional structures are fully funded as well, but construction has not yet started. The four projects already underway are located at: • 201 E. 2nd Ave. “Buder Haven” • 217 E. 2nd Ave. “The Marilee” • 315 W. Mission Ave. “West 315” • Palouse Hwy and Regal “Palouse Trails Apts.” Even with the three additional buildings, which will add another 135 units, executive director of the Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium, Kay Murano, says it’s not enough. She points to the 867 homeless youth in grades K-12 throughout Spokane Valley school districts. “That represents 313 families,” she says. “That is a huge number.” Murano adds that state investments in the Housing Trust Fund has dropped from a high of $200 million during the 2007-2009 biennium to $75 million for 2015-2017. In Spokane County, applications to take advantage of the Housing Trust fund totaled more than $156 million, which means less than half of the funds needed for proposed projects were available. — MITCH RYALS

For those looking to rent an apartment, options are limited. Units are snatched up within days, and sometimes hours, and the vacancy rate is nearing a historic low.

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Signature Moves What our local pols are known for


DAVID CONDON Mayor of Spokane

We voted for them (or enough of our friends and family did). But what do the Inland Northwest’s movers or shakers actually move and shake? We’ve selected a handful of the politicians representing the region and dove into the issues they’ve fought for the hardest.


Spokane City Councilman and a well-known civil rights attorney

REPUTATION: The first mayor in Spokane to be re-elected in 42 years, and by a landslide. But the first half of the year after his re-election was marred by a long-running controversy involving the ousting of his former police chief.

REPUTATION: Ideologically, he’s liberal. But instead of staking out a classic liberal position and fighting stubbornly, Beggs will, more likely than not, attempt to find a clever “third way” option in order to satisfy everyone’s goals.

SIGNATURE ISSUE: Streamlining the city’s work with businesses Condon calls it “rolling out the red carpet, not the red tape.” Bureaucracy can be a hard beast to budge, but in his first term the mayor received widespread praise for his efforts to streamline the permitting process. Not only did he centralize “customer service” for businesses into a one-stop shop, his team quickly cut the average permit time almost in half, to about 30 days.

SIGNATURE ISSUE: Criminal justice reform Beggs has been an advocate of criminal justice reform for more than a decade. He was instrumental in pushing for an ombudsman to oversee the Spokane Police Department, and has continued to try to figure out a way to give the ombudsman more independent authority. Now, as a way to solve the region’s property crime epidemic, he’s been pushing a proposal to send fewer offenders to prison, keep more on house arrest, and use the resulting savings to fund treatment.



Spokane City Council President REPUTATION: Stuckart is hard-charging when he has a goal in mind, but willing to compromise when he feels it’s necessary. Last year, the liberal council president even got the endorsement of the famously conservative Spokane Home Builders Association. SIGNATURE ISSUE: Mandatory sick leave Other local business lobbying groups weren’t happy this year when Stuckart pushed through a policy mandating that nearly all businesses offer several days of paid sick leave to their employees. But Stuckart points out that the sick leave mandate was an in-depth, yearlong process that included reaching out to literally hundreds of businesses. “We talk about things like homelessness in Spokane. We talk about domestic violence,” Stuckart says. “When people can’t take leave for domestic violence or for being sick, that’s one of the things that leads to loss of homes and loss of jobs.”

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Spokane City Councilwoman REPUTATION: She’s been widely praised for her responsiveness to her constituents’ concerns. Her critics, however, accuse of her holding grudges and retaliating against those who cross her. SIGNATURE ISSUE: Protecting civil service Before she was appointed councilwoman, Stratton worked for two mayors. Since then, she’s become Condon’s most vocal critic regarding what she sees as a whittling away of the city’s civil service system. Civil service jobs require passing multiple-choice tests and have union protections from termination. As the mayor has replaced civil service jobs with directly appointed positions exempt from civil service, Stratton has pushed back. In June, for example, she introduced an ordinance to require the mayor to justify the creation of exempt positions.




REPUTATION: The native Puerto Rican has become one of the leaders of the right-wing Freedom Caucus, the bane of both the left and anyone on the right looking for compromise.

REPUTATION: There’s the Michael Baumgartner who’s willing to make deals — agreeing to raise the gas tax in order to bring big transportation projects to Spokane. And then there’s the Michael Baumgartner who loves to troll liberals on Twitter.

REPUTATION: The tenacious French can be a bit of bulldozer when he has a goal in mind. This can be a good thing if you’re on his side. Less so if you’re standing in his way.

Republican Idaho congressman

SIGNATURE ISSUE: Sentencing reform Even as the national partisan divide has sharpened, many on the right have quietly been moving away from their “tough on crime” rhetoric and toward a new way of looking at criminal justice. Last year, Labrador joined with Democratic Rep. John Conyers to push a bill promising that serial offenders would still get tough punishment, but would reduce sentences “for those worthy of a second chance.” “As a conservative, I am troubled by the fact that with 5 percent of the world’s population, the U.S. incarcerates 25 percent of the world’s inmates,” Labrador said in a statement.

Republican State Senator

Spokane County Commissioner, Chair of the Spokane Transit Authority board

SIGNATURE ISSUE: Higher education Baumgartner is quick to lob barbs and bon mots at the Washington State Supreme Court for ordering the Legislature to dump more funding into basic education, but he’s been equally passionate about investing more into higher education. Baumgartner was at the forefront of the fight to allow Washington State University to bring Spokane its own medical medical school. He was also instrumental in making Washington state proudly defiant amid the trend of rising education costs: The state didn’t just freeze tuition, it decreased it.

SIGNATURE ISSUE: Public transit From West Plains’ aerospace development to the county’s land-use policy, the Republican county commissioner has plenty of signature issues to choose from. But the one he’s the most proud of is an unusual one for a Republican: His advocacy for public transit. He won the American Public Transportation Association’s 2008 “Outstanding Board Member of the Year” award for his work with the Spokane Transit Authority. As STA pushes a new tax hike to pay for more transit service, French remains a fervent advocate, arguing that if Spokane wants to stop millennials from leaving, it needs a better bus system.



Washington’s senior Democratic U.S. Senator


Spokane County Sheriff REPUTATION: The tell-it-like-he-sees-it sheriff has a reputation for spitting fire at anyone who he considers a liar, and anyone who questions his integrity.

REPUTATION: Pretty darn liberal. Murray has been a vocal advocate for issues like abortion rights and equal pay for women.

REPUTATION: The tough-as-nails, tough-on-crime prosecutor has shifted Spokane County toward a much more hard-line strategy. That means fewer deals and plea bargains and more cases going to trial.

SIGNATURE ISSUE: Anti-extremism More than any other local politician, Knezovich is prone to unleashing invective at extreme elements of his own party. He’s delivered his “The Threats We Face: The Myth of Police Militarization” presentation on multiple occasions, taking aim at those on both the left and the right who see the police as a threat. While his presentations have earned critiques from those who say he downplays the impact of military-style police equipment, he looked downright prescient this year when armed right-wing extremists occupied a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon.

SIGNATURE ISSUE: Old-fashioned political compromise “Compromise” might be a dirty word among partisans these days. It might even seem impossible. But Murray has shown that it can be done. Two years ago, she sat down with the future Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan — about as ideologically different from her as they come — and hammered out a budget deal. Last year, she managed another impossibility, working with Republicans to cobble together a replacement to the obsolete “No Child Left Behind” law, handing more control of education policy back to states and local districts.

Spokane County Prosecutor

SIGNATURE ISSUE: Cracking down on repeat offenders In a county that’s seen its sky-high property crime rate driven by the same people, again and again, Haskell has responded by issuing a mandate to his staff. For most repeat offenders, Haskell’s prosecutors take a hard line. They always ask for longer-than-usual sentences. Under Haskell’s regime, the policy is clear: Steal more, spend more time behind bars.



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Looking Forward New WSU President Kirk Schulz has high aspirations for the university’s future BY WILSON CRISCIONE


hen it comes to leading a university, the most important aspect is building relationships, says new Washington State University President Kirk Schulz. But following the death of WSU President Elson Floyd in 2015, and the university having no president at the helm for nearly a full year, Schulz says there’s some work to do on that front. “I think we’ve got some relationship-building to do with the local community,” he says. Schulz came to WSU from Kansas State University, where he was president for seven years. Since his college days, he notes, the pressures of being a university president have changed. Presidents spend fewer years at universities, yet have more pressure to raise money, he says. He was attracted to WSU for three main reasons: The chance to build the second publicly funded medical school in Washington, called the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine; the university’s academic excellence; and the opportunity to work in a state that’s committed to affordable education. But as Schulz started at his new job in mid-June 2016, he immediately had some thoughts about what the university needs to change. Mainly, it needs to adjust its spending habits.

“We have been spending more money annually over the past couple of years than has been brought in, which is simply not sustainable,” Schulz wrote in an open letter to the campus community. He says the university will reinstitute a formalized budget development process. He’s also urged that the school build no buildings without a comprehensive funding plan in place, and that no new items are brought to the Board of Regents without a “robust financial analysis.” Finally, the

“I have no desire to serve an additional presidency beyond Washington State.” athletic department will need to reduce its annual deficit. Schulz says people misunderstood his message when these plans were announced. He was not trying to communicate that the university was in trouble, only that it will be more careful in its financial planning. “We are still going to be aggressive about

Kirk Schulz says of WSU: “We have been spending more money annually over the past couple of years than has been brought in.”

moving the institution forward,” he says. “But we will not have steelwork coming for a new facility if we have not identified every single dollar, and how we’re going to do that.” Schulz says another goal is for WSU — already a top-tier research institution — to become a top 25 public research university in the nation by 2030. He’s also looking forward to recruiting the first class of future physicians who will attend the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in 2017. “My hope is when we have that first graduating class of medical students from Elson Floyd’s School of Medicine, that he would say, ‘This is what my vision is for medical education in Washington state,’” Schulz says. While Schulz has lofty goals for the university, he’s says he’s excited to get started and continue to build relationships with the WSU community. He insists he’s here to stay. “I have no desire to serve an additional presidency beyond Washington State,” he says. “I think if you ever reach a point where you can’t put 100 percent energy into the job 24/7, then you should do something else.”





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Connected in Combat

Why a Gonzaga assistant professor says social media has changed everyday life for soldiers BY WILSON CRISCIONE


s Lisa Silvestri started researching how American troops use social media, it didn’t take long before she realized that like almost everyone else, they enjoyed using Facebook. She talked to one soldier, a driver of armed trucks for the Marine Corps in Afghanistan, who was excited because he thought social media would let him talk to his family and friends and make him feel a little less homesick. But that soldier soon got tired of social media. He wanted to focus on where he was at the moment — a war zone — so he could get back home safely. He started using Facebook less, but that caused his family and friends to wonder why he was ignoring them. His girlfriend of three years broke up with him. In Afghanistan, he had to worry about problems back home. He felt like he had “one foot over there and one foot here.” Silvestri, in her 2015 book Friended at the Front: Social Media in the American War Zone, writes that this kind of experience is not unique for modern-day troops. Currently an assistant professor in the communication studies department at Gonzaga University, Silvestri spent years interviewing troops fresh from deployment, starting in 2010. What she found is that soldiers use social media similar to the way it’s used at home, but that can have a different impact in the context of a war zone. Because of social media, she says, the bounds between war and everyday life are blurring, marking “a revolutionary change in how we once imagined combat deployment.” “I thought [soldiers] being connected would be a good thing,” Silvestri says. “But it’s not. It produces the same headaches that I think a lot of us have here. Only it’s more exacerbated. … Not only are they in physical danger, but ideologically they are removed from our concerns and what we’re interested in.” ILLUSTRATIONS BY JEFF DREW

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Super Bugs

Bedbugs are back, and this time they’re nearly invincible in the face of modern pesticides BY DANIEL WALTERS


e thought we’d beaten bedbugs. After World War II, they had been almost eliminated thanks to the powerful pesticide DDT. But in the past three decades, bedbugs have started to return, resistant to the chemicals that reliably killed almost all of them a half-century ago. For the past nine years, Rose Zhu, an entomology professor at WSU, has been trying to figure out exactly which traits allow bedbugs to shrug off what once killed them. Using insect forceps — essentially, soft tweezers — she snatches up the bedbugs, placing them in a vial that lets in just enough air for them to breathe, and takes them back to her lab. She keeps them alive, feeds them rabbit blood and studies them. And she’s not the only one. Zhu has joined with 80 other scientists over four years — essentially all the renowned bedbug experts in the world — to figure out why bedbug populations that once curled up and died when sprayed have become immune. What this consortium discovered highlighted just how vast the problem was: It wasn’t that bedbugs had evolved with a specific genotype that allowed them to resist toxic chemicals. It was that they had a bevy of different genotypes that allowed them to resist toxic chemicals. “They have a whole battery of ways to be resistant to insecticide,” says Laura Lavine, a WSU entomology professor who works with Zhu. In other words, bedbugs don’t have just a single weapon to defend against pesticides, but an arsenal. So how did this happen? Lavine says the problem came down to how bedbugs have been battled for decades. When farmers spray their crops, they rotate through a whole range of different types of pesticides to insure that, even if some insects are immune to one or two of the chemicals, they’ll be killed by the others. “Imagine you’re subjected to a chemical that’s killing off 99 percent of the population, and you’re the 1 percent of the population that survives,” Lavine says. “You are now carrying the genetic material that is keeping you alive in the face of the chemical.” These insects reproduce very, very quickly. So throughout the country, isolated populations of bedbugs, with different pesticide-resistant genotypes, have separately developed different pesticide-resistant genotypes.

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For the Birds

Why a small fish could mean big problems for waterfowl at the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge BY JAKE THOMAS


he fish look harmless enough. Their tapered, grayish bodies are no bigger than a pinky finger. No one’s quite sure how the brook stickleback, a fish native to the Midwest, got into the wetlands at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, according to Joanna Joyner-Matos, an associate professor of biology at Eastern Washington University, but she says she has enough evidence that they’re damaging its ecological system. Now, she says, it’s a matter of finding out how bad the damage is and whether it’s reached populations of ducks and other migratory fowl, which rely on the wetlands and have already seen their numbers decline. In 2015, Joyner-Matos, along with two of her biology students and some high school students, conducted research at the refuge seeking to answer a simple question: Are there fewer bugs in lakes that have the stickleback compared to those that don’t? The answer, says Joyner-Matos, is yes, and a paper based on the conclusions will be published in the academic journal Northwest Science. “The water bodies that have stickleback are decreasing in quality,” she says. The stickleback prey on mayfly and dragonfly larvae, as well as worms and aquatic arthropods, small shrimp-like creatures. In some lakes, she says, “They’re just almost

gone. … We are talking just complete desecration.” The prickly spines that line the fish’s backs deter snakes and birds from preying on them, she says, adding that diving beetles, a species with large, strong mandibles, are the only thing that will eat the fish. Stickleback are present in two-thirds of the refuge, and are starting to spread downstream, according to Joyner-Matos. A study published in the academic journal Science in 2015 found that just 9 percent of 1,451 migratory birds have enough protected areas. Turnbull is the last high-quality breeding habitat for fowl in Eastern Washington, and Joyner-Matos says the fish could change that. Baby ducklings and other birds, says Joyner-Matos, prey on the small insects and could be left with nothing to eat after the fish have eaten them all. Joyner-Matos says it’ll take years of data to get the non-native fish labeled as invasive, which will bring federal and state resources to eradicate them. “It’s really hard to prove some of those causations without a long period of time,” says Christi Norman, program director for Audubon Washington, who notes that the refuge is a particularly large one that brings in out-of-town birdwatchers who pump money into the local economy. “But it doesn’t mean it’s not happening.”


Lab of the Rings

Data from NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn has revealed new details about the gas giant’s most massive ring — it’s not as massive as previously thought BY MITCH RYALS


uring certain times of the year, Saturn is visible from Earth. At about 888 million miles from the surface of the sun, it’s the last planet in the solar system still visible with the naked eye. What you can’t see without a telescope, however, are its mysterious bands — the rings. All of the gas giants have rings of some kind, but Saturn’s are by far the most distinctive. Information about the rings — why they exist, how long they’ve existed, and what they’re made of — can give us not only a better understanding of the elements at play within the planet, but also provide valuable information about the development of the solar system as a whole. Earlier this year, a report using data from NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn provided new conclusions about one specific section of Saturn’s ring system, known as the B-ring. “It says that somehow this ring is very opaque, but not very massive, so it has to be made out of these very fluffy particles,” says University of Idaho professor Matthew Hedman, the report’s lead author. “And we’re still struggling to understand

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what that means.” New data from the Cassini mission allowed Hedman and others to determine the weight of certain sections of the B-ring, using waves within the ring. The results were surprising: It turns out that the B-ring, the most massive of the rings, is lighter than scientists originally thought, meaning it’s also much younger. Typically, as time goes on, comets and other darker objects will crash into the rings, dimming their brightness. “One of the big questions is, ‘How old are the rings? Are they as old as Saturn? Or are they something that formed recently in geologic times?’” Hedman says. Hedman explains why scientists are looking at this: The rings are a disc of material in orbit around a central point. And our solar system was formed from a disc in orbit around a central point. Although Saturn’s disc is very different from the one that formed our solar system, it can provide insight into that phenomenon. “In general, we think of this as a place to test our ideas about how our solar system was formed,” Hedman says.

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Using Arduino technology, one professor has expanded music into a new realm of possibilities BY LAURA JOHNSON


rent Edstrom is a jazzman. His mind was never satisfied with the confines of classical piano, his chosen instrument. But within jazz music’s infinite improvisation, there was pure freedom. These days, the Whitworth University jazz studies professor has taken musical interpretation to greater heights, crafting devices that are sensitive to light, breath and touch. Earlier this year, in his cushy North Spokane basement, his eyes brighten while talking about the process of making his own sci-fi-looking microcontrollers. Introduced to Arduino (pronounced “ardweeno”) technology about four years ago, the Whitworth music theory/composition coordinator saw potential to take his music to new heights. He was soon hooked, tinkering away on the palm-sized circuit boards at all hours. He says that his family, friends and colleagues, while supportive, haven’t all exactly understood his new passion. This is a labor of love. The simple hardware materials cost about $20; it was the knowledge to build and work on the open-source prototyping platform that took time — especially applying it to music, a somewhat unexplored frontier. A computer programmer since the 1990s, Edstrom says it was still a complicated medium to learn and understand. Arduino technology, which has existed for about a decade, is often used for mathematical and robotic projects. When Edstrom started with it, there was not one blog or website devoted to the process of applying this to the standard MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) or other computer technologies. “A lot of my life right now is a result of my search for better information on this topic,” Edstrom says. So much so that he wrote the book on the subject. At 456 pages, Edstrom’s hefty April release, Arduino for Musicians, could probably crack a few skulls. But the length is necessary. Edstrom understands that many of the terms used in his tome seem foreign to those taking the leap into the technological side of crafting music, and he purposely wrote it as a how-to manual. He gives readers the building blocks, then teaches them how to construct the controllers. So far the 51-year-old has created a custom XY touchscreen controller, MIDI hand drum, and breath/joystick controller, all of which can manipulate sound in ways acoustic instruments can’t to create distinctive pitches, keys and tones. “A computer can be an instrument,” he says. “I’ve heard artful music in every genre. I don’t know that I see a huge difference between using a keyboard or another interface. A nontraditional way of creating sound, that can certainly come from music.”

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s the 2015-16 school year progressed at Spokane and Spokane Falls community colleges, it became apparent the colleges were in the midst of a budget crisis. “We don’t have enough money to operate,” said SFCC President Janet Gullickson. Community Colleges of Spokane had an $8 million deficit. Chancellor Christine Johnson warned that personnel would have to be let go. Enrollment had dipped. SFCC’s Pullman campus was in danger of shutting down. There were multiple reasons for the budget crisis. First, the CCS system has seen a 30 percent reduction in state funding since 2009. Second, CCS had to contribute $1.7 million for a lawsuit that the state recently settled. Third, glitches related to a new software system called ctcLink added to the issues. So CCS came up with a plan that has made things a bit more hopeful for the future of the community college system in Spokane. SFCC, as of press time, is in talks to move its Pullman courses from its current location to Washington State University, which should save some money. The Board of Trustees also has decided to slice its reserve fund in half to pay off the $1.7 million lawsuit. And instead of trying to address the $8 million deficit in one year, CCS will phase in cuts over a period of four years. The problem of not having enough money to operate, however, depends on how much the state contributes, according to Johnson. “We’re always optimistic,” she says. “Much of it depends on the state Legislature and what the state does, and it impacts investments in higher education. If the state invests in higher education — both community colleges and universities — we’ll be in better shape.” What CCS can do in order to stabilize, says Johnson, is continue to grow enrollment. Enrollment districtwide dipped about 3 percent in 2015-16 compared to the previous year, according to numbers from the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges. The state allocation formula favors colleges that keep growing, so the colleges will focus on retaining students until they can finish a degree, Johnson says. “If the state really wants a strong economy, and truly wants a shared prosperity, an investment in community colleges is a good investment,” she says.

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Lean Budgets Spokane and Idaho community colleges struggle to overcome lack of funding and declines in enrollment BY WILSON CRISCIONE

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orth Idaho College, meanwhile, is getting somewhat of a facelift. On July 1, 2016, new president Richard MacLennan took over, replacing Joe Dunlap, who retired after four years. There are also two major capital projects underway to upgrade facilities, including a new career and technical education facility in Rathdrum to be completed before fall 2016, and a $7.7 million Wellness and Recreation Center on the Coeur d’Alene campus. Idaho institutions, as in Washington, have struggled with reduced state funding in recent years, says NIC spokesman Tom Greene. At NIC, however, the state fund appropriation increased by 12 percent this fiscal year. The enrollment trend at NIC has largely followed national trends. During the recession, enrollment saw “unprecedented growth” at NIC, but there has been a decline as the economy has improved. In 2015, the college experienced a 4 percent reduction in enrollment. “We expect MacLennan to continue the good work of outgoing NIC President Joe Dunlap,” Greene says.

Taylor Williams, ’14 Graphic Design and Advertising Twin Falls, ID

Vandals work. Just ask Taylor Williams. Taylor’s advertising and project management education at UI landed her a coveted position as an account manager at Twitter. Nearly 90 percent of UI students have a job or confirmed plans for continuing education by graduation.* Your student’s future can be tweetworthy, too.

*2016 The Outcomes Survey; employed in for-profit, non-profit, military or educational work.

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On the A Upswing Gonzaga and Idaho law schools are optimistic amid national dips in enrollment BY WILSON CRISCIONE

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Gonzaga law students celebrate commencement at McCarthey Athletic Center.

s law schools across the nation have shrunk in recent years, so has Gonzaga University School of Law. Last year, four out of 17 of its tenured professors accepted buyouts offered because of consistently lower enrollment numbers. But a year after those buyouts, the outlook for the law school appears to be better already. Jane Korn, the law school dean, says that enrollment at Gonzaga’s School of Law has stabilized. “Gonzaga is in a very strong position,” Korn says. Since 2010, enrollment at schools approved by the American Bar Association has steadily decreased, and from 2014 to 2015, enrollment decreased at a rate of 4.9 percent, according to the ABA. When Korn came to Gonzaga in 2011, each class had about 175 students, she says. The numbers have dipped to around 125 since, but it’s remained at that number the past two years. Next year, she says, “all indications are that it will be slightly larger than the class last year.” There are plenty of theories as to what was responsible for the dip in enrollment, but effects of the recession seem to be the main culprit. Enrollment, Korn notes, is ultimately tied to the job market. When it became harder to find a job as an attorney in 2008, fewer people wanted to attend law school. But job prospects for new graduates have since gotten better, Korn says. Of 121 graduates in the class of 2015, 101 found employment, seven are enrolled in graduate degree programs and only three were not seeking employment. The pass rate for first-time takers of the Washington bar exam was 86 percent, 11 points above the state average,

she says. University of Idaho College of Law, meanwhile, has not experienced a decline in enrollment, says Jeffrey Dodge, assistant dean of students. Over the past five years, the college has consistently enrolled between 100 and 110 new students. “We haven’t had to do any of that. We have not let go any faculty, or cut any programs,” Dodge says. He attributes that to a variety of factors, including strong employment outcomes and affordability. The University of Idaho College of Law was recently ranked 18th in the nation for employment outcomes for graduates, according to the American Bar Association. More than 78 percent of its graduates in the class of 2015 found full-time jobs in the legal industry. The college also recently announced that it plans to offer first-year classes to students in Boise beginning in the fall of 2017. The college would then have a dual-campus model, with 40 to 60 students at each location. Increasing enrollment overall at UI’s College of Law is not a goal, however. “More increases would be great, but also the market doesn’t lend itself for significant increases right now,” Dodge says. The job market in Idaho is a bit different than in Washington, says Dodge. Idaho, he says, struggles to retain talent. But that can also mean that those end up enrolling in law school have a better chance of finding a full-time job. “With students leaving college and not returning, or not wanting to return, those that do stay have an opportunity here,” he says.

Frederick Olmos Ceja, ’16 Political Science/Spanish Rupert, ID

Vandals work. Just ask Frederick Olmos Ceja. Frederick’s UI education opened the door for him to work at the Mexican embassy in Madrid, Spain, after graduation. Nearly 90 percent of UI students have a job or confirmed plans for continuing education by graduation.* A UI education can open doors for your student, too.

*2016 The Outcomes Survey; employed in for-profit, non-profit, military or educational work.

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Spokane-Area Private

Schools SCHOOL





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




All Saints Catholic School









Assumption Parish School









Cataldo Catholic School




1:25 max





Christian Heritage School









First Presbyterian Christian School






$3,690 - $4,950



Gonzaga Preparatory School






$1,726 - $11,950



Northwest Christian Schools, Inc.









The Oaks Classical Christian Academy

C hristian





$7,100 - $7,400



Palisades Christian Academy






$4,320 - $7,270



Pioneer School

Gifted Education/Topic-Oriented K-5




Salish School of Spokane

Language Immersion




Southside Christian School





Spokane Christian Academy




Spokane Classical Christian School



St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School Catholic


Yes 922-7818

$2,750 - $9,350





























St. Charles Catholic School



K, 1:20; 1st-8th, 260 1:25-30

St. George’s School

College Prep





St. John Vianney Catholic School









St. Mary’s Catholic School









St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran School Lutheran

K-8 45






St. Michael’s Academy









St. Thomas More Catholic School









Trinity Catholic School and Educare Catholic





$2,550 - $5,100



Valley Christian School






$5,000 - $7,400



Windsong School









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$15,770 - $19,230 Yes 466-1636


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





Christian Center School






$3,410 - $3,980



Classical Christian Academy






$3,595 - $6,095



Coeur d’Alene Christian School

Christian; nondenominational K-8 65





Holy Family Catholic School






$4,433 - $5,247



Lake City Junior Academy

Seventh-Day Adventist








LAM Christian Academy




1:8, varies





North Idaho Christian School






$3,450 - $4,020



Sandpoint Christian School





$1,500 - $4,650



Sandpoint Waldorf School




1:15, varies 14

$2,000 - $7,000



Silver Valley Christian Academy





$2,475 - $3,450









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For Grades 6-8, students get encouragement and support to develop themselves as scholars, athletes, and artists.

For Grades 9-12, devoted teachers, great facilities, and a supportive community are key to our students’ success.

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A Promising Portfolio

Option schools on the rise give families a choice BY LAURA REGESTER


ow more than ever, Americans have become consumers — we want a range of options to meet our needs, and education for our children is no exception. To address this mindset, public school districts across the country have shifted away from the traditional neighborhood school system, opting instead to offer a variety of educational options. The trend has begun to take hold in the Inland Northwest, with a number of nontraditional schools popping up throughout our region in the past decade. Jeannette Vaughn became the Director of Innovation at Spokane Public Schools in 2013; she has since taken steps to expand the range of educational options in the district. With the addition of various alternative learning programs and schools, SPS is now recognized by the Center on Reinventing Public Education as a “Portfolio District.” “What we’ve learned from feedback from the community is that what parents really want

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is different educational options, whether that’s because their child has unique interests or talents, or they want them to learn in a different way,” Vaughn said. Portfolio districts aim to create a high-quality, diverse selection of “option” schools that do not follow the traditional educational approach. Option schools are given more flexibility and autonomy to choose their curriculum, manage their budget, and conduct their own hiring, so they can create a specialized environment for students. Unlike charter schools, option schools are still considered district schools, and all district students have equal access to option schools, typically via a lottery system. While traditional neighborhood schools work well for most families, Vaughn says many families are interested in schools that offer smaller learning environments, where students can receive more personalized instruction. The district has completed a gap analysis and researched the offerings of similarly sized portfolio districts. They’ve modeled much of the SPS portfolio after Denver Public Schools, which has a very successful portfolio district. Vaughn says SPS has room to grow in the areas of foreign language and the arts, but it’s doing well with STEM, which the district will continue to expand along with the Montessori program and projectbased learning schools. The main obstacles in the expansion process are facilities and funding. The district has received some funding from the Gates Foundation, a heavy supporter of school choice. But with a tight budget and most facilities in the district already full of students, expansion is tricky. “In a district of our size, I believe we should have more options,” says Vaughn. “And I think everybody’s on board with that and believes that,

but we just need to find some funding.” SPS plans to launch a Spanish language immersion school in fall 2017, which would be housed in one of the neighborhood elementary schools. Vaughn says she’d like to eventually see an arts academy and an International Baccalaureate program as well. “When you’re expanding your portfolio, you really need to be intentional,” Vaughn says. “You have to really think about your audience and what your needs are.” SPS isn’t the only district in the area making moves to diversify; the East Valley School District has also expanded its range of options. EVSD Superintendent Kelly Shea has spent 29 years working in Eastern Washington public school districts. He says the option schools in his district are rising in popularity, with many at full capacity each year. “We’ve come to the realization that one size doesn’t necessarily fit all,” he said. “The public school system was designed that way in the 20th century, so I think we’re realizing that kids come to school with different needs, different expectations and different learning styles.” East Valley School District has five option schools, including a continuous curriculum program, a parent partnership school and an online program. “It really is about providing the right opportunities for families to choose and that’s what we’re attempting to do,” Shea said. “We’ve got good things in place, and room for improvement and room to grow.” Applications for all SPS schools will open on in December 2016 for the 2017-18 school year. It is recommended that families apply early for option schools. Contact EVSD at (509) 924-1830 for option school enrollment information.

SPOKANE CHARTER SCHOOLS PRIDE Prep (6-12) a project-based charter school that emphasizes deeper learning, exploration, citizenship and leadership. Spokane International Academy (K-8) is a charter school that focuses on allowing students to develop a global worldview, while also setting high standards in academics and character

SPOKANE PUBLIC SCHOOLS Alternative Parent Participation Learning Experience (APPLE ) (K-6) emphasizes parent involvement, independent study and small group activities that follow annual plans developed jointly by teachers, parents and students. The Community School (9-12) focuses on project-based learning and preparing kids for college and career success with the integration of technology. It’s one of 180 New Tech Network schools in the country. Core Knowledge (K-6) is available to students at Balboa and Longfellow elementary schools. The program blends reading and writing with history, geography, music, visual arts and science in a cumulative curriculum. The Enrichment Cooperative at Bryant (K-12) is a parent partnership program that provides students with more than 200 courses to enrich their learning, including site-based, remote and online options. Institute of Science and Technology at North Central & IST Middle School Program (7-12) is a science immersion middle school and high school program, utilizing equipment and lab practices used in research and medical labs worldwide. NEWTECH Skill Center (11-12) offers career technical education and career

training in 20 different fields. The program is completed along with regular schooling at each student’s local high school. Spokane Public Montessori (K-8) offers traditional academic content, along with self-directed learning cycles, personalized learning plans, and an outdoor learning option. Spokane Virtual Learning (K-12) is an interactive web-based learning program for students K-12, available on a full- or part-time basis.

MEAD SCHOOL DISTRICT Riverpoint Academy (9-12) is an award-winning, project-based STEM and entrepreneurial high school that focuses on 21st century skills and problem solving, including learning experiences with professionals in the community.

CENTRAL VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT Spokane Valley Tech Skills Center (9-12) focuses on providing students with technical skills for career and college readiness, including internships, worksite learning, and the ability to pursue college credit and state and national certifications.

EAST VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT InTec (9-11; 9-12 beginning in 2017-18) follows a projectcentered curriculum designed to helps students focus on community and global issues with hands-on collaborative learning. Continuous Curriculum School (K-8) is a high parent-involvement school that follows a year-round calendar of 5-6 weeks on, 1-2 weeks off, with the philosophy that shorter vacation time aids in the retention of learning.

Washington Academy of Arts and Technology K-12) is a parent partnership program that allows students and parents to create their own academic programs combining homeschooling and traditional schooling, with the support of technology. East Farms STEAM Magnet School (K-6) integrates an art component into the typical STEM curriculum, offering exploratory learning experiences like STEAM-related projects, guest speakers and field trips to prepare students for success in college and careers. East Valley Online (K-12) offers a flexible, self-paced schedule with high parental involvement, allowing students to follow their own learning styles while being mentored by teachers.

WEST VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT West Valley City School (5-8) offers project-based learning, hands-on experiments, daily campus jobs for all students and field trips. Students remain in the same teams throughout their entire time at the school.

COEUR D’ALENE PUBLIC SCHOOLS Lakes Magnet Middle School (6-8) focuses on science, arts and health. Ramsey Magnet School of Science (K-5) emphasizes hands-on approaches to the study of science, and integrates scientific concepts into its language arts, reading and math curricula. Sorensen Magnet School of the Arts and Humanities (K-6) incorporates visual and performing arts into the district curriculum. Venture Alternative High School (9-12) works to prepare its students for college and the workplace with a selection of professional and technical education programs, including engineering technology, management and graphic design.




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Empire Builders Spokane’s dining scene has given birth to a number of successful chains and families of restaurants BY MIKE BOOKEY

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The Beryl, left, is part of a mini-empire of five local restaurants. Tom Burgess and wife Matavee, above, now own four local Thai restaurants. YOUNG KWAK PHOTOS


o ride down Third Avenue at the south end of downtown Spokane is to cruise through the gurgling gut of American fast-food chains. There’s any bell or arch or box you could ever desire, their signs elevated to the height of I-90 in the hopes of luring road-hungry travelers off the freeway for a bite. It’s these places that give the “restaurant chain” a deep-fried connotation, but here in the Inland Northwest there are local eateries whose success has spawned mini-empires in the region. These are not places with visions of nationwide dominance, necessarily, but rather locally owned businesses that have expanded gradually, often far beyond the expectations they had upon their founding. The benefit of a mid-sized and geographically diverse market in this region has allowed a few restaurants to spread their culinary concept, often with prosperous results. Trevor Blackwell was just 20 years old when he and his father, Jeff, opened Twigs in downtown Spokane’s River Park Square in 2001. He was a bartender, a server, a cook and did everything else that came along with opening a family restaurant. Now, Blackwell is vice president of the Twigs operation, which has grown to include nine locations in Washington, Idaho, Utah and Oregon, including

four spots in the greater Spokane area. By 2018, they’ll have another Twigs in Vancouver, Washington, and the years to come could see the opening of other locations in Arizona and Texas. And in August 2016, the company brought forth Tortilla Union, a Southwestern-style restaurant on the ground floor of River Park Square, marking their first departure from the Twigs brand. “I think what we’ve done right is keeping it comfortable and casual enough that you can come on any occasion. You can come three nights a week — it’s not just for your birthday,” says Blackwell. Twigs was serving a long list of craft cocktails before the term “craft cocktails” was even part of the culinary lexicon, making for a bit of a learning curve not only for their staff, but also a dining public that had never seen a lengthy cocktail list. “It was a learning experience for the public and everyone, but then they began gravitating toward it. It wasn’t a tough sell, but it was something different, for sure,” says Blackwell.





Volstead Act, top left, is one of five restaurants owned by Matt Goodwin, top right. Trevor Blackwell, bottom left, is pictured with his Twigs team. The timing was right for Twigs, and their concept quickly gave birth to other locations where they focus on a reliable and consistent menu to keep a loyal following throughout the region. Tom Burgess and his wife Matavee were also diving into the Spokane restaurant scene in 2001, opening Thai Bamboo in Spokane Valley. They soon realized that they had a similar educational duty as Twigs — they needed to teach people how to enjoy authentic Thai food. Clearly, the lessons have been absorbed by the region, as the couple now operates three Thai Bamboo locations in the Spokane area and another in Coeur d’Alene. As the restaurant has expanded, Burgess has realized that his customers want the same Thai Bamboo dishes wherever they might see his yellow-andred sign. He finds himself walking a fine line between the consistency of a chain and the environment and ambience of a Spokane-owned spot. “The food has got to taste the same in each location. It does have to taste the same, and there

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has to be that consistency, but there’s the warmth of the service and the feel that it’s a local business and they’re going to take the time to learn your name,” says Burgess, whose restaurants are a perennial Best Thai Food winner in the Inlander readers poll. There are other prominent restaurant chains which got their start in Spokane. Of course there’s Zip’s, which was just a burger shack in Spokane in the 1950s and now has almost 40 locations in the Inland Northwest. Then there are restaurateurs who have a family of restaurants under their umbrella that you wouldn’t necessarily realize were related. Liz and Curt Nelson, along with Todd Phelps have worked together over the years to open six restaurants around Spokane, including Morty’s Tap and Grille, Selkirk Pizza and Tap House, Fieldhouse Pizza, Steelhead Bar and Grille and, most recently, The Beryl. These spots all feature unique menus and distinct interior design, so you’d be excused for not knowing of this Spokane mini-empire. The same goes for the family of pubs born in


1996 when John Grollmus and Brad Fosseen opened Moon Time in Coeur d’Alene. After realizing that people were coming from Spokane to enjoy the Moon Time’s throwback pub environment, they then opened the Elk in 1999, which became an instant hit. That eventually spawned the Two Seven on the South Hill, The Porch in Hayden, El Que, a taco cantina attached to The Elk, and most recently, Geno’s in the Logan neighborhood. “We want you to feel like the one that’s in your neighborhood is yours,” says Grollmus. He adds that the company has maintained a loyal following at all their locations by keeping the same people around — they recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of one of their employees — and also keeping an eye on the kitchen. Despite all their success, Fosseen still takes a shift in each of the restaurants’ kitchens every week. “We have a lot of other people who’ve been around for 12 or 15 years, and I think that the guests really love that,” says Grollmus.


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Then there are other individuals who have their hand in several different restaurants with different partners. That’s the case with Matt Goodwin, who co-owns Fast Eddie’s Bar and Grill, Press, The Boiler Room, Volstead Act and the Backyard Public House. He’s about to open another spot called Remedy up on the South Hill. Goodwin told the Inlander that since he began bartending at Fast Eddie’s in 2000, he had his eye on becoming a restaurateur. “Once I found someone willing to open a restaurant with me ... one turned into two and two suddenly turned into three,” he says. The instinct to expand from a single kitchen has also been seen in the fine dining world. Chey Jeremy Hansen and his wife Kate found success with Santé in downtown Spokane and have since opened Common Crumb bakery. They also have plans to open Hogwash Whiskey Den and Inland Pacific Kitchen soon. None of these successful folks in the industry are able to come up with any particular secret to their success. Thai Bamboo’s Burgess says that being located in Spokane was part of the recipe for his success, partially because of the fraternal nature of the region’s restaurant industry. “When we first started out we got to know the other restaurant owners, and it’s a real good group of people,” says Burgess. “They will give you advice and help you out when you’re starting out. It’s good to know they have your back.”

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For anyone intimidated about trying their first bowl of phò, Fai’s is a friendly and approachable choice to give the tasty Vietnamese soup a slurp. This bustling noodle shop also offers Asian favorites like General Tso’s Chicken, Kung Pao and Lo Mein. If you have room for dessert, try the banana spring rolls. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • Wash. • 481-6602

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The recipes at Phò City came directly from Vietnam with the Nguyen family, who own it. On the menu, of course there’s the phò: 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. 112 N. Howard St., Spokane • Wash. • 7470223

Phò Van

phò options that include beef, chicken and shrimp, but perhaps the most inspired phò features duck. Star anise and ginger-infused broth accents perfectly roasted chunks of duck that fall off the bone with a gentle nudge from a chopstick. Although traditional rice noodles are an option, thin egg noodles offer a welcome change from the norm. 2909 N. Division St., Spokane • Wash. • 326-6470

Vina Asian In a land of beef cuts and bone broth, Vina Asian Restaurant offers a welcome reprieve from a meatheavy diet with a delightful Seafood Phò. Shrimp, fish balls and squid are highlighted by a clean, light broth flavored with lemongrass and cilantro. This Northside gem’s menu is heavy on soup options, featuring wonton soup as well as traditional egg flower and hot and sour soup. Warm up here at the first freeze. 2303 N. Ash St., Spokane • Wash. • 328-2197

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Bakeries Bakery by the Lake Enjoy exploring McEuen Park with a hot, fresh cup of Caffe Umbria Italian coffee in your hand or pull up a seat inside the Parkside building and indulge in a freshly made éclair or chocolatedipped macaroon. The flatbread pizzas (whole or by the slice) are perfect for an impromptu picnic by Lake Coeur d’Alene. 601 E. Front St., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-415-0681

Batch Bakeshop Batch Bakeshop is said to have some of the best muffins in town. Check out their new space and try their always-

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Local bakeries that raise the bar

fresh lemon lavender poppyseed, vanilla honey bran, or one of their seasonal fruit muffins. If you’ve really got a sweet tooth, try one of their other goodies like sandwich cookies and hand pies. 2023 W. Dean Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 413-3759

flake table rolls, is made with natural ingredients and locally grown and milled flour. Order your pumpkin pies here come Thanksgiving, and that’s one more thing crossed off your list. 1235 N. Liberty Lake Rd., Liberty Lake • Wash. • 489-0836

to Skittles and rootbeer float. Cheesecake, cake pops and other treats also fill the display case here. 713 W. Garland Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 327-3471 | 315 S. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley • Wash. • 315-5973



The folks at Clover have been making artisanal bread, pastries, pies and other desserts for years. Now they’ve opened up their own stand-alone bakery in Liberty Lake. Everything here, from potato rosemary rustic bread to the apple turnovers and orange butter

When the cupcake craze began in Spokane, Celebrations was one of the bakeries leading the charge. Several years later, cupcakes are still “in” at both of Celebrations locations, with a vast rotating assortment that spans from s’mores, lemon strawberry cheesecake,

Opened in fall 2014, the owners of Santé Restaurant and Charcuterie expanded into the world of pastries and breads — all made from scratch. The goods change constantly, but items they feature include palmiers, tarts, petits gateaux (little cakes), éclairs, cream puffs, croissants and French macarons. And

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they have a chocolate room to make their own chocolate. 19 W. Main Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 315-4948

Morning Sun Bakery & Bean Inside the cozy Morning Sun Bakery & Bean, you’re greeted by a collection of baked goods — muffins, tarts, croissants, cookies, coffeecakes, Danishes and three types of cinnamon rolls: cream cheese, caramel pecan and glazed. 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 pourover, all brewed from Roast House coffee, Spokane’s organic fair trade roasting company.5602 N. Wall St., Spokane • Wash. • 241-3871

Petit Chat Village Bakery Consistently one of the region’s premier bakeries, the scent of freshly baked bread and the aroma of coffee are constantly in the air at this Whitworth-area favorite. Pick up loaves of bread that taste as good as they look and smell, or biscuits and rolls to take home. Or stay in and nibble on sweet or savory croissants in their expansive, inviting dining room.9910 N. Waikiki Rd., Spokane • Wash. • 468-2720

Rockwood Bakery Rockwood Bakery is tucked away on a quiet, leafy residential street just blocks from Manito Park, but don’t think its discreet location means that it’s gone undiscovered. This large bakery is buzzing every morning

with businesspeople brokering deals and friends catching up after yoga. Pick up a morning glory muffin or some house-made granola, or grab a salad or sandwich to go and stroll on over to Manito Park. 315 E. 18th Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 747-8691

Sweet Dreams Bakery Sweet Dreams is nestled in the center of a wedding center, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that’s the only reason to come here. If you only have to feed four people (or just want a treat for you, for that matter), Sweet Dreams makes a mean assortment of cupcakes, fresh macaroons and cookies. And if you’re looking for a birthday cake creative enough to be on an episode of Cake Boss, then this is your place. 3131 N. Division St., Spokane • Wash. • 747-6900

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Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakery Making decisions can be so hard. Especially when you’re faced with a choice between Chocolate Decadence, Red Velvet, Salted Caramel and Lemon Raspberry — just some of the sinfully tasty flavors in Sweet Frostings’ cupcake repertoire. With two locations in Spokane, downtown and at Wandermere, the cupcake shop and full-service confection bakery’s perennial success has proven that the trendy rise of cupcakes years back is here to stay. 15 S. Washington St., Spokane • Wash. • 242-3845 | 12501 N. Division St., • 368-9811

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Neighborhood Gems


Your guide to eating outside your ‘hood

COEUR D’ALENE Bistro On Spruce Bistro on Spruce is a lovely little neighborhood bistro located in Coeur d’Alene’s happening midtown. This is where discriminating locals come to find a menu that’s incredibly diverse, with offerings like Lemon and Thyme Risotto, Shrimp and Grits and Coffee and Spice Pork Tenderloin. Look for the $4 tapas menu (Monday through Saturday), or go crazy and spring for some of the $5 small plates.1710 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-664-1774

Fisherman’s Market and Grill This is the place to shop for fresh fish when you want to make your own sushi rolls at home. But if that seems daunting, or you’re exhausted from a trip to the Home Depot (it’s across the street), then take a seat at the counter here and order a squid salad, shrimp tacos, or one of their many sushi rolls or hitoku-

chi (one bite sushi). 215 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 208-6644800

Satay Bistro One of Coeur d’Alene’s best dining experiences is located, improbably, between Taco Bell and the Long Ear music store. Satay offers a wide selection of wines, an upscale fusion menu and plenty of elegance. You can enjoy trademark satays (meaning skewered, grilled meat) like filet beef with shiitake mushroom demiglace or Red Chili Scallops. They also serve a range of salads, pasta dishes and steaks, and the menu is always evolving, making return visits a must.2501 N. 4th St., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-765-2555

Seasons of Coeur d’Alene From pork polenta tart to a Kobe pub burger to bronzed salmon, Seasons offers seasonally inspired cuisine at a range of price points from $8 up to $25. Their large dining room is full of activity

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throughout the week, whether it’s happy hour, ladies night, half-priced wine night, burgers and brews night or a local musician crooning for diners.209 Lakeside Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-664-8008

LIBERTY LAKE Cork House With menu items ranging from sea scallops to enchiladas and rib-eye steak to pork confit, the Cork House features gourmet comfort food. The dinner menu features a lengthy list of appetizers such as calamari, skillet cornbread and ahi tuna tartare. Among the favorite entrées is the mac and cheese, with chicken, bacon and jalapeño. On Saturdays and Sundays, days brunch is served from 9 am to 3 pm, with more than 20 items including Belgian waffles, a triple-decker BLT and beignets.1400 N. Meadowwood Ln., Liberty Lake • Wash. • 922-4210

NORTHEAST SPOKANE Geno’s The latest addition to the Elk family of casual restaurants, Geno’s differs from its sisters in at least one significant way: They have French fries. Its spacious dining area opens to a patio protected from the hubbub of Hamilton Street, and the bar offers a selection of exclusively craft beers.1414 N. Hamilton Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 368-9087

NORTHWEST SPOKANE Downriver Grill With a dedicated following of regulars, this upscale bistro in the Audubon Park neighborhood serves fresh, locally sourced food paired with Washington wines and brews. The Signature Salad, Gorgonzola Fries and Osso Bucco braised in a sage pork jus have earned

POST FALLS The White House Grill Guests have been leaving this Post Falls gem for 20 years reeking of garlic, and that’s part of the White House Grill’s appeal. Their unabashed love of garlic and the sharp, tangy flavors of Greece, Turkey and Italy are reflected in a tasty menu of souvlaki, gyros and sarma. 712 N. Spokane St., Post Falls • Wash. • 208-777-9672

SOUTH HILL Anthony’s Beach Cafe

a cult following over the years.3315 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane • Wash. • 323-1600

Little Garden Café The Little Garden Cafe is known for having a kid-friendly happy hour. Patrons stop in for a glass of wine, latte or light meal after spending the afternoon at the park or nearby Bowl & Pitcher. The atmosphere is quaint, warm and well-divided. The front of the cafe boasts bar and outdoor seating with a panoramic view of Audubon Park. A private front room offers a haven for those searching for peace and quiet, while a separate back room has ample space, tables and numerous toys for the tot set.2901 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane • Wash. • 328-5500

Located in a corner of the South Hill near Target, Anthony’s Beach Café is part of a family of Anthony’s restaurants that originated in Bellevue in 1969 and now have locations throughout the Pacific Northwest, each falling into one of three categories: dinner houses, casual dining and to-go fishand-chip bars. Anthony’s Beach Café is in the middle as a casual, sit-down restaurant. 2912 E. Palouse Hwy., Spokane • Wash. • 448-0668

Gordy’s Sichuan Cafe There was a big change at Gordy’s on the South Hill in the past year, but our voters didn’t mind, voting Gordy’s Best Asian Food. Gordy Craft, the ultra-popular Chinese spot’s namesake, and his wife Jaymie sold the restaurant in August 2015. Thankfully for Gordy’s loyal fans, the restaurant is now in the hands of two longtime Gordy’s chefs, Dan Burns and Casey Riendeau, who have maintained the Sichuan-style menu while adding a few updates to the cozy space.501 E. 30th Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 747-1170

Laguna Café

Rock City Grill

After eight and a half years on Regal Street, Laguna’s owners decided it was time to move the cafe to a larger space, while keeping all the other aspects of Laguna as much the same as possible. The new location on East 29th Avenue in the Grapetree Village Shopping Center offers additional seating space, a full bar, more parking and a bigger patio, while retaining a drive-through. Still, it’s Laguna’s menu of burgers, filet mignon, ribs and salads that has built its following. 4304 S. Regal St., Spokane • Wash. • 448-0887

After 24 years in River Park Square, Rock City Grill moved up to the top of the South Hill and opened this summer at the spot formerly occupied by Famous Ed’s. Don’t worry, your favorite dishes made the move, including their large list of pizzas, including the grill’s famous Thai pizza.2911 E. 57th Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 290-5080

Lindaman’s Pick up dinner on the way home, or linger with a cocktail — either way, Lindaman’s is a sure bet. Chalk it up to practice over the course of three decades. Lunch favorites include the wildly popular romaine salad, chicken pot pie, Nanaimo bars, and a glutenfree peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal cookie.1235 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane • Wash. • 838-3000

Picabu Neighborhood Bistro Picabu Bistro tweaks its specials depending on the season; the introduction of their summer salads, for example, elicits squeals of delight from devoted customers. Their Italian Cobb or Creole Salmon Caesar are variations on combinations popularized in other cultures or conventions. Their Baja Blackened Shrimp salad, however, surprises with fruit salsa and crisp shaved cabbage. On the hearty end, consider the Desert Lime Chicken or Curry Bowl.901 W. 14th Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 624-2464

SOUTH SPOKANE Latah Bistro On any given day of the growing season, a local farmer might drop into Latah Bistro with a load of mushrooms, greens, carrots, tomatoes or even beef or pork. Such is the commitment to sourcing food locally at Latah. The fine dining menu runs the gamut from seared scallops with creamy potatoes, mushrooms and bacon salt to zucchini and squash spaghetti with basil pesto. 4241 S. Cheney-Spokane Rd., Spokane • Wash. • 838-8338

SPOKANE VALLEY Ambrosia Bistro Ambrosia Bistro wants to bring a little bit of the downtown vibe to Spokane Valley, with its patio, full bar and innovative menu. Entrées come with wine pairing suggestions. Consider their Prawns and Purses, featuring truffleand-mascarpone-stuffed pasta, and the short ribs, with mashed potatoes and gremolata.9211 E. Montgomery Ave., Spokane Valley • Wash. • 9283222

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Ice Cream

Go ahead and order a double scoop — these ice cream parlors are that good Abi’s Ice Cream

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Abi’s is an artisan shop, loosely patterned after places like Portland’s Salt & Straw. Owner Abi Scoggins makes the ice cream herself, using locally sourced, organic ingredients. Flavors range from rich café au lait and bourbon brown sugar to refreshing peppermint and fruity cherry almond. Scoggins also scratch-makes the salted caramel in her caramel swirl, the chocolate chips in her mint chocolate chip and the toffee in her malted vanilla with toffee and chocolate chips.112 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-930-0699

Brain Freeze Creamery At The Historic Davenport Hotel

Brain Freeze has been making ice cream in Spokane Valley for local restaurants and ice cream shops for more than a decade, but now the company has its own shop in Kendall Yards and a new location on Spokane’s South Hill. Along with an array of interesting ice cream flavors — huckleberry, caramel cashew, Mexican chocolate, Rice Krispies treat — the shop also offers espresso drinks and fresh-made sandwiches.1238 W. Summit Pkwy., Spokane • Wash. • 3217569 | 1230 S. Grand Blvd., • 309-3830

Doyle’s Ice Cream Parlor

E X A C T L Y L I K E NOTHING ELSE • 509.789.6848

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Cheaper than chain ice-cream shops and scooping up servings of frozen goodness bigger than your head (believe it or not, that’s only a slight overstatement), this little red-andwhite-striped building is a favorite

in the West Central neighborhood. Decorated with vintage toys, kids love looking around Doyle’s, finding a new toy each time they come in, while the masters behind the counter artfully create the best treats. The smell of the homemade waffle cones will draw you in and the taste of the ice cream will keep you coming back. 2229 W. Boone Ave., Spokane • Wash.

Roger’s Ice Cream & Burgers Eating a cone at this throwback ice cream stand on bustling Sherman Avenue is a summer tradition in Coeur d’Alene. Homemade fries, a myriad of ice cream flavors, and a good burger have fed sun-tanned and sweaty resort-goers for years. Outdoor seating in the summer and a heated tent in the winter aren’t the usual sitdown dining setting, so make sure to bring a jacket and an appreciation for downtown Coeur d’Alene.1224 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-930-4900

The Scoop When Alton Brown came to Spokane last year, he was sure to stop by the Scoop. Of course he did. The small neighborhood parlor has 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 • Wash. • 535-7171


Your guide to the region’s best burgers EPIC

Francis 1018 Wat The burgers this Northern Quest 99205 WA Spokane, sports bar are decidedly, well, epic. (509) 326-‐6794 We’re talking hand-formed Snake River Farms Lunch Wagyu patties, topped & Dinner Breakfast, with garlic seared prawns, white 1018 W 7am-‐12am Francis -‐ Thu. truffleSun. garlic aioli, provolone, baby Spokane, WA 99205 -‐ 2amthin-sliced red 7am Sat. -‐ Fri. arugula,(509) tomato, and 326-‐6794 onion on a toasted ciabatta bun epic (SurfBreakfast, & Turf Lunch Burger, $15). The epic& Dinner ness doesn’t $$ stop there: A massive Sun.wide -‐ Thu.TV 7am-‐12am 30-foot stretches over the Fri. -‐ Sat. 7am -‐ 2am bar, making this the quintessential place to catch a game. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • $$ Wash. • 242-7000

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Known for their handcrafted beers, this Sandpoint brewery also features a menu of 11 different burgers. With locally grown beef, MickDuff’s has several42burgers of varying sizes, but SAVOR GONZAGA they don’t leave the veggie crowd out 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 • 208-255-4351

The Onion The Onion is bustling with families and smiling servers, but it’s no chain restaurant. The Spokane eatery is a great place for family dining, with a menu boasting comfort food for everyone. Hearty burgers and towers of onion rings promise to send your family home fat and happy. Expect prompt service, and plenty of things for kids to look at while they munch. 302 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 747-3852 | 7522 N. Division St., Spokane • Wash. • 482-6100

The Rusty Moose Amid the vast, upscale hunting-lodge feel, this place is serious about its burgers: From a bacon-jam-topped venison burger to a Rocky Mountain Elk burger to a Free Range Bison burger. Add to that entrées like blackened salmon, Timber Lake pot roast, brick and chicken pot pie. The portion sizes? Let’s put it this way: Even the lunches are served on platters.9105 W. Highway 2, Spokane • Wash. • 7475579

Waddell’s Neighborhood Pub & Grille You’ll never leave Waddell’s hungry. Their menu of well-executed pub food features no less than 15 different varieties of burgers. The Cougar Gold is massive, stacking ham atop two beef patties atop deep-fried onions and WSU’s namesake cheese. The Smoke Jumper piles on barbecue sauce, chipotle mayo, smoked Gouda, caramelized onions and smoked barbecue brisket, also on two patties. The biggest appetites are dared to try the Bigger Barnyard Challenge. We’re talking 8 inches of five kinds of meat, and more. 4318 S. Regal St., Spokane • Wash. • 443-6500

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Wisconsinburger Whether you’re into beef burgers, turkey burgers, veggie burgers, any kind of burgers, you’ll find what you need at Wisconsinburger. Their burger engineers take the freshly ground patty experience to the bun with all their burgers, using freshly ground beef, made on-site every morning. Of course, their butter and cheese are made in Wisconsin. So if you’re looking for a good burger of any kind, Wisconsinburger brings the ol’ mom-and-pop feel from the farms of Wisconsin right to Spokane.916 S. Hatch St., Spokane • Wash. • 241-3083

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Inland Northwest restaurants that live up to the hype

1898 Public House Given Chef Tyler Schwenk’s background as former chef de cuisine at Beverly’s at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, the chance of 1898 Public House being just another boring gastropub was fairly low. The burger ($16) is served with house-cured bacon and Cougar Gold white cheddar, and the fish ($15 for two pieces) is fresh cod accompanied by crispy coleslaw and housemade cocktail sauce. There are 16 regional craft beers on tap (ranging from $5.50 to $8), along with an array of top-shelf liquor and craft cocktails. 2010 Waikiki Rd., Spokane • Wash. • 466-9813

Boots Bakery and Lounge When your vegan, gluten-free, hipster brother from Portland comes to visit, take him to Boots. Start your day with some housemade granola and steamed coconut milk, then pick out something from the deli case to take home for lunch or dinner, along with a brownie or another treat for dessert. Everything here is vegan and glutenfree, and the food and atmosphere rival the trendiest eatery you’ll find in Portland. 24 W. Main Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 703-7223

Casper Fry Public House When the Wall Street Journal singled out Spokane as one of a half-dozen mid-sized cities for food lovers, Casper Fry was one of the restaurants that inspired this designation, thanks to its Southern-inspired flavors with a modern twist. Order the Low Country Shrimp and Grits or anything that comes out of the Josper oven, one of only a handful in the country, that uses charcoal and wood chips for smoking and grilling. 928 S. Perry St., Spokane • Wash. • 535-0536

Veracurz Atun ceviche, Yucatan shrimp and Sinaloa shrimp are displayed at Zona Blanca. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

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Central Food It’s no wonder that Inlander readers chose Central Food as their favorite patio in 2016. You’ve got the city skyline, a view overlooking the river’s natural beauty, and if you time it just right, a primo spot to watch the sun just before it ducks behind a sea of evergreens. Tucked into the north bank of the river, this Kendall Yards spot is perfect for a Sunday brunch, a bite after a long, sweaty ride on the Centennial Trail, or a relaxing dinner. The menu changes with the seasons, and always features locally sourced ingredients and their daily-baked artisan bread. 1335 W. Summit Pkwy., Spokane • Wash. • 315-8036

Chaps Over the years, this shabby-chic eatery and bakery located off of Highway 195 has cultivated a large and particularly devoted following. On weekends, the line frequently snakes out the door, but hearty chorizo omelettes, homemade cinnamon rolls, baked blueberry French toast, and a hug from proprietor Celeste Shaw make it well worth the wait. Friday nights mean live music, low lights and a perfect place to plan a romantic evening out. 4237 S. Cheney-Spokane Rd., Spokane • Wash. • 624-4182

Crafted Tap House + Kitchen Though it’s not on the lake, Crafted’s stylish, expansive patio is arguably the most happening place in downtown Coeur d’Alene. Crafted takes HDG’s rustic, industrial design and adds rotating special menus with fresh ingredients. Mainstays have funky names like the “#42” (ground beef burger with bacon jam, cambazola and arugula) and the “Rockefella Ya’ll” (chicken and vanilla waffles with bacon and huckleberry syrup). Appetizers include the pretzel and white cheddar Hefeweizen fondue and super fuzz chicken wings with blood orange purée, orange juice, and Elysian ale. 523 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-292-4813

Durkin’s Liquor Bar


From the restaurateur family who brought Casper Fry and Madeleine’s Cafe to Spokane, Durkin’s is named after early Spokane liquor tycoon Jimmy Durkin. The highly refined menu offers small plates, salads, sandwiches and traditional plates, balanced by an extensive selection of craft cocktails, drafts and wine. Small plates are plentiful, enough to share yet so delicious you might resist. Hearty lentils and brawny portions of bone marrow pair perfectly with effervescent French 75s. Duck rillettes, served in jam jars and tempered with sweet onion jam, beckon for a glass of syrah.415 W. Main Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 863-9501

Really, all the restaurants inside the urban-chic Saranac Commons — Caffé Affogato, Common Crumb and this delightful gem, Mediterrano — are buzzworthy. We suggest that you start your night here for Mediterranean-style fare like falafel, gyros, and hummus. Then pop into Common Crumb for a French macaron, and finish up your night with an espresso at Caffé Affogato. 19 W. Main Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 309-3116

Gilded Unicorn With a silly name and kitschy artwork covering its walls, The Gilded Unicorn is tucked away in the basement of the Montvale Hotel. In addition to glamorized versions of Rice-A-Roni ($10), and tater-tot casserole ($9), the “Less Hungry” section of the menu has Pigs in a Blanket ($12) featuring a flaky pastry and delicious house-smoked sausage, and a brick-fired pretzel ($9) served with a Gouda fondue. The “More Hungry” section includes creative takes on mac and cheese, Swedish meatballs and a particularly tasty Mini Chicken Dinner, served with pickles, gravy and chicken-fat potatoes ($16).110 S. Monroe St., Spokane • Wash. • 309-3698

Madeleine’s Café & Patisserie We wouldn’t be surprised to hear that Madeleine’s is gaining a national following — especially now with its close proximity to the Davenport Grand Hotel and the well-heeled travelers who stay there. This delightful French cafe is always bustling at breakfast, thanks to its assortment of croissants, pastries, quiches and omelettes. The lunch menu changes daily, but it’s hard not to order the croque monsieur and housemade tomato basil soup every time. It’s that good. 707 W. Main Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 624-2253

Nudo Nudo can be credited with bringing the ramen noodle trend to Spokane with its stylish spot downtown. If you’re picturing something akin to the Top Ramen of your college days, delete that thought. Ramen has long been a staple in Japan, and at Nudo you can get it with barbecue pork, boiled egg and braised bamboo shoots, or as bookends to a burger.818 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 290-5763

Ruins What Ruins lacks in size it more than makes up for in big flavors and a killer vibe. The menu changes weekly here, so one day you might delve into some salmon and beets with a side of shredded Brussels sprouts, and the next it might be a perfectly sized cheeseburger with housemade pickles, or scallops with king oyster mushrooms. Don’t be afraid of change; embrace it at Ruins, along with a tasty craft cocktail.825 N. Monroe St., Spokane • Wash. • 4435606

Santé There are many reasons everyone raves about this local, fine-dining stalwart. The award-winning, French-inspired eatery, run by Chef Jeremy Hansen, is unlike any other in town, with its unwavering adherence to sustainable food practices, including a nose-to-tail butchering philosophy and the careful selection of only the best ingredients from area farms. Almost every item (save for things like cheese) on the menu, from the meat to the sauces

and bread, are made in-house, and the staff at Santé can tell you exactly where each ingredient in your dish came from. 404 W. Main Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 315-4613

Table 13 This restaurant and bar located inside the new Davenport Grand Hotel serves up an extensive list of small plates, ranging from street tacos and stir-fried quinoa to a charcuterie board and ceviche, with nothing surpassing the $13 mark. There’s also a collection of Asian fusion dishes, like the poke and Korean short ribs, which fans may recognize from Chef Ian Wingate’s past restaurants. The Davenport Grand Hotel, 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane • Wash. • 800-918-9344

The Wandering Table Chef Adam Hegsted brings the concept behind his traveling supper club to a location in Kendall Yards, where the restaurant’s tapas-style menu of small plates lets diners experience a variety of flavors and venture a bit outside their comfort zone. The chef’s tasting menu option lets guests name the amount they want to spend per diner, and a customized menu is created on the spot.1242 W. Summit Pkwy., Spokane • Wash. • 443-4410

Zona Blanca Steel Barrel, the combination of a brewing incubator, taproom and ceviche restaurant, is already offering things that the Inland Northwest has never seen. The ceviche spot, Zona Blanca, is Chef Chad White’s first restaurant opening since moving back to Spokane after 15 years away, time spent in the Navy traveling the world before becoming a restaurateur in San Diego (he still owns two spots in the area), and competing on season 13 of TV cooking competition Top Chef. White’s variety of ceviches feature flavors from throughout Mexico, using traditional recipes and newly inspired ones.154 S. Madison St., Spokane • Wash. • 446-9550




The Rules B of Brunch How to improve your breakfast/lunch experience BY LAURA JOHNSON

Fresh-made cinnamon rolls are worth the wait at Cake, the bakery of Chaps.

runch isn’t difficult to whip up at home. It contains a lot of eggs, bacon, sweet breads, perhaps the occasional mimosa. Restaurants know this. It’s cheap for them to make, and they can charge up to $15 for an omelet without batting an eye. Despite that, people are more than willing to pay for the breakfast-meets-lunch experience these days. Here’s how to get through brunch, whenever your friends or family suggest meeting up on weekend mornings.

Expect to wait for a seat

Unless you’re hitting up the Davenport Hotel champagne brunch (pricey at $45 a plate for adults, but so worth it), most joints that serve brunch don’t take reservations. So there could be an hour-plus wait time, depending on when you arrive and how large your party is. Be nice. Especially to the hostess; none of this is her fault. Many places offer free coffee/water stations during the wait; some offer baked goods at the front of the house. Send someone early to get your party name on the list, but know the wait is inevitable, so plan your day around the meal. PRO TIPS: Show up before 9 am or after 2 pm, and your party will most likely be seated right away. Bring purse/pocket snacks to alleviate the wait. If you’re so hangry that you’re going to take out whole cities with your rage, a brunch spot is not for you.

Know your order, but expect a wait here, too

Once you’ve gotten to the table, know that servers aren’t quite ready to take your food order yet.

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Order drinks first, then patiently wait for those to arrive before getting to the meal. PRO TIP: Look at a menu while you’re waiting for seats. Decide what you want then.

Get your money’s worth

Order items that you can’t get anywhere else. We’re talking about the baked oatmeal at Chaps Diner and Bakery and the fried chicken biscuit at Casper Fry. If you’re going to wait for the whole thing anyway, don’t order something ordinary that you could most likely make in your own kitchen. PRO TIP: At brunch buffets, they want you to fill up on bread, salad and eggs. Don’t get distracted. Piling up on the meats and seafood is where you’re getting your money’s worth.

Pay on one tab

As Yards Bruncheon lead server Tracy Agnew explains, if a server has to ring up eight different debit cards, it’s going to take longer to pay the bill and get out of there. “Paying on one check is the best thing in the universe,” Agnew says. PRO TIP: Everyone in your party should bring cash to chip in for the meal. Then it’s all done.

Stick up for yourself

Yes, you should be kind, and as understanding as possible at busy restaurants. But if something goes terribly wrong, you still have rights. If you’re paying for food and it’s cold or completely burnt, let your server know. They want to correct the error. PRO TIP: Tip 20 percent whenever possible.


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A handful of local favorites The Cottage Café We dare you to try to find better breakfast potatoes. Anywhere. The cottage fries here are worth the drive out to this charming English-themed breakfast-and-lunch spot that’s isolated from virtually any housing or neighborhood and situated amongst a bunch of car dealerships. The OJ is always fresh-squeezed, the biscuits are always tender, the freezer jam is always homemade and the parking lot is always full — so be prepared to wait. It’s worth it. 6902 E. Appleway Blvd., Spokane Valley • Wash. • 928-8888

The Historic Davenport Hotel Here in Spokane, you can’t bring up the word “brunch” without someone saying “Davenport buffet” in the next breath. And for good reason. This decadent spread is a wonder to behold, with its artful platters of seafood, cascading chocolate fountain, petit fours, carving stations and of course, mimosas. Holiday seatings fill up fast, so plan ahead and budget accordingly. The Sunday Champagne Brunch buffet is $44.95 for adults, $21 for children 6 to 12. 10 S. Post St., Spokane • Wash. • 455-8888

The Garnet Café The Garnet Café dishes up locally sourced, hearty fare, and that’s why Inlander readers love it here, once again voting the Garnet Café their favorite North Idaho breafast. Breakfasts, like their Northwest omelet or corned beef hash, will leave you full all day. 315 Walnut Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-667-2729

Little Euro Little Euro in the Valley is the Northside’s Old European mini-me. Same owners, same (though reduced) menu, same breakfast and lunch favorites, but a smaller, sleeker interior. You

can have a mimosa made with freshsqueezed orange juice, or red beer with your German potato pancakes or Danish aebleskivers. 517 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley • Wash. • 891-7662

Michael D’s Eatery Brunch is a big deal at Michael D’s. So go big, with an order of chicken-fried steak, or feel like you’ve skipped right to dessert with some paleo pancakes or waffles. Michael D’s is only open for breakfast and lunch, but you can still get a Bloody Mary or Irish coffee.203 E. Coeur d’Alene Lake Dr., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-676-9049

Old European Old European is a stalwart of Spokane’s breakfast scene, beloved for its scratch-made goods made from recipes that crossed the Atlantic from France, Denmark, and Germany. Think crêpes, Dutch babies, German pancakes and aebleskivers. The whipped cream is always real, the orange juice fresh squeezed and breafast is always served all day. 7640 N. Division St., Spokane • Wash. • 467-5987 | 1710 E. Schneidmiller Ave., Post Falls • Idaho • 208-777-2017 | 455 S. Grand Ave., Pullman • Wash. • 334-6381

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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The Yards Bruncheon In Kendall Yards, across from the Inlander offices, The Yards offers both classic and innovative diner fare. The banana pancakes are delicious, of course. The Dutch babies come hot in a cast-iron pan. Want something bolder? Order the French toast burger — a burger in between two maple-syrupsoaked pieces of French toast. Our favorite is the roasted avacado omelette with candied walnuts and goat cheese. It might seem like a strange combination, but it totally works. 1248 W. Summit Pkwy., Spokane • Wash. • 290-5952

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Students get hands-on experience at the Kitchen Engine’s farm-to-table cooking class.

Cook T Like a Pro Expert chefs in local cooking classes can have you rolling your own sushi or making vegan burgers in no time BY BLYTHE THIMSEN

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he idea of making my own sushi roll was akin to making my own gum. There are some things you just don’t make on your own. They are meant to be made by someone else: an expert. Sushi fell into that category for me, and I was convinced there was no way I could make those delicate rolls, handcrafted by trained chefs. Yet, there I was, wrapped in an apron and standing before an open counter with a bowl of rice to one side, sheets of seaweed paper and a recipe to the other side. It was the INCA After Dark program, which offers “interactive courses for fledgling to more accomplished cooks, taught by the region’s top chefs in Spokane Community College’s state-of-the-art teaching kitchen.” I rank closer to the “fledgling” end of the cook spectrum, and yet, by the end of the night, there were four perfectly packed sushi rolls, filled, rolled, sliced and boxed. I was completely impressed with the outcome. Turns out anyone can learn to cook like a pro if they have the right guidance. More and more, people are embracing cooking classes, learning how to cook under the tutelage of trained chefs. “I’m surprised at the response,” says Sandra Gunn, owner of The Culinary Stone in Coeur d’Alene. She originally thought they would offer classes four times per month; however, the demand was so high, they soon had to increase that to 12 times per month, with a combination of structured classes and private classes for events like birthdays, bachelor parties and


Girls’ Nights Out. From classes that cover basic concepts, like a recent Gourmet Grilling: Veggies & Steaks class at INCA, to a specialized class like Navarin of Lamb with Spring Vegetables, which was offered this spring at The Gourmet Way in Hayden, Idaho, cooking classes allow you to dabble in the culinary world. With typical cooking classes lasting two hours and ranging, locally, from $40 to $60 per person, it’s more expensive than your typical dinner; however, looking at the long-term rate of return (aka learning a skill), it’s a worthwhile investment. For those who would like new recipes and ideas that cater to their dietary needs, a cooking class is a great option. Several local cooking classes provide lessons for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. A class featuring meatless burgers that are gluten and dairy-free kicked off the summer at The Kitchen Engine, located in Spokane’s historic Flour Mill. It’s one thing to open a cookbook and try to follow a recipe, but it’s altogether different to get hands-on experience with a trained chef who can help with technique, offer hints and, when your sushi roll falls apart, lend a skilled helping hand. The right chef can make or break a class, which is why Gunn is very selective about who gets to teach at The Culinary Stone. “We have nine active chefs, and they are high caliber,” she says. “These are highly trained, professional, technical chefs; these are not hobby chefs.” After a few cooking classes, you too might be more than a hobby chef.

COOKING CLASSES These local spots are favorites for cooking classes. INCA After Dark will have you cooking in the same culinary kitchens used by students at the academy, while The Kitchen Engine, The Culinary Stone and The Gourmet Way offer classes within their retail locations, which is handy if you want to pick up any cooking gadgets while there. The Kitchens at Second Harvest is another option for folks who want to master the art of scratch cooking, with an emphasis on utilizing locally sourced, nutritious ingredients. While the primary mission of The Kitchens is to serve the people who utilize their food pantries, anyone is welcome to attend their classes.

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Jamie Aquino demonstrates at the Kitchen Engine.



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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1 CHATTAROY CHEESE CO. FARMSTEAD GOAT CHEESE This creamy chèvre is made from the milk of Nubian goats, which are known for high milk-fat content. Aside from being rather nice to look at, the Chipotle Garlic flavor has a great Southwestern kick to it, perfectly balanced by the coolness of the cheese. Available from late spring through late autumn at Main Market, Huckleberry’s, Rosauers, Petunias Market and local farmers markets. $7-$10

4 PAPA RAY’S MARKETPLACE ULTIMATE VANILLA SCONE MIX Papa Ray believes that not all baking mixes are created equal, and his European-recipe scone mixes prove his point rather nicely. His vanilla scone mix is great for the scone purist, with a flawless texture and sprinkling of raw sugar on top. Or it can be a perfect base for adding berries, nuts or chocolate chips. Find it at Egger’s, Decorum, Hallett’s Market, Super 1 Foods and the Culinary Stone. $5.50/bag

2 GEBARDI CHICAGO PIZZA CRUST MIX AND SAUCE Generations ago, the Gebardis were Italian-American immigrants with ties to Al Capone’s gang in Chicago. They’ve long since left the criminal life and committed to restoring honor to the Gebardi name with delicious Italian food. Their pizza crust mix and pizza sauce are flying off the shelves in more than 120 stores in four states, but it’s still made in Sandpoint. Find it at Main Market. Crust mix $4.79, sauce $8.50

5 FLORA YOGURT COMPANY This yogurt is nothing like the sugarladen, processed stuff you’ll find at most stores. It’s made in small batches from local organic milk and sold in charming Mason jars for a downhome feel. It’s available in five strains, including Swedish Filmjölk and Bulgarian, each with a unique taste and texture, but all equally delicious. Find it at Batch Bakeshop, Rocket Market, Main Market, Huckleberry’s and Petunias. $5 pint, $8 quart

3 TOM SAWYER COUNTRY COFFEE HAND-ROASTED COFFEE BEANS Tom Sawyer (yes, that’s his real name) has been in the Washington coffee business for nearly 50 years — long enough to have witnessed the rise of coffee giants like Starbucks and Seattle’s Best Coffee. If you try his hand-roasted coffee, we bet you’ll never return to either of those places again. His specialty-grade Arabica beans brew into a perfectly balanced, heavenly cup o’ joe. Find it at Petunias or Tom Sawyer Country Coffee shops. About $11/bag

6 SANDS TRAIL FARMS HOT PICKLED PEPPERS Pickling has become a trend these days, but Sands Trail Farms in Chattaroy has been doing it long before it was cool. These peppers are made with a decades-old recipe, perfect as a spicy snack or as a classy hors d’oeuvre. Find these and their other pickled items at Main Market and Rocket Market. $8/jar 238-9489 — LAURA REGESTER

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The savory smell that hits you when first you walk into King of Ramen quickly makes you forget you’re in a Division Street strip mall. A long bar lets diners hunker down over the large, steaming bowls as they watch the cooks, while tables sit underneath walls decorated with Japanese art. But back to that smell. It comes from the delicious pork and chicken broth that is made daily and boiled for hours with all-natural ingredients and seasonings. This is Hakata-style ramen, where the noodles tend to be thinner and each bowl comes with

Really, really hungry? Come here for a buffet that will blow your mind. It runs you about 10 bucks. Otherwise, stop in for dinner and pick up takeout from this Spokane institution. 3110 N. Division St., Spokane • Wash. • 3277313      




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A favorite among diners in Liberty Lake and the Valley, Ding How features 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 for a night in, get some takeout for two.1332 N. Liberty Lake Rd., Liberty Lake • Wash. • 9211901

The menu at Queen of Sheba is full of dishes both traditional and exotic — traditional to chef and owner Almaz Ainuu’s homeland, and exotic for American customers who perhaps have never eaten Ethiopian food before she opened in the Flour Mill building more than five years ago. Those years introduced Inland Northwest food lovers to an array of dishes perfected by the former preschool teacher, a mix of vegetarian and meat entrées layered with spices and rich flavors. The Flour Mill, 621 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 328-3958


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Tucked in a blue strip mall on Northwest Boulevard, Cafe Carambola features 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. 610 W. Hubbard St., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-676-8784

chashu, a Japanese-style pork. 1601 N. Division St., Spokane • Wash. • 3217050


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Top of India Top of India’s dinner menu offers a little something for everyone, including lamb, chicken, beef, seafood, and of course veggies. The restaurant also specializes in tandoori cooking. Consider the Chicken Tikka or Tandoori Prawn. 11114 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • Wash. • 927-0500

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Chef’s Week founder Jeremy Hansen demonstrates how to break down a pig carcass. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

Adventures in Eating New local events expand beyond the weekend food festival, and are sure to satisfy all appetites


here is no shortage of love for Pig Out In The Park. For 37 years, we’ve flocked to the park, stuffed ourselves silly and called it a day. But to get all of our food festival consumption done in six measly days seems like the “boa constrictor” approach to eating: consume mass quantities all in one sitting and spend the other 349 days digesting until the next feast. Luckily, our community’s culinary wizards realized we could use a snack to tide us over, so they came up with these perfect food festival additions.

Inlander Restaurant Week

Just when the end-of-winter blahs are setting in, and the thought of warming up one more can of soup or is too much to handle, along comes Inlander Restaurant Week. Yes, we’re a little biased, because it is our gig, but come on, it’s pretty darn genius. With more than 100 restaurants participating, and 10 days in which to eat your way through Spokane, Liberty Lake, Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene, you’re guaranteed to find a new favorite restaurant. Three courses at each stop and one price — anywhere between $19 and $29 — means your waist might slightly expand and your wallet might slightly shrink, but you’ll be feasting on the finest food the area has to offer.

Chef’s Week PNW

At Chef’s Week PNW, 10 talented top chefs gather together to celebrate all things food-related. Nor-

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BY BLYTHE THIMSEN mally scattered in different restaurants, tucked into their respective kitchens making the magic happen, it’s a rare occurrence for 10 chefs of this caliber (think Tony Brown of Ruins, Top Chef Season 13’s Chad White of Zone Blanca, and Adam Hegsted of the Wandering Table, to name just three) to gather to collaborate on five meals and offer demonstrations. Wash that down with interactions with people from the food and wine scene, and the chance to sample food truck offerings during the day, and you’ve got the makings for a successful food event!

Coeur d’Alene Casino’s Farm to Fork Series

As you raise your fork to your lips, pause for a moment and consider: Do you know where that delicious meal you’re tucking into came from? While people may not be pausing mid-bite to ponder such questions, they’re thinking about the source of their food more and more. For foodies eager to to take advantage of local produce, and to shorten the distance from the farm to their fork, the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort has bit into this trend with their Farm to Fork series. An on-site farmer’s market at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort’s Chinook Meadow will have you seeing green (or red, yellow, orange or purple) with the bounty of fresh, colorful area produce. If stocking up on wholesome goodness wasn’t enough, the cooking demonstrations that follow will up your ante when it comes to prowess

in the kitchen. The 2016 series saw the addition of celebrity chefs Antonia Lofaso, from Cutthroat Kitchen, and Iron Chef’s Cat Cora for the demonstrations, which only whets the appetite for next year’s event. An end-of-season barbecue rib cook-off seals the deal. Grab your fork and find the tine to attend!


Let’s be honest. Sometimes you want great food, but you just want to stay in your Saturday weekend wear to eat it, and to not have to use your inside voice at a restaurant. And sometimes, you just want your food from a truck. What used to be considered sketchy mobile food huts have now become flat-out chic. Food trucks may have caught on sooner in larger cities (consider the cluster of permanent food trucks in downtown Portland), but better late than never, Spokane has fully jumped on the bandwagon — or chuckwagon — with a growing fleet of food trucks. Tony Epefanio, president of the Greater Spokane Food Truck Association, says that more that 600 people attended this year’s Maytoberfest, the second annual festival celebrating Spokane’s food trucks. Maytoberfest 2016 saw 17 trucks participating, all offering samples of their fare under the umbrella of one general admission ticket. As with any good food festival, an accompanying beer garden rounds out the festivities.

The patio at Tony’s offer panoramic views of Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Waterfront Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery

As the nation’s first restaurant distillery, Bardenay may be most famous for their spirits that are made in the building, but the food is just as spectacular, and the list of entrees rival their selection of spirits; dishes span from pad Thai, to cider-brined pork chops, black bean and sweet potato chimichangas to meatloaf sandwiches. 1710 W. Riverstone Dr., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-765-1540

Bistro on Williams Lake On the banks of Williams Lake, 15 miles southwest of Cheney, the Bistro (formerly Klink’s on the Lake) has quickly elevated itself to destination dining status, thanks to delicious surf-andturf selections and well-priced breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Live music on Fridays and Saturdays enhance the beauty of the atmosphere during the summer. 18617 Williams Lake Rd., Cheney • Wash. • 235-2391

The Boathouse Bar & Grill The name of the restaurant has changed over the years, but the gorgeous view from Hayden Lake Marina has not. Recently under new management, the Boathouse has filled in the menu with chef Gabe Cruz’s signature

Lake views are part of the appeal of these nine restaurants

Southern- and New Orleans-style comfort foods like Spunky Crawfish Chowder ($10) and Pulled Pork Enchiladas ($11), or the Green Eggs and Ham Burger with tangy cotija cheese and Cruz’s spicy salsa verdé ($11).3799 E. Hayden Lake Rd., Hayden • Idaho • 208-772-5057

lunch and dinner menus have a dedication to locally sourced ingredients and a sprawling menu that runs from steak and fettucine, to burgers, rib-eye steaks and sesame-crusted ahi tuna. Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St., Lobby Floor, Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-765-4000

Cedars Floating Restaurant

The Floating Restaurant

The Lake City’s most authentic lakeside dining experience — because it’s literally floating on the water — recently debuted an entirely new outdoor deck to allow for year-round, open-air dining. The year-round element comes into play with heating options and enclosures to protect diners from the weather during the cooler months. Besides the new deck, the restaurant also has spruced up its popular salad bar, upping the number of toppings and ingredients to 40 items. 1514 S Marina Dr., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-6642922

On Hope Marina with views of Lake Pend Oreille, this destination seafood restaurant offers 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

Dockside Voted best dessert by Inlander readers, Dockside Restaurant at Coeur d’Alene Resort specializes in killer cheesecakes, pies, German chocolate cakes and huckleberry cobbler made fresh in its in-house bakery. But don’t forget brunch. Or lunch or dinner. The

Hill’s Resort Nestled between the trees, right on Priest Lake, sits Hill’s Resort, which has been owned and operated by the Hill family since 1946. George Hill wanted to open a resort on the lake he loved after returning from World War II; combined with his wife Lois’ love for the region, they made their dream resort a reality, still visited by many today. Their son Scott has been the chef at Hill’s for the past 20 years, cooking up the family’s Italian recipes.4777 W.

Lakeshore Rd., Priest Lake • Idaho • 208-443-2551

Tony’s on the Lake Tony’s sits alongside one of Lake Coeur d’Alene’s many inlets, a location that allows diners to feel far from Coeur d’Alene’s summer bustle. The Northern Italian-influenced menu includes appetizers like arancini, breaded meat risotto balls stuffed with cheese and served with marinara sauce, along with more familiar antipasto salads. The menu is full of seafood options — scallops, prawns and salmon — but turf is also well-represented6823 E. Coeur d’Alene Dr., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-667-9885

Trinity at City Beach Ask savvy tourists the best time for lakefront dining and they might say off-season. That’s when places like Trinity at City Beach really shine. Catering to tourists and townies alike, the restaurant is located inside Best Western’s adjacent Edgewater Hotel. A daily full-service menu, breakfast through late night, and full bar allow it to run the gamut from fine dining to festive community events.58 Bridge St., Sandpoint • Idaho • 208-255-7558




South Perry’s prosciuto pizza is finished with fresh arugula and cherry tomatoes.


Bennidito’s Pizza

The 20-plus pizzas on Bennidito’s menu feature 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 or Boogie Fever. Get some of their famous Beer Buddies to go along with your pint of Bennidito’s craft beer and do some high-quality carbo loading. 1426 S. Lincoln St., Spokane • Wash. • 455-7411 | 1909 E. Sprague Ave., 290-5018

The Boiler Room Located in the mixed-use Cedar Crossing development, the Boiler Room serves up a menu of wood-fired craft pizza served piping hot on long wooden boards. Try the “Fireball,” topped with Italian sausage, pepperoni, panc-

etta, peppers, chili flakes and Sriracha hot sauce. 6501 N. Cedar St., Spokane • Wash. • 863-9213

Fire Artisan Pizza With a classy, welcoming ambience, Fire Artisan Pizza serves the same fresh pizza in Spokane as it does at its sister restaurant in Coeur d’Alene. Each pizza — ranging from margherita to one loaded with sausage, pepperoni, salami and bacon — is cooked quickly in a sweltering brick oven, hence the name Fire.816 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 413-1856 | 517 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208676-1743

The Flying Goat The artisanal pizza movement arrived in the Inland Northwest some time ago, but the folks at the Flying Goat were one of the first on the scene when they opened in 2010. This neighbor-

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Our guide to help you find your favorite pie hood hotspot in northwest Spokane is always bustling, no matter the season. Those warm summer nights on the patio as the sun sinks low in the sky, enjoying a crisp, slightly charred-crust pie topped with fresh and flavorful ingredients — like house-cured meats — are the blissful moments that keep the Goat’s devotees coming back for more. 3318 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane • Wash. • 327-8277

McClain’s Pizzeria The pizza dough at McClain’s is made fresh daily, then topped with specially seasoned marinara sauce and Galbani mozzarella cheese from Italy. The restaurant continues to add new pizzas and wraps, but the Roslyn pizza — Canadian bacon, cashews, minced garlic and artichoke hearts — remains a favorite. 10208 N. Division St., Spokane • Wash. • 828-4288

Monterey Café Once a month, Monterey Café hosts Give Back Wednesdays, a night dedicated entirely to one local nonprofit. The restaurant/bar whips up some grub and hosts a silent auction featuring gift baskets jammed with goodies donated by other local businesses. Just one more reason to love this place, with its great slices, cheap drinks and talented karaoke singers.9 N. Washington St., Spokane • Wash. • 868-0284

Pacific Avenue Pizza Come to Pacific Avenue Pizza, purveyors of the best (and only) New Yorkstyle pizza in Browne’s Addition, for the food. Linger longer for the drinks: Follow them on Facebook for news of rotating deals. 2001 W. Pacific Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 624-0236

The Park Inn This South Hill institution continues to charm customers with stiff drinks and tasty food, including what we would argue are the cheesiest pizzas you can find in the Inland Northwest. This oldschool approach seems to be working — the P.I. is consistently packed with health-care workers, neighborhood regulars, beer lovers and impromptu class reunions.107 W. 9th St., Spokane • Wash. • 747-4425

Pete’s Pizza Since 1972, it’s been all about the calzones at Pete’s Pizza. No wonder it’s a right of passage for Gonzaga students to make their way to this Spokane institution that remains fairly untouched by time. The calzones live up to hype, thanks to their homemade pizza dough blanketed in a sweet, slightly spicy marinara sauce and piled with fresh ingredi-

ents. 2328 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane • Wash. • 326-1900 | 821 E. Sharp Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 487-9795

Republic Pi When its owners opened Republic Pi, a sister restaurant to the Flying Goat and Downriver Grill, they wanted to make the pizzas different, but not too different. They spent a lot of time perfecting the dough to combine the Neapolitan style with New World. The new pies include the Republic, a puttanesca pizza with fried calamari, and a vegan pie called the Naturalist, spread with green garbanzos and topped with roasted peppers, smoked onions, carrots, mushrooms and Brussels sprouts. Spokane brews help wash it all down.611 E. 30th Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 624-3202

South Perry Pizza South Perry Pizza was instrumental in

the transformation of the South Perry District into a vibrant destination a few years ago. 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 mascarpone-based prosciutto pizza ($14) is more reminiscent of its European counterparts.1011 S. Perry St., Spokane • Wash. • 290-6047      

Veraci After crafting their pizzas from a food cart for so long, Veraci finally took up residence in Kendall Yards in summer 2014. Now Veraci’s menu extends beyond the artisan-style pizzas it’s known for, offering a lineup of traditional Italian appetizers — caprese, a foccacia platter, antipasti — and several salads.

Housemade tiramisu and cheesecake round out any meal. The restaurant’s bar is stocked with local and regional craft beers and wine, and the patio has killer views of the Spokane River. 1333 W. Summit Pkwy., Spokane • Wash. • 389-0029

Zentropa Pizzeria and Pub Choose from about 16 thin-crust pizzas or opt for a sandwich like the BLT or the mushroom-dressed 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 pizza dough topped with garlic butter and cheese. 122 College Ave., Cheney • Wash. • 2354338

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Fresh fish is always on the menu at these local sushi joints

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A sushi chef can have his fish sent from Seattle or Sydney or wherever. 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 • Wash. • 244-3545 | 1321 W. Third Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 624-5553

Bonsai Bistro Across from the scenic Coeur d’Alene Resort, Bonsai Bistro is a popular spot for resort-goers and locals to get top-notch sushi and Pan-Asian cuisine featuring a blend of Chinese, Japanese and other Asian styles and flavors. When summer crowds leave the Lake City, Inland Northwest sushi lovers can rejoice: Bonsai’s famous Thursday all-you-can-eat sushi day

begins (11 am-9 pm). Adults pay $25 and kids under 10 eat free with a paying adult. 101 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-765-4321

Ginger Asian Bistro This cozy South Hill restaurant is always packed, and it’s not hard to figure out why. The rolls are delicious — stuffed with fresh fish and warm vegetables and wrapped in some of the creamiest, stickiest rice you’ll ever eat. Their most popular roll, they tell us, is the Las Vegas. We concur. It’s good, but we heartily recommend the Bruce Lee. Be warned, parking is scarce here and wait times can be long, but Ginger is worth it.1228 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane • Wash. • 3155201

Kaiju Sushi With brightly colored glass in the windows and turquoise waves on the walls — diners are eye-level with busy Sherman and Fourth avenues — Kaiju


has a whimsical, underwater feel. Owner Frank Ciccone serves up sushi until midnight every night, and a variety of it at that. With classics such as a spicy tuna or California roll, Kaiju also serves inventive originals, like the Oodako, with duck confit, daikon, cucumber, avocado, shrimp, hoisin and mayo. 424 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-966-4019

QQ Sushi & Kitchen It’s easy to spend a lot of money at QQ; the diminutive shop has a lot to offer. There’s also plenty for diners on a budget, since one of their delicious rolls, like the salmon, tuna and yellowtailbased Ranow ($11) or Rock’n ($11), yellowtail slathered with spicy scallops and avacado, are a meal unto themselves. 1902 W. Francis Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 279-2721

Sushi Sakai After five years in the Spokane Valley, Sushi Sakai moved to the edge of Gonzaga’s campus, trading in an old,

run-down building for an airy new space better suited to showcase the fresh, colorful traditional Asian fare. Sushi is the obvious attraction, and a recent visit featured a remarkably tasty Rainbow Roll that balanced salmon, shrimp, white tuna, ahi tuna and crab. The Salmon Killer Roll is another mustmunch for its combo of spicy salmon and asparagus. 829 E. Boone Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 340-9743 Though first-timers at may argue over whether or not the “dot com” is pronounced in its name, the real debate begins when trying to narrow down which rolls to order. It’s hard to go wrong, so try an Awesome Roll with spicy tuna, lobster salad and cucumber, or a Spokane Roll with grilled super white tuna.430 W. Main Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 838-0630

Syringa Japanese Café Syringa serves up sushi so delicious that those who don’t make reservations

often find themselves waiting in line. Try the Spice Duck Tataki, a pan-seared, Togarashi-dusted Muscovy duck breast served atop a bed of onions and garlicsoy reduction ($8). 1401 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-664-2718

Ugly Fish There’s nothing unsightly about Ugly Fish, located in Coeur d’Alene’s upscale Riverstone development. A swanky black, red and chrome bar flanks one wall. Along with the adjacent sushi counter, it’s framed in subtle neon lighting that shifts colors from green to blue, like you’re swaying gently underwater. Sushi is a big draw, occupying well over a third of the menu. Look for typical offerings: sushi, sashimi, bento box. 1927 W. Riverstone Dr., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-667-6389

the street from Whitworth University. Despite the sleek, modern décor, you’ll find 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 • Wash. • 290-5573

The Wave Island Sports Grill and Sushi Bar If you like your sushi with a little football on the side, than head to The Wave, where Hawaiian, Japanese and American influences are fused together on a menu full of sushi rolls, Kalua pork, and Kobe burgers. Watch Monday Night Football or the NBA playoffs on one of the 22 HD screens, or enjoy the warbling of amateur karaoke. 525 W. First Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 747-2023

Wasabi Bistro and Sushi Bar Arguably Spokane’s prettiest sushi bar (and perhaps one of the tastiest, too), Wasabi is located on the corner of Division and Hawthorne, just across

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White linen tablecloths, intimate seating and exceptional French cuisine make Fleur de Sel a perfect choice for date night.



From date night to anniversary celebrations, these restaurants have your covered

315 Martinis and Tapas

The Black Cypress

Located in the historic Greenbriar Inn, 315 Martinis and Tapas is an elegant yet casual answer to fine dining. Open at 3:15 pm Tuesday through Saturday, small plates feature everything from sesame-encrusted yellowfin tuna to coconut curry shrimp and a bruschetta that’s hard to beat. In the summer, the outdoor seating is the place to be. The cold months mean snuggling up for bites by the fireplace — not a bad option, either.315 Wallace Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-667-9660

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. 215 E. Main St., Pullman • Wash. • 334-5800

Beverly’s Beverly’s unparalleled, panoramic views of Lake Coeur d’Alene, combined with cosmopolitan décor, attentive service and a wine cellar boasting more than 14,000 bottles, make for an elegant dining experience worthy of a special celebration. The half-dozen fresh shucked oysters are an amazing prelude to dinner or companion to drinks. 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 800-688-4142

The Cellar Adam Hegsted is back at the helm of The Cellar, not just as a chef, but now as the owner. Hegsted quickly revamped the menu toward shared plates, similar to The Wandering Table, his popular Kendall Yards eatery. Bites and Tastes are designed to share. Order dishes like Honey Roasted Chicken Confit or Northwest Paella. Or better yet, opt for the chef’s tasting menu. Tell the chef how much you’d like to spend per per-

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son, and then let him guide your meal. 317 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-664-9463”

Clover The quaint location in a refurbished, turn-of-the-century Craftsman bungalow is enough to draw diners inside, but the award-winning cocktails and a menu of local ingredients will keep them coming back again. Herbs are grown in an on-site greenhouse, and almost everything is made from scratch, including the bread used in all of Clover’s dishes. Bakery items are also offered for purchase to savor at home. Fresh, seasonal ingredients are highlighted on the ever-changing menu depending on the time of year, but for dessert you really should try the melt-in-your-mouth orangesicle cake. 913 E. Sharp Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 487-2937

Fleur de Sel Expect exquisite French cuisine, without exorbitant prices or snooty service, at this gracious restaurant perched

above Post Falls. Chef and co-owner Laurent Zirotti went to cooking school in the French Alps, but after living here for 20 years, some Northwest influences shine through in his cooking. Fleur de Sel changes its menus seasonally, but the best time to visit is in the summer when you can dine on their cozy, sun-drenched patio with views of the Highlands golf course and the surrounding mountains. 4365 E. Inverness Dr., Post Falls • Idaho • 208-777-7600

Hay J’s Bistro While the exterior of Hay J’s may not inspire romantic fantasies, once you’re inside, you’ll see why we suggest that Hay J’s makes it into your rotation of date-night restaurants. This intimate bistro with low lights and flickering candles has a wine list that boasts approximately 100 choices and a menu that features steaks, lamb, pasta and risottos, but seafood remains the most popular genre. 21706 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake • Wash. • 926-2310

Quality Meats • Fresh Seafood • Craft Beer • Wine Hay J's Dressings • Sauces • Heat & Eat Meals • Wine Club

Luna Up on the far southern edge of Spokane’s South Hill, Luna hides in a mostly residential pocket off 57th Street, but don’t let its lower visibility keep you from finding this gem. The natural-light-filled restaurant offers a seasonal, scratch-made and localingredient-focused menu, not unlike its regional counterparts. Though it offers favorites like wood-fired pizza made in an oven imported from Naples, Italy, Luna also caters to those with gluten sensitivities. In the summer, don’t miss the chance to sit on Luna’s beautifully shaded patio.5620 S. Perry St., Spokane • Wash. • 4482383

Max at Mirabeau Date night in the Spokane Valley often means a trip to Max at Mirabeau, the Valley’s answer to fine dining. They pride themselves on creating innovative cuisine with the freshest locally sourced ingredients they can find. 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 Spokane Valley.1100 N. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley • Wash. • 922-6252

Mizuna  Sit underneath the twinkly lights in Mizuna’s urban courtyard framed by old brick buildings, and you can almost pretend you’re dining in an outdoor café in Paris. Originally a vegetarian restaurant, Mizuna now meets the needs of vegans and omnivores with a creative menu full of dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. 214 N. Howard St., Spokane • Wash. • 747-2004

Palm Court Grille What’s more romantic than basking in the palatial grandeur of the historic Davenport hotel? Enjoy a table for two by the fireplace in the lobby or enjoy the intimacy of the tall, private booths inside the Palm Court Grill. Their signature Crab Louis was created and made famous more

than a century ago for hotelier Louis Davenport. Expect a traditional finedining menu of steaks, seafood and pasta dishes. The Historic Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St., Spokane • Wash. • 789-6848

Scratch Dining out at Scratch is a delightfully metropolitan experience. The long, narrow restaurant is flanked by exposed brick walls adorned with abstract art. White linen tablecloths and low light add to the ambiance. The cuisine is contemporary Northwest with a splash of Asian fusion. On a cold winter night, you can never go wrong with the Hot Pot: scallops, prawns, clams, fresh fish, andouille sausage, red peppers, onions and fingerling potatoes in a savory, spicy tomato broth. 1007 W. First Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 456-5656


The Butcher Block at Hay J's is committed to offering the finest selection in Beef, Pork, Poultry, Seafood, along with the friendly service of an old time neighborhood butcher shoppe. 21724 W. Mission Ave. Liberty Lake, WA 509-928-4530

Fine Dining to Stimulate Your Senses

Wild Sage American Bistro At Wild Sage, Executive Chef Charlie Connor wants everyone to be able to enjoy the restaurant’s delicious dishes, and for diners to feel good about their choices from a health perspective, too. Connor is gluten-intolerant himself, so anyone with sensitivities can trust they’ll be taken care of on that front. Aside from that, the creative, diverse and always-local menu ranges from coconut curry pasta to steaks and burgers. The one item at Wild Sage that you really must try at least once is the incredibly savory and creamy Yukon gold potato taquitos. 916 W. Second Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 456-7575     

21706 E. Mission Ave • Liberty Lake, WA 509-926-2310 •

Safari Room 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; 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 • Wash. • 789-6800

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From street tacos and burritos to carne asada, a selection of the region’s Mexican food

Aracelias II A family-run institution that serves up home-style Mexican specialties in a comfortable, casual atmosphere. Try the Grande Burrito or the chile rellenos.7905 E. Trent Ave., Spokane Valley • Wash. • 924-4604

Atilano’s Atilano’s serves up damn good California-style burritos for damn cheap prices. Their menu, which includes the Washington burrito (stuffed with grilled chicken, potatoes, cheese, guacamole and sour cream) is a nice complement to their original California burrito (steak, potatoes, cheese and salsa). They’re open until 3 am on Fridays and Saturdays at the downtown location, making them close to heaven at the end of a long night of drinking 725 W. Third St., Spokane • Wash. • 838-7677 | 12210 N. Division St., • 4662847 | 3624 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 534-7677 | 18 E. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-667-7677

Borrachos Tacos & Tequileria This trendy downtown Mexican restaurant has a menu full of the regular

burritos, chimichangas, and tostadas, so you’ll never leave hungry. Beware; salsa costs extra. So make sure you hit up their happy hour for a discounted margarita or their very popular Taco Tuesdays, where you can scarf down some street tacos for only a buck (regularly $2).211 N. Division, Spokane • Wash. • 822-7789

El Que The intimate brick nook, attached to the back of The Elk in Browne’s Addition, serves handheld Mexican food, Mexican beer and an impressive selection of tequila. Drink and food specials rotate, so be sure to ask, but you can never go wrong with a couple of pork tacos and a Negra Modelo. 141 S. Cannon St., Spokane • Wash. • 624-5412

Fiesta Mexicana Family-owned and family-friendly, Fiesta Mexicana is frequently packed, but don’t let the full 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-thanexpected offerings of fish and vegetar-

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ian 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 • Wash. • 455-7117 | 2605 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-665-2400

Palenque This local chain of Mexican restaurants has managed to bookend Spokane with a location to the west in Cheney and another in Liberty Lake. The affordably priced yet classy eatery serves up a traditional take on Mexican fare while not skimping on creativity. Consider the carnitas or moles.1102 N. Liberty Lake Rd., Liberty Lake • Wash. • 928-3112 | 20 Simpson Pkwy., Cheney • Wash. • 235-9010

Rancho Chico A moment after entering this colorful spot, you’ll invariably be greeted at the door with a “Hola, amigo!” It’s worth going just for the original margarita. Their rice, authentic and flavorful, tastes even better to the sound of mariachi music. You can also buy their hot salsa to take home.2023 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane • Wash. • 327-2723

Tacos El Sol Since 2008, the Tacos El Sol taco food truck has been feeding hungry lunchers (including Inlander staffers when the office was downtown) with gloriously authentic taco fare. Tongue tacos are available only on Thursday and Friday, but carne asada, or steak, is still what most people order.401 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 2162554

Tacos Tumbras Meat is what Tacos Tumbras does right. From the outside, its location on Second Avenue (there’s another in Spokane Valley, along with two food trucks) doesn’t exactly tell people what they’ll experience upon walking in. An inviting cafe atmosphere run by a family is what you’ll find. The menu offers chorizo, al pastor, and lengua tacos like other restaurants in town, but what puts them above the pack is the inclusion of tripe (intestines) and cabeza (beef head).1325 W. Second Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 456-8226

Gastropubs The Backyard

The Backyard takes over the former home of the Broadway Bar and Grill, and the former dive bar has been overhauled, both physically and gastronomically. The spot exudes the feel of a neighborhood pub, serving the sort of creative (yet affordable) cuisine that might come as a surprise. With interior walls of reclaimed wood from Kettle Falls, high wooden tables and warm lighting, there’s a comforting vibe that’s easy to sink into. It’s also managed to attract three chefs formerly of Luna on the South Hill; they’ve created a menu of upscale comfort food like chicken and waffles, mac and cheese and a tasty pub appetizers.1811 W. Broadway Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 822-7338

The Blackbird Tavern + Kitchen In the historic Broadview Dairy building on the north bank of the Spokane River, the Blackbird is best explained as the more refined version of its pubfood counterpart, Manito Tap House, both owned by local restaurateur Patrick McPherson. A menu of upscale comfort food — with appetizers like “malted waffle hush puppies” and a brisket sandwich on a sticky bun — was influenced by head chef Molly Patrick’s upbringing in Atlanta. 905 N. Washington St., Spokane • Wash. • 392-4000

Lantern Taphouse The Lantern Tap House has played a big role in the revitalization of the South Perry neighborhood. The menu’s inspiration comes from the desire to offer all scratch-made food that elevates the quality and experience beyond that of typical pubs. And with a commitment to great beer, the Lantern often playing host to a variety of events throughout the year.1004 S. Perry St., Spokane • Wash. • 315-9531

Manito Tap House  One of the only spots in the region with certified cicerones — the term for

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a carefully trained beer expert, like a sommelier, but for beer. But this South Hill hangout excels in much more than beer, boasting seasonal menus of made-fresh, from-scratch food that complement whatever you’re sipping. 3011 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane • Wash. • 279-2671

Prohibition Prohibition’s candy-coated bacon is one highlight of the restaurant’s classic gastropub fare, a menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads and savory, indulgent appetizers. Chef John Leonetti also makes his own beef patty mix for Prohibition’s burgers, adding an unusual ingredient alongside the seasoning: coffee grounds. In the bar, the focus leans toward whiskey, bourbon and scotch, but also features several local and regional beer tap handles and regional wines.1914 N. Monroe St., Spokane • Wash. • 474-9040

Bar featuring regional craft beers, wine and spirits. view open kitchens with BRICK ovens!

Saranac Public House This gastropub offers gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan as a matter of course in a laid-back environment, with abundant seating indoors and out. Another reason to like the Saranac Public House on Facebook: They announce specials online. Also, their buffalo chicken sandwich is killer, as is their beer selection.21 W. Main Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 473-9455

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Timber Gastropub

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Timber isn’t just a name. The walls are festooned with sepia-toned photographs of rugged logging operations and rough-cut wood slats, and the servers wear red suspenders and jeans. The menu, designed by executive chef Jeff Chatigny, is an extension of the level of detail throughout Timber. There’s the Steak House burger, with crispy onion, blue cheese and housemade pickles on a mix of pork belly and Angus beef. Their pizza is wood-fired to order. 1610 E. Schneidmiller Ave., Post Falls • Idaho • 208262-9593

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Angelo’s Ristorante

Located just off Coeur d’Alene’s main drag, Angelo’s is a local secret, with its front entrance and outdoor seating secluded behind an enclosure. Once inside, you can enjoy fine Italian food, including an extensive offering of pasta as well as steak and seafood. We’re also suckers for good cioppino. 846 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-765-2850

Europa Restaurant & Bakery A couple of years ago, Europa changed hands and tweaked their name — officially Europa Restaurant & Bakery. The menu still features all of the classic Italian dishes to accommodate hungry customers, as well as the growing number of events they host in their back room. Options are extensive at Europa, but in this instance, quantity does not compromise quality.125 S. Wall St., Spokane • Wash. • 455-4051

Ferrante’s Marketplace Café Nearly everything is made in-house,

including their delectable salad dressing, and they’ve expanded from pizza to include pastas, panini, calzones and other dishes, like the super-popular five-layer baked lasagna. Ferrante’s also serves wine and offers several beer taps.4516 S. Regal St., Spokane • Wash. • 443-6304

Ferraro’s Homemade Italian Owner and chef Pat Ferraro, who originally hails from Casole Bruzio, Italy, has created a winning menu of authentic Italian favorites at reasonable prices. It’s hard to say no to their Eggplant Parmigiana or Chicken Marsala. 11204 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • Wash. • 928-2303 | 3022 N. Division St., Spokane • Wash. • 325-7443

Italia Trattoria Not surprisingly, when the Wall Street Journal reported on Spokane’s food scene, it was sure to mention Italia Trattoria (“Spokanites love the changing menu of house-made pastas,” the paper declared). With a focus on natu-

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Italian eateries that will have you proclaiming molto bene ral and sustainable ingredients, chef Anna Vogel’s menu features handmade pastas, pork prime rib chop and seasonal vegetables spiced and grilled to perfection. 144 S. Cannon St., Spokane • Wash. • 459-6000

spicy chicken Calabria are customer favorites, complemented by a rotating week-to-week lineup of appetizer and entrée specials. 245 W. Main Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 624-5226

Italian Kitchen

The recipes at Mamma Mia’s have been passed down from generation to generation. And just like his “Nonnie” used to do it, owner and chef Jerry Amicerella starts by making everything from scratch — the noodles, the raviolio (oh, the ravioli!), even the dinner rolls. While the recipes came from the old world, the décor is modern and stylish, and the chicken marsala is decadent. 420 W. Francis Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 467-7786

A cozy place with etched glass, heavy draperies and dark wood, the restaurant sets the perfect mood for a leisurely dinner of traditional ItalianAmerican favorites and wine. Consider the gnocchi, lasagna and ravioli, plus steaks, chicken and seafood. We’ve also been known to hide away in the old-wood bar next door.113 N. Bernard St., Spokane • Wash. • 363-1210

Luigi’s Italian Restaurant With recipes published in Gourmet and Bon Appétit, it would seem that Luigi’s food speaks for this downtown Italian staple. Opened in its current location in 2000, Luigi’s is a pillar of consistency, voted Best Italian by Inlander voters for more than 10 years. Dishes like the

Mamma Mia’s

Piccolo Honing in on traditional Italian cooking skills, the crew at Piccolo hopes to provide an authentic experience with their pies, cooked in the Neapolitan style. Try the classic Margherita or a pestobased Ortaggio for a little bite of Italy.

An order of Sardinia Old Fashioned spaghetti is heaped on a plate at Luigi’s.

Sticking with tradition, you can plan on pairing your pizza with a selection of Italian (and some Washington) wines. 21718 E. Mission, Liberty Lake • 926-5900

Tito’s Italian Grill At Tito’s Italian Grill, now overseen by a new general manager, the menu also has taken on a new look and taste. “We want to infuse a bit of Mediterranean flair into Tito’s,” says Chef Tim Heinig. “We still want to have the great dishes that our guests enjoy, with fresh, popping flavors like the chicken piccata and heartwarming lasagna, but we feel there is room to introduce some additional flavors from that region of the world.”210 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-667-2782

Tomato Street Italian food lovers find a welcoming home at Tomato Street, with a comprehensive menu including pizza, pasta, calzones and salads. Pizzas are


baked “Old World Style” in a wood-fired brick oven, and toppings offered include basic ingredients, though for adventurous eaters, there are “New World Tradition” toppings like smoked Gouda and balsamic-infused tomatoes. As per Italian family tradition, no one is left out: Gluten-free pastas and other dishes are available. 221 W. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-667-5000 | 6220 N. Division St., Spokane • Wash. • 484-4500 | Opening in River Park Square in the fall

Magical. Modern. American. Classic.

Uva Italian Previously located on Fourth Street, the family-owned restaurant Uva Trattoria recently moved into a downtown location, better suited for fine dining and walk-ins. At the new location, they’ve added specials like chicken saltimbocca and baked penne in Gorgonzola cream sauce with spinach, tomatoes and chicken. Lighter fare includes caprese salad and bruschetta. 309 E. Lakeside Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-930-0573




Hall of Famers

Anthony’s is favored by Inlander readers for its food and views.


Inlander readers love these places so much, they’ve voted them the Best of the Inland Northwest for 10 years or more

Anthony’s at Spokane Falls The only place you could eat fresher seafood with a better view of the Spokane Falls than Anthony’s would actually be in the river. Wanting to ensure the highest quality fish for guests, Anthony’s opened its own seafood company in 1984 and has been serving “best of season” options for the ultimate Northwest experience ever since. Besides, when the warm weather returns, there are few better places to enjoy a happy hour cocktail.510 N. Lincoln St., Spokane • Wash. • 328-9009

Azteca While the east side of downtown Spokane has changed drastically in recent years, Azteca has weathered the construction and yet again is rewarded for its consistency with another Best Mexican Food award. The Northwest chain also has locations in north Spokane, Spokane Valley and Coeur d’Alene, all of which offer a reliable menu of Mexican favorites and, of course, an ample slate of margarita options.9738 N. Newport Hwy., Spokane • Wash. • 4659101 | 245 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., 4560350 | 14700 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley • Wash. • 228-9661 | 2462 N. Old

Mill Loop, Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208676-0200

cookie), stromboli and calzones.803 N. Post St., Spokane • Wash. • 483-7460


Dick’s Hamburgers

Using the words “steak” and “seafood” and the phrase “riverfront seating” in one sentence conjures feelings of splendor and excellence. So heads up: located in the Old Flour Mill and overlooking Spokane’s famous river, Clinkerdagger offers a variety of delicious seafood and quality, fine-cut steaks. For special occasions including work, romance, and birthdays — or simply a treat-yourself sort of evening — the classy menu and breathtaking location are reasons to indulge. 621 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 328-5965

What would Spokane be without Dick’s Hamburgers? Our city would be lost, with only chain hamburger places remaining for fast-food junkies, off-thewagon 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. You won’t find anything too complicated on the hamburger — no bacon or ham. Just ketchup, mustard, onions and pickles. They’ll add cheese if you ask for it. Buy these guilty pleasures by the bagful, and remember that Dick’s is cash-only.10 E. Third Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 747-2481

David’s Pizza Founded in the mid-’90s, David’s Pizza was forced to shutter its iconic Logan neighborhood spot five years ago. Finally reopened in April 2015 in a location near the Spokane Arena, the new David’s reflects the same eclectic, garage-y vibe that fans recall from its old spot, but it’s twice as big. That means all the more room to eat David’s classic handcrafted pizzas, along with their sandwiches (which come with a fresh

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Domini Sandwiches Domini’s is one of those great old places (like Hudson’s, in Coeur d’Alene) that sticks to doing one thing, and doing it damn well. Inlander readers agree, voting it their favorite sandwich shop 22 times. Ordering is easy; choose a meat, cheese, bread and condiment and enjoy the reliably solid sandwiches this Spokane staple still makes. Indeed, many

customers get two meals out of one of their ample offerings.703 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 747-2324

The Elk Public House A Spokane institution and gathering place in the Browne’s Addition neighborhood, The Elk has developed a devoted following for its constantly changing beer selection and a menu with something for everyone — tacos, gumbo, pasta, salad or a hearty burger. 1931 W. Pacific Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 363-1973

Frank’s Diner Regular winner of the Inlander’s Best Of readers poll for diners, Frank’s Diner — from the owner of The Onion — is famous for their breakfast, of course. Silver-dollar-size hotcakes. Spicy Creole benedict. Classic oatmeal. The Diner’s dinner options are just as good; try the meatloaf. There are our two locations, but our favorite is the train-car style location on Second, near Browne’s Addition.1516 W. Second Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 747-8798 | 10929 N. Newport Hwy., • 465-2464

Hudson’s Hamburgers 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 love Hudson’s so much, and why, after more than a century in business, it’s become an Idaho must-see and must-taste. 207 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-6645444

The Mustard Seed Craving some Chicken Osaka? How about Bong Bong chicken or Shrimp Ginza? Clearly, you’re not alone. Inlander readers have declared their love for the Mustard Seed and its signature dishes year after year in the annual Best Of poll. Expect Pan-Asian-style dishes here, with influences from Japan, Thailand and Hawaii, and entrées prepared with lots of vegetables, lean meats, and light sauces. Don’t want to get off the couch? Mustard Seed delivers. NorthTown Mall, 4750 N. Division St., Spokane • Wash. • 483-1500

Rocket Bakery Coffee and fresh baked goods practically run through Spokane’s veins, but at Rocket Bakery, you can find scratch, homemade goods from any of their nine shops around the area. Their menu features everything from fresh sandwiches to carefully crafted cakes, so if you’re looking for a highquality cake or a raspberry oat bar worth every single calorie, Rocket is your place.1325 W. First Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 747-1834 | 319 W. Hastings Rd., • 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 • Wash. • 4622345

The Swinging Doors The Swinging Doors has become a sports fanatic’s paradise, and now it’s in the Inlander Hall of Fame af-

ter winning our Best Sports Bar category for 10 years. The spot on Francis boasts 50 screens hosting every sports package they can buy and a full-service restaurant that attracts families, Little League teams and folks simply more interested in the house specialty broasted chicken or a hearty breakfast than any ballgame. Oh, and don’t forget the free steak dinner on your birthday. 1018 W. Francis Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 326-6794



Thai Bamboo With a huge menu offering all sorts of authentically prepared dishes from co-owner Matavee Burgess’ homeland of southern Thailand, locals have over the years developed a healthy appetite for the restaurant’s Pad Thai noodles (the No. 1 dish), along with Mongolian beef, spring rolls and the otherworldly fried bananas for dessert. Matavee and husband Tom opened the first Thai Bamboo in Spokane 15 years ago. Now, loyal fans of the couple’s successful local chain can find its spicy, savory (and often healthier) food at any of its four Inland Northwest locations in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene.2926 E. 29th Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 232-8424 | 5406 N. Division St., • 777-8424 | 12722 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • Wash. • 444-8424 | 2010 N. 4th Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-667-5300

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Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar Don’t skip over the appetizers at this popular local chain. Inlander readers have picked Twigs over and over 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.River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 232-3376 | 4320 S. Regal St., • 4438000 | 9820 N. Nevada St., • 4689820 | 401 E. Farwell Rd., • 465-8794 | 14728 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley • Wash. • 290-5636




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A bison ribeye is perfectly prepared at Masselow’s.



From classy to casual, the Inland Northwest has a steakhouse to suit your fancy Chinook Chinook at the Coeur d’Alene Casino incorporates locally foraged mushrooms, bitterroot, camas root and shore-netted sockeye. The diverse dinner menu offers an array of surf-andturf entrées, from the lobster tail dinner and sautéed catfish to filet mignon and veal marsala. 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

Churchill’s Steakhouse Churchill’s is the perfect place to take family, a date or just enjoy an incredible steak. This Chicago-inspired dining experience combines in-house carves of USDA Prime beef with seamless service, making it easy to keep Churchill’s at the top of your list for any celebratory dinner. We also love sneaking away to their downstairs bar for a drink in one of the tucked-away booths.165 S. Post St., Spokane • Wash. • 474-9888

Grille from Ipanema Although Grille from Ipanema has a

buffet-like format, the atmosphere is high-end, emphasizing good service in an upscale environment. Roomy seating areas are designed to encourage a long, leisurely meal, whether indoors or outside on the patio, where you won’t get a view of the Rio de Janeiro beachfront at this Brazilian-style steakhouse, but you will get an eyeful of still-impressive Lake Coeur d’Alene. 601 Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-676-1122

Hydra Steakhouse Hydra has been a Sandpoint gathering place since 1975. It continues to produce reliably priced and tastily cooked steaks, including its well-known, baseball-cut top sirloin. 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

Masselow’s Steakhouse Masselow’s, named after a Kalispel Tribe chief who led his people more than a century ago, rebranded last year with a focus on prime steaks and a more accessible feel. That might come as a surprise to some who know

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Masselow’s as one of the region’s most high-end, respected restaurants, earning a four-diamond rating from the AAA. While the white linens are gone, about half of the former Masselow’s menu remains, and there are still seafood and other options to be found. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • Wash. • 481-6020

in-house smoked chipotle pork chop stuffed with Gorgonzola and onion offer a twist on tradition, reflecting Chef Barry Matthews’ maternal grandmother’s Hispanic heritage. Big sellers are steaks — buffalo rib-eye, barrel-cut New York — and steelhead, which they brine and smoke in-house.159 S. Lincoln St., Spokane • Wash. • 777-3900

Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops

Wolf Lodge Inn Steakhouse

Tucked off the street behind the Doubletree Hotel and the Spokane Convention Center, Spencer’s has served up prime views of Riverfront Park and the Spokane River for more than 15 years, along with its menu that runs the gamut when it comes to steakhouse food. Spencer’s meat entrées — rib-eyes, filets, pork chops and more — are all prepared in the restaurant’s 1,600-degree infrared broiler, ensuring that the prime-cut meats stay juicy and tender.Doubletree Hotel, 322 N. Spokane Falls Ct., Spokane • Wash. • 744-2372

The Wolf Lodge Inn Steakhouse may be out of the way, but you’d be hardpressed to find an Inland Northwesterner who doesn’t think it’s worth the drive. Go for the simple, classic steaks; return again and again for the friendly service and quirky Wild West atmosphere. Start your meal with creative appetizers like the beer-batter-dipped fried mushrooms ($8). Don’t fill up too much, though; the steaks are so big it’s not unusual to share. The classic 32-ounce Rancher ($46), half centercut top sirloin and half rib-eye, is legendary. 11741 E. Frontage Rd., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-664-6665

Stacks at Steam Plant Stacks’ food is classic Northwest fine dining, using local ingredients whenever possible. Dishes such as the

Pub Food Nothing fancy here, just comfort food done right

The Moon Burger is a crowd favorite at Moon Time.

Browne’s Tavern While “tavern” may not be the first word that comes to mind when describing the feel of the charming, brick-colored Victorian housing this Browne’s Addition eatery, the steampunk-inspired décor inside — including a wall of open books attached by the cover, framing a taxidermied bear head — lends to the menu’s eclectic approach, ranging from burgers to pasta and salads. 1924 W. Pacific Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 315-9934

The Globe Under new ownership, The Globe underwent a massive overhaul in 2015, with only the tin roof remaining untouched. The revamped menu is an assortment of gourmet bar food with appetizers like crispy green beans and housemade pork rinds. Fork-andknife plates feature Cougar Gold mac and cheese or a pear and Gorgonzola steak salad, or grab a handheld, like the Globe’s signature steak sandwich with sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, hickory bacon and roasted sherry pepper sauce. 204 N. Division, Spokane • Wash. • 443-4014

Moon Time Moon Time isn’t located in the heart of Coeur d’Alene’s bustling Sherman Avenue. 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 or the Cajun Ravioli. 1602 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-667-2331

O’Doherty’s Irish Grill ”Stop on by. Stand on the bar. Sing a Song. Be someone important,” is the motto behind O’Doherty’s Irish Grille, founded in 1992 by Tim and Sam O’Doherty. Since then, the Irish pub has become one of Spokane’s most lively, and more Irish, drinking spots. They serve the standard bar fare with an Irish twist, like Irish Nachos (basically cheese-and-bacon French fries with salsa). You can also get your old bar favorites, including wings, onion rings and several hundred calories’ worth of potato products. At the Valley location, Irish cuisine mingles with Southern-style barbecue. 525 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane • Wash. • 7470322 | 10208 N. Division St., Spokane • Wash. • 465-351 | 11723 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • Wash. • 924-2578

Poole’s Public House The Pooles, with a winning formula in hand, figured they would try to replicate their success in the Wandermere area by opening a second location on the South Hill, where the couple has lived for more than 25 years. The menu continues to offer a bevy of sandwiches big enough to split, as well as items like fish tacos, salads, and comfortfood entrées like bangers and mash and baby back ribs.101 E. Hastings Rd., Spokane • Wash. • 413-1834 | 5620 S.

Regal St., Spokane • Wash. • 368-9760

The Porch Public House Like its sisters — Moon Time, the Elk, Geno’s and the Two Seven — the Porch offers something that’s sometimes hard to find: a casual, home-like atmosphere with a menu that pushes the limits. They serve up big-time salads, sandwiches and specialties without the big-time price, along with a choice selection of cocktails, wines and microbrews. And there’s a sweet outdoor dining area that overlooks the Hayden Lake Country Club golf course.1658 E. Miles Ave., Hayden Lake • Idaho • 208772-7711

Post Street Ale House The Post Street Ale House manages to still feel like a friendly neighborhood pub despite being in the heart of downtown. Its casual atmosphere draws a diverse crowd of drinkers, who come for a wide selection of beers and good service. The fried pickles are the signature dish, made with sweet horseradish pickles and served with sauce. 1 N. Post St., Spokane • Wash. • 789-6900

Red Tail Grill The Red Tail Bar & Grill serves as the casino’s resident sports bar, but the cuisine goes above and beyond the typical. Slow-cooked buffalo chili is aromatic with cumin and spices, mellowed with amber ale and topped with cornbread croutons and sour cream.


Massive slabs of fry bread are accompanied by huckleberry sauce and honey, while fry bread and buffalo chili come together to create traditional Indian tacos.Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S. Highway 95, Worley • Idaho • 800523-2464

Steelhead Bar and Grille The sleek, clean interior gives the impression of a fine-dining establishment, but the affordable prices, quick service and diverse clientele immediately prove that it’s much more than that. Serving as a popular lunch spot with the downtown office crowd, a well-known happy hour purveyor, as well as a place to grab a classy dinner, the Steelhead has thrived on accommodating an array of patrons.218 N. Howard St., Spokane • Wash. • 747-1303

The Two Seven Public House Two Seven Public House has earned a loyal following of regulars serving up 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 • Wash. • 4739766



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“Spokane Sunset” Downtown Spokane STUART DANFORD PHOTO




City A Sips A flavor for all wine drinkers’ tastes can be found in downtown Spokane BY DAN NAILEN

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s the Inland Northwest continues to see explosive growth in locally made spirits and beers, it can seem like the region’s original craft-alcohol creators — the wineries — are losing a little of the limelight. Quietly, though, more and more tasting rooms dedicated to local wines have opened in Spokane, the city’s so-called “Cork District” growing right alongside the new distilleries and tap rooms. Greg Shelman’s CRAFTSMAN CELLARS (1194 W. Summit Pkwy.) is one of the newest, opening over the winter in Kendall Yards. For him, opening a tasting room in Spokane was a no-brainer; not only is there a large population of wine fans, but “it’s really hard to even give people directions to our winery. Kendall Yards is such a vibrant place right now, and we have to put our wine in front of people.” Being right across the Spokane River from downtown means it’s an easy jaunt for wine tourists to stop by as they visit a variety of tasting rooms. Shelman does a lot of things to help the casual sipper who might be intimidated by a wine tasting room feel comfortable, including regular live music and participation in the city’s First Friday festivities each month.

Leah Griffin pours wine at Nodland Cellars.


Kendall Leclaire, who moved to Spokane from upstate New York’s wine country eight years ago, made a point of trying every regional Cabernet Sauvignon she could find at the grocery stores as a way of educating herself in what local winemakers had to offer. She’s watched the number of tasting rooms multiply dramatically in the plast few years. “The whole downtown area has grown so much,” says Leclaire, a wine steward and the event and catering director for NECTAR TASTING ROOM (1331 W. Summit Pkwy.), which features wines from five Washington wineries. “It’s so great to see a community of wineries create that Cork District. It really gives us more attention on the global map.” The growth of tasting rooms has been met by a new, younger clientele who want to learn about wines and sample the region’s offerings, she says. That’s a big part of the appeal of her job — meeting new potential wine lovers. “I believe in the idea of teaching and educating the public about wine,” Leclaire says. “Can I help expand your palate without pushing you too far and making you not enjoy wine anymore?” BARRISTER WINERY (1213 W. Railroad Ave.) has one of the area’s oldest tasting rooms in its spacious

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Barrister’s wines are known for their fruit-forward flavors. EMMA ROGERS PHOTO Railroad Alley location that opened 15 years ago. But even Barrister is in on the new tasting-room boom, with owners and winemakers Michael White, Greg Lipsker and Tyler Walters opening a downtown storefront version this winter in the historic Liberty Building (203 N. Washington St.). The new space gives Barrister a high-profile spot adjacent to Auntie’s Bookstore and across the street from the Davenport Grand, where foot traffic is far more likely to bring in curious sippers than at the original location. “Our building has been hidden for years and it’s been word of mouth, but now we’re out in the open,” Walters said when the new spot launched. On an early summer afternoon, Beth Duke is serving tastes to a couple of wine connoisseurs in town from Walla Walla to sample Spokane’s wares. While it’s not unusual for savvy wine drinkers to stop by, she says, the new location gets a lot of conventioneers and weekend strollers just curious to try a glass. “The whole wine market is blowing up,” she says.


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DON’T BE INTIMIDATED: You might not feel like you’re qualified to go on a tasting, but the wine stewards are there to guide you through the process and educate you along the way. ASK QUESTIONS: If you’re lucky, the actual winemakers will be on hand to tell you about their wine. Even if they aren’t in house, the wine stewards can tell you all about the different varietals. FIND A FAVORITE AND GO WITH IT: If you find that you love Cabernet Sauvignon, for example, visit different tasting rooms and try that same wine at all of them. You’ll find a favorite in no time.

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Downtown Tasting Rooms Barili Cellars Barili — Italian for “barrels” — started as a small partnership between two families in 2008 and continues to evolve. Although production has grown to around 500 cases, they still consider themselves a boutique winery focused on quality and craftsmanship, using Washington-sourced grapes for their fruit-forward reds, blends, port and dessert wines. 608 W. Second Ave; First Fridays 4-9 pm, Second Saturdays noon-5 pm or by appointment.

Barrister Winery Known for making full-bodied reds, the original winery space is huge indoors, and boasts one of the best outdoor patios in town. The downtown tasting room in the Liberty Building is petite, and a perfect spot for a sip before or after a reading at Auntie’s. 1213 W. Railroad Ave.; daily noon-5 pm. Barrister Downtown Tasting Room, 203

N. Washington; Tue-Sat noon-7 pm, Sun-Mon noon-6 pm

Bridge Press Cellars Best known for producing winning Cabernet and Merlot, Bridge Press is introducing its first rosé in 2016, a perfect sip for the patio space at the beautifully refurbished, century-old former Foresters of America Hall. 39 W. Pacific Ave.; Wed-Thu 3-7 pm, Fri noon-9 pm, Sat noon-close

Cougar Crest Winery The wide-ranging styles of the Walla Walla winery have earned Cougar Crest much acclaim since opening in 2001, and the downtown Spokane tasting room has them all as part of an easy stroll through the Lilac City’s Cork District. 8 N. Post St. Suite #6; SunMon and Wed-Thu noon-6 pm, Fri-Sat noon-8 pm

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Craftsman Cellars

Owner Greg Shelman was the first graduate of WSU’s viticulture and enology program, and that education can be tasted in his various reds. One of the newest tasting rooms in Spokane, the Kendall Yards spot is comfortable and convenient for downtown dwellers and workers alike. 1194 W. Summit Pkwy; Tue-Thu 2-8 pm, FriSat 2-10 pm, Sun 2-6 pm

Emvy Cellars

A tasting room in the century-old refurbished former Foresters of America Hall hosts sips of this small Spokane-based boutique winery. 39 W. Pacific Ave.; Wed-Thu 3-7 pm, Fri-Sat noon-close

Lake Roosevelt Wine Company

This winery credits the grapes grown in the shadow of Whitestone Rock for its flavorful reds, and you can taste for yourself at the diminutive downtown tasting room.

8 N. Post St. Suite #8; Thu noon-6 pm, Fri noon-8 pm, Sat noon-6 pm

Nectar Tasting Room

Want to sample several wineries under one roof? Nectar is the answer, offering sips of Anelare Winery, Coyote Canyon Winery, Northwest Cellars, Skylite Cellars and Terra Blanca Winery in the vibrant downtown spot, a large space with food available. At the Kendall Yards location, wines and beers from around the world are available by the glass or bottle. 120 N. Stevens St.; Sun, Tue-Thu noon-6 pm, Fri-Sat noon-10 pm; Nectar Wine & Beer, 1331 Summit Pkwy.; Mon-Thu 2-10 pm, Fri-Sat noon-11 pm, Sun noon-10 pm

Nodland Cellars

This spot in the Chronicle Building hosts a steady diet of live music focused on jazz and blues, including some shows by winemaker Tim Nodland himself, to go with samples of its six wines and art

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Sample Va Piano’s Columbia Collection wines at its new downtown tasting room. EMMA ROGERS PHOTO


Located in the heart of downtown, Patit Creek offers a perfect spot for sharing a bottle with friends, or enjoying some artisan cheese and small bites with a glass or two. 822 W. Sprague Ave.; Thu and Mon, noon-6 pm, Fri noon-9 pm, Sat noon-8 pm




Va Piano Vineyards

An outpost for the 11-year-old Walla Walla winery inside the historic Davenport Hotel, Va Piano’s tasting room offers a rotation of its estategrown Washington reds. 10 Post St.; daily noon-6 pm

V du V Wines

Focused on reds, V du V’s tasting room inside the winery is hosted by the owners and winemakers, who will lead you through samples in a room that was once the “explosionproof room” of the Moreland Tire Co., now refurbished with recycled wood and steel and showcasing rotating art on the walls. 12 S. Scott St., Fri 3-6 pm, Sat 1-5 pm



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Creating a wide array of wines from Walla Walla grapes, this tasting room is located in one of the hottest buildings downtown, home to the annual Terrain art festival, a new restaurant and basement whiskey bar. (Washington Cracker Co. Bldg.), 304 W. Pacific Ave.; Fri-Sat noon6 pm

Cabernet might be the star, but winemaker Joe Gunselman creates a full array of wines available to sip at this historic firehouse-turned-tasting room. 115 W. Pacific Ave.; Thu-Fri 2-5 pm, Sat noon-4 pm


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The summer concert series lend to the appeal of Arbor Crest Wine Cellars.

Greater Inland Northwest Wine Tasting Rooms EAST SPOKANE/ SPOKANE VALLEY Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

A stunning setting at the Cliff House Estate overlooking the Spokane Valley makes Arbor Crest a must-stop for wine snobs and dilettantes alike. A wide array of reds and whites, including offerings from van Löben Sels Cellars, makes choosing difficult, and repeat visits necessary. 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd.; Sat-Wed noon-5pm, Thurs-Fri noon-8 pm

Knipprath Cellars

Knipprath, a family-owned and -operated boutique winery, focuses on Northwest-grown Portuguese and Spanish grape varieties. They produce limited-quantity Iberian wine varietals and New World Ports, such as the Spanish Nudge, their Syrah Port aged with coffee and cinnamon. 5634 E. Commerce Ave., Spokane Valley; WedSun noon-5 pm

Latah Creek Wine Cellars

The tasting room at this family-owned winery is so much more, including all manner of wine accessories for sale along with Latah Creek’s wares at this spot just off I-90. And if the weather is right, the patio is not to be missed. 13030 E. Indiana Ave.; daily 9 am-5 pm

Liberty Lake Wine Cellars

A beautiful view of Liberty Lake and Mount Spokane, live music and occasional painting parties are all reasons to stop by this communitybased winery. Their nine wines, of course, provide even more reason, including 2015 Finger Lakes Wine Competition winners: the 2011 Tempranillo and Petit Verdot and the 2009 Merlot. 1018 S. Garry Rd., Liberty Lake, Wash.; Sat-Sun 1-5 pm

NORTH SPOKANE Townshend Cellars

Townshend is beloved for producing meticulously crafted batches of dessert and port wines as well as reds. Its popular T3, for example, is a multi-vintage, multi-varietal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Try them all at their new-ish Green Bluff tasting room. The winery opened a new tasting room in 2013, but commercial zoning issues forced Townshend to move its whole operation for several years. Now, the tasting room has returned to its picturesque Green Bluff location. 8022 E. Green Bluff Rd., Colbert, Wash.; FriSun noon-5 pm

SOUTH SPOKANE Regal Road Winery

Serious locavores take note: Regal

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Road is one of the only wineries in our region to exclusively use locally grown grapes in the production of their wine. Winemaker Steve Schaub’s vineyards are nestled high on Spokane’s South Hill, where housing developments give way to the rolling hills of the Palouse and yield about 200 cases a year. 8224 S. Regal Rd. Tasting room open by appointment only.

NORTH IDAHO Camas Prairie Winery

Camas Prairie Winery is the oldest independently owned winery in Idaho and the official producer of University of Idaho’s Vandal Crest wines. But you won’t find Camas Prairie in Moscow any longer. They’ve moved their operation to the tiny, historic town of Bovill. Pay them a visit, and sample their award-winning Lemberger, Muscat Canelli, or their expanding line of mead. 207 Main St., Bovill, Idaho; Thu-Sun noon-6 pm

Coeur d’Alene Cellars

Besides offering a full menu of all its wines, for tastings or by the glass, this tasting room is a hot spot for live music every Saturday, paint nights on Tuesdays and all manner of special Wine Club events and classes. 3890 N. Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene; Tue-Thu noon-5 pm, Sat noon-7 pm

Pend d’Oreille Winery

Located in a beautifully restored historic building, this little North Idaho winery offers great deals on tastings, a friendly staff and one of the only tasting rooms to offer refillable growlers of wine. 301 Cedar St., Sandpoint; Mon-Tue 10 am-6 pm, WedSat 11 am-9 pm, Sun 10 am-5 pm

Sheppard Fruit Wines

Jim and Julie Sheppard joke that “no grapes were harmed” in the making of their elderberry, blackberry, cranberry, huckleberry, pear, rhubarb or raspberry wines. Made from fruit surrounding their Harrison, Idaho, home, Sheppard wines might be fruit-forward, but they’re aged to promote a drier, more complex flavor. 102 N. Coeur d’Alene Ave., Harrison, Idaho; May 1-mid-Oct. Noon-5 pm daily

Small House Winery

The wine might be made in Sandpoint, but for the most part the grapes come from Washington and Oregon at this three-year-old North Idaho gem. Every glass comes from a handmade process courtesy of the small team that gave the winery its name, and the tasting room is as homey as you might imagine. 1636 Baldy Park Dr., Sandpoint; Sat 11 am-6 pm and by appointment

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The Tea Drinker’s Guide to Spokane

Tirza Wibel, owner of Winterwoods Tea Co.

Discover four tasty Inland Northwest alternatives to coffee




n America, tea connoisseurs live in a coffee drinker’s world. No one ever asks to meet for tea. In the morning, people say “I haven’t had my coffee yet.” But perhaps the winds of change are upon us, as tea consumption is on the rise, especially among millennials, according to the Tea Association of the U.S.A. Here’s how you can easily get your tea fix in the Spokane area.


You should experience a high tea at least once — with the silver trays full of scones and de-crusted sandwiches. At the Silver Spoon Tea House, you can get all of that without having to put on a large-brimmed hat and white gloves and affect a British accent. Show up as you are to experience an assortment of teas from around the world in the way they were properly meant to be tasted — slowly, with a table full of friends. WHERE: 1427 W. Sixth Ave. IF YOU GO: For those looking to do the full afternoon tea, reservations are required. Prices start at $22 per person. Walk-ins are fine for the petite tea service. For reservations call 981-4491.


There’s nothing like walking into a peaceful and bright place where people understand your love of tea. At the recently opened Gaiwan Tea House, customers are treated to a knowledgeable staff along

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with a room (the space is actually a house) full of tea and accessories for purchase. Teas of all flavors from around the globe are offered here, including boba tea, sweetened and often fruity drinks that come with tapioca gummy balls. Customers can sit inside and relax with a good book, or take a beverage and baked good to go. Note that you can get coffee here, if necessary. WHERE: 901 N. 4th St., Coeur d’Alene IF YOU GO: Hot and iced tea beverages range from $2 to $5 and light breakfast and lunch options are available. Find out more at


Tea leaves are mostly produced in India and China, but the herbs, spices and fruits used to infuse the Winterwoods Tea Company’s loose-leaf teas are all from the Inland Northwest. For the past year, owner Tirza Wibel has strived to use only the finest, mostly organic ingredients to craft a truly fresh, local experience from farm to teacup. FIND IT: With approximately 15 flavors to choose from, including Trailhead Huckleberry, Rose City Chocolate and Pacific Coast Lavender, these teas are available at places like Main Market Co-op and Atticus Coffee & Gifts, along with many farmers markets. Find out more at Facebook: Winterwoods Tea Company


Compared to all the other kinds of parties you’ve

been invited to, like CAbi or Stella & Dot, an invite to a tea party is something out of the ordinary. That was the idea behind Sherri Davey’s locally based company Heavenly Special Teas, bringing that direct-sale, in-home format to fine loose-leaf teas. In business for six years, featuring nearly 110 consultants, each in-home event is an opportunity to educate people about tea and the differences between store-bought bag teas and high-quality, loose-leaf varieties. The company also sells scone mixes (Davey’s own recipe), tea accessories and locally made lotions. LEARN MORE: Find out more at


The name Spice & Vine Mercantile (formerly Spice Traders Mercantile) doesn’t exactly give you the full picture of a store that sells all sorts of loose-leaf teas, along with equipment needed to produce the besttasting tea possible. The Spokane Valley business is a tearoom and health food store that offers cooking/ wine lessons from time to time, often using tea. With dozens of loose-leaf varieties lining the shelves, the shop also provides an in-store station where anyone can mix their own tea and make their own flavors and healthful elixirs — tea naturally contains more than 20 amino acids, vitamins B2 and C and antioxidants, after all. FIND IT: 15614 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley,

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Hierophant Meadery Their journey as herbalists led Jeremy and Michelle Kyncl’s founding of Hierophant Meadery, which brews session meads based on whatever’s flowering — elderberry, raspberry, peach, rose hip — in nearby Green Bluff. The dry, lightly hopped result might then be infused with such things as chamomile, lemon balm, cardamom or vanilla. 16602 N. Day Mt. Spokane Rd. , Mead, Wash. • 2940134

Liberty Ciderworks With the distinction as the first Spokane cider taphouse, Liberty Ciderworks has gained a steady following for their American and English-style cider. Their downtown tasting room

is a favorite stop on First Fridays, and their cider appreciation classes are a tasty way to learn about cider styles, flavor components, tasting etiquette and more. 164 S. Washington St. , Spokane, Wash. • 321-1893

North Idaho Cider After several months of world travel, Greg and Mara Thorhaug returned to Greg’s native Idaho with a love of all things cider. Their North Idaho Cider blends old world appreciation with new world know-how. Renaissance, for example, gets its complexity from more than 25 varieties of Idahogrown cider apples, while Lake City reflects the trend towards dry, hoppier styles. 11100 N. Airport Rd., #5 and #6, Hayden, Idaho • 208-818-7798

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1924 W. Pacific Ave • Spokane • 315-9934 One Tree Hard Cider

Twilight Cider Works

If you love cider with bold flavors, the fast-growing One Tree Hard Cider has a few options that could do the trick, from their bombastic Cranberry cider to the Lemon Basil, which is just as sweet and delicious as it sounds. Along with seasonal specials like Huckleberry or Strawberry Mint, One Tree has an ever-growing line of cider, easily found throughout the area on store shelves or on tap. Or just stop by their Spokane Valley tasting room and sample what’s new. 9514 E. Montgomery Ave. #25, Spokane Valley, Wash. • 315-9856

Located amidst the apple orchards of Green Bluff, Twilight Cider Works makes crisp, well-balanced ciders that are a refreshing alternative to the overly sweet, mass-produced ciders you’ll find on grocery shelves. The Inland Empire pairs well with barbecued fare, or pour their New Traditions as an alternative to Champagne the next time you have company over for dinner. Seasonal offerings like Seasonal Peach take advantage of what’s fresh and in season. 18102 N. Day Mt. Spokane Rd. , Mead, Wash. • 570-8748

Summit Cider

Using apples grown in the Columbia River Valley, Whiskey Barrel makes hard ciders ranging from semisweet Dam Hard Cider to the potent, whiskey-barrel-aged Whiskey Cider. Toss in a couple of seasonal brews and a tasting room that also serves personal pizzas and other light fare, and you have yet another reason to love Pullman. 588 SE Bishop Blvd., Pullman, Wash. • 509-339-6102

When they first opened in 2015, the demand for their two primary ciders nearly outpaced their output. Now available at a growing list of area restaurants — Bardenay, Crafted, Enoteca, and Seasons among them — Summit Cider continues to add to their line with Tomahawk and Hop Peak. 3884 N. Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-590-7475

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Happy Trails A few tips on how to best navigate the Inland Northwest Ale Trail BY MIKE BOOKEY

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ur region’s craft beer scene has exploded over the course of the past half-decade to the point that planning a day of beer tastings — even for locals — can be intimidating. Thankfully, there’s the Inland Northwest Ale Trail, which gives you a map with participating breweries marked, so you can taste your way around the region’s 40-plus breweries. If you get a stamp at 12 different breweries, you get a mini-growler. It’s simple, commitment-free and a helpful incentive to get out and drink, if for some reason you needed one. Here are some ideas to help you make the most of a day on the path.


OK, this isn’t as much of a tip as it is a required step for traveling the Ale Trail. Don’t just download it — print it, too — because breweries can’t stamp your phone, silly. With map in hand, take a moment to survey the terrain and notice that there’s a big cluster of beer makers in and near downtown Spokane, a few in Coeur d’Alene and then several on the outskirts, as far west as Yakima and far north as Republic. We’ll come back to this.


You’re almost certainly not going to make it to 12 breweries in a day for one of the following reasons: teleporting hasn’t been invented yet; that much beer might kill you; breweries are not open 24 hours. Also, this is supposed to be fun. So pick a half-dozen at most that are geographically convenient and work from there. You’ll get to a dozen after a few separate outings.


Make a plan for the day with the idea of cutting things short if you run out of steam. A solid afternoon-into-evening route doesn’t even need to really leave downtown Spokane. Begin at Iron Goat Brewing and then head just a block and a half north to River City before going another couple of blocks to the Orlison taproom. Then you can hit Steam Plant before sauntering to Black Label on the east end of downtown. Then take your lubricated joints for a stroll down the Centennial Trail, crossing the river at Gonzaga on your way to No-Li Brewhouse (maybe for some dinner by this point). In North Idaho, you can taste your way around Coeur d’Alene with Slate Creek, then Trickster’s and Daft Badge, stopping in Hayden for Mad Bomber, before ending the day in Sandpoint with MickDuff’s and Laughing Dog.


Don’t be an idiot. You’re making a plan and you know that plan includes drinking beer, which doesn’t mean you need to be missing a shoe by night’s end. Again, you are drinking, so you shouldn’t drive. If you have someone who doesn’t want to drink and is willing to drive, that’s great. If you can walk to most and cab your way to the rest, that’s cool, too. If you want to get serious, hire a limo or a mini-bus.


Because beer tasting is fun, it’s easy to take your last sip and happily exit the establishment without realizing that you’re on a mission. Remember, get a stamp on your Ale Trail map. Once you have 12 stamps, remember to claim your rightful prize, that 32-ounce growler. If the particular brewery is out, hit up the Ale Trail website ( and let them know.

Head brewer Zach Shaw, left, and owner Chris Bennett sample their work at Bennidito’s Brewpub. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO


12 String Brewing Company

12 String has expanded over the past couple of years, serving their beer around the region and beyond, as well as in their taproom, where you’ll find a loyal following of Valley beer fans. They make an excellent stout (and double stout) and a nice collection of beers, including a fresh hop beer in the fall and a rye IPA. Keep an eye out for their specialty brews, which are among the more creative on the scene. 11616 E. Montgomery Dr., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 241-3697

Bennidito’s Brewpub

Located on the rolling Bodacious Berries & Fruit farm in Green Bluff north of Spokane, the brewery has completed work on their production facility and is now selling kegs to bars around Spokane. Make the trip to their cozy tasting room, where the peanuts are free and the product can be taken out to a spacious beer garden overlooking the farm, including the hop vines that end up in their mostly Northwest-style beers. 16004 N. Applewood Ln., Mead, Wash. • 238-2489

Bellwether Brewing Co. 

In the summer of 2015, Chris Bennett, who had run the popular Bennidito’s Pizza on the South Hill for a couple of decades, finally realized his dream of opening his own brewery. The spot on East Sprague just outside of downtown features a number of Northwest-style beers, including mutliple IPAs, as well the same pizza recipes from the restaurant. 1909 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 290-5018

Dave Musser and Thomas Croskrey opened Bellwether Brewing in the fall of 2015 with the intention of making “old world” beers. By this, they mean stuff you haven’t heard too much about — like braggot, mead, heather and other styles that originated in Europe centuries ago. But the brewery, located on Monroe Street in the EmersonGarfield neighborhood, also does more Northwest-style beers. 2019 N. Monroe St. , Spokane, Wash. • 280-8345

Big Barn Brewing Company

Black Label Brewing Company

A trip to Big Barn makes you feel like a beer tourist, even in your own town.

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Commons space, alongside several food vendors. The brewers use hops grown on their farm in some of their brews; in the Honey Bandit Blonde, you’ll be drinking honey from their farm. The company is active in their thriving side of downtown Spokane and keeps a rotating cast of beers on tap. 19 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash.

Daft Badger Brewing Located in Coeur d’Alene’s midtown area in what was once co-owner Darrell Dlouhy’s painting shop, you’ll find a full pub menu and a beer list that spans the style spectrum. On one end, there’s the hop-forward Badgers Bounty IPA; on the other, the more malty Josiah’s Revenge, an imperial stout. The taproom features a full-service restaurant with sandwiches and other pub fare. 1710 N. Second St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208665-9892

English Setter Brewing Jeff Bendio is at the helm of this Spokane Valley boutique brewery named for an upland bird-hunting dog. You can try the On-Point Pale, Fetching Blonde, Wiggly Butt IPA and several others, along with a lunch and dinner

menu and live music. 15310 E. Marietta Ave., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 413-3663

Hopped Up Brewing Company Now three years into operation, this brewery serves thirsty commuters, as well as folks from the neighborhood, along a busy stretch of Sprague Avenue in a former IHOP restaurant space. The company continues to put out beers that began as homebrew recipes from owner Steve Ewan, including an IPA to ambers and stouts. 10421 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 413-2488

Hunga Dunga Brewing Graham Lilly, owner of Hunga Dunga, gave this new Moscow brewery its peculiar name as a nod to the Marx Brothers. Lilly is a former bartender and chef who wanted to take the step into brewing, so you’ll find a full restaurant and a growing list of beers made on-site at this newly opened (summer 2016) Moscow haunt. 333 N. Jackson , Moscow, Idaho • 208-596-4855





Breweries, continued Iron Goat Brewing Co. Iron Goat’s success throughout the state finally caught up with them in 2016 when they moved out of their increasingly crammed spot in east Spokane and moved to downtown, where they can keep up with production. Now in 22-ounce bottles throughout the region, Iron Goat’s Garbage Pale Ale, Head Butt IPA and Trashy Blonde have all become regional favorites. At their new pub, you can taste beers while looking through glass, and see your favorite beer being made. 2204 E. Mallon Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 474-0722

Laughing Dog Brewing Since expanding into cans, Laughing Dog has seen serious growth and is positioned to become one of Idaho’s biggest breweries. They’re moving into a new production facility in Ponderay, just outside of Sandpoint, to help keep up with demand. Their pub has also exanded to include flatbreads and sandwiches. But back to those cans — if you see their IPA or the 219er (an easydrinking beer named after the famed Sandpoint Bar) in stores, go ahead and buy them without hesitation. 1109 Fontaine Dr., Ponderay, Idaho • 208263-9222

Little Spokane Brewing Company Like Young Buck, Little Spokane is housed at the Steel Barrel, Spokane’s first incubator brewing center. So you can sample their beers, in addition to brews from other regional beer mak-

ers. Little Spokane debuted in the summer of 2016 with beers like their Indian Painted Rocks, a red, hoppy ale. You’ll soon find Little Spokane on tap around town. 145 S. Madison, Suite 101, Spokane, Wash. •

Mad Bomber Brewing Company In 2013, three former Army bomb squad soldiers (hence the name of the operation) with an interest in home brewing decided to make their hobby a career and founded Mad Bomber. As a super-small-batch brewery, they can switch out their beers on a frequent basis, meaning you’ll often see something new on the tap list. 9265 N. Government Way, Hayden, Idaho • 208762-7343

MickDuff’s Brewing Co. For fans of this Sandpoint brewery, it might be a surprise that MickDuff’s is now 10 years old. Brothers Mickey and Duffy Mahoney were early to the region’s craft-beer boom, opening their downtown Sandpoint operation in 2006 and now have both their pub (get the Gorgonzola fries) and a beer hall in downtown Sandpoint. The Lake Paddler pale ale, Irish Redhead red ale and NoHo IPA are all must tastes. 312 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208255-4351

No-Li Brewhouse The godfather of the Spokane Brewing scene, No-Li is fresh off being named the 2016 Brewery of the Year at the

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Washington State Brewers festival. Their Logan neighborhood brew pub continues to expand and now has a revamped patio with a serving station and a scenic view of the river. While you can still get a Born & Raised IPA or a Wrecking Ball imperial stout in the bottle, the brewery recently moved to cans, too. Their 2016 release Big Juicy, a floral, citrusy and sessionable IPA, showcased the brewery — which does plenty of specialty, barrel-aged brews, as well — at its best. 1003 E. Trent Ave. , Spokane, Wash. • 242-2739

Orlison Brewing You’ll see Orlison’s canned beers, most of which are craft lagers, all over the region. That said, 2016 saw the brewery release its first production-scale ale, the Shin Splints IPA to coincide with Bloomsday. You can taste all of Orlison’s creations at their downtown tasting room, just a few blocks from other Spokane breweries. 12921 W. 17th Ave., Airway Heights, Wash. • 244-2536

Perry Street Brewing A popular stop in the bustling and booming South Perry District, this brewery now has its own in-house food menu of sandwiches and other items after a couple of years of using food trucks. Brewer and owner Ben Lukes is a mad brewing scientist of sorts, experimenting with different yeast strains, hop varieties and other ingredients to create everything from big, floral IPAs to an effervescent Kolsch, and even some fruit-flavored beers. 1025 S. Perry St., Spokane, Wash. • 279-2820

Post Falls Brewing  Alex Sylvain and fellow brewer Dan

Stokes, along with support from business partner Steve Cervi-Skinner, designed and built this brewery from scratch in downtown Post Falls and opened it in April 2016. Their lineup includes the OPC Hefeweizen, while the hoppy Stoney MacGuyver IPA is a nod to one of the local contractors they worked with, says Sylvain. The SnR IIPA (aka Sssssick n’ Rowdy) is a hefty 9 percent ABV, while the Cheap Prick Session Ale, weighing in at just 5 percent ABV, is an easy-drinking lighter beer. 112 N. Spokane St., Post Falls, Idaho • 208-7737301

River City Brewery For a long while, River City’s flagship red ale was what you’d order at their downtown taproom, but now the brewery boasts a strong lineup of beers, including seasonal releases and experimental brews. On the hot days of summer, go for their Girlfriend. Come fall, make sure to check and see if they’ve got any fresh hop beers on tap. 121 S. Cedar St., Spokane, Wash. • 413-2388

Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company One of the region’s most decorated breweries in terms of awards, Selkirk Abbey continues to thrive within the Belgian-style niche that has expanded in recent years. The Post Falls brewery’s 22-ounce bottles can be found throughout the region and beyond. For a more classic Belgian, go with the Chapel, but to taste what happenes when the Northwest collides with Belgian-style, go with the Infidel, an IPA that rings in at 8.2 percent ABV. 6180 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls, Idaho • 208-292-4901


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Slate Creek Brewery has a rustic, industrial theme and plenty of earthy colors. The beers fit the theme, with names like Mountain Hop IPA, Backcountry Brown and Norse Nectar. The brewery — popular among Coeur d’Alene residents, especially the outdoor lovers — has been putting out award-winning beers as of late, including a saison that took a gold at the North American Beer Awards. 1710 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-7727

Building on the success of the sixyear-old South Hill food and beer hub, Waddell’s Neighborhood Pub & Grille, owner Michael Noble opened the doors of this Northside counterpart at the end of 2013 and started up a brewery inside the new restaurant. Waddell’s Brewpub makes house beer found at both locations, with names reflecting the story of turn-ofthe-century ballplayer Rube Waddell, like the South Paw Pale Ale, Fireman’s Amber Ale and Alligator Stout. 6501 N. Cedar St., Spokane, Wash. • 3217818

Steam Plant Brewing Tasting beer from Steam Plant’s 10-barrel system — be it the Highland Scottish Ale, Jalapeño Ale or the popular Double Stack Stout — is best done in their ultra-comfortable subterranean bar, where you can lounge on a couch while you drink. Many of the hops and grains used to make the beers are sourced locally and regionally. You can fill up a growler to go, buy it by the keg or order a pint to go with dinner. 159 S. Lincoln St., Spokane, Wash. • 777-3900

Square Wheel Brewing Co. Square Wheel is the first Washington Brewery to operate as a division of a winery. Given that the nascent brewer is owned by Arbor Crest Cellars, the popular Spokane winery, expect good things to come from this operation. Square Wheel serves up a red, a blonde and an IPA, with more beers to come. 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. , Spokane, Wash. • 994-2600

Trickster’s Brewing Company Located in an industrial area of Coeur d’Alene, Trickster’s is a bit out of the way, but certainly worth a stop for any beer tourist or CdA local. Founded by Matt Morrow, a brewing industry veteran, Trickster’s is known to brew up adventurous beers while keeping a steady year-round lineup. Stop in on Thursday for $3 pints. 3850 N. Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho •

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Wallace Brewing Company Wallace Brewing is now available in bottles throughout the region with beer names that are mining and bordello-inspired, like the Red Light Irish Red Ale and Jackleg Stout. The place is equipped with a tasting room that includes darts and a pool table. 610 Bank St., Wallace, Idaho • 208660-3430

Whistle Punk Brewing Operating mostly under the radar, father-and-son team Craig and Matthew Hanson have developed tasty beers at their Newman Lake brewery that currently isn’t open to the public. They have plans for a tap room in the near future, but for the time being you can find their small-batch Northwest style ales that lean toward the hoppy side at beer bars around the region.  Newman Lake, Wash.

Young Buck Brewing You can find Young Buck’s beer at the Steel Barrel, a brewery incubator and bar featuring Chad White’s Zona Blanca ceviche restaurant in the same space. In the back, you’ll find Young Buck’s owner and brewer Cameron Johnson at work on creating brews for this long-in-the-making business. 145 S. Madison, Suite 101, Spokane, Wash.


2 Loons Distillery

Vodka, unaged white corn whiskey and Blackberry Loon Lightning liquor were the first products from this Loon Lake distillery that has made a splash since opening in 2014. Since then, Trisha and Greg Schwartz have continued to experiment with locally sourced ingredients to add Mint Loon Lightning, made from locally grown spearmint, and Coffee Loon Lightning, infused with Roast House coffee, along with gin, bourbon and cinnamonflavored whiskey to their offerings. It’s a perfect stop on the way to (or home from) the lakes north of Spokane. 3950 Third Ave., Loon Lake, Wash. • 9980440 or 998-0330

21 Window Distillery

21 Window is named after the best

VW bus that ever rolled, and vodka, gin and applejack are all on the menu at the small-batch distillery. Their Smoked Vodka, cold-smoked with mesquite and cherrywood, elevates Bloody Marys to a whole new level. Tastings by appointment. 204 S. Koren Rd., Suite 100 • 720-7375

Dominion Distillery

Using their custom-built still and local ingredients, this small-town distillery delivers big flavor and unique products, like their distinct single-malt vodka which took home a gold medal and a silver medal at the American Distilling Institute’s annual competition. Single and triple-malt whiskies and rum soon will join the line. 116 N. Main St., Colville, Wash. • 675-2179

Tinbender specializes in “immature” white whiskey.

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Dry Fly Distillery

Spokane is home to one of the Northwest’s finest whiskey (and gin, vodka and bourbon) makers. Dry Fly Distillery, smooth, crisp and strong, produces the Washington Wheat Whiskey that will make you proud to live in the nation’s far northwest corner. Gin lovers should also take note: At the 2016 World Spirits Awards, Dry Fly’s Wheat Gin and Barrel Reserve Gin took home gold medals. 1003 E. Trent Ave. • 489-2112

Mill Town Distillery

This small-batch distillery in Sandpoint works in small batches and carefully crafted spirits, using a homemade still and the same cold spring water as the bootleggers of yesteryear. The first two products were the No. 217

Whiskey, an 80-proof unaged corn whiskey, and Pend Oreille River Rum, a flavorful, sweet concoction perfect for mixing. They’ve since added Scotchman Peaks Barley Vodka, and promise that more products are on the way. Find Mill Town’s bottles at Idaho State Liquor stores and restaurants and bars throughout North Idaho. 22979 Highway 2, Sandpoint, Idaho • 208263-1739

Tinbender Craft Distillery

Tinbender specializes in “immature” white whiskey and makes a couple of brandies as well. The tasting room is adjacent to the shiny steel stills, making tours of the process really easy. Better yet, sign up for one of their distillers-for-a-day classes and learn to make your own hooch. 32 W. Second Ave. #400 • 315-7939

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Shake it Up What to expect at various live music venues around the Inland Northwest


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The Grenades perform at Mootsy’s (facing page) and Pérenne plays the Bartlett during Volume, the Inlander’s music festival.


ou may have forgotten what it’s like to experience a truly excellent concert. Perhaps you remember the way your feet hurt from standing for hours, or how long you waited in the beer line, but a great performance can erase those inconveniences from the mind. As people dance or jump around you and sing along with the music, it’s like nothing in the entire world matters. For those few hours, a band/artist can speak directly to your soul. Now, rest assured that live music is alive and well in this region. Just take a look at the annual music festivals like Volume, Elkfest, Bartfest, Perry Street Shakedown and the national talent coming to the INB Performing Arts Center, Spokane Arena and Knitting Factory. But there are other options, too. Below are some of the more intimate locations taking our local music scene to the next level.

THE BARTLETT 228 W. Sprague Ave. | 747-2174 What you’ll hear: Some of the top up-and-coming indie/rock/pop/electronic/folk talent in the world, as well as classic punk rockers. Open for more than two years, the sleek all-ages venue has managed to wrangle acts like Angel Olsen, Shovels & Rope, Mudhoney, Car Seat Headrest, the English Beat and many more. Acceptable attire: If you own any sort of fashionforward hat, this is the place to wear it. Like every spot on this list, clothing here is casual and always depends on the type of music playing that night, but don’t be surprised when most attendees show up in some sort of hipster uniform. Ticket price: Shows run anywhere from $5-$40. Even for local shows expect to pay some sort of cover charge; however, monthly open mic events are free. Cocktail experience: Adding liquor to its alcohol ar-

senal this year, the Bartlett now offers handcrafted beverages like Manhattans, gimlets and other oldman-sounding drinks. The bar is open Tuesday through Saturday, even when shows aren’t running.

MOOTSY’S 406 W. Sprague Ave. | 838-1570 Why you might like it: The vibe at Mootsy’s can’t be faked. People from all walks of life mingle at the 21-year-old venue, which, with the yellow door, looks every bit its age. It feels completely welcoming. Packed in for a sold-out show, this place gets hot and wild. The crowd mingles with the band, as the stage isn’t raised. Here in these cramped quarters, serious punk shows are the best. When these bands play, it’s as if there are no rules. What you’ll drink here: Pabst Blue Ribbon in a tall can. On Fridays they’re sold for a $1. It’s the best way to fit in.

THE PIN! 412 W. Sprague Ave. | 624-0746 How you may known it: The Pin! (known as Pinnacle Northwest when it opened in 2015) is Thomas “TC” Chavez’s third music venture. Nearly a decade ago, he started the Cretin Hop on Howard Street, then moved to a new building on Monroe and renamed his club the Hop! After four years, Chavez started his new business downtown with the new moniker. An exclamation point?: Yes, really! Prior tenants: Most recently Club 412, the secondfloor location has been the home of an array of clubs and live music venues, including A Club and even at one point, a ballet studio. Who comes here: The all-ages venue is more the type of place for heavy metal aficionados and un-



WANT MORE LIVE MUSIC? BABY BAR/NEATO BURRITO: 827 W. First Ave., 847-1234 This watering hole and burrito place regularly hosts free punk and indie music shows. The sound system may not be great, but the energy is off the charts. EICHARDT’S: 212 Cedar St. Sandpoint, 208-263-4005 Expect a steady stream of musicians playing blues, honky-tonk or jam-band fare to a decidedly athletic clientele. THE KNITTING FACTORY: 919 W. Sprague Ave., 244- 3729 Downtown’s biggest rock venue, the Knitting Factory has won a loyal regional following, offering everything from local music showcases to big national acts. NYNE: 232 W. Sprague Ave., 474-1621 While most weekends feature live DJs playing the hits, live music shows includes singer-songwriters and plenty of hot indie acts — touring and local. Everyone is welcome here. THE OBSERVATORY: 15 S. Howard St., 598-8933 This new craft cocktail bar and restaurant offers one of the best sound systems in town for such an intimate space. Expect some of the coolest regional talent to grace this stage. RED ROOM LOUNGE: 521 W. Sprague Ave., 838-7613 The local underground hip-hop, funk and reggae groups playing here are a tight-knit bunch; come here to let your spirit be free along with them. ZOLA: 22 W. Main Ave., 624-2416 It’s hard to go wrong with twinkly lights, tucked-away booths and seven nights of live cover bands (country, Top-40 and beyond) a week.




Ian Miles performs at John’s Alley in Moscow. derground hip-hop lovers. Expect a lot of black clothing here. But the 300-person-capacity space has more than enough room for all. Ticket price: $5-$20; many of the club nights are free.

NASHVILLE NORTH 6361 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls | 208-457-9128 Acceptable attire: This is a 21-and-over country music place, so cowboy everything is to be expected. Rhinestones won’t hurt either. Regular weekend: Currently, Luke Jaxon is the musician in residence, playing nearly every weekend there isn’t a special event. Shows begin at 9 pm most nights, but show up at 7 for free dance lessons and your cover ticket is free too. Special weekend: Jeremy McComb, venue co-owner and Nashville musician, as well as quite a variety of up-and-coming country acts take the stage for special events.

THE BIG DIPPER 171 S. Washington St. | 863-8098 Part of history: Back in 2014, owner Dan Hoerner chose to revive the 100-year-old space to its former glory, or more specifically to the the way the Big Dip-

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per was in the 1980s and ’90s, when he played the tiered stage with multiple local bands. The venue was built well before fire codes dictated any sort of sprinkler system, which is why capacity currently sits at 110 people. Most recently the Empyrean, the Big Dipper mural outside the building, along with the inside bathrooms, have been updated. Famous origins: Hoerner is a founding member of Seattle emo act Sunny Day Real Estate. Variety shows: Along with other places in town, the Big Dipper is especially adept at bringing in shows that cater to all-ages (teens to retirees). One night a show could offer straight jazz programming, and the next soul and funk. The spot has also played host to cabaret and reggae-driven shows. Of course, rock, metal, punk and country fill the lineups, too.

THE HIVE 207 N. First Ave., Sandpoint | 208-457-2392 The buzz: In its three years as a venue, managers and owners have changed, but the beautiful barn-like space keeps on bringing classic talent to North Idaho. The mid-size venue offers one of the finest lighting and sound setups in the area. Acceptable attire: During the winter, expect to see a


lot of Patagonia down jackets. During the summer? Strappy Tevas and Birkenstocks. Big moment: While musicians play here year-round, the Hive’s most thrilling event is Aftival, an afterparty to many of August’s Festival at Sandpoint shows. The most recent headliners included Moon Taxi, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and American Idol winner Taylor Hicks.

JOHN’S ALLEY 114 E. 6th St., Moscow | 208-883-7662 Only party in town: Moscow, Idaho, isn’t known for its wealth of live music venues, and John’s Alley is the only bar in town that consistently brings in touring and local acts. Sure, there are coffee shops that cater to a more staid crowd, and raucous house shows from time to time, but John’s is open for those looking for a musical oasis. It is a 21+ venue. What you’ll hear: The kind of music that makes people dance. The stage is quite high above the crowd, so it’s easy to feel the rhythms in your body. Musicians of all genres do come through, but it’s mostly the more jam band/reggae/rock/folk groups.




Sports Bars Birdy’s Sports Bar If you want to pair a meal with one of the 18 beers on tap, Birdy’s gives you plenty of fresh options to choose from. The huge patio is perfect for a sunny afternoon cocktail, or sit inside and catch a game on one of the many TVs. The Philly cheesesteaks are made with rolls straight from Philadelphia. 12908 N. Highway 395, Spokane, Wash. • 8639572

Capone’s Pair one of the 40 beers on tap with a slice of Capone’s pizza and you’ll quickly understand why it’s such a popular spot to catch a game. With locations in Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Hayden, you have no excuse to not pay a visit to Capone’s. After all, Food Network’s Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives has. 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

The Corner Club This spot is typically filled with everything that makes up a good dive bar — regulars and cheap drinks. Grab a buddy, a beer (or a beer tub) and a spot in front of a TV. If you’re looking to make a new friend or two, challenge

someone to a game of darts, pool or foosball.  202 N. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-2915

EPIC Yet another one of the many reasons you could accidentally spend three days inside Northern Quest without noticing, EPIC’s deals are, well, epic. Lean back with a beer and what feels like a front-row view of your favorite team playing on the 30-by-10-foot TV. If you weren’t a sports fan when you walked in, you might be by the time you leave. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 242-7000

Flamin’ Joe’s If you’re into watching a good game while burning your mouth on hot wings, you’ve probably already been to Flamin’ Joe’s. If not, pick a Code — 1 to 5 — and enjoy the flaming flavor. Cool down your mouth with one of the many beers available, or just head home for a glass of milk if you were overconfident in your ability to tolerate the heat. 7015 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. • 465-5052 | 11618 E. Sprague Ave. , Spokane Valley, Wash. • 922-5052

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The team at the family-owned Swinging Doors.


Best bets for watching the big game

Jack and Dan’s

Rock City Grill

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 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, Wash. • 487-6546

After 24 years, this River Park Square staple moved to the South Hill. Now in the building where Famous Ed’s was, the food menu has gotten a little smaller, but don’t worry; it still has the same comfortable atmosphere, and the Thai pizza isn’t going anywhere. 2911 E. 57th Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 290-5080

Morty’s Tap and Grille

After starting football deals a few years ago, now you have even more of a reason to try one or two of the Screaming Yak’s 13 wing options. During college football games, discounted pitchers, beers and burger specials are sure to supply you with all the energy you need to keep cheering.  118 W. Francis Ave. , Spokane, Wash. • 464-3641

Check out the wing list for options far more exciting than classic hot wings, or order one of the many burgers or sandwiches. And make sure to try the steak bites at this South Hill sports bar. There’s plenty of time to try it all as you binge-watch football. Happy hour here starts at 7 am and stretches all the way to 6 pm.  5517 S. Regal St., Spokane, Wash. • 443-9123

The Ref Sports Bar A meeting place for Seahawks, EWU and WSU football fans, the Ref even has basketball, skee ball, pool and virtual golf if you feel like playing a game yourself. Step on up to the oval bar to order one of the 31 wing flavors that will have you coming back even on bye weeks. 14208 E. Sprague Ave. , Spokane Valley, Wash. • 315-9637

The Screaming Yak

The Swinging Doors This family-owned sports bar has been a gathering place for fans to cheer together for more than 30 years. The 60 TVs provide plenty of places to find a screen of your own if you find a fan of a rival team sipping a pint next to you. Stop in for a free steak dinner on your birthday.  1018 W. Francis Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 326-6794

Craft Cocktails Destinations for the discriminating drinker

Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery We’re all familiar with breweries serving food, but Bardenay was one of the first distilleries in the country to also be a restaurant. With locations in Coeur d’Alene, Boise and Eagle, each specializes in a different spirit. You can’t purchase a bottle at the distillery, but order a freshly squeezed citrus cocktail with vodka, because the Coeur d’Alene spot makes it there. 1710 W. Riverstone Dr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-1540

Black Cypress Black Cypress’ cocktail list changes seasonally, but keeps the most popular cocktails, including Eyes Wide Shut — gin, iris-flower liqueur, Mastiha and fresh lime. Pair a bottle of wine from the extensive list from the Pacific Northwest to “far away,” with dishes from countries along the Mediterranean offered on the menu. 215 E. Main Ct., Pullman, Wash. • 334-5800

Bon Bon The Garland is Spokane’s longestrunning independent theater, and though Bon Bon’s cocktail list isn’t long, this tiny cocktail lounge’s classic drinks are worth checking out before a movie. Both the grenadine and tonic are handmade, along with other seasonal mixers and eggnog in the winter. Bingo is held every Wednesday at 8 pm. 924 W. Garland Ave. , Spokane, Wash. • 413-1745

Butcher Bar Chef Jeremy Hansen has proved to Spokane that he can create a mean menu at Santé, and Butcher Bar shows his farm-to-table philosophy is also successful when applied to a craft cocktail and small plates bar. The drinks are listed by the main liquor, so pick one and trust Butcher Bar with the rest. 404 W. Main Ave. , Spokane, Wash. • 315-4613

Clover Clover splits its extensive drink menu into descriptive categories — seasonal, effervescent, crisp, exuberant, spirited and current — to give patrons an idea of what’s in store. Kicking off the “Crisp” section, the Jasmine cocktail is a true original. The bluish-pink creation of bartender Paul Harrington boasts an ingredient list of gin; fresh lemon juice; Campari, an Italian bitter; and Cointreau, an orange-flavored liqueur, garnished with a lemon twist. 913 E. Sharp Ave. , Spokane, Wash. • 487-2937

El Que The Elk’s next-door neighbor in Browne’s Addition combines Catholic décor with a long list of tequilas. Its cocktail list features more than infused tequilas, including sangria. Order chips and salsa or guacamole, or some of the more filling options such as tacos or banana leaf tamales. 141 S. Cannon St., Spokane, Wash. • 624-5412

A delicious “Ambidextrious Cocktail” at Volstead Act.


Volstead Act

With 22 taps and cocktails incorporating freshly squeezed juices, this South Hill spot has the offerings of an upscale pub with a comfortable feel. Its Sunday Bloody Mary bar provides all trimmings to make yourself a fully loaded, hangover-curing cocktail worthy of a photo.  909 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane, Wash. • 747-7737

Taking its name from the act that established prohibition in America, the Volstead Act prides itself in making cocktails that are as appealing visually as they are to drink while offering a modern spin on the speakeasies of the past. One particularly striking offering is the warm-yellow Wicked Kiss, a deviously delicious drink made with blanco tequila, Strega (a minty Italian liqueur), lemon, cinnamon and pumpkin butter (yes, really). Don’t knock it ‘til you try it. 12 N. Post St., Spokane, Wash. • 808-2516

Ruins This smaller spot by Kendall Yards only seats 36, but its newly opened patio now provides extra space for people to sip its intricate craft cocktails or enjoy a few items off the weekly themed menu created by chef Tony Brown. The smaller plate sizes encourage people to try a little bit of everything. 825 N. Monroe St. , Spokane, Wash.

The Blind Buck Stylish and hip are two words that come to mind when you walk into this speakeasy/Prohibition-era-style bar. The bartenders zero in on craft cocktails with a selection of classics and their own creations. 204 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. • 290-6229

Wild Sage Before dinner arrives, grab one of Wild Sage’s signature cocktails. (We love their take on the Old Fashioned.) Then enjoy their “regionally sourced Northwest cuisine.” The single-malt scotch and small-batch bourbon list accompanies the brandy and cognac selection, along with a list of “lusty libations.” 916 W. Second Ave. , Spokane, Wash. • 456-7575




Every Day I’m Quizzin’

the man, the legend, the local video game.

There are enough trivia nights in the area to keep you drinking and answering questions almost every day of the week BY MITCH RYALS


unday is the day of rest, and trivia nights in these parts are no exception. We found six nights of quizzical entertainment in the area of varying degrees. There are trivia nights for the young and old, the pop-culture buffs, the history gurus and the current events junkies. Check out a fraction of area trivia nights below. And if you hear of a Sunday night trivia, let us know!


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Bon Bon’s tiny cafe bar attached to the Garland Theater is one option for Monday evenings. When the weather’s nice, the crowd spills out onto the patio. Trivia starts at 7, and the three rounds typically run until 8:30-ish. The emcee picks a new theme each week, typically based on one of the movies playing at the theater. They give away prizes (usually free appetizers) after each round and a the big winner gets a gift card or half off their tab or something, says general manager Tana Brunson. Questions tend to run “on the difficult end,” she adds. 7 pm; 926 W. Garland Ave.

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The Iron Goat’s trivia is one of the more difficult in town.


As far as questions go, we give Nectar Wine and Beer a middle-of-the-road rating for difficulty. As far as taco bars go, we give it a yeah-I’m-goin’-back-for-seconds. In case you missed it, that’s trivia, drinks and a taco bar, usually. (If there’s no taco bar that week, order a pie from the pizza place next door.) And they have couches and comfy chairs. It’s like they thought of everything. 7 pm; 1331 W. Summit Pkwy.


Some of the greatest thinkers have fancied a little whiskey to get the juices flowing. From Hemingway, Faulkner and Twain to ’50s-era actress Ava Gardner, Lady Gaga and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. So take heed, and enjoy half off all whiskey, bourbon and Scotch during Enoteca’s Whiskey Wednesday, conveniently held during their weekly trivia night. Trivia starts at 7 and goes till 9. Prizes are awarded after each of the three rounds, and $10 gift cards go to each member of the winning team. Questions lean a little easier than some other trivia nights. 7 pm; 702 N. Spokane St., Post Falls, Idaho



ALSO TRY MONDAY Press; 8:30 pm Prohibition Gastropub; 6 pm TUESDAY Fieldhouse Pizza & Pub; 7 pm The Globe; 8 pm Rico’s Public House; 7 pm MickDuff’s Brewing Company; 7 pm The Backyard Public House; 8 pm Checkerboard Bar; 8 pm (followed by open mic comedy) WEDNESDAY The Knock (aka The Knockaderry); 6 pm Flamin’ Joe’s; 8 pm (Spokane Valley location); 7 pm (North Spokane location) Morty’s Tap & Grille; 7 pm The Boiler Room; 8:30 pm THURSDAY nYne Bar & Bistro; 6:30 pm Soulful Soups & Spirits Lounge; 7 pm FRIDAY Adelo’s Pizza, Pasta & Pints; 8 pm SATURDAY Pacific Avenue Pizza; 8 pm

Looking for the most difficult trivia around? Iron Goat Brewing Company is generally considered the honors section of local trivia nights, and that’s how emcee Isaac Jensen likes it. “It’s very much intentional,” he says. “In the first year I developed a reputation for having a more challenging trivia, and I feel like people like more of a challenge. Worst case scenario, you get to drink good beer.” The format is four rounds of 10 questions, and one jeopardy round, where teams wager their points based on one question. Winners get 20 percent off their tab and a voucher for half off a pint next time. 6:30 pm; 1302 W. 2nd Ave.



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Beer Bars

24 Taps Sports Bar

24 Taps’ name rings true regarding its beer selection, with a dozen local brews on tap plus 12 additional options behind the bar. The menu is packed with lots of appetizers under $10, like wings and jalapeño-stuffed tater tots. To top it all off, the walls are lined with massive TVs.  825 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 309-3103

The Blackbird Tavern + Kitchen Patrick McPherson of Manito Tap House and Austin Dickey of Copeland Architecture & Construction came together to design this gastropub on the first

floor of the historic Broadview Dairy building. They serve more than 110 bottled beers and feature 40 taps — a few of which dispense wine and hard cider. Much the menu is Southern-inspired, with around 30 percent of it changing seasonally.  905 N. Washington St. , Spokane, Wash. • 392-4000

Brooklyn Deli and Lounge Brooklyn Deli has been serving up sandwiches and soups to the Spokane masses for 17 years in its spot tucked away behind the Montvale Hotel. After a move to the first floor of the Montvale, there’s even more space — along

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Fifty taps line the bar at Manito Tap House.

Taps for every taste

with a rejuvenated vibe — to enjoy a sandwich during the day, or one of the eight beers on tap when the Deli becomes a lounge at night.  122 S. Monroe St., Spokane, Wash. • 835-4177

District Bar Heading to a show at the Knitting Factory? A stop at the District Bar before doors open is a must. Try a beer flight to sample a few beers from the long list of taps, or a drink off the cocktail list that guarantees to combine a few flavors you haven’t had together before, like the Wasabi Mint Julep. 916 W. First Ave., Spokane, Wash • 244-3279

Idaho Pour Authority It isn’t easy to decide on a beer at Idaho Pour Authority; there are a dozen on tap and more than 300 bottles. If you really can’t pick just one, you can build your own mixed six-pack or fill a few growlers. Choose from an assortment of meats and cheeses to snack on between sips. 203 Cedar St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-597-7096

The Lantern Tap House The Lantern Tap House first opened its doors in the Perry Neighborhood in 2009. The Lantern welcomes everyone with an inviting and relaxed environ-

ment, with plenty of seating and a full menu to complement the draft craft beers, local wines and spirits. The menu’s inspiration comes from the desire to offer all scratch-made food that elevates the quality and experience beyond that of typical pubs. 1004 S. Perry St., Spokane, Wash. • 315-9531

est restaurants), time has seemingly stood still here, and that’s part of its appeal. Don’t come here for fussy drinks or housemade bitters. Instead, order a pitcher of beer and bask in the friendly, no-frills atmosphere.  103 W. Ninth Ave. , Spokane, Wash. • 747-4425

Manito Tap House

You can always find something new to try from more than 100 different bottles of wine, 50 different bottles of beer and 18 taps of rotating brews at Pints up North — including glutenfree options. Taster trays allow you to sample a few. Keep updated on what’s pouring by visiting before stopping in.  10111 N. Newport Hwy., Spokane, Wash. • 368-9671

With 50 beers on tap and a cellar room of 55 kegs and 20 cases of hardto-find beer, Manito Tap House is the place to take your favorite beer snob. The highly beer-knowledgeable staff — including a few cicerones — can help you find the perfect brew. Plus, owner Patrick McPherson has made it so energy-efficient that it just became Spokane’s first Four-Star Green Restaurant. 3011 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane, Wash. • 279-2671

O’Doherty’s Irish Grille This Irish pub is about more than beer and good food (though it has those, too). When you walk into O’Doherty’s, you’re 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 , Wash. • 747-0322

The Observatory A toasted PB&J served on paper in a basket is delivered to a customer sitting at the bar. Behind the bar, a telescope on a shelf sits next to a large picture of a skeleton sipping a cocktail. Such is the scene at the Observatory, a new bar and restaurant downtown serving simple, quality sandwiches and cocktails. The food menu lists sandwiches, soups, salads and rotating specials, with sauces and condiments made in-house. 15. S. Howard St., Spokane, Wash. • 598-8933

The Park Inn The Park Inn is a Spokane institution, where nurses, neighborhood regulars and sports fans co-mingle. Around since 1932 (it’s one of the area’s old-

Pints & Corks Alehouse and Wine Bar

Post Street Ale House The Post Street Ale House manages to still feel like a friendly neighborhood pub despite being in the heart of downtown. Its casual atmosphere draws a diverse crowd of drinkers, who come for a wide selection of beers and good service. The fried pickles are the signature dish, made with sweet horseradish pickles and served with sauce.  1 N. Post St., Spokane, Wash. • 789-6900

Saranac Public House Underneath its roof of solar panels, Saranac is always changing up its seasonal, locally sourced food menu, along with its 12 taps of mostly local and regional beers. They also normally have a nitro option for those who love sipping a smoother, headier brew. 21 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 4739455

The Viking Featuring one of the region’s best beer selections, the Viking pours suds from more than 30 taps, with both old classics and more local, seasonal brews. They’ve also updated the menu, which covers all the basic pub fare you’d expect (fries, burgers, nachos, etc.) but with a few additions (fish and salad options) providing a refreshing alternative. 1221 N. Stevens St., Spokane, Wash. • 315-4547

Breaking into song at Monterey Cafe. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

Karaoke Grab the mic and let ‘er rip! Mama’s Thaiway Lounge If you have any doubts about combining Thai food with karaoke, just let Mama show you how well they go together. Authentic Thai food makes Mama’s a great spot to grab a plate of chicken curry for dinner or to refuel before singing and dancing the night away. Plus, Mama participates in all of the fun.  5908 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 534-3040

Monterey Café When it comes to karaoke, the Monterey Café doesn’t play around. In fact, they make it easy, offering the public the microphone every night of the week after 9 pm. They have a massive catalog of tunes, and you can sing along to the words buzzing across no less than nine different screens dotting the place. Throw in regular drink specials and stellar pizza, and there’s no reason for Spokane’s shower singers to go anywhere else.  9 N. Washington St., Spokane, Wash. • 868-0284

The Star Restaurant and Lounge If you’re willing to get a little sweaty, Star Bar is the place to dance to endless karaoke nightly. Screens around the bar allow you to follow along, and pool in the back provides the perfect

place to take a quick break from the craziness. On Thursdays, you’re guaranteed to find a bunch of Zags singing their hearts out onstage, a $5 Long Island iced tea or 22-ounce Corona in hand.  1329 N. Hamilton St., Spokane, Wash. • 487-1530

Studio K Bar & Grill Studio K Bar & Grill moved from one South Hill strip mall to another and was renamed Studio K Bar on Regal. Serving stiff drinks and drafts to patrons for half a century, the bar mostly has been known as a karaoke hotspot. None of that has changed at the new location, with a karaoke station set up in the back of the narrow, high-ceilinged bar. 2810 E. 29th Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 534-9317

The Wave Island Sports Grill and Sushi Bar If you want to watch a game while also sipping on miso soup and eating a Philly cheesesteak, this Island sports bar fusing Hawaiian and American food is the place for you. The Wave’s live music and late night karoake keep the place crowded until the early hours of the morning.  525 W. First Ave. , Spokane, Wash. • 747-2023




Laugh A Out Loud Spokane’s comedy scene moves toward a brighter future BY LAURA JOHNSON

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Two of the four owners of the Spokane Comedy Club, Renee and Kevin Fandt.


s of March, there was suddenly a whole lot at more than 100 people. more to laugh about. The Spokane Comedy “I don’t feel like the opportunities are less now,” Club moved in on Sprague Avenue, and with Lahman says. “Open mics pop up and disappear all it a steady stream of gut-busting touring comedithe time. For brand-new comics it may not be as ans. While the excitement was palpable, there were much opportunity, but for us who have been around, still plenty of people wondering if it would survive. it’s really great.” The city had comedy clubs in the past, but they all But stand-up isn’t the only comedy outlet in folded (including the 10-year-old Uncle D’s Comedy Spokane. The Garland District’s Blue Door Theatre has Underground, which closed in March). Now a handful been bringing the improv for 20 years. Through that of months in, comedy club co-owner Adam Norwest program, comedians have formed their own groups. says that people here are supportive. In June, the Ditch Kids sketch comedy trio, who “The crowds have been great,” says Norwest, met at the Blue Door, attended the famed Del Close who along with his parents and wife Marathon in New York City after also owns the Tacoma Comedy Club. sending in an audition tape on a “The comedians are loving it. They lark. Through local fundraisers, they love the crowds here. There’s a direct went, all expenses paid. flight from L.A. to Spokane, and we’re “It’s hard to say how grateful Check local comedy listings getting comedians here who’ve never you are,” says Ditch Kid Mara at been to Spokane.” Baldwin. “People didn’t have to and Spokane isn’t new to stand-up, give jack shit to us, and they did. but in the past couple of years, an I felt weird about setting up the interest in comedy has grown locally. GoFundMe, but the city of Spokane Open mic nights and comedy events have multiplied wanted us to go and supported us. Some of the around town, while big-name touring comedians donations were so high.” consistently sell out local concert venues and arenas Lahman points out that with the comedy club — we’re talking performers like Brian Regan, Kevin bringing in performers like Craig Robinson and Marc Hart, David Cross and George Lopez. Maron to a mid-sized stage on a weekly basis and Local comedian Mika Lahman, who’s been part sketch comedy players exploring the national stage, of the stand-up scene for about three years, is a the local scene is starting to feel more legitimate. member of the local SpoKomedy group, which works “It’s a new wave of things going on,” she says. to help stand-up performers find community and “I think we had it one way, but now it’s shifted to bring more comedy events to the area. With the new bigger opportunities, and we have a new generation comedy venue open, she says some open mics have of comics coming in because of the comedy club. I slowed, but go to the comedy club on any given open don’t think people knew a lot about our scene before. mic Wednesday, and crowds can sometimes top out So it’s a new era.”


Lounges Seven hotspots where you can relax and unwind Fireside Lounge The name of Northern Quest’s lounge points to its most distinguishing feature — the beautiful fireplace. Keep warm beside it with a dessert or small plate. The romantic atmosphere welcomes you in, but the delicious cocktails will keep you there. This open, though intimate, space is also available to rent. Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 242-7000

The Globe Settle into one of the tall, tufted booths at The Globe, and you can savor a little intimacy at this bustling nightspot, or set up shop in the middle of all the action and catch a game on one 12 TVs scattered around. Happy hour starts at 3 pm with $4 wells and $3 pints. so get comfy, start early and stay awhile.  204 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. • 443-4014

Lakeview Lounge  When they say lakeview, they mean lakeview. Situated on the seventh floor of the Coeur d’Alene Resort, Lakeview Lounge offers incredible views and wine from Beverly’s 30,000-bottle collection, top shelf liquor and an array of classic martinis. 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene Resort, 7th floor, Coeur d’Alene , Idaho • 208-765-4000

Satellite Diner & Lounge The Old Ironsides of late-night dining and drinking, 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. 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, Wash. • 624-3952

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. Their Taco Tuesday is never a mistake.  117 N. Howard St. , Spokane, Wash. • 459-1190

The Unforgiven Lounge Already known for its fluorescent lights and creative cocktails, the Unforgiven Lounge now has a second location in downtown Spokane. Find the same speciality martinis at either location, though the downtown spot has slightly fewer food options. The original location continues to showcase live music on the weekends. 415 W. Hastings Rd., Spokane, Wash. • 315-4277 | 108 N. Washington St.


Whispers If you want to feel like you’re in a romantic, meeting-the-love-of-yourlife movie scene, all you’d have to do at Whispers is walk in slow motion. If the beautiful views of Lake Coeur d’Alene through the massive windows aren’t enough for you, a couple of the chocolate martinis at this waterfront lounge probably will be. Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208765-4000

Food and Drink Specials • Times • Locations




Fifteen pool tables are open for play at the Black Diamond.

Bar Games Black Diamond For pool lovers, the Diamond is the place to be. Along with the pool leagues and tournaments, there’s also darts and shuffleboard at this familyowned bar. Sip on one of the 33 beers on tap or snack on Loaded Kickers — a mountain of tater tots covered in nacho fixings — in between games.9614 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 891-8357

Checkerboard Bar This little bar is so well-loved by Spokane, Bennidito’s named a local brew after it — Checkerboard Pale Ale. This spot has a pool table, two pinball machines and a whole assortment of other games, including chess, checkers and dominoes, to play with a partner at the bar rail or outside in a covered seating area.1716 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 535-4007

Fast Eddie’s On the edge of the University District, Fast Eddie’s is a weekend favorite for the bar-hopping crowd. Come to spin the wheel on your birthday, or if you

Nine bars where you’ll never be bored

prefer to play games rather than passively watch sports, belly up to the pool or foosball tables and dump your quarters into the Golden Tee and Big Buck Hunter arcade games. 1 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, Wash. • 4558752

“Hangover Bowl” of hashbrowns, scrambled eggs and a whole lot of grease, along with free pool and shuffleboard all day Sundays. There’s also karaoke, trivia and plenty of pull tabs. 204 E. Ermina Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 327-7092

Hillyard Library Sports Bar & Barbershop

My Office

Most libraries are full of books, but the Hillyard Library is full of games not even found inside most bars. Choose between virtual golf, darts or foosball inside, or play a round of giant Jenga, beer pong or cornhole while catching a live musician out on the back patio. And if you’ve been feeling like it’s time for a trim, you can even get a haircut while you’re there.2936 E. Olympic Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 475-2500

Litz’s Bar & Grill Litz’s boasts Spokane’s biggest outdoor bar and beer garden, including a sand volleyball court. And if it’s raining, Litz’s still has plenty of entertainment inside to keep you occupied. It opens early on Sunday to serve its famous

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You would always look forward to work if it had pool and darts like My Office. This spot has been entertaining the people of Pullman for more than 50 years, with no plans to stop. Catch a game on one of the 16 TVs or play games late into the night while still keeping up your energy, with the full food menu available until midnight and a limited menu after that.215 S. Grand Ave., Pullman, Wash. • 334-1202

Paddy’s Sports Bar Rows of pool tables and ample room to set up a shot make Paddy’s the best venue in Coeur d’Alene if you’re looking to play a serious game and split a pitcher without the fiasco of the bar scene. Nights are usually chill, and there’s always someone to challenge

to a game of pool if you’re bored, lonely or feeling lucky.601 W. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208765-0701

Rick’s Ringside Pub Rick’s is to the Garland District what the Elk is to Browne’s Addition: casual and smack-dab in the middle of the neighborhood. It’s a classy dive with four pool tables, ping-pong and food that compares to the big daddy of Spokane bar food, the Swinging Doors. 921 W. Garland Ave. , Spokane, Wash. • 324-9718

Sullivan Scoreboard Sports Bar & Grill When the weather’s nice, there’s no place like Scoreboard’s patio in the Valley. Listen to the tunes of live musicians on weekend nights while playing volleyball on one of the sand courts, a couple of rounds in the horseshoe pit or a game of beer pong to reconnect with your inner college kid. 205 N. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 8910880


Aces Casino

Chewelah Casino

New owners, along with remodeled game and poker rooms, have kept this smaller casino lively. Its tables include blackjack, Spanish 21, pai gow and Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments daily at 7 pm. Each night features a different discounted liquor to pair with a sandwich from a full menu. Finish one of the 3-pound burgers and win yourself a prize. 6301 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. • 368-9785

Along with slot machines, Chewelah has blackjack, Spanish 21 and newly added Bet the Bust to test your table skills. Eat everything from breakfast to pizza to a full prime rib dinner at the Mistequa Café or grab a cocktail at the Hideaway Lounge. The specials and discounts are always changing, so make sure to check online before heading over. 2555 Smith Rd., Chewelah, Wash. • 800-322-2788

The Black Pearl Casino

Coeur d’Alene Casino

Look for daily hold ‘em tournaments at the Black Pearl -- Spokane Valley’s only poker room and casino. And the fun starts early, like 10 am, in the poker room. Good thing there’s a full restaurant and bar onsite, to sustain a full day of winning. Other options to help you pay off your bar tab include blackjack, Spanish 21, Pai gow, and high card flush. 2104 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley 290-5484

It’s a drive to the Coeur d’Alene Casino, but it’s a scenic one, as you pass through rolling golden wheat fields and wetlands. Once you’ve arrived, you’re going to want to stay awhile. The vibrant game floor features slots, bingo and off-track betting. On-site restaurants will keep you well fed, and a deluxe spa and the pristine Circling Raven Golf Course are luxurious gaming alternatives. Rest your weary head at the upscale hotel.  37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley, Idaho • 800523-2464

Chips stack up on the roulette table at Northern Quest Resort & Casino.

Good bets for local gaming Kootenai River Inn Casino and Spa Yes, it’s all the way up in Bonners Ferry, but with tons of video gaming machines in three casino rooms, a bingo room, a fitness center for guests, a restaurant (The Springs) and a day spa, this tribal casino is worth the trek. Relax your troubles away, then gamble. 7169 Plaza St., Bonners Ferry, Idaho • 208-267-8511

Lilac Lanes and Casino It may be known as Eastern Washington’s biggest bowling center, but the Lilac Lanes casino also 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, Wash. • 467-5228

Northern Quest Resort & Casino Want to spend a night in Vegas without booking a flight? Northern Quest

has all of the bright lights, buffets, nightlife and open floors of table games and slots to make you feel like you’re there. If you’re new to table games, show up to one of the free craps, blackjack and roulette tutorials. End your night by staying in one of the 250 swanky hotel rooms and suites at the attached resort. An extensive summer concert series, along with an indoor concert venue, bring some of the biggest names to the area, including Dolly Parton, Duran Duran, Jethro Tull and Dierks Bentley. See, it really is just like Vegas.  100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 877-871-6772

Two Rivers Casino Resort There are plenty of ways to gamble on the more than 200 gaming machines at Two Rivers, but don’t just stop there. The marina is the perfect place to spend a day on a boat or just relax, and if you can’t stand to feel like you’re away from the water, pull up your RV instead of staying at the resort.  6828 B Hwy. 25 South, Davenport, Wash. • 800-954-2946




Whiskey Casper Fry Public House Look no further for quality, Southerninspired food than this South Perry spot. Casper Fry’s food menu lists classic comforts, reinvented with the goods from local farmers and ranchers. Ask the bartenders which drink on the cocktail list pairs best with your Southern comfort dish, or choose a bourbon or whiskey from the extensive list. Casper Fry also creates large-batch cocktails, then barrel-ages them for 90 days in white American oak, so find out what’s most recently been aging. 928 S. Perry St. , Spokane, Wash. • 535-0536

Durkin’s Liquor Bar Rye whiskeys, corn whiskeys, singlemalts and blends, the selection at Durkin’s Liquor Bar knows no end. They have whiskeys from near and faraway places. Some whiskeys are young, some are aged to perfec-

tion; with about 100 varieties, it’s an agonizing selection. Prices range from a lot to a little; the burgers are tasty if you’re in the mood for a nibble, and the cocktails are artfully crafted.  415 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 863-9501

Legends of Fire Expect deep reserves of premium whiskey and bourbon, along with well-aged Scotch, cognac and port at Legends of Fire, the region’s only true cigar bar. Peruse the walk-in humidor, then settle into a deep club chair and revel in the refined, masculine atmosphere. Sundays are Hero Day, celebrating members of the armed forces and police, fire and EMT professionals with discounts on beer, cigars and appetizers. Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 242-7000

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One of Spokane’s newest whiskey bars, Table 13, stocks more than 50 whiskeys.


From American small batch to Japanese single malt — it’s all about selection at these bars Prohibition Gastropub Prohibition’s candy-coated bacon is one highlight of the restaurant’s classic gastropub fare, a menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads and savory, indulgent appetizers. Chef John Leonetti also makes his own beef patty mix for Prohibition’s burgers, adding an unusual ingredient alongside the seasoning: coffee grounds. In the bar, the focus leans toward whiskey, bourbon and scotch, but also features several local and regional beer tap handles and regional wines. 1914 N. Monroe St., Spokane, Wash. • 474-9040

Steelhead Bar and Grille Maybe you’ve been distracted by Steelhead’s killer happy hour cocktails ($6 for top shelf liquor, the likes of Hendrick’s, Grey Goose and Bombay). So if you haven’t noticed, we can understand. But you should know that Steelhead is dead serious about

whiskey. Keep paging through the drink menu and you’ll see Canadian, rye, Irish, Northwest, Tennessee and Scotch whiskey. If you can’t pick just one, order a themed flight, like the “New American” featuring Dry Fly Wheat, Balcones Brimstone and Hudson Baby Bourbon for $10. 218 N. Howard St., Spokane, Wash. • 747-1303

Table 13 Decisions, decisions. It’s not easy to pick when Table 13 offers more than 50 whiskeys to choose from, including a handful of options from regional craft distilleries. So why choose just one? Build a flight or order a “Family Flight” that showcases three or four samples from one distillery. Not a whiskey purist yet? Trust us, the signature whiskey cocktails will turn you into a whiskey lover in no time.  The Grand Hotel, 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, Wash. • 598-4300


feeling adventurous — and there isn’t a live band playing — hop up to the stage to showcase your moves under the lights. 232 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 474-1621

Six spots to shake your groove thing Borracho Tacos & Tequileria Choose one (or a few) of the 75 tequilas to try while enjoying Borracho’s spacious patio, with a large center fire pit, or the louder, more crowded interior. The simple house margarita is a reliable go-to, or try one of the housemade infused margaritas — perfect fuel for the dance floor. 211 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. • 822-7789

Impulse Similar to the the Vegas vibe of Northern Quest’s casino, Impulse maintains a glitzy feel. With karaoke and DJ Patrick

on Friday and Saturday nights, it’s impossible to be at Impulse and not feel the urge to dance. Get a drink from the horseshoe bar before getting back out on the dance floor or returning to the casino floor.  Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 242-7000

nYne Bar & Bistro It’s almost impossible to avoid ending up in the middle of the dance floor at nYne if you’re going out downtown; it’s spacious enough for even some of the craziest dance moves. If you’re really

Rocker Room The Rocker Room is the place to do exactly as its name suggests — rock. Fridays and Saturdays are club nights, so expect a crowded dance floor and loud DJ music. It also hosts live bands and themed nights during the week, such as Two4One Drink Tuesdays and Monday Night Mayhem specials. No matter the night of the week, there’s always something going on at the Rocker Room.  216 E. Coeur d’Alene Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-676-2582

Scotty’s Doghouse Owner Scott Wilburn is an avid skier and sports fanatic. With nine TVs in his pub, you’ll never miss a sporting event. While you can grab a drink and catch

a game on weekdays, Scotty’s transforms on weekends, featuring DJs, dancing, strobe lights and good music. Wilburn hopes to create a community and a space for people to come hang out. Decorate your own mug as a part of the mug club loyalty program, or just swing in for a chicken and waffle cone. 1305 N. Hamilton St., Spokane, Wash. • 241-0208

Stray Nightclub Opened in the the former Irv’s location, this new downtown bar leaves its dress code up to its employees — which usually means only boxers and bras. Like Irv’s, Stray is home to drag shows, DJs and dance parties, but the dance floor now closes at 2 am instead of staying open until 4, so get there early to get your dance on all night. 415 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 624-4450





Martini Bars

The Blue Lagoon Martini begs to be drank at Liquid.

315 Martini Bar & Tapas

With the food and drinks of a fine dining restaurant but a more relaxed feel, this hand-crafted martini bar has small plates and entrée menus long enough to encourage you to try something new every time you stop in. The classic cocktails are reliable favorites, but your huckleberry cravings can easily be satisfied by one of the seasonal sippers. 315 E. Wallace Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-9660”

Bistango Lounge Try not to gape for too long when you see Bistango’s selection of more than 200 liquors, wines and bottled beers and ales, all softly backlit by the bar. Pair your drink with a selection from the lounge’s dinner menu and a show from a local musician, and you’ve got yourself one classy night out. Bistango also houses an extensive wine collection, much of which you can buy at wholesale prices to take home. 108 N. Post St., Spokane, Wash. • 624-8464

Grand Terrace Bar When the weather’s nice, grab a drink at the open-air bar at the luxurious Davenport Grand Hotel. Enjoy an app, a cocktail or glass of wine or beer and drink in views of Riverfront Park. Cozy

up to one of fire pits if you get chilly. The Grand Hotel, 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, Wash. • 598-4200

Liquid Twenty-four seats at the bar offer video bar-top games to play while drinking one of the seven signature martinis. Sit atop a tall seat slowly sipping on a cocktail, pint or glass of wine and end your night on a relaxed, though classy, note. Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 242-7000

The Oval Office The counterpart to the White House Grill, the Oval Office is home to around 20 presidential-themed martinis. If you’re looking to satisfy a serious sweet tooth, try the U.S. Mint, an oh-so-sweet blend of Godiva white chocolate, vanilla vodka and creme de menthe, just $5.50 during happy hour. 620 N. Spokane St. , Post Falls, Idaho • 208-777-2102

Peacock Room Lounge It doesn’t get any fancier than drinking award-winning double martinis and classic cocktails crafted with freshsqueezed juices, herbs, and botanicals under a 5,000-piece stained-glass-

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ceiling. For a classy night of people watching, pair your martini with something from the tasty dinner menu, and try to spot the visiting celebrities who frequent the lounge. The Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St., Spokane, Wash. • 455-8888

Rain Lounge Soak in the ease of spending time in the dimly lit, calm atmosphere for a relaxing night or a mellow place to have a catch-up over a drink before heading elsewhere. If you’re hungry, the quality dishes on Scratch’s dinner menu can be brought over from next door. Don’t miss out on the late night and happy hour menus. 1007 W. First Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 456-5656

Safari Room  You may stumble upon a cheetah or zebra on a safari, but in Spokane, the Safari Room is home to fresh cocktails and dishes. Beyond the stunning décor, tourists and locals alike flock to the heart of downtown for its flatbreads and house-smoked BBQ, not to mention stellar happy hour and late-night drink specials.  The Davenport Tower, 111 S. Post St., Spokane, Wash. • 7896800


Elegant, old-school drinking at its best Sapphire Lounge The drinks and bites from this jewel in the Hotel Ruby may be easy on the wallet ($3 draft beers, $4 premium wells, $5 house wines and $7 signature sips), but the lounge doesn’t skimp on taste or class; a glass bubble chandelier spills luminous orbs from the ceiling and a mosaic of stained glass cutouts illuminates the bar. Might we suggest the Honeyed Elder? Hotel Ruby, 901 W. First Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 747-1041

Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar With 36 signature martinis, there really is something for everyone at Twigs. From the classic Twigs Martini to the classy High Roller, to more imaginative drinks like the Jalapeño Cilantro Margaratini, Twigs has it covered. There are six locations in Washington and more throughout the Northwest, so there are plenty of opportunities to try one of the 36 yourself. 4320 S. Regal St., Spokane, Wash. • 443-8000 | 808 W. Main Ave., River Park Square, , Wash. • 232-3376 | 401 E. Farwell Rd., , Wash. • 465-8794 | 14728 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley Mall, Spokane Valley, Wash. • 290-5636

Public Houses Eight destinations for a casual night out The Backyard  The Backyard’s menu may be small, but you can tell how much thought has been put into each ingredient from your first bite. From trivia to cornhole to live music, the entertainment here is always changing, depending on the night. Beyond the cheap drink specials, you really don’t want to miss the unique food specials.  1811 W. Broadway Ave. , Spokane, Wash. • 822-7338

The Elk Public House In the little hub of activity at Pacific Avenue and Cannon Street, you’ll find 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, Wash. • 363-1973

Geno’s The latest addition to the Elk Public House family of casual neighborhood restaurants, Geno’s differs from its sisters in at least one significant way: french fries. Its spacious dining area opens to a patio protected from the hubbub of Hamilton Street, and the bar offers a selection of exclusive craft beers. 1414 N. Hamilton St., Spokane, Wash. • 368-9087

Moon Time This English-style pub always has a progressive, prolific assortment of

microbrews and damn good food. That’s the pleasant formula shared by Moon Time’s sister pubs like the Elk in Spokane and the Porch in Hayden, and everyone seems to love it. 1602 E. Sherman Ave. , Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-2331

views and exceptionally 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

Poole’s Public House

Red Lion BBQ

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 his first Englishinspired pub/restaurant/sports bar with a healthy menu. This past year, he added a second, giving South Hill residents a new gathering spot to catch a game, play skeeball or nibble on house favorites like the Devils on Horseback, an English recipe of dates marinated in soy ginger, stuffed with almonds and wrapped in bacon.  101 E. Hastings Rd., Spokane, Wash. • 413-1834 | 5620 S. Regal St. • 368-9760

On a corner where Spokane 20-somethings love to down a few drinks and dance on weekend nights, the Red Lion is still serving some of Spokane’s best BBQ in a low-key environment. Stop in for the ribs or chicken with fry bread and corn.  126 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. • 835-5466

The Porch

The Two Seven Public House The Two Seven serves up quality food and drinks, and the prices will allow you to return time and time again. Plus, the atmosphere is as comfortable as Geno’s and the Elk, so don’t be surprised if you’ve suddenly spent your whole afternoon there.  2727 S. Mt. Vernon St., Spokane, Wash. • 473-9766

The Porch offers sweeping golf-course





Anthropologie and Tortilla Union /Now Open Urban Outfitters /Opening Fall 2016

River Park Square is your point of departure from the ordinary. Find all your favorite brands, including Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, The Apple Store, The North Face, Sephora and more—including a full range of specialty shops and retailers. Diversions include dozens of dining choices, AMC 20 Theatres with IMAX, and Mobius Children’s Museum. And convenient indoor parking means you can explore the wonders of downtown Spokane and Riverfront Park.


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“Sunflower Field at Sunset” Near Clayton, Wash. JOANIE CHRISTIAN PHOTO




Old is New

The Farm Chicks Show in Spokane has become one of the biggest antique and vintage shows around, helping transform the region into a vintage shopping hotspot BY CHEY SCOTT

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In search of little treasures at the Farm Chicks show.


naking hundreds of feet through the Spokane County fairgrounds parking lot, the mostly female crowd is ready; collapsible shopping carts, tote bags and wagons in tow. The early morning air buzzes with excited chatter as they sip from drive-through coffee cups while they wait. Making the pilgrimage from Canada, Oregon, Utah and beyond (some even via international flights), they’re on a treasure hunt of epic proportions. The challenge before them: to scour hundreds of stalls filled to the brim with every sort of vintage and antique item one could imagine. There’s repurposed furniture, retro kitchenware, vintage art and clothing, rustic farm equipment, industrial salvage pieces and, in general, old things galore. Many wait all year for Farm Chicks Show weekend — it’s like Christmas in June. What began 14 years ago as a modest vintage and antique market in a barn has now grown to the second largest event of the year at the Fair & Expo Center, just behind the fair itself. The Farm Chicks Antique Show was started in 2002 by Serena Thompson, a creative homemaker and contributor to Country Living magazine who runs the business from her idyllic Green Bluff farmhouse. Fans agree that the show lives up to its tag line “the happiest antiques show on Earth.” And early on, it caught national attention. “I fell in love with the show right away for several reasons,” says Nancy Soriano, who served as Country Living editor-in-chief for 10 years and now is the New York-based editorial director for the lifestyle brand West Elm. “One is that it had a great spirit,” Soriano continues. “Also, there was this great camaraderie of women, a lot of women who might have been collectors or stay-at-home moms and were just starting to launch a business, and this was an opportunity for them to be a part of a show. It was a great selection of vendors and product — a wonderful community, and Serena really added to that.” Soriano wrote about the show for Country Living, and invited Thompson and her then-business partner, Teri Edwards, to become contributing editors to the lifestyle magazine. That major nod to the


show, and toward the audience it directly catered together with family and friends and apply. That’s to, undoubtedly helped propel Farm Chicks — and how I find them,” she adds. Spokane’s still growing vintage and antique shopping scene — to where it is today. n the weeks leading up to Farm Chicks, vendors at Attendance increases every year. In the past Spokane vintage shop Boulevard Mercantile begin couple of years, more than 20,000 shoppers have to feel the hustle. On an afternoon several days visited the show during its two-day run. Demand to before the show, one of the shop’s 10 vendor-space become a vendor in the juried event is so high that renters is “blowing up her space,” and piles of old spaces for next year will be full by July, or sooner. stuff are everywhere. “Farm Chicks has Boulevard co-owner a lot of people, that Joellen Jeffers laughs as this is what they do she explains the phrase June 3-4 for fun. It’s not their is shop-speak for when Admission $8/day; $15/weekend main business, and it’s vendors need to add and something I really love refresh items in their everFARM CHICKS SHOW SHOPPING SUCCESS TIPS about it,” Thompson changing inventory of explains from her loft things for sale at the shop. • Only bring the necessities with you (wallet, office above the barnWhen one piece sells, a keys, phone), and don’t forget empty tote bags to-garage conversion new piece must rotate in. or a collapsible shopping cart to carry your that overlooks the green Boulevard Mercantile newfound treasures. fields and orchards opened in February • Go with family and friends, but don’t feel the spreading across Green 2015, joining the ranks of need to stay together as you shop. There’s so Bluff. vintage, antique and thrift much to see! “The show is huge, stores lining the blocks of • If you don’t like big crowds, shop mid-day and but it’s really important North Monroe between in the late afternoon on either day, to me that it’s a lot of downtown and Garland • If you do like crowds and want to be first in, small businesses,” she Avenue. Most of the a line starts forming hours before the show says. “I think that’s sellers inside the historic, opens; bring coffee, and camping chairs to something unique about triangular building got stake your spot. it. For a lot of people, their start at Farm Chicks, • Remember that during the show weekend, this is something they including Jeffers and her many of the area’s brick-and-mortar vintage/ collect all year for.” husband, David, who own antique shops bring out their best stuff, too, For 2016’s 14th the store with business and add extra hours. annual Farm Chicks partner Dan Webb. Show, Thompson “We had a vision expanded to the for a vintage store that fourth and final bay of the fairgrounds main exhibit wasn’t an antique mall,” Webb says. “And we wanted hall, filling all available indoor space at the venue. to surround ourselves with good people to fill that That weekend, more than 170 vendors set up shop, space.” many taking up multiple vendor stalls, across the “We knew we needed to have painted furniture, 90,000-square-foot exhibit halls. The majority of but we wanted to make sure that we had good them are based in the Pacific Northwest, though painted furniture, and we didn’t want everyone to Thompson doesn’t actively recruit any vendors. have the same stuff in their space,” Jeffers chimes in. “What happens is a lot of people come to the “We wanted it to be diverse so there was something show and they get really inspired by this, so they get







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If you love the Farm Chicks Show, don’t miss these other annual and local, vintage and antique shopping events: REBEL JUNK VINTAGE MARKET March 2017, also a holiday market in November Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, CdA JUNK DRUNK VINTAGE MARKET April 8-9, 2017 Northeast Washington Fairgrounds, Colville, Wash. MORAN PRAIRIE GRANGE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL & VINTAGE MARKET Held in mid-May 6106 S. Palouse Highway, Spokane PICKIN’ ON THE PRAIRIE Held in mid-August (with more small weekend sales throughout the year) Past Blessings Farm, 8521 N. Orchard Prairie Rd., Spokane FUNKY JUNK Held on Labor Day weekend; Sept. 3-4, 2016 Bonner County Fairgrounds, Sandpoint THE MAD HATTER VINTAGE FLEA MARKET Held in early fall; Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2016 Five Mile Prairie Grange, 3024 W. Strong Rd., Spokane

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for everyone.” The resulting collection of vendors and artisans at Boulevard means shoppers can find rustic and industrial pieces — signs, bins, buckets, farm accoutrements, etc. — along with original furniture from all eras, and even some vintage clothing and locally made, original artwork. Farm Chicks weekend means double duty for Boulevard Mercantile’s owners and sellers, as they’ll fill spaces on the show floor (doing about two month’s worth of sales in just two days) while making sure the shop is filled with treasures of equal quality. With so many out-of-town shoppers here during show weekend, brick-and-mortar vintage and antique retailers must prepare for an influx unlike any other time of the year. Boulevard will add extra hours on Saturday evening and Sunday, a day it’s usually closed. In downtown Spokane, it’s the same for the 18 sellers at Chosen Vintage (formerly Roost). Several of those vendors pack up extra wares to head to the fairgrounds, while others don’t; instead taking advantage of an influx of shoppers in town for the show who also hit up the permanent vintage shops around town. “Farm Chicks throws a lot of business to us,” says Jean Corder, who sells there under the shop name MagPye. “People load up at Farm Chicks, and then load up here. It’s really impacted the thrifting and flea-market scene drastically. [Spokane is] a destination for it now.” Corder doesn’t sell her vintage finds at Farm Chicks, yet says she always shows up as a shopper each year. “Farm Chicks definitely exposed Spokane — and me — to the idea of just how big this can get,” she adds. Thompson is glad to see how events like hers and others — there are many local, annual events in the same vein as Farm Chicks — may have directly influenced the growth of our region’s vintage and antique shopping scene on a more permanent level. “So many people are coming here, and what’s amazing is that people think of Spokane as this great vintage area,” she says. “We have such an opportunity for everyone to grow, and I really can’t wait for that.”


he market for vintage and antique goods has always existed, though not quite on the same scale it’s now reached. Whether influenced by do-it-yourself TV shows on HGTV, bloggers and lifestyle magazines or events like Farm Chicks, decorating one’s home with a combination of old and new has developed a mass appeal. Soriano, the former Country Living editor, says vintage home décor themes have never gone out of style. “What we’re seeing now is this mashup of modern design with vintage design, and I think that’s given it a much broader appeal,” she says. Thompson agrees, which is why she strives to make sure Farm Chicks offers a varied mix of vendors who sell wares across the style spectrum of

vintage and antique goods — from the shabby-chic, “chippy paint” look to more primitive and rustic farmhouse themes. “You might not have a lot of vintage, or maybe you dabble with it, but you can just put one great piece out and it adds so much warmth,” Thompson explains. “Everyone wants to feel a little special or have their own unique style, and I think that’s what’s fun about vintage. You can find special little things that no one else has,” she continues. “There is real satisfaction in finding this great thing, this one thing you hunted down. You also have this memory of this special day where you went out and found these great things.” Luckily for Spokane and those who travel here to shop at Farm Chicks and the local shops, our market for vintage and antique goods is still somewhat untapped. Prices aren’t overinflated, which Thompson has seen in other parts of the country, like California, and often you’re finding goods that have only passed through one or two owners. “Here, someone found it at a farm sale, and got it from the original owners,” she notes. That plays well into the desire from shoppers to know the story behind these old objects they’re bringing into their homes, pieces often built to last for generations. At Chosen Vintage, Corder says she’s constantly asked by buyers if she knows where a piece came from, what its history is. Sometimes she does, while other times it’s anyone’s guess. Boulevard Mercantile owner Jeffers believes one reason Spokane and its surrounding areas seem to have such a wealth of quality vintage finds is because the area was home to several higher-end furniture stores in the mid-20th century. Now, many lifelong residents who’ve owned a quality piece for decades are ready to let go, so these durable, midcentury sofas and other pieces are coming out in greater numbers. Jeffers personally tends to focus on finding and reselling items from that particular era at Boulevard. “People like things that are functional, and they want things that are affordable and that are authentic and have a story behind them,” adds Webb. “Spokane just happens to have a lot of stuff, a lot of old stuff, and it’s all coming to the surface.” Perhaps it all goes back to our regional setting — a diverse natural landscape, with roots dating back to generations of hardworking pioneers in farming, mining and industry — adding an extra layer of sentimentality when we dig up these old pieces that then become centerpieces of our homes. “It feels authentic, not just something we’re doing that is trendy,” Thompson muses. “People live in places like this, like Green Bluff, and we have more roots to this lifestyle in which some of these pieces originated.”

Vintage Furniture From rags to riches Boulevard Mercantile We don’t know where the folks at Boulevard Mercantile find their stuff, but we’re sure glad they’re always on the hunt for those industrial-chic lockers and dry goods bins, schoolhouse chairs, vintage cameras, galvanized steel buckets, rustic wooden bins and shabby-chic Adirondack chairs we love. 1905 N. Monroe St., Spokane, Wash. • 327-7547

Chosen Vintage  You’d never guess that the tiny Chosen Vintage storefront in downtown Spokane has nearly 6,000 square feet of gems hidden behind it. Step inside and you’ll find a 12-vendor co-op stocking vintage light fixtures, suitcases, theater seats, rugs and mirrors of all kinds. 7 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 456-2552

Fray Fray is part of a cluster of vintage home décor shops in Coeur d’Alene’s midtown, but it definitely sets itself apart. The shop has a slightly more sophisticated style than the popular shabby-chic spots, leaning more toward pieces with sleeker retro silhouettes. But don’t be mistaken — it’s still full of creative upcyclings, including art and clothing. 811 N. Fourth St. , Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-5311

Fresh Design Gallery and Vintage Rental This isn’t just another place to buy chic vintage furniture and home

décor (although they do have a great selection) — you can also rent vintage “props” for weddings and other events, or rent out their Gathering Room for your next meeting. They’ll also be your stylist and florist. 116 N. Lefevre St., Medical Lake, Wash. • 991-7577

Him & Her Vintage Furniture The cheery yellow-and-red storefront of Him & Her Vintage Furniture just makes sense in the South Perry neighborhood with its eclectic assortment of ironic velvet paintings, antique school desks, mid-century formica tables and artfully painted upcycled furniture.1110 S. Perry St., Spokane, Wash. • 217-7294

Junk  Sometimes they go by “Rebel Junk,” sometimes it’s just “Junk,” and at one point they were “Junk Salvation,” but what’s in a name? All we care about is that this place carries on their tradition of bringing hip vintage furnishings to Coeur d’Alene. Their farmhouse-meets-PotteryBarn style is to die for, and they even sell their own line of chalk paint, so you can make your own shabby chic pieces. 811 N. 4th St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 360-689-5622 3131 N. DIVISION ST. SPOK ANE, WA 99207

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Vintage Furniture, continued Find perfectly distressed shabby furniture, handmade feather earrings and crochet pillows, and vintage home décor from buying trips around the country. 1930 S. Inland Empire Way, Spokane, Wash. • 321-7230

My Favorite Things With more than 30 dealers filling 16,000 square feet of space, this vendor mall has something for everyone. The selection of antiques, tools, collectibles, books and furniture changes nearly every day. There’s so much to see, they even offer free coffee, tea and cookies so you can browse for hours. 503 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls, Idaho • 208-773-4110

Paint in my Hair Paint in my Hair is like a day spa for furniture. Furniture goes in old and faded, and comes out restored and

ready for a new life. This shop is great for picking up charming, upcycled vintage furniture without the hassle of painting it yourself. Or, if you’d rather try your hand at it, stop by for a workshop. 3036 N. Monroe St., Spokane, Wash. • 326-6999

Paris Antiques Let the folks at Paris Antiques do the yard sale hunting for you. They gather their impressive inventory from vintage shows and local estate sales in the area. Stock changes nearly every day, but you’re always likely to find typewriters, clocks, vintage furniture and high-end upholstery fabrics by the yard at wholesale prices. 823 N. Fourth St. , Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-6593121 | 1815 N. Fourth St.

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Lucky Vintage has a mix of new and vintage items.

and Retro, and thanks to careful staging and selective buying, you don’t have to hunt through shelves of junk to find them here. This neighborhood store stages its shop with themed vignettes, to help you score mid-century modern starbursts for your living room or the shabby-chic dresser you need for your daughter’s room. 27 W. Indiana Ave. , Spokane, Wash. • 863-5762

Tossed and Found Tossed and Found feels like walking into a time capsule of perfectly maintained treasures, with some great modern finds thrown in as well. Everything in store is either carefully restored or well-preserved, from classic antiques and mid-century modern furniture pieces in pristine condition to retro industrial items and signage. 2607 N. Monroe St., Spokane, Wash. • 325-2607


Two Women Vintage Goods  Be warned. Merchandise is so artfully staged at Two Women, you might find yourself buying a whole combination of goods instead of just purchasing just one pristine vintage Pendleton blanket or one antique birdcage. The two women behind this delightful shop are true collectors and this carefully curated shop is where Farm Chicks fans can shop all year long. 112 S. Cedar St , Spokane, Wash. • 624-4322

United Hillyard Antique Mall United Hillyard Antique Mall offers collectibles, vintage jewelry, antique art and furniture from nearly 20 vendors. But don’t worry if you’re intimidated by the two floors packed with items — the expert staff can help you locate exactly what you seek. 5016 N. Market St. , Spokane, Wash. • 483-2647

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Suzy and Jeremy Shute opened their Coeur d’Alene store in 2014.

lenty of boutiques come and go each year in the Inland Northwest, but there are always a handful with some staying power. Coeur d’Alene-based NanaMacs boutique has proven to be one of them, and that might be due to the fact that co-owners Suzy and Jeremy Shute didn’t take the traditional route when they opened their store. While most boutique entrepreneurs begin with a brick-and-mortar store and add a website later, the Shutes flipped that approach and started with an online store in early 2013. They harnessed the power of social media to gain a national and international following, and soon orders were coming in from throughout the United States and around the world, often as far away as Australia and the UK. “We just took a small piece of savings, less than $5,000, and started the online store just to see what it would be like,” Jeremy said. “For the next year and a half, we just reinvested every dime we made back into the business to scale it to size.” A few months after they opened the online store, Suzy was able to quit her job at a Spokane metal refinishing company and work on NanaMacs full-time. About a year later, Shute quit his job working 12-hour graveyard shifts and joined in to manage and operate the business. At first, they ran the business out of the basement of their home. Operations later moved to the back of their Riverstone shop when it opened in 2014, but they quickly outgrew the space. Now they have a 3,200-square-foot warehouse where all of their online operations


take place. Today, their online presence continues to boom, and they’ve opened a store in Coeur d’Alene’s Village at Riverstone complex, filled with a selection of affordable, trendy clothing and accessories for women and children in a mix of modern and vintage styles. The Shutes design and make some of the inventory themselves, but most of it is selected from shows and fashion conventions, where they’ve established relationships with a network of wholesalers and suppliers. They often carry one-of-a-kind pieces, with some items selling out in a matter of hours. While the Riverstone shop is popular, about 75 percent of NanaMacs’ sales remain online, and between 5 and 10 percent of sales are international. Canada is their largest international customer, with many Canadians making the trek to Coeur d’Alene once they learn about the store. The online sales aren’t just from longdistance customers — Jeremy says that many local shoppers purchase items online, since NanaMacs ships all U.S. orders for free. To make online shopping even easier, customers can buy merchandise on Instagram by commenting on the store’s posts. As for the future of NanaMacs, several entrepreneurs from around the U.S. have already asked Hinkley and Shute about franchising opportunities. “We do plan to expand, but it has to be the right place and the right time,” Shute says. “At this point we have not taken any possibilities off the table.”


Flared, straight or skinny; find your fit AndKloth AndKloth is the fab new Spokane boutique that we didn’t know we needed, but can’t live without now that we know what we were missing. A word of advice: don’t follow them on Facebook if you’re a sucker for perfectly put-together outfits. Not only do they have great denim and effortlessly cute accessories, there’s a coffee shop right in the store. We might just move in. 875 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 290-6821

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good hour before the doors open, people are waiting in line. They’re here in April at the Long Ear in Coeur d’Alene, trying to score some of the hottest titles at this year’s Record Store Day — an annual holiday for some audiophiles, when national artists offer up exclusive, rare and previously unreleased tracks. These are the folks ready to dig for what they want, either to keep or sell online for profit. As the doors open, the masses pile in. Records haven’t always been so popular; CDs were all the rage. But about a decade ago, vinyl sales began to grow steadily. According to Nielsen’s 2015 U.S. Music Year-End Report, record sales have risen another whopping 30 percent over the past year, with nearly 12 million units moved. What’s even more thrilling is that vinyl is keeping independent record stores in business, with 45 percent of all sales occurring at small brick-and-mortar shops, not online. For nine years, Record Store Day has helped guide this trend, bringing big lines of music fans. It’s certainly helped established local music stores like 4,000 Holes and Recorded Memories stay open, and given other vinyl entrepreneurs the confidence to start Spokane shops like downtown’s Garageland


(also a restaurant and bar) and Groove Merchants in the Garland District. Charley Berryhill of Ramblin’ Records & Vintage, a local pop-up record store, is one of the many who started collecting about 10 years ago. A kid in the 1980s, he says there’s a novelty to playing albums again. It was his first musical medium, after all. “Album covers and band names are interesting, and that’s what it is. It’s the tangible aspect of it. MP3s, you can’t touch and feel,” said Berryhill before his first showing in April. “You don’t just hand people your phone to look through your collection; instead, it’s a conversation piece that people can identify you with.” The Long Ear’s Deon Borchard, who has owned the business with husband Terry since 1973, first in California and then Idaho, is glad to be able to up her in-store record supply these days, including a whole new aisle of titles and even record players. Music fans can’t seem to get enough of the old format. “We’ve missed vinyl, it’s a different entity,” said Borchard in February, when her store moved from downtown Coeur d’Alene to Government Way. “Back in the ’80s we were getting rid of so much of our vinyl supply. Now, I of course wish we’d held on to it.”

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Bob Gallagher loves the Beatles so much, he named his record store after a line in the band’s hit song “A Day in the Life” when he opened his doors more than 27 years ago. And while 4,000 Holes stocks new and used records of all genres, the Monroe shop certainly has a strong Beatles vibe. 1610 N. Monroe St., Spokane, Wash. • 325-1914

Though its owners got their start in California in 1973, the Long Ear has been buying and selling new and used CDs, vinyl and cassettes in Coeur d’Alene since 1985. In early 2016, they upgraded to a new, larger location on Government Way, so customers (and the store cat, Boots) have more room to roam. The store has also increased its inventory of clothing, jewelry, incense, hookahs and tapestries. 1620 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-3472

Garageland Established in fall 2015, Garageland is the swanky new kid on the Spokane record-store block. If you’re someone who can flip through records long enough to need a meal break halfway through, this is the place for you. The record store/bar/restaurant combo is the best of every world — stop by for some Bowie and some brunch. 230 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 315-8324

Groove Merchants Groove Merchants owner David Thoren set up shop in the Garland District in 2014, and he’s been outfitting a steady stream of Spokanites with vintage turntables and LPs ever since. The shop is complete with a listening station and rolling chairs so customers can get comfy while flipping through records, including thousands of $5 budget records. 905 W. Garland Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 328-2327

Pirate Traders Whether you’re looking to make music or listen to it, Pirate Traders is the Valley’s go-to for vinyl, collectibles and musical equipment. In addition to a wide selection of CDs and records, the store’s “booty” includes guitars, amps, speakers and restored record players. 12415 E. First Ave., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 276-0569

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DYD DYD goes by various names, such as “Drop Yer Drawers” or “Drum Yer Drum,” but one thing remains — an eclectic shop that refuses to lose its vintage charm. DYD has been in the Garland District for more than 20 years, and you can find clothes there that are older than that. Music accompanies you while you sift through old leather jackets or Johnny Cash records. You can find foreign art or a new stereo system. The best part? Everything is roughly $20 or less. 719 W. Garland Ave., Spokane, Wash.

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Echo Boutique Echo Boutique is proud to provide Spokanites with an opportunity to recycle fashionable items. The con-

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Fringe & Fray You know that friend who always wears fabulous signature pieces and nonchalantly says she “thrifted them” when you ask where they’re from? Maybe she’s a Value Village magician, but it’s more likely that she shops at Fringe & Fray. Stylish and sustainable shoppers love the always-changing inventory and perfectly organized racks. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook — they post many of their new items, so you’ll know when to scurry over and


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Find on-trend apparel at a fraction of the price at Echo. snag that great pair of designer boots. 1325 W. First Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 720-7116

La Chic Boutique  If you don’t want to shell out the big bucks for brand new lululemon activewear or Anthropologie dresses, head to Sandpoint, where you’ll find these coveted brands and more at a fraction of the price. Yes, it’s a re-sale shop, but we swear the pieces here look brand-new. If you see something you love on their Facebook page, act quickly. Their inventory moves fast. 107 Main St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-0375

M and M Apparel Neat and tidy, this consignment shop makes shopping for the whole family simple and affordable. This shop sets itself apart from others by selling only higher-quality items while keeping thrift-store prices. Kids can enjoy the play area, while parents shop and look over everything from maternity wear to men’s polo shirts. Be sure to check out their herb-infused goat milk products and grab a free sample of soap! 635 W. Garland Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 768-6162

The Reclothery The Reclothery has been helping Spokane women keep their closets


fresh for more than 35 years. The clothes are seasonal and frequently geared toward professional and/or adult women, but the accessories (think Kate Spade bags) will appeal to all ages. 613 S. Washington St., Spokane, Wash. • 624-9741

Veda Lux Summer Hightower has quickly become Spokane’s queen of all things vintage, which is why it makes sense that her tiny South Perry shop, which she affectionately calls the Dollhouse, won Best Vintage Boutique in this year’s Best Of. She hand-selects all of the vintage items in stock and makes most of the jewelry, which is crafted using vintage elements, refashioned antique pieces and a mix of earthy and brilliantly colored stones. 1106 S. Perry St., Spokane, Wash. • 475-1674

ZipperZ This wonderfully organized upscale consignment shop offers clothes for the young and the young at heart. It’s sorted into casual wear on one side of the store, formal on the other, and items are all arranged by color, making it easy to find brand-name clothing at budget-friendly prices. 913 W. Garland Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 315-9033




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Affordable Elegance is an unpretentious bridal boutique with a nice selection of dresses under $600, many in stock. And for the outdoorsy bride wanting something a little different, check out their camo dresses. Yes, we said camo. They’re more elegant than you’d think. Affordable Elegance also has a small selection of bridesmaid gown rentals, as well as dresses for purchase.296 W. Sunset Ave., Suite 10, Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-664-8847

All Things Irish Planning a Celtic wedding, complete with a piper, kilts and endless dances of Strip the Willow? Then head to All Things Irish on Coeur d’Alene’s picturesque Sherman Avenue. They rent and sell kilts here, along with elegant Celtic jewelry (perfect attendant gifts). 315 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-667-0131

Audrey’s  A popular destination for mothers-ofthe-bride dresses over the years, Audrey’s also stocks a stunning array of special occasion dresses that bridesmaids will really, truly want to wear after the wedding. Expert fitters can also help with foundation garments. 3131 N. Divison St., Spokane • Wash. • 324-8612

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Celestial Selections Celestial Selections has a large inventory of wedding gowns, carving out a unique niche serving brides who want to look more elegant than sexy on their big day. And of course you can also shop for flower girls and bridesmaids here. 306 S. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley • Wash. • 927-4191

Marcella’s Bridal This family-owned business in downtown Spokane is beloved for its customer service, along with its large selection of gowns. Make an appointment, and have an experienced consultant all to yourself. Marcella’s is also the only bridal boutique in Spokane prepared to design and make custom gowns. 304 W. Second Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 466-5281

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anden Launder has a knowledge of old Americana style far beyond his years. He’s a simple yet stylish guy with an affinity for vintage goods and high-quality menswear, and he’s the creator of Coeur d’Alene’s booming Thrux Lawrence leather goods shop. Launder founded Thrux Lawrence in 2012 and officially opened the storefront in 2014, with the goal of creating fine leather goods and “building them like they used to.” The shop is full of high-quality items carefully designed with timeless appeal and old-fashioned American value. Launder designs heavy-duty yet polished leather backpacks, dopp kits, briefcases, duffels and accessories, all made in-house from rolls of the finest leather and canvas. The bags and accessories are all made in batches of less than 100 units, and Launder doesn’t plan to change that. He already has a steady stream of loyal customers who value high-quality products and are willing to pay for them. Most of his bags run from $300 to $1,400. That may seem steep, but they’re built to withstand the test of time. “They get beat up, they tell stories, they get better with age,” Launder says. The shop is as rugged as the products themselves, with exposed brick walls, a billiards table and lights made from WWII bomb casings. To complete the “man cave” vibe, there’s an attached full-service barbershop, Bulwark Barber, offering

classic straight-razor shaves and modern styles with an old-school feel. All of the manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing and online aspects of Thrux Lawrence happen under one roof — which Launder says is rare for any business — so there’s always something going on at the shop. It takes three to four hours to produce each bag, and Launder says his team produces about 300 bags each month. The company has quickly attracted attention, with products already being sold in stores around the country and worldwide. Launder has plans to open a second store on Seattle’s lower Capitol Hill this fall, which he says will be the first of many. Launder draws design inspiration from his extensive collection of vintage leather bags. His original business was buying and selling antiques and vintage menswear and accessories, but he soon realized he could make his own products, inspired by the heritage of the items he’d been sourcing and selling all along. “We had no clue how to make leather bags when we started,” he says. “It was reverse engineering — we saw that we had to have a strap that was a certain shape, so we made a strap that shape. We made a pattern and it took us 15 times to figure out what was going to fit together. It’s still getting refined.” The Thrux Pack ($480) is the brand’s signature bag. It balances a sleek silhouette and a functional,

sturdy design — rugged enough to be taken on camping trips, yet classy enough to be carried around a city. The 28-liter leather-and-canvas pack is available in nine colors, each with solid brass hardware, adjustable shoulder straps and plenty of pockets. Launder frequently partners with timeless American brands to learn from them and establish a connection between Thrux Lawrence and veteran companies with similar values. He carries products from centenarians Stetson and Pointer Brand, sources much of his leather from Horween Leather Company, and has a collaboration with Spokanebased White’s Boots. “There’s not a lot of young blood in some of these companies,” says Launder. “It’s exciting to have someone who really wants to get behind what your great-grandfather started and keep promoting it.” Launder says people often ask why he chose to open up shop in North Idaho instead of in New York or L.A. He says that plenty of big-city brands travel to mountainous locations for photo shoots for their products, but then they return to the city. “We really get to live our lifestyle,” he says. “We get to ride our motorcycles, go shoot shotguns, and stay in fire lookout towers in the summer. We really do take our product into what I would say its natural setting is. We can just be the brand that lives out what it wants to be.” ANNUAL MANUAL 2016-2017 THE INLANDER |



Book Stores

Your local literary liaisons Endless shelves of books await at Auntie’s Bookstore.

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This South Hill spot offers more than 70,000 gently used copies of classics, history, self-help and children’s books, along with a selection of new books by local authors. Grab a coffee or tea from Forza next door and set up camp in the store’s little reading room, complete with walls stocked with classics, comfy chairs and the warm glow of a chandelier. 2829 E. 29th Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 535-6464

This Garland District shop has been a buyer and seller of used books in Spokane for more than 50 years. The selection and prices are both splendid, with classics, modern books and a selection of local authors available. 907 W. Garland Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 326-7653

Auntie’s Bookstore Inlander readers voted Auntie’s the best bookstore yet again in 2016, but not just because of its wide selection of books. The store also offers frequent visiting writers’ events, autographed books, weekly book clubs, an enchanting children’s section and a staff of avid readers to guide you to the perfect selection. 402 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 838-0206

Browsers Uncommon Books Browsers is the place to look if you need a gift for that hard-to-shop-for bookish friend. You’ll find beautifully bound copies of classics in mint condition, out-of-print items, and historical books about local areas. 2415 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-3964

Comic Book Shop The Comic Book Shop has two successful locations fully stocked with comic books, graphic novels and novelty

items. It’s also a haven for D&D and Magic enthusiasts, with plenty of gatherings and tournaments throughout the year. 3207 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. • 326-7018 | NorthTown Mall, 4750 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. • 487-4175

Merlyn’s  Merlyn’s is constantly adding to its inventory of action figures, board games, graphic novels, trading cards and comic books, all while providing a convenient hangout spot for Spokane’s geeks and gamers of all ages. 15 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 624-0957

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The Well-Read Moose The Well-Read Moose opened two years ago in the Village at Riverstone, and Coeur d’Alene readers and tourists rejoiced. The shop has a wine bar and café, surrounded by rows of quality books organized in handy categories, including a wall of regional and national bestsellers and a wonderful kids’ section with comfy seats. 2048 N. Main St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208215-2265

Read It Again isn’t just another used bookstore. They’re picky, and that’s why you’ll find pristine copies of classic and modern tomes alike lining their walls. In early 2016, the shop relocated to a new spot just a few blocks from

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Gift Arrangements Bouquets and baskets assembled to impress Bloem Need to thank a client or don’t have time to shop for Mother’s Day? Trust the folks at Bloem to send along a tasteful topiary or some sea salt caramels. But if you have the time, stop in and browse their selection of Papryus paper products, gourmet chocolates and elegant wreaths. Shoppers in the know also pop in here frozen bananas dipped in ridiculously smooth and decadent chocolate. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., Suite 241, Spokane, Wash. • 456-8466

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Possibilities is Coeur d’Alene’s go-to for beautiful gift baskets, especially

with a North Idaho flair (think huckleberry arrangements), but they also have an entire wall of wine, fun hostess gifts and the store’s signature Wine-O Bingo game. 211½ E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208665-9166

Simply Northwest Simply Northwest puts together gift baskets for any occasion. Order online, or stop by the gift boutique in the Valley to hand-pick a basket with themes like “We Treasure You” or “Washington Wonders.” 11806 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 927-8206

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Culinary Stone is every foodie’s paradise, but you don’t have to be a foodie for your jaw to drop when you walk into this place. It’s a kitchen store, wine shop, deli, and gourmet grocery all wrapped into one wonderful emporium of things you didn’t even realize your kitchen needed, and from top brands to boot. Frequent wine tastings and cooking classes for all ages are a cherry on top of this Riverstone gem. 2129 N. Main St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-277-4116

Gourmet Way is a haven for Hayden’s foodies and entertainers. It’s stocked with quality wine, kitchen gadgets and cookware, and great gifts for food lovers, like quirky popsicle trays and condiments with a twist. While you’re at it, sign up for a cooking class or stop by for a weekly wine tasting. 8222 N. Government Way, Hayden, Idaho • 208762-1333

Kitchen Engine The Kitchen Engine has every gadget a chef or wannabe chef could ever need — from brands you can trust to be high-quality. The family-owned store

also offers a range of cooking classes, where beginners and experienced kitchen whizzes alike can learn how to make everything from crêpes to carne asada. The Flour Mill, 621 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 328-3335

Red Rolling Pin The Red Rolling Pin is still in the historic Steam Plant, but the shop recently migrated to a new-and-improved spot above the Stacks restaurant, with a view up one of the famous steam stacks. The new space unifies the Red Rolling Pin, Sockets Electric and KellCraft Design Build for convenient onestop shopping, whether you’re seeking

a retro-inspired kitchen clock or a complete kitchen remodel. 159 S. Lincoln St., Spokane, Wash. • 888-515-7535

Weekends & Company Weekends & Company in Sandpoint is a haven for the chef of any house. Find a nice selection of classic kitchen supplies like stainless steel cookware and pizza stones, accompanied by quirky gadgets like spiralizers, herb scissors and citrus spritzers, all beautifully arranged in the cheery downtown shop. 329 N. 1st Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208265-2210


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Toys & Games Old-school toys, high-tech gizmos and everything in between Figpickels Toy Emporium Figpickels is a place where kids can be kids and grown-ups can feel like kids again, too. The shop offers fun for all ages, including hands-on displays, a German carousel and items ranging from the latest games to old-fashioned toys. The Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops, 210 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-2800

Merlyn’s  Merlyn’s is a utopia for video games, board games, card games and more. But don’t just stop in to buy something and leave — there are usually casual games and tournaments to join at the tables in the back. 15 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 624-0957

Shenanigan’s Toy Emporium & Sweet Shop Shenanigan’s has everything a family with kiddos might need for a successful afternoon outing in downtown Coeur d’Alene — ice cream, candy, coffee and toys. Cool off with some homemade ice cream during warmer months, and pick up a Frisbee to toss around in the park. 312 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-0955

Uncle’s Games, Puzzles and More Uncle’s offers the largest selection of puzzles and games in Spokane, as well as a variety of gaming events throughout the week to bring local gamers together. Their staff is friendly

Graphic novels, sci-fi and games line the shelves at Merlyn’s. and knowledgeable, so you can count on them to help you find the perfect gift for game and puzzle enthusiasts of any age. 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 Since 1946, the family-owned White Elephant has stocked its shelves with anything and everything a Spokanite might need to have fun. They offer a variety of items for camping, hunting, and fishing, but their expansive toy selection is a big draw, with aisles of games, Playmobil and Nerf guns at discount prices. 1730 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. • 328-3100 | 12614 E.

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Whiz Kids Whiz Kids’ motto is “smart toys for smart kids,” and they mean it. The games, books and toys here aren’t the cheap plastic you’ll find at big-box stores. They’re well-made and designed to spark creativity and enhance learning. Next time your kiddo has a birthday party to attend, stop by Whiz Kids and pick up a cool wooden puzzle, a science kit or an Erector set as a gift. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave. , Spokane, Wash. • 456-8697

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All Things Irish Can’t afford a getaway to Ireland right now? Coeur d’Alene’s All Things Irish is the next best thing, with imported gifts and clothing like claddagh rings, Celtic crosses, Aran sweaters and authentic kilts for purchase or rent. 315 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-0131

Atticus Atticus is an excellent place to stop for a strong cup of coffee and a locally baked maple scone, but it’s an even better place to find unique gifts, like quirky books, local art, handmade soaps and kitchen items. If you happen to pick something from their huge selection of coffee beans and looseleaf teas, they have a great selection of mugs, teapots and coffee-making contraptions to pour them into. 222 N. Howard St., Spokane, Wash. • 747-0336

Boo Radley’s Boo Radley’s has long been the primary source for white elephant gifts and presents for that hard-to-shop-for eccentric friend. Although silly items are in high supply here, they’re all intriguing enough to not be too tacky, which is probably why Inlander readers vote it Spokane’s best gift store year af-

ter year. Stop by for an intergalactic space cat coffee mug, a bacon-scented candle, or a sweet Spokane-inspired graphic tee. 232 N. Howard St., Spokane, Wash. • 456-7479

whimsical old-school party supplies and office supplies from brands like Kate Spade, Meri Meri and Rifle Paper Co. Steam Plant Square, 159 S. Lincoln St., Spokane, Wash. • 315-8200

or browse through the many wall hangings painted with quotes ranging from silly to sassy to sweet. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 990-6305

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Having a bad day? Life is always good at Jake’s Dry Dock. This cheery little shop carries the full line of Life is Good merchandise, like mugs, towels, totes, and lots of apparel. 6424 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208772-3874

You’re likely to meet a new artist each time you shop at this co-op, and they’re all equally willing to share their knowledge about the art in the store. It houses items from more than 25 resident local artists, and there’s also a new visiting artist each month. Items range from handmade metal jewelry to soaps and handcrafted wood cutting boards. 203 N. Washington St., Spokane, Wash. • 327-6920

The merchandise at Wollnick’s is always changing, but the shop never ceases to fill its shelves with unique items, like old-school kids’ toys and games, all-natural beauty and cleaning products, innovative kitchen gadgets and popular brands like Petunia Pickle Bottom and Beardbrand. It’s a modern take on the classic general store, and they’re doing it right. 421 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 315-5047

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This shop is chock full of charming home décor with a rustic touch, dainty jewelry and delightful candles in season-appropriate scents, like yuletide berry in the winter and sweet tea in the summer. 3028 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane, Wash. • 747-8789

The owners of Wonders of the World say it’s like a museum where everything’s for sale — and for prices ranging from 25 cents to $25,000. It’d be easy to spend hours browsing the eclectic collection of real gemstone jewelry, artifacts and fossils, blown glass and minerals imported from all over the world. The Flour Mill, 621 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 3286890

Ferrante’s Marketplace Stop by Ferrante’s for dinner, and you’ll probably leave with a scoop of homemade gelato and a shopping bag of artisan-crafted jewelry, soy candles or tea towels almost too pretty to use. The marketplace at this unassuming but popular restaurant is a great spot for unique yet reasonably priced gifts. 4516 S. Regal St., Spokane, Wash. • 443-6304

Paper Nerd Stationery Co. Paper Nerd Stationery Co. is just one of a handful of endlessly charming shops in Steam Plant Square. It’s a haven for all things paper, and it reaches far beyond the realm of stationery sets — they have custom wedding invitations,

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Cisco’s Cisco’s is filled with art and antiques that paint a perfect picture of the Old American West. You’ll also find new handmade furniture, in addition to its perfectly curated collection of Native American blankets, jewelry, pottery, bronze sculptures, animal pelts and vintage snowshoes, perfect to deck out a lodge or cabin. 220 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-769-7575

Davenport Home Store The Davenport Hotel’s Home Store allows guests to take some of its luxury home, but non-guests are also welcome to stop by and bask in its glory. Grab a peanut brittle sample, browse through the elegant assortment of home décor and pretend you just woke up in one of those wonderful, fluffy beds. 10 S. Post St., Spokane, Wash. • 789-7222 | 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, Wash. • 598-4275

Decorum Decorum is a great one-stop shop for whomever might be on your gift list. Shop here for funny 40th birthday gifts, tasteful housewares, lake-

themed items, witty T-shirts and a thoughtful assortment of locally made goods, like wine racks made from recycled wine barrels. 126 N. Washington Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 340-9830

The Dinner Party The Dinner Party carries everything you need to, well, host a fabulous dinner party. Their inventory includes a selection of cult wines, candelabras and fancy linens. They carry and install custom wine racks, and they’ll even monogram your glassware. Sign up for one of their beer or wine clubs so you’ll always have a bottle of something classy on hand. 3520 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-7655653

Hurd Mercantile  This 8,000 square-foot store is certainly worth the drive to Rockford if you’re in need of a great hostess gift, vintage-inspired home décor, or simply an escape from the city. The shop still has the feel of its original 1900s general store roots, but with inventory that is fresh and cheerful. 30 S. First St., Rockford, Wash. • 291-4077

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Into the Woods Into the Woods smells the way anyone would want their cabin to smell — like rich wood furnishings and warm, spiced candles. This Coeur d’Alene shop is the perfect blend of winebar-meets-cottage — you’ll find rustic wall hangings and furniture, with a sprinkling of beautiful drinkware, Le Creuset cookware, Root candles and housewares to complete a lakeside retreat. 509 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-292-4274

Kizuri Kizuri means “good” in Swahili, and shopping in this funky little store is all kinds of good. The clothing, accessories, bath and body items and art in stock are all Fair Trade or otherwise ethically sourced from more than 40 countries, with a sprinkling of locally made items as well. 35 W. Main St., Spokane, Wash. • 464-7677

Mix it Up Mix It Up is aptly named — it has a refreshing mix of housewares and home décor that ranges from nautical to rustic. You’ll find blown glass wasp catch-

ers, wall hangings of cute-but-nottacky phrases, and fair-trade art from around the world. 513 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-8603

The Trellis Marketplace If Pinterest had a storefront, this would probably be it. Trellis has whimsical décor like towels and pillows with cheerful quotes, bohemian-inspired clothing items, birdhouses shaped like tiny retro campers and colorful paper goods for many occasions. And if you’re interested in getting into the chalk paint trend, they have a range of colors in stock and plenty of workshops. 4102 S. Bowdish Rd., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 928-6158

Uniquely Chic Boutique This charming cottage is filled to the brim with charming home décor and children’s clothes that are so cute, they look like they jumped out of a magazine. You’ll want to set aside some time to comb through the collection of treasures that this little shop has in stock. 1803 W. Jackson Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 326-2742

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The shop formerly known as Bella Jezza got a facelift and a new name in 2015. It reopened as Bella Terra Boutique in the same downtown Sandpoint space. Stop by for cute casual styles for all ages, with a sprinkling of formal and cocktail dresses. 324 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-2631116

Boutique Bleu  Boutique Bleu is a recent addition to the cluster of charming businesses in Kendall Yards, and it’s off to a promising start. Shop fresh looks, like wonderful summer dresses, cute sandals, workout wear, and hand-crafted gifts and décor — all at reasonable prices. 1184 W. Summit Pkwy., Spokane, Wash. • 473-9341

Fringe Boutique Fringe is the kind of place where you can walk in looking like you just woke up, and walk out an hour later with a sassy new ‘do and an outfit to match. Their salon receives rave reviews, and their boutique carries on-trend clothing that’ll fit nearly any taste. 2622 E.

29th Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 315-8138 | 12208 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash.

Jema Lane Boutique These pint-sized Spokane Valley shops are a delightful alternative to another long day trudging through the Valley Mall. Shop here for on-trend styles at reasonable price points that will appeal to mothers and daughters alike. 613 S. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 321-2330 | 6630 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane, Wash.

Lolo Boutique The ladies at Lolo’s want to help you find that go-to item that makes you feel great. And with a carefully selected inventory of mostly made-in-theUSA products, you’d be hard-pressed to leave empty-handed. The boutique carries clothes, accessories and home goods from 35 designers large and small. 319 W. Second Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 747-2867

Marmalade Fresh Clothing Marmalade sells clothes and accessories as fresh and sweet as their namesake. Their whimsical styles pair


On trend fashions for all tastes

perfectly with their supply of the everpopular MLKANHNY jewelry, made by Coeur d’Alene-born Madison (Etheridge) Bodenmann. 308 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-8199455

NanaMacs Every once in a while a store will come along that is so fabulous, it gains success far beyond its roots. In Northern Idaho, that store is NanaMacs. Their storefront in Coeur d’Alene’s Riverstone shopping area is great, but their online presence is downright impressive. It’s so organized and easy to use, you’d think you were on a department store website. (And they ship all over the world!) The Village at Riverstone, 2018 N. Main St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-889-1444

Swank Boutique Shop this edgy, fun-loving boutique for their sassy selection of rompers, maxi dresses, crop tops, distressed denim, shredded concert tees and booties, and you’ll be feeling like a #SwankGirl in no time. Northtown Square, 4727 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. • 468-1839

Tiffany Blue Inlander readers consistently vote Tiffany Blue the best women’s boutique in North Idaho, so it must be doing something right. With two locations filled with fab designer clothing, premium denim and trendy accessories on par with what you’d find at Nordstrom, it’d be silly not to ditch the mainstream stores and shop local. 404 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-7652583 | The Village at Riverstone, 2027 Main St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208292-4543

White Lavender White Lavender is one store in a parade of charming shops in Steam Plant Square. They’ve recently expanded their space so they can stock even more wonderful home décor, gardening items, chalk paint, and feminine flowy dresses. Take note HGTV fans, they now stock merchandise from Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market, including some of her beloved shiplap. Steam Plant Square, 159 S. Lincoln St., Spokane, Wash. • 290-6191”




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If you like the idea of vintage furniture, but prefer to purchase new items, this is the place to go. Located in a restored turn-of-the-century warehouse in downtown Spokane, 1900 screams rustic chic. Pick up a few signature pieces for your home, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to an elegant Parisian apartment. 114 W. Pacific Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 363-1900

floral business has sprouted into Madison Country: a family-owned, 10,000-square-foot showroom packed with faux florals, slipcovered sofas, farmhouse tables, and antique-inspired buffets. The shop transforms with the seasons, so be sure to stop by whenever your home needs some “springy” dishes or an autumn wreath. 2928 N. Madelia St., Spokane, Wash. • 340-1952

Artworks Northwest 

Madison Home

Artworks Northwest is a furniture store and an art studio all rolled into one. Their furnishings and home décor have a fabulous European flair, but they pride themselves on “transforming ordinary surfaces into works of art.” Stop by one of their two locations, and you’ll most likely see in-store artisans at work, giving older pieces new life using a variety of techniques, with a strong focus on chalk paint. The Village at Riverstone, 2049 Main St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-665-2726 | 15310 E. Marietta Ave., Studio 8, Spokane Valley, Wash. • 928-2726

Ennis Fine Furniture One of the oldest furniture stores in Spokane, Ennis has furnished some of the city’s finest homes over the years, establishing itself as a resource for high end traditional furnishings. 8313 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. • 4676707

Madison Country What started as a garage-based silk

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Design a not-so-humble abode

dabbling in vintage furnishings too (which was their specialty back when they were Needful Things Furniture and Décor). They get new inventory each week, but if you’re looking for a bargain, they’ve recently opened a clearance center less than a block away from their store. 1801 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 795-4536

showroom for three generations. The store is full of classic pieces that are hand-selected by a knowledgeable team of design consultants to create an upscale, yet inviting showroom. Full interior design services are available to help make any décor dreams a reality. 1727 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 535-1111


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Madison Home is the place to go for top-dollar heirloom-quality furniture in a variety of styles, most of which are American-made. With a higher price tag comes an even higher level of customer service — the store offers in-home consultations, accessorizing services and real estate staging. 2826 N. Ruby St., Spokane, Wash. • 325-1815

Reskued may be a clearance center, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s full of unwanted items. It has a constantly evolving inventory of stylish designer pieces from sister stores The Tin Roof and Forefront, including showroom samples, returns and discontinued items. With discounts of 50 to 75 percent off, it’s a bargain shopper’s paradise. 1702 E. Riverside Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 209-3954

The Tin Roof | Forefront is The Tin Roof’s sister store in the heart of downtown Spokane, specializing in contemporary and mid-century modern furnishings from quality brands like Copeland, Vanguard, Maria Yee, Weiman Preview and American Leather. The highly experienced staff provide full interior design service for residential and commercial projects. 401 W. First Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 413-1185

Mill River Rustic Furniture

Runge Furniture Company

The folks at Mill River Rustic Furniture have been making and selling their wholesale furniture for more than 20 years, but in early 2016 they set up a much-anticipated storefront in downtown Coeur d’Alene. All of their pieces are hand-built from solid wood in their Post Falls facility, and beautifully arranged in their rustic-chic boutique. 505 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-665-9838

Family-owned Runge Furniture has a large showroom of appliances and furnishings from nationally recognized brands in timeless styles, with a sprinkling of contemporary items as well. Bring in your vision for your home, and the expert staff will help pick the perfect pieces create the look you want, at a range of prices. 303 E. Spokane Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-2131

Walker’s Furniture and Mattress

Rail Creek Furniture Co.

The Tin Roof

Family-owned Rail Creek Furniture Co. mostly focuses on new, designer-quality furniture, but they’ve recently been

The Hanley family has been expertly furnishing Spokane homes from their 60,000-square-foot Sprague Avenue

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Walker’s started as a small familyowned furniture store in Spokane in 1980. They’re still a family business, but they now have 15 stores throughout Eastern Washington, North Idaho and Oregon, with inventory in classic and contemporary styles at a variety of price points. 14214 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 928-2485 | 7224 N. Government Way, Dalton Gardens, Idaho • 208-762-7200 | 15 E. Boone Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 326-1600

Executives can suit up or dress down at Anderson & Emami.




1237 West Summit Parkway, Suite A 509- 747-3529 •

Suave styles for tailored tastes Anderson & Emami Spokane executives have been buying their power suits at Anderson + Emami for more than 30 years, making this one of the longest-standing independent boutiques in the region. Their longevity can be attributed to impeccable fitting, exceptional quality, and selection varied enough to outfit a CEO from board meetings to a day on the links. River Park Square, 814 W. Main Ave. , Spokane, Wash. • 838-1652

Finan McDonald Finan McDonald was an adventurous bear a of a man who set up and ran many of the first trading posts in this area back in the 1800s. The shops named in his honor carry on that sense of adventure, ready to outfit the active Inland Northwest man, or woman, in activewear by the likes of

Chaco, Keen, Patagonia, Kuhl, North Face and more. The Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops, 210 E. Sherman Ave. #147, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208765-4349 | 301 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-3622

Thrux Lawrence Thrux Lawrence isn’t just a highquality haberdashery and leather goods shop — it’s a rugged man cave that’ll bring the shopper out of even the most shopping-adverse guys out there. With a full billiards table and an old-school barber shop attached, it’d be easy to spend a good chunk of time here. Stop in for a straight-razor shave, shoot some pool and pick up a leather and canvas backpack, a belt or heavy-duty work pants. 206 N. Third St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208661-5193


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1 SOUTH HILL SUNDRIES, SOAPS AND SALVES This mother-daughter team handmakes small batches of organic soaps, salves and lotion bars, using sustainable palm oil and locally sourced colors and scents whenever possible. If the adorable packaging isn’t enough to convince you to pick up a bar or two, the delightful fragrances — like Rosemary Mint and Rose Geranium — certainly will. The soaps are highly moisturizing, and the hand salves are great for minor cuts and scraped knees. Find them at farmers markets. $6-$8.50 2 HASHTAG ADORBS HOME DECOR Spokane Valley-based #Adorbs specializes in printed burlap-and-wood signs embellished with refreshingly cheery phrases and illustrations that are a perfect pick-me-up for any room. They also make customized signs to commemorate weddings, births and other important dates. Find them at TO MARKET in River Park Square or on Etsy. $14-$30


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3 LEATHER WORKS ALL-AMERICAN SHEEPSKIN SLIPPERS These handmade slippers are bestsellers at this Coeur d’Alene shop, so they’re guaranteed to keep your toes toasty. They’re available with leather soles, traction soles or “softies” that are perfect for curling up on the couch. Best of all, they’re completely machine washable, and have replaceable, fluffy inner soles to make them last longer. $64-$94

4 DAVE ULMEN FINE HANDCRAFTED WOODS Dave Ulmen has been around woodworking since he was a child, watching his grandfather work next to an old potbellied stove in a woodshop he built himself. Now he’s carrying on the family tradition with beautiful, allnatural hardwood cheese and cutting boards and his signature Wine Waves, made with complementary grains and colors. Find them at Pottery Place Plus, Made in Washington stores and Simply Northwest. $30-$60 5 LINDA DILLON DESIGNS JEWELRY Linda Dillon’s edgy yet feminine style and keen eye for aesthetics have attracted a faithful following since 1998. She creates fine jewelry and statement pieces, like Celtic crosses, Greco-Romaninspired medallions and chunky strings of rustic golden beads, from gemstones, semi-precious stones and metals. Find them at the Davenport Grand Home Store. $75-$200 6 LOCAL KNITS BEANIES It’s not often that you meet a skateboarder with a knack for crocheting, but Local Knits founder Ethan Rollins is excellent at both. He makes beanies, hoodies, tees and wallets designed for an active outdoor lifestyle. The beanies are his signature item — they’re made to order from high-quality worsted acrylic and wool blend yarns that are cut, dyed and branded by hand. Available at Atticus and online. $25 — LAURA REGESTER

Dresses From casual frocks to runway-ready gowns Audrey’s  Audrey’s is a natural choice for mother-of-the-bride or bridesmaids dresses, because it’s located in a wedding center, next to Pounders Jewelry, Bridal Collections, and Sweet Dreams bakery. But you’ll also find sexy cocktail dresses, athleisure wear, and separates, not to mention intimates. This is THE place to get fitted for a bra that actualy fits. 3131 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. • 324-8612

Finders Keepers II Designer Dress Boutique Flapper dresses are always in fashion at Finders Keepers, along with sequins, bling and anything sparkly.

A popular choice for homecoming, prom, polo and Epicurean Delight, Finders Keepers keeps track of who’s attending what event in what dress, so you never have to share the spotlight with a twin. 18 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 624-1251

Jigsaw Why should the mannequins at Jigsaw have all the fun wearing those beautiful dresses that this Main Avenue store is known for? And while you’re at it, you should probably splurge on the statement necklace that’s artfully paired with it. 601 W. Main Ave. , Spokane, Wash. • 835-3517

One more reason to shop local — great fashions at Cello.


Hotbeds for indie threads Cello Cello isn’t just any boutique. Step into the narrow shop between Wollnick’s and Durkin’s and you’ll find carefully curated fair-trade clothing, as well as locally and regionally made accessories and artwork by rotating local artists. It’s a boutique and an art gallery, all wrapped into one. 415 W. Main St. Spokane, Wash. • 315-9579

Lucky Monkey Trading Co.

While Coeur d’Alene’s Lucky Monkey is a beloved stop for goofy gifts, it’s also a great place to find boho chic clothes like flowy tunics, patterned

maxi dresses and chunky jewelry made with natural stones. 412 E. Sherman Ave. , Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-9096

Pedro’s at the Panida Theatre Shop at Pedro’s in Sandpoint or online for cozy, hand-crafted sweaters, hats and mittens, all made from natural fibers including cashmere, alpaca, mohair, yak yarn and New Zealand possum yarn. Or if you’d prefer to knit something yourself, pick up some exotic yarn by the skein. 223 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208263-6200

Find dresses in every color and style at Audrey’s.





Six Deadly Sales A deal lover’s annual Spokane shopping guide BY LAURA REGESTER

Chairs, tables and headboards are deeply discounted at the Tin Roof Tent Event.


What You’ll FInd

Who Goes


GlamAgain hosts its huge boutique fashion event twice a year, where shoppers can buy and/or consign name brand and designer clothing, shoes and accessories. Stop by the three-day event and find brands like Kate Spade, Lululemon, Banana Republic and BCBG for at least 70 percent off retail prices.

Designer devotees


The designers at Spokane-based Millianna combine form and function in their handmade artistic pieces. Find items from the current season’s collection, as well as discontinued and sample pieces — many of which are one-of-a-kind — sold at wholesale prices.

Sophisticated statementpiece shoppers


Twice a year, Spokane ladies have a chance to shop upcoming women’s fashion apparel and accessories before they hit boutiques around the country. The clothing and accessories are all new and high quality, and donations are accepted at the event to support local women in need.


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70% off retail prices

Oct. 7-9; MarketPlace Wine Bar GlamAgain


Nov. 10; Spokane Empire State Building, Suite 608

Boutique fashionistas


Nov. 18-20 and April 14-16; Moran Prairie Grange

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For years, the Tin Roof’s annual tent event has offered discounts as deep as 99 percent off retail, bringing fashionable fine home décor within reach for all kinds of local shoppers. Find deals in the tent and inside their three storefronts: Tin Roof, Reskued and Tin Roof: Forefront.

Home décor hunters

$1 and up

May 26-29; The Tin Roof tinrooffurniture


Veda Lux has a few great annual sales, but this is one of our favorites. Find $20 dresses and vintage boots, bins of $10 skirts, tops and accessories, and $10 bins for gentlemen as well.

Boho chic chicks and vintage enthusiasts


June 2-4; Veda Lux Boutique VedaLuxBoutique


Etailz is a local e-commerce company and a top retailer on Amazon. When they have too much inventory, Spokane shoppers reap the benefits. Brace yourself to dig through bins upon bins of deals on baby, home, beauty and electronics items for as low as $1.

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Adventures for Every Season No matter the season, there are adventures to be had in our neck of the woods. Need proof? Here are adventures for each season, from mild to wild


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Lion’s Club train rides, left, are ending this fall. PAULA SIOK PHOTO Cat skiiing, above, on Schweitzer Mountain.


AUTUMN COLORS TRAIN RIDE Imagine riding the rails on rugged train tracks hugging steep cliffs high above a river. Throw in a couple of tunnels, trestles and wooden bridges, and you have an experience that gets your heart racing, as the historic train on which you’re riding makes its way across all of these. If you’re in the open-air car, the fun increases, especially as the fall foliage bursts forth on the trees surrounding the tracks. This autumn color train ride has been drawing riders every fall for 35 years, but sadly, fall 2016 will be the last year for the train rides. The North Pend Oreille Valley Lions operates the trains, which depart from Ione, Washington (less than two hours from Spokane) every fall. All aboard for this final ride! Tickets: $15 adult/$10 child. HIAWATHA BIKE TRAIL Take 15 miles of former Milwaukee Railroad passages, winding high through the mountains of North Idaho, add 10 train tunnels and seven “sky-high trestles,” and navigate it all on your bike. Oh, and travel more than a mile-and-a-half through one of those tunnels, with a sloped floor, in absolute darkness, save for the pathetic glow emitted from your bike lamp (trust us, it barely shows up). Sounds like an adrenaline rush waiting to happen, and that’s before you get to the scariest part: the bus ride along a one-way road, carved from the side of the mountain, from the end of the trail back to the parking lot. The Hiawatha is open all summer, but in the early fall, the month of September is the prime time

to embrace this adventurous ride. Trail pass, $10 adult/$6 child; shuttle, $9 adult/$6 child; bike rentals, $22-$38; tagalongs and Burley trailers also for rent.

heart racing and your nerves frazzled. Tickets: $20 per 60-minute adventure, up to eight people per session.

APPLE FESTIVAL AT GREEN BLUFF Caramel apples, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hay bales and the famous pumpkin donuts, more indemand than elephant ears at the fair. Put ’em all together and you’ve got the annual Apple Festival at Green Bluff. Nothing kicks off the fall like this beloved festival. Sure, the parking is impossible, the lines are long and the prices might empty your wallet, but there’s something so nice about this annual fall event. Exploring local farms, picking your own apples and pumpkins and walking along the country roads. It’s adventure in the slow lane, and that sounds perfect!

EAGLE VIEWING DAYS Perhaps they just like to fly against the grain and differ from the crowd, but while local snowbirds are flying south to warmer weather during the winter months, bald eagles are settling in for the season. From mid-November to early January, the eagles arrive in the panhandle during their annual migration southward, and a restful travel break for them turns into an incredible viewing opportunity for us. The only catch? It’s cold! But so worth it to see these majestic birds in actions. On December 7, 2015 alone, 126 eagles were spotted. If you’re looking for a great perch from which to see the birds, bundle up and head 7 miles southeast of Coeur d’Alene, with three prime viewing areas: Higgins Point, Mineral Ridge boat ramp, and the Mineral Ridge trailhead.

CLAUSTROPANIC In the spirit of all things creepy and frightening celebrated during Halloween, it’s time to take the fear factor up a notch this fall and truly cause yourself to panic. We have great respect for the trembling fear and great horror brought on by your classic haunted houses, or even a trip to Scarywood, Silverwood’s month-long transition into a horror theme park. But sometimes, the simpler the fear, the greater the rush. The popularity of online room escape puzzles has spilled over into the real world, with the chance to be locked in a room and try to escape with the help of interactive puzzles and riddles. Sounds simple, but the ticking clock (with 60 minutes on it) keeps your


MT. SPOKANE Our city has a mountain named after it, so as Spokanites, doesn’t it seem like it’s our civic duty to take advantage of all that Mt. Spokane has to offer in the winter? Hiking in the summer is great, but really, this mountain was made for winter adventures. With Nordic/cross-country and downhill skiing, as well as tubing and a terrain park, what could be missing? Perhaps a historic granite stone and timber frame house, built in 1933 by the Civil Conservation





Palouse Falls is less than a two-hour drive from Spokane. RON TREES PHOTO Corps atop the mountain? We’ve got that, too, with the Vista House. Getting to the top of the mountain to visit Vista House takes some skill, so maybe you should ease into your time on the mountain. Start with a ski lesson or a fun day of tubing. If all else fails, there’s always the lodge for a hot drink. mtspokane. com EVENING SNOWSHOE AND DINNER Dinner and a movie? Eh. Dinner and snowshoeing? Now you’re talking! Much like a rabbit chasing the proverbial carrot, we admit that we’re motivated by food. So while a snowshoe trek sounds invigorating, the addition of dinner to the mix ups our interest. The addition of moonlight officially makes it perfect. Moonlit snowshoe hikes, paired with a hot dinner, are becoming popular adventures, through the Spokane Parks Department as well as local adventure companies like Flow Adventures. Considering all the pairs of old snowshoes people have on the walls of their cabins and their houses, giving off the Northwest décor vibe, how many have actually put a pair on and hit the trails? Burning between 420 and 1,000 calories per hour, snowshoeing is demanding, but rewarding. That’s what the dinner is for! or CAT SKIING Imagine climbing the mountain in a snowcat, an enclosed-cab vehicle on tracks that takes you to upper portions of mountains not reached by most skiers, putting you waist-deep in untouched powder

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where you can literally make your mark. Perfect as an adventure for those who live for adrenaline pumping through their veins, and whose knees don’t knock at the whisper of danger, cat skiing is available on the backside of Schweitzer Mountain through Selkirk Powder Company. Drive a bit further north to Canada, and you’ll find more cat skiing operations, but the proximity of Schweitzer is hard to beat. The beauty of cat skiing is found in the solitude and the scenery; the adventure comes both in the ride up the mountain, and the clear run down it.


PALOUSE FALLS HIKE New York may have Niagara Falls, but Washington has the Palouse Falls. What?! You’ve never been to Washington’s official state waterfall? Well, lace up the hiking boots, put on your pack and grab your camera — this destination is worth all the work to get there. Located not far from Washtucna, Washington, in the Palouse Falls State Park, it’s just under a twohour drive to get there from Spokane, and requires a $10 parking fee if you don’t have a Discover Pass. Prepare for 198 feet of water cascading over the side of the cliff. It’s a sight to behold, especially when it offers such a sharp contrast to the surrounding stark beauty of the Palouse. The trip is worth it for the view alone; if you decide to turn up the adventure level and tackle some of the trails, be prepared for rocky, challenging routes that will have you watching every step.

FOOT GOLF Everybody golfs nowadays — retirees, businessmen and businesswomen, young protégées and office foursomes. They’re all sneaking out the door early on Wednesdays, booking tee times, entering golf tournaments and talking best-ball versus scramble. All the chatter about being out on the course sounds relaxing, but when it comes to the game, sometimes you crave something a bit more fun-spirited. Embrace the perfect solution: foot golf, a sport that combines the culture and basic concept of golf with the sport and athleticism of soccer. Played with a soccer ball, your feet and a 21-inch-diameter cup, golf suddenly got an infusion of fun! The Fairways in Cheney and Eagle Ridge in Spokane are two local golf courses that have embraced foot golf, with players kicking on the same course where their comrades drive and putt. $10 adult/$7 youth, ball rental $3, cart rental $10/9 holes, or $10 adult/$8 youth, $3 ball rental, eagleridgeshortcourse. com HORSEBACK RIDING AT SPOKANE TRAIL RIDES It seems so simple, and yet… have you ever actually been on a horse? Not so easy. For those who struggle to gracefully get onto one of the horses on the Looff Carrousel at Riverfront Park, you know that even that’s tricky. It’s not just climbing on that’s challenging, though. These are living, breathing animals that sense your fear, and they can take off running with you stuck on top. Still want to ride? Of course you do! In addition to being slightly terrifying, horseback riding is one of the most unique ways to

Silver Streak Zipline Tours is located in Wallace, Idaho. YOUNG KWAK PHOTOS experience local trails, while also allowing you to experience the beauty of this majestic animal. Find a horseback riding facility that provides you with the proper safety gear, lessons and guidance, and you’ll be ready to say “Giddyup!” $90 per person for a twohour ride. ZIP LINE You’re standing on a platform, 56 feet above the ground, on a spring day, looking out over a canopy of trees, with a network of cables running between them. You’re attached to the cable. You look around; you jump. Let’s stop right there, midair. Are your eyes shut and is your body curled back, horrified to envision such a scene, or are you on the edge of your seat, almost feeling the cool air as you dive forward? If you fit the first description, you should go back to the foot golf; if you’re the second, you’re an official adrenaline junkie and would not bat an eye on a zip line. While jumping off platforms and zipping through the trees is not for the faint of heart, it’s a growing part of the local adventure scene, with four local companies offering courses with multiple lines. Are you daring enough to take the leap? $50-$145; see the zip line listings in this section for contact information.


KAYAK/CANOE THE LITTLE SPOKANE If you only picture rapids, rough waters and tumbling falls when thinking about the Spokane River, it’s time to rethink the river. Though best known for the parts that rush through the heart of the city, or

the rapids upon which people daringly raft, there’s another side of the river to consider: the peaceful, meandering side. Smooth waterways that curl back and forth through grasslands and woods-lined banks are found on the slow-moving portion of the Little Spokane River. There’s no better way to experience this than with a kayak or canoe float. A nature show is included, with paddlers often spotting deer, ducks, otters, beavers and other animals along the way. The Spokane Parks Department offers guided organized floats, complete with canoe or kayak rental. Try an evening float for the added bonus of the soft evening glow on the water. $25-$30 per adult. RIDE THE TRAIL OF THE COEUR D’ALENES The 72-mile bike path that stretches from Mullan to Plummer, Idaho, is an adventure waiting to be embarked upon. For some, 72 miles is but a warmup; for others it eclipses their total previous lifetime mileage on a bicycle. No worries! Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, there’s a manageable, custom-tailored ride awaiting you on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. For those in tip-top shape, the whole 72 miles can be completed in “three to eight hours, depending on weather and ambition,” according to the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Trails website. However long you take, it’s essential to stop in Harrison, at the Harrison Creamery and Fudge Factory, where every calorie you burned riding can swiftly be replaced with one of the biggest and best ice cream cones imaginable.

MOUNTAIN BIKING AT SCHWEITZER If your winters are spent hitting the slopes at Schweitzer, it’s time to “change gears” and head up the mountain in the summer for adventures of the non-powder type. Gone is the winter wonderland, the snow-encrusted mountain you’re used to, replaced with a mountain biker’s dream come true. Turns out that lurking beneath the 277 inches of snow that fell in the 2015-16 ski season is a network of trails perfect for hiking, and for the more adventurous, mountain biking. The lift provides incredible summer views as it takes you to the top of the mountain, from where you can tackle the 1,700-foot descent leading to the Village at Schweitzer. Along with bikes and helmets, knee, shin and elbow armor are available for rent — because there’s no soft snow to land on! Mountain bike lift tickets $25. FLOAT THE SPOKANE RIVER Yes, we love “the lake” here in the Inland Northwest, but don’t discount the Spokane River as a respite from the heat during those long, sweltering days in late July. First of all, this adventure starts with a quick drive to downtown Spokane, instead of a two-hour schlep to your grandma’s cabin at Priest Lake. ROW Adventures will shuttle you to the put-in at Peaceful Valley, pick you up about 5 miles downriver, and provide the necessary tubes and personal flotation devices. We’re partial to the Happy Hour float, which includes a stop for cheese and crackers, and beverages. Cheers to that! $69 adult/$62 youth, late June-early Sept.




Reardan native Desiree Leipham shredding the backcountry.

Ski Resorts 49 Degrees North 49 Degrees North is known for its tree skiing and healthy snowfall. Why not check out what locals call “Freshy Fridays”? With the exception of the holiday time period, 49 Degrees North is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays. So if a storm hits the region over those days, make sure you head up on Friday morning to enjoy two days of untouched fresh snowfall. In addition to alpine skiing and snowshoeing, the resort has some of the best Nordic (cross-country) skiing in the region, complete with a toasty yurt where you can adjust your gear and relax for a bit before heading back out.3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah, Wash. • 935-6649 •

Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area Getting to Lookout Pass is easy. Zoom along the four lanes of I-90 from downtown Spokane and you can arrive at Exit 0 on the Idaho/Montana border in 90 minutes; once there, you can ski two states on one mountain. Then there’s the snow: a whopping 400 inches per year — nearly 100 inches

more of lighter, drier white stuff than other local resorts. Its cozy historic base lodge is the second oldest in the Northwest, reminiscent of 1940s-era lodges. The resort offers three terrain parks, and its “famous free ski school” (yes, it’s really free) to introduce kids ages 6 to 17 to skiing or boarding. I-90 Exit 0 , Mullan, Idaho • 208-744-1301 •

Mount Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park If you’re going to glide down a mountain, you might as well do it from the highest point in Spokane County, right? Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park makes the unforgiving Inland Northwest winters more bearable. Less than an hour from Spokane, it’s run by a nonprofit that offers affordable rates to hit the slopes. The mountain boasts 1,425 acres of skiable terrain and 45 runs, including a side that’s nothing but black diamonds. If that’s not enough, you can hit the terrain park or the Vista House at the mountain’s summit.29500 N. Mount Spokane Park Dr., Mead, Wash. • 238-2220 •

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Destinations for all your winter adventures

RED Mountain Resort

Silver Mountain Resort

Awarded “Best Upcoming Ski Resort” by the 2013 World Snow Awards, Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, B.C., invites skiers to come check out their uncrowded 4,200 acres and “find out what none of the fuss is about.” The resort has wide-open, well-groomed runs, 360-degree descents off of select peaks and incredibly deep snow.4300 Red Mountain Rd., Rossland, B.C. • 800663-0105 •

One hour from Spokane and an easy 30-minute freeway ride from Coeur d’Alene, Silver Mountain is one of the most easily accessible area ski resorts. Tourists love the scenic 3-mile-long gondola and locals come here to ski the North Face Glades after a fresh dump of snow. Gondola Village offers lodging, restaurants and Idaho’s largest indoor waterpark, Silver Rapids. 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho • 866344-2675 •

Schweitzer Mountain Resort Although it’s earned favorable writeups in fancy national publications in recent years, locals have known all along what a great place Schweitzer is. With 2,900 acres of skiable terrain and 92 designated runs, you won’t get bored. The ski area offers plenty of opportunities, from newbies to those who were basically born on skis. Among the unique features at the mountain is the the Stomping Grounds Terrain Park, including rails, boxes and jumps.10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-9555 •

Whitewater Ski Resort A three-and-a-half-hour drive from Spokane, near the funky town of Nelson, B.C., Whitewater Ski Resort is known for its dry, champagne-powder skiing and wide variety of terrain. With dependable snowfall averaging 40 feet each season, it’s a guaranteed good time. The resort boasts short lift lines, reasonable prices and a truly some of the best ski resort food you’ll taste anywhere.602 Lake St., Nelson, B.C. • 800-666-9420 •

Tiffany Harms taking on the Stevens Creek Trail. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

Hiking Clubs

Over the hill and back again

The Backpacking Club This nonprofit co-op has been organizing day hikes and backpacking trips in the Inland Northwest since 1994. In addition to outdoor excursions, the group offers backpacking leadership courses and winter survival classes. Annual membership is $25.Spokane • Wash. • 467-8099 •

Dishman Hills Conservancy Ok, so Dishman Hill Conservancy isn’t a hiking group, per se, but this organization committed to land conservation does organize guided hikes, like birdwatching hikes to Big Rock and butterfly-watching hikes in the Dishman Hills. Spokane • Wash. •

Exploring the Inland Northwest with Sierra Club Hosted by the local chapter of the Sierra Club, members of this group call

themselves “explorers with a pair of boots.” The chapter organizes a few hikes each month, and all are free and open to all ages. Exploring-the-Inland-Northwest-withSierra-Club

Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness This group is all about hiking with a cause: encouraging positive dialogue about environmental issues, especially in the Scotchman Peak area. Hikes are free and range from easy to strenuous, with a variety of themes, like ecological mystery or yoga hikes. Sandpoint • Idaho • 208-290-1281 •

Hobnailers, Inc. Established in 1951, the Hobnailers’ goal is to promote fellowship among outdoor enthusiasts. They host a variety of social events throughout the year, in addition to hikes on Sundays

and Wednesdays, March through October.  Spokane • Wash. • 487-7366 •

Inland Northwest Hikers These hiking enthusiasts have organized more than 700 hikes since the group’s founding in 2010. Offering a relaxed social environment for hikers of all ages and abilities, the Inland Northwest Hikers’ frequent locations include Mount Spokane, Riverside State Park, Latah Creek, Liberty Lake and the Little Spokane River. meetup. com/Inland-Northwest-Hikers/

MsAdventures This lively bunch of ladies loves the outdoors. Women young and old are welcome, whether they’re experienced hikers or “outdoor activity wannabes.” They offer multiple walks, hikes and bike rides each week, and the only requirement is a sense of humor. meet-

North Idaho Adventurers Club The sky’s the limit for this group of fun-loving Idahoans. They don’t just hike regularly; they also gather for bald eagle watching, potlucks, salsa dancing and kayaking, to name a few activities. Have an idea for an outing? Post about it in the online group and you’re sure to have company. meetup. com/adventurers-327/

Spokane Mountaineers The Spokane Mountaineers are certainly spry for having just celebrated their 101st birthday. The group has spent the past century promoting the conservation and enjoyment of nature through backpacking trips, day hikes, bicycling, skiing and various educational schools and clinics. 838-4974 •




Running Clubs A dozen clubs to get you off the couch and onto the streets

Bloomsday Road Runners Club The Bloomsday Road Runners club goes far beyond the annual 12K. They organize multiple races and weekly trail runs, all focused on long-distance walking and running. Check out their website for an extensive schedule of events updated each week.  Spokane • Wash. •

C:/NextIT/Run Meet this “fitness fun group” with a love of running, snowshoeing and “ran-

dom acts of debauchery” at the Monterey Café every Tuesday at 5:45 pm between March and Thanksgiving for a 4.5-mile run. Collect the coveted group T-shirts after your fifth, 37th, 67th, 101st and 139th runs.Spokane • Wash. • Find them on Facebook

Fleet Feet Sports The local Fleet Feet shops don’t just sell gear; they also offer a racing club and a variety of training groups from its No Boundaries 12-week programs that

take couch potatoes and trains them for their first 5K, to a newer trail running group. 511 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-765-7604 | 1303 N. Washington St., Spokane • Wash. • 328-4786 •

Flightless Birds The FBRC meets at Zentropa Pizzeria and Pub in Cheney every Tuesday from April to November for a 3-to-4-mile

jaunt. Runs are typically at 6 pm, with later meeting times to beat the heat in July and August. The group encourages everyone to “run, walk or crawl” at their own pace and stick around for post-run grub and drinks. Cheney • Wash. •

Flying Irish Running Club What started as an average running

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Runners with the Lantern Tap House club take to South Perry. club for average Spokane runners has evolved into the largest social running club in the nation. But don’t be intimidated; it’s still all about having fun, meeting new people. Complete six runs, get on stage and tell an Irish joke, and you earn the right to wear a club shirt. Meet the Flying Irish at 5:45 pm at Ripples Riverside Grill every Thursday, March through November. Spokane • Wash. •


Lantern Tap House Run Club To keep with the restaurant-based running club trend, join the Lantern Tap House Running Club on most Tuesdays at 6 pm and choose either a “3-ish” or “5-ish” mile run, then stay for a pint. Extra runs are posted on the restaurant’s website regularly.1004 S. Perry St., Spokane • Wash. •

Liberty Lake Running Club

SoHi Running Club

Liberty Lake folks can meet the LLRC at Twisp Cafe on Thursdays at 6 pm for a 3-mile run or walk. Weekly runs occur March through October, with a few extra themed runs each month, like crazy sock runs, a strolling storytime for the kiddos, and a Halloween run. Liberty Lake • Wash. • Find them on Facebook

This casual South Hill (SoHi) running club meets at Miguel’s every Monday at 6 pm, rain or shine, with drinks to follow a 3-to-5-mile jaunt.  Spokane • Wash. •

Spokane Distance Project

This men’s group is for serious runners who are looking for a solid support Manito Running Club system while they train. Dues are $50 Intermediate and advanced runners twice a year and include “buckets of meet at the 18th & Grand parking lot at camaraderie” and membership in the Manito Park on Saturdays at 8 am for USA Track and Field organization.Spoa 5-to-6-mile run, followed by coffee kane • Wash. • spokanedistanceproject. and socializing at Rockwood Bakery. com Spokane • Wash. •

Palouse Road Runners Club If you’re in the Palouse area and you’re looking for a slightly more intense run, meet up with this group for a mix of long distance runs, speed work and mountain trail workouts. Moscow/ Pullman • Idaho/Wash. •

Spokane Swifts Running Team The Spokane Swifts is a group for Inland Northwest women who love running and want to increase their speed and endurance in the company of other women. Serious runners of all ages are welcome; the current team consists of women ranging in age from 20 to 60.

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At the A Fore-front Area golf courses are adding improvements and making the Inland Northwest a links paradise BY DAN NAILEN

s the COEUR D’ALENE RESORT GOLF COURSE (900 S. Floating Green Dr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) celebrates its 25th birthday in 2016, there’s little question what remains the course’s calling card. “The floating green is definitely what has put us on the map internationally,” says Andy Mackimmie, the resort’s head golf professional. “It’s so unique, a floating and movable green, the only one in the world. Not everybody’s heard of Coeur d’Alene, but if you mention the floating green, they’ll say, ‘Oh, I’ve heard of that!’” Golfers who swing by will find several new things to make the “total golf experience” even better. Every green has been resodded, with “the best grass turf you can have in the Northwest,” Mackimmie says. And while players still enjoy the services of a caddy, he says, “we’ve also added touch-screen GPS screens to all of our golf carts,” which players can use for determining yardages or ordering snacks. And for the first time, carts are allowed to leave designated

cart paths so golfers can head straight for their ball in the middle of the fairway. At the former Spokane Country Club, changes are afoot, inspired by the Kalispel Tribe’s purchase of the course and renaming it KALISPEL GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB (2010 W. Waikiki Rd.). The course originally opened in 1910, but 2016 marks the first year that the public can play without being members. Membership still has its privileges, of course, from preferential tee times to use of the club’s training facilities, including new indoor golf simulators, but locals and visitors staying at Northern Quest Resort & Casino can also book a round at the course nestled along the Little Spokane River. Gary Lindeblad, the course’s head pro, praises its old-school look and “one of the best-designed sets of bunkers of any course I’ve ever played.” While people playing for the first time will be “dazzled” by the scenery and wildlife — not to mention the new 1898 Public House restaurant — even longtime players will notice significant changes

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An early morning round at Kalispel Golf and Country Club. to the care of the place. “They’ve just about tripled the size of the maintenance crew,” Lindeblad says. “There’s going to be an incredible ‘Wow’ factor in just how perfect condition the course is in.” INDIAN CANYON GOLF COURSE (1000 S. Assembly Rd.) has spent the last couple of years bringing what has long been considered a gem of a public course back to vibrant life, and the results are starting to show. Maintenance crews worked hard, and the city’s urban forestry department removed some trees and vegetation that were hurting the turf. Head pro Doug Phares says the results are better air circulation and more sun around the greens. The course also has a new fleet of golf carts for 2016, and they all have USB ports so you can charge your phone or electronic yardage devices. “People play music and you can keep your speakers going,” says Phares. More obvious are changes are in the clubhouse, where new carpet and paint greet visitors, new equipment in the kitchen means new culinary options, and an expanded liquor license means that duffers can enjoy a cocktail on the newly refurbished deck. “It’s a really spectacular setting,” Phares says. “They put in a new railing system where you can see everything now. It’s really made the view even more spectacular.”

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Scott Janetzy, left, and Ray Honovich take to the water at Farragut State Park.

Paddling Coeur d’Alene Canoe and Kayak Club A group of passionate paddlers came together back in 2005 to build a community and share their love of canoeing and kayaking. Now their calendar is always full of after-work paddles and overnight kayak trips. Coeur d’Alene • Idaho •

Coeur d’Alene Paddleboard Company Coeur d’Alene’s Kym Murdoch opened her paddleboard company after discovering the sport on a Maui vacation from her taxing road-crew job. The rest is history, and the company is now booming, just like the sport. Rent a board on your own, join a group

paddle, try a SUP yoga class, or hop on Supsquatch — the new eight-person paddleboard. 512 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-292-4156 •

EPIC Adventures EWU If you just want to rent a paddleboard, canoe or inflatable kayak to take to your lake of choice, EWU’s EPIC Adventures center rents them for $11 per day to students and $22 per day to community members. Take note, outdoor enthusiasts; they also rent tents, cookstoves, snowshoes and more. 150 University Recreation Center, EWU, Cheney • Wash. • 359-4014 • epic/rentals

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Jump on the SUP craze, relax on a raft or battle the rapids

FLOW Adventures Adrenaline junkies will appreciate FLOW’s whitewater adventures on the Spokane and Salmon rivers. For those who seek a more serene experience on the water, sign up for one of their touring kayak classes or float the Spokane River with some friends. FLOW coordinates river floats all summer. 2807 W. Euclid Ave. Spokane • Wash. • 509242-8699 •

Kayak Coeur d’Alene New to kayaking or think you want to jump on the SUP craze? Kayak Coeur d’Alene has rental gear and classes to get you started. Kayak and standup paddleboard rentals are available seven days a week, May through Sep-

tember. Rentals include complimentary delivery and pickup on the north shore of the lake. 307 E. Locust Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-676-1533 •

Mountain Gear If you want to try out a variety of canoes, kayaks or paddleboards before you buy, sign up for one of Mountain Gear’s many demos held every summer. Check out their schedule online, or call or stop into their retail store for a calendar of events.2002 N. Division St. , Spokane • Wash. • 325-9000 •

Northwest Whitewater Association For 25 years this club has brought river runners together to promote whitewater rafting, safety and conservation. Connect with other enthusiasts for floats and excursions, or sign up for one of their classes or presentations. Spokane • Wash. • 994-2609 •

Pangaea River Rafting Pangaea’s motto is to “leave boring behind.” They’ve gone about doing so by creating a series of unique adventures that move beyond the traditional whitewater rafting trips to include river wine floats, geocaching trips, wildlife-watching floats and team building adventures called W.E.T. (Working Efficiently Together).11111 Mullan Rd. E., Superior • Mont. • 877-239-2392 •

ROW Adventure Center If you’re into big, raft-smashing waves, join ROW for a wild ride down the Lochsa River or a thrill ride on the Clark Fork. For a more serene experiencie, look for their sunset or wildlife kayak tours on Lake Coeur d’Alene. This experienced, award-laden outfitter is known for its exceptional adventures, both in the Inland Northwest and around the globe. Like many others, ROW is also riding the SUP trend with rentals, classes, and tours. 202 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-770-2517 |209 S. Washington St. , Spokane • Wash. • 822-7332 •

Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club This good-natured club promotes paddling of all kinds — canoes, kayaks, rafts and paddleboards. Join them for monthly meetings, or better yet, a Wednesday whitewater paddle or their Thursday flatwater paddle. Summer clinics help paddlers learn or refine their skills. Dues are $25 annually.Spokane • Wash. •

Spokane Parks and Recreation The city of Spokane collaborates

with local guide companies to bring you on one-day trips, clinics and classes on local rivers and lakes for very reasonable prices. Rafters and kayakers will appreciate the shuttle service for paddlers on the Little Spokane River each summer. For only $8, Parks and Rec will provide you and your canoe or kayak transportation from the 9 Mile takeout of the Little Spokane River to put in at St. George’s. Shuttles run Saturdays from 10 to 4 pm, July through the end of August.809 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Fifth Floor, Spokane • Wash. • 755-2489 •

Spokane River Rowing Association  Crew isn’t just for college students. SRRA brings together rowers of all ages and skill levels for training and racing on local waters, including a beautiful, glassy stretch of the Spokane River near Minnehaha. Each spring, the group hosts a Learn to Row program to introduce beginners to the fundamentals of rowing. Spokane • Wash. • 755-2490 •

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Tri-State Outfitters Tri-State Outfitters has a robust calendar of classes to help the aspiring kayaker or paddleboarder understand what to look for in a boat or board. You can also demo or rent gear from their all of their shops in in Moscow, Moses Lake, Coeur d’Alene and Lewiston. 6275 Sunshine St. , Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-772-0613 | 1104 Pullman Rd. , Moscow • Idaho • 208-882-4555 | 120 Thain Rd., Lewiston • Idaho • 208-746-5307 | 1224 Pioneer Way, Moses Lake • Wash. • 509-765-9338 •

Wiley E. Waters Wiley E. Waters can take you down the Class III and IV rapids on the Clark Fork or send you floating down the Spokane River with a full wine glass and some gourmet appetizers in hand. You can even book a little team-building adventure to work on communication and leadership skills: your choice. 1701 W. Water Ave., Nine Mile Falls • Wash. • 998-1120 •


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Spectator Sports A local team for every season BY LAURA REGESTER J.J. the Empire Engineer hands out high fives.


e may not have any major league team in Spokane, but there are plenty of games worth watching. Here’s a roundup of teams to cheer for, fun facts to know, and tips to make the most of every game.


When we’re only about 100 miles from Canada as the crow flies, it’s no surprise that our northern neighbor’s love of hockey has seeped into Spokane. The Chiefs may be a junior team, but their games are as exciting as any NHL contest. There are a whopping 36 home games each season, and with tickets as cheap as $11, you might as well grab a beer and a hot dog while you’re at it. MASCOT: Boomer the Bear TRADITIONS: In the Teddy Bear Toss each December, fans throw thousands of stuffed animals for onto the ice for charity after the Chiefs score their first goal. FUN FACT: In January 2011, the team hosted the first outdoor hockey game in WHL history, against the Kootenay Ice at Avista Stadium. WATCH THEM: September through March at the Spokane Arena


Sure, they’re a college team, but we couldn’t help but include the Zags — they’ve become an essential part of Spokane sports. The team is always exciting to watch, but the award-winning student section is what makes these games extra special for spectators. GETTING TICKETS: If you’re not a Gonzaga student, faculty/staff member, or a season ticket holder, you can’t just walk into the McCarthey Athletic Center and expect to see a game — you’ll have to hunt down

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some tickets. Word on the street: Craigslist is typically cheaper than StubHub for tickets, but they’ll still cost a pretty penny. Our other tip: make friends with a Bulldog Club member. Some limited tickets are up for sale during the season, but they’re offered to Bulldog Club members first and they sell in a flash. TRADITIONS: Be sure to arrive well before the game starts so you don’t miss the famous Kennel Club rituals, especially the Zombie Nation dance. WATCH THEM: November through March at McCarthey Athletic Center


Formerly known as the Shock, the Empire is Spokane’s freshly inaugurated Indoor Football League team. The new name and locomotive logo are a tribute to the Inland Empire’s railroad industry. The team plays in the Intense Conference, along with eight other teams from the West and Midwest. FUN FACT: J.J. the Empire Engineer, the team’s mascot, is named after Canadian-American James J. Hill, who was known as the original “Empire Builder.” He was CEO of the Great Northern Railway, which spanned much of the Pacific Northwest. GETTING TICKETS: Single tickets are already cheap, but if you’re planning on bringing kiddos, pick up a Family Four Pack at Fred Meyer and get four tickets, four sodas and four popcorns for $50. WATCH THEM: February through June at the Spokane Arena



The Indians, in one form or another, have provided Spokanites with good old-fashioned baseball since the 1890s. These days, fans can enjoy a great selection of food and beer options at Avista Stadium, including Longhorn Barbeque and NoLi Happy Hour nights during weekend games. FAMOUS FORMER PLAYERS: Carlos Beltrán, Sandy Alomar Jr., Chris Davis PREVIOUS TEAM NAMES: The Smoke Eaters, the Blue Stockings, the Bunchgrassers FUN FACT: In 2014, the Spokane Indians became the first professional baseball team to feature a Native American language (Salish) on their jerseys. WATCH THEM: June through September at Avista Stadium


There are three official adult roller derby teams in the area: the Lilac City Roller Girls and the Spokannibals in Spokane, and the Snake Pit Derby Dames in Coeur d’Alene. Head to any bout, and you’re in for an hour of fast and fierce rock ’em-sock ’em action and player nicknames as colorful as their outfits. INSIDER TIP: Don’t only watch the “jammers” (the skaters who score the points) during the bout. Keep an eye on the pack to notice the strategic moves that they make, and see how they react to the jammers’ location. FUN FACT: Roller Derby was invented in 1935, but experienced its modern revival in the early 2000s as a largely female-organized amateur sport. WATCH THEM: Year-round at Roller Valley Skate Center and Coeur d’Alene Skate Plaza

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Put yourself to the test Coeur d’Alene Tri Team The CDA tri-team goes far beyond the swim-bike-run regimen. The group members, who range in age from 14 to 73, often hike, paddleboard, snowshoe and more, in addition to their weekly training activities. Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-755-6117 •

EMDE Sports Cycling and Triathlon Club This multi-sport club focuses on fun for recreational-to-elite athletes. With multiple swim, bike and run opportunities each week, there’s something for everyone, and athletes of similar fitness levels and schedules are typically grouped together. Spokane • Wash. • 953-9924 •

Lake City Tri Club Lake City Tri hosts swims, runs, bike rides and social activities each week, preparing athletes for races while offering a sense of community. 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 • 208-659-3104 •

Team Blaze Triathlon Club Members of the largest triathlon club in the Inland Northwest love having fun as much as they love swimming, biking and running. They participate in and volunteer at most local races. Membership is $85 per year and includes clinics, mentorship, social events and team “swag.”Spokane • Wash. • 435-1030 •

Tri Fusion Triathlon Club This group of Inland Northwest triathlon enthusiasts train together and encourage each other as they work toward their fitness goals. They host a few events each year, including a triathlon for kids.Spokane • Wash. •

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The finish line at Bloomsday 2016. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

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Spokane’s distance running success is built on the joy of running together — and against each other BY DANIEL WALTERS

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he statues in Spokane’s Riverfront Park, with men and women and children and wheelchair competitors all clumped together, appearing to race around the bend across from City Hall. “The Joy of Running Together” celebrates Spokane’s massive Bloomsday road race of more than 40,000 competitors, in all its elite international talent and all its mascot-costume-wearing, out-ofshape schlubs. This sheer democracy of distance running has become embedded in the culture of Spokane. Spokane has had its champions and nearchampions, but this isn’t a distance-running town like Eugene or Portland, where elite runners are assessed and augmented in high-tech superlabs. This town is about the joy of running together. It’s about the pack, not the glory of the man leading it. “When we started Bloomsday and we started drawing in these thousands of citizen runners, it was the culmination of Spokane running tradition,” says Don Kardong, Bloomsday’s founder. “It had gone from being something that was marked by elite runners to something that was embraced by thousands of citizens.” You could trace this sentiment back to one of those elite runners: Gerry Lindgren, the scrawny, scrappy Rogers High School kid who jogged his entire 5-mile long newspaper route as a middleschooler because his family was too low-income to afford a bike. Right out of high school in 1964, he faced off against the two Russian champions in Los Angeles for the USA vs. USSR dual meet. His epic 10,000-meter race represented the first time the Soviets had been beaten by an American in an international distance event. But the key wasn’t just Lindgren, alone. His secret was that he had a whole crew. “He even established something of a social phenomenon in the northern outskirts of Spokane where he lived. Several times each week packs of

Rogers High School runners, led by the spirited, diminutive Lindgren, would go on long-distance excursions around town,” a 1967 Sports Illustrated story read. “Local residents began to think that young Lindgren had formed his own variety of Hell’s Angels — on foot instead of on motorcycles.” Decades later, a teammate of Lindgren’s named Len Long would become the assistant coach for North Central High School’s boys cross country team. In 2008, North Central took first in the nation in the Nike Cross Nationals championship. In 2009, Ferris High school took second. Again and again, Spokane’s high school cross country teams reigned victorious. “Since I’ve been here, every high school in the area has either had spectacular teams or spectacular individuals,” Kardong says. “You can’t name a school that didn’t have some really top high school runners and/or some really spectacular teams.” Maybe some of it is Spokane’s weather, suggests North Central boys coach Jon Knight. “It doesn’t rain a lot,” he says. “Even in the hottest point of the summer, you can get up in the morning and run and it’s in the 60s. That’s a really pleasant temperature to run in.” There’s something else at play here. It’s the legacy of running, passed down from generation to generation. For a time, Mead High School was king of distance running in the region, coached by Pat Tyson, former roommate of distance-running legend Steve Prefontaine. Then came the victories of Ferris and North Central. Now, Knight says, Central Valley has been nipping at North Central’s heels. The competitive environment breeds better competition, which creates a more competitive environment. “Everybody is trying to catch up with the next guy,” says Knight. In other words, in the Inland Northwest, the adults often run to have fun, to be a part of a larger community. But the kids? They run to win.

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This scenic zipline tour spot has three miles of cables in two courses that cross 250 acres of privately owned mountainous terrain. Zipliners can reach speeds of up to 60 mph, especially on “Dragon’s Breath,” the fastest and steepest of the 10 available lines. Bring a friend and try the “Big Daddy,” which allows two people to zip together. 516 Pine St., Wallace • Idaho • 208-556-1690 •

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Timberline Adventures Coeur d’Alene’s first and only zipline tour offers a 2.5-hour adventure with seven ziplines, three sky bridges and a “pretty epic surprise” at the end. Bring a camera (with a strap) if you dare — they don’t call it Beauty Bay for no reason. 210 W. Sherman Ave. #131, Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-820-2080 •

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A Year in Fun Runs Nine runs that emphasize fun BY LAURA REGESTER

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This nighttime run through downtown Spokane features a highenergy pre-party and a course filled with music, lighting effects, and runners donning glow sticks head to toe. After the race, just keep running straight to the DJ afterparty and dance all night.

Sept. 17




For the third year, this event brings together women of all ages and fitness levels to celebrate and support one another in fitness and beyond. Riverside State Park

Sept. 24

5K, 10K and halfmarathon



Enjoy music and entertainment from a veriety of Latin American countries throughout this fast and flat course in Riverfront Park and on the Centennial Trail.

Sept. 24

5K, 10K and halfmarathon



If you struggle motivating yourself to run, try rewarding yourself with beer every few miles. Celebrate many of the local craft breweries in this relay race that offers beer tastings at each exchange, and a brewfest with live music after the race.

Oct. 1

50 miles



This trail run for athletes of all abilities takes advantage of the varied terrain of Riverside State Park, with incredible views along the river, 2,470 feet in elevation gain and homemade cookies at the finish line.

Oct. 15




Beat the chilly November weather with a brisk run starting at Gonzaga followed by hot cocoa and an elaborate chocolate reception — complete with fondue fountains and truffles — all while raising funds for local children in need.

Nov. 5

5K, 10K



Round up the family and earn your Thanksgiving feast with a nice jaunt around Manito Park to benefit Second Harvest (and your postTurkey Day waistline).

Nov. 24

2, 3, or 5 miles

No entry fee; food donations encouraged


The mother of all fun runs, Bloomsday is a must-do for locals and visitors alike. This year’s run will kick off its fifth decade, so it’s bound to be a good one.

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This North Idaho race is designed for all ages, with plenty of muddy obstacles, water balloons and puddles; participants can run amok, get grubby and support the health care needs of local families.

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Balto Dog Park

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You’ll find the Balto Dog Park at the Dover City Beach, across from City Hall. This unfenced dog park opened in 2009 and features a boardwalk for diving, water-loving dogs, fire hydrants and a wash-down area with a solarheated hose system. There are also 9 miles of trails available here, but you’ll need to put the leash back on to take advantage of those.699 Lakeshore Dr., Dover • Idaho

Cherry Hill Dog Park is always exceptionally clean and well-maintained. Since this dog park is covered in pea gravel, instead of grass or dirt, it’s also an excellent choice on or after a rainy day; your dog won’t come home soaked in mud. Running water hydrates thirsty dogs in the summer, and poop bags and garbage cans are abundant inside the park.1718 N. 15th St. , Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-7692252 •

Central Bark Dog Park New York has Central Park. North Idaho boasts Central Bark, a 1.8-acre, off-leash dog park. You’ll find secure fencing here, and an open, grassy park for dogs to run. Owners will appreciate a handful of benches inside the enclosure, and water fountains for thirsty dogs.3889 Nez Perce Rd., Coeur d’Alene • Idaho • 208-769-2252 • cdaid. org/parks

Moscow Dog Park Moscow’s Dog Park is a popular meeting place for energetic dogs and their animal-loving owners. This park is always busy with dogs racing around an open acre of grass, leaping over and onto oversized tires while their owners toss Frisbees or chat with a friend underneath a covered bench inside the park. The park is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk, year-round, but is closed on Wednesdays from 7

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Patricia Simonet Laughing Dog Park From dawn to dusk, no matter the weather, you’ll find happy pups and their dedicated owners walking laps at the volunteer-run and -funded Liberty Lake Dog park. Walk the paved path on the perimeter, or bust out the Chuckit! in the grass or the more natural, wooded areas of the park. This park also boasts picnic tables, along with restrooms and a drinking fountain for dogs.26715 E. Spokane Bridge Rd., Liberty Lake • Wash. • 477-2532 •

Pooch Park at Pullman Pullman’s new dog park boasts two fenced acres for dogs to play, agility equipment and separate areas for small and large (25-plus-pounds) dogs. Freshwater is on site, but you’ll need to bring your own bowl. Owners

will appreciate a new shade structure. Unlike other area dog parks, Pullman’s Pooch Park requires a fee to enter. Pay $5 for the day (purchase on-site from 1 to 5 pm), $15 for a month or $60 for a year. Buy your membership online and follow the park on Facebook for updates on events.1340 Old Moscow Rd., Pullman • Wash. • 332-3422 • www.

SpokAnimal Dog Park at High Bridge  SpokAnimal’s 11-acre dog park at High Bridge Park is Spokane’s only official dog park (although many in-the-know dog owners frequent an “unofficial park” on the South Hill). Vaccinated dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds are welcome here. You’ll find separate play areas for small and large dogs, and secure fencing to keep all the pups safe inside. Since there is no poop fairy, you’ll need to clean up after your dog. 330 S. A St. , Spokane • Wash. • 5348133 •

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Bike Clubs Baddlands Cycling Club Founded in 1988, the Baddlands Cycling Club’s biggest claim to fame is the weekly Twilight Series that it hosts at various venues in the Spokane area to support local racing. The group also has a variety of weekly rides, and most members participate in other area races. 418 E. Pacific Ave., Suite 101, Spokane • Wash. • 456-0432 •

Bike Hub  Follow The Bike Hub on Facebook to find out about bike rides — mostly at night — that the shop hosts each week. Rides take off from a variety of locations and include road rides and mountain biking. 1403 W. First Ave. , Spokane • Wash. • 474-1260 •

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Evergreen East With the same mission as its predeces-

sor, the Fat Tire Trail Riders, this group focuses on the development and maintenance of mountain bike trails in the area. Membership means access to more trails, discounts on gear and classes, and knowing that your money supports building and maintaining more trails in our region. Spokane • Wash. •

North Division Bicycle Shop Ride the Chase the Sun Loop, tackle Rock Lake or head wherever the riders from North Division Bicycle Shop decide to take you as part of their weekly scheduled rides. Stop in the shop, or follow them on Facebook to see where they’re headed this week. 10503 N. Division St., Spokane • Wash. • 467-2453 •

Pend Oreille Pedalers The Pedalers are a nonprofit group based in Sandpoint whose goal is to

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improve bicycling opportunities in North Idaho. They organize road and mountain biking rides each month, in addition to work days to improve local trails. Sandpoint • Idaho •

Spokane Bicycle Club Founded in 1985, the Spokane Bicycle Club organizes rides on most days of the week from March to November, and bikers of all levels are welcome. Each ride is posted on the club website with pace, distance and terrain information. Spokane • Wash. • 990-1474 •

Team Two-Wheel Transit Join Two-Wheel Transit’s shop rides at 5:30 pm on Thursdays in the summertime. Aside from the fun rides starting at their Perry Street location, it’s a convenient place to be if you run into any bike trouble. 817 S. Perry St. , Spokane


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Zuster Cycling Zuster Cycling is a women’s road, mountain and cyclocross cycling team that is 21 members strong. The team works to promote women’s cycling through training, races and community events.• Find them on Facebook


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Light up the Night After major success during its first year, the Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival is coming back to Riverfront Park BY CHEY SCOTT

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The swans, left, and temple, above, are new displays at this year’s Lantern Festival.


or a month and a half last fall, locals and expect to see around 10 more grouped lantern visitors from near and far were able to take a displays compared to last year’s 31, including one cultural journey to China without ever stephe’s most excited about, “The Temple of Porcelain.” ping foot outside of downtown Spokane. The structure is covered by hundreds of thousands of The inaugural Washington State Chinese Lantern pieces of traditional, blue-and-white flatware from Festival was an unprecedented event for the city and China. It’ll take a team of 10 artisans a full month to the rest of the Inland Northwest — one of such grand set up that structure alone, Song adds. scale that it was repeatedly compared to Spokane’s Building on last year’s success, and considering famous hosting of Expo ’74. For seven weeks starting lessons learned during the lantern festival’s first year, in late September, a large, grassy swath of Riverfront the 2016 event will increase the duration and number Park was illuminated in rich, colorful light from more of live performances by traveling Chinese acrobats than 3,000 of the gem-hued lanterns. Handcrafted and entertainers putting on nightly shows at the by a team of 20 artisans park’s Lilac Bowl. from Zigong, China, the Returning with this festival showcased dozens of year’s version of the cultural themed displays of adorable, experience is Deng Chu, the crowd-pleasing animals and pop-up Chinese restaurant Riverfront Park scenes of Chinese cultural in a park picnic shelter, again significance. Attendance for organized by Jeremy and Kate the first-ever event surpassed Hansen of Santé Restaurant expectations to such a degree, & Charcuterie and Common it was extended two weeks longer than originally Crumb Bakery. planned. Near an area set aside for Chinese artisans to Now, the Chinese Lantern Festival returns to showcase and sell their work during the festival, Spokane for a second year, scheduled for five weeks Song says a special kids’ activity that mimics digging from Sept. 23 through Oct. 30. Even if you were one for dinosaur bone fossils will contribute to the of the 80,000 attendees who came to ooh and ahh interactive, family atmosphere. Zigong, the home at the 2015 version’s fabric-covered lanterns, this of the headquarters of the company bringing the year’s festival features all new lanterns and displays, lanterns to Spokane, is known for having the largest with the exception of the 196-foot-long dragon, a dinosaur bone deposit in China, he adds. spectacular festival centerpiece. “Overall, it’s going to be more like a big festival,” Chinese Lantern Festival chair Sam Song — he Song says. “[Visitors] only saw the beginning last was instrumental in bringing the event to Spokane, year. This year will stun them with not only bigger a process more than a year in the making — says and brighter displays, but the festivities, culture, that new and returning visitors to the festival can performances and some authentic food.”

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Angel Gallery of Fine Arts & Antiques

The works displayed here come from nearly every medium and are hard to find anyplace else, making it a North Idaho gem and a great place to stop during Coeur d’Alene’s monthly downtown art walk. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-665-7232 •

Art Association Gallery at Frame of Mind

Even though it’s a frame shop, Frame of Mind features a gallery for the Coeur d’Alene Art Association. The community art club has a selection of paintings on display and participates in Second Friday art walks. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-676-9132 • coeurdaleneartassoc. org

Art Spirit Gallery

Every month, the walls in North Idaho’s preeminent art gallery, Art Spirit, are repainted and a new show of original work goes up. The opening receptions — usually held every second Friday of the month — are a great opportunity to meet the artists and experience new art in a beautiful space with your friends.

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-6006 •

Art Works Gallery

The local artists shown at Art Works own and operate this cooperative gallery, which includes stained glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography and paintings. The artists’ work shifts at the gallery, so be sure to ask them about their pieces while you’re there. Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-2642 •

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. Their big events include a brand-new summer concert series, art demonstrations, a summer tea, a fall festival and a holiday gala. Uniontown, Wash. • 229-3414 •

Avenue West Gallery

Opening more than a decade ago in downtown Spokane, Avenue West has bounced around from spot to spot, fi-

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nally moving into its current location just west of the Spokane Arena in the fall of 2015. There, the gallery walls showcase an eclectic collection of regional art. The artist-run and -owned cooperative is the place to find work by more than 20 artists in all range of media. See new works each month during First Friday, and check out other events throughout the year.Spokane, Wash. • 838-4999 •

Bank Left Gallery

Not only does Bank Left have a large selection of fine art from almost every medium, you can also pair your gallery visit with some delicious nourishment from their French-style bistro tearoom. Gourmet drinking chocolates and lavender crème brûlée, anyone? Palouse, Wash. • 878-8425 •

Blackwell Gallery


One of the newer galleries in Coeur d’Alene, the Blackwell opened their modern and contemporary art space in 2012. You’ll find vibrant abstract and figurative painting, glass sculpture, metal sculpture and wood craftsmanship. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-699-

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Bozzi Collection

Contemporary art fills this gallery, located in the Old City Hall building above where Olive Garden used to be. 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 décor.Spokane, Wash. • 290-5604 •

Brick Wall Photographic Gallery

Perched on the skywalk in the Bennett Block downtown, this all-photography gallery features a new photographer each month. Pieces from the current photographer, as well as past ones, can be found and bought on the gallery’s website. Spokane, Wash. • 928-7721 •

Cedar Glen Gallery

Professional wildlife photographer Jerry L. Ferrara has captured animals in their natural homes for 38 years, and has had his images published both nationally and internationally. At

his gallery, you can view his fine art wildlife prints, both past work and current projects. Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-304-5393 •

Chase Gallery City council meetings are one reason to make your way to City Hall; the Chase Gallery is another. Adjacent to the City Council Chambers, you’ll find artworks ranging from contemporary to traditional. The gallery is open from 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays and in the evening during Monday meetings. Spokane, Wash. • 321-9614 •

ClearStory Gallery The ClearStory Gallery has an evident goal of connecting people to God through art. Housed in Life Center Foursquare Church, the gallery’s fine art pieces evoke spirituality and serve to invite an ongoing dialogue with the community at large. Spokane, Wash. • 327-4422 •

Coeur d’Alene Galleries Coeur d’Alene Galleries has been showcasing Western, wildlife and sporting art in the lobby of the Coeur d’Alene Resort since 1986, but only recently moved to their own, bigger location in the heart of downtown. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-7732 •

Denise Oliver Gallery This lakeside gallery sits near the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene in Harrison, and displays an eclectic mix of pieces, from glasswork to handcrafted jewelry to acrylic paintings. Be sure to stop by in the warmer months; the gallery is only open from May to October. Harrison, Idaho • 208-689-9076 • DeniseOliverGallery

Dodson’s Jewelers Amid displays of elegant jewelry, Dodson’s showcases fine art on almost every wall and in a gallery space at the back of the store. A showroom on their second floor exclusively displays art. It has a little bit of every medium: oils, acrylic, watercolor, metalwork, fiber and more. Spokane, Wash. • 624-4163 •

East Sprague Art Gallery

This gallery likes to swap out art often to give visitors fresh views and let more artists show off their work; as such, they select and feature a different artist each month. Every Sunday, this gallery hosts open figuredrawing studio sessions; all abilities are welcome to join. Spokane, Wash. • 202-0850 •

Entree Gallery

Located on national forestland west of beautiful Priest Lake, you’ll find contemporary fine art on display from May to mid-October. During their open season, the gallery has monthly feature shows and artist receptions, and you can get involved in their classes and demonstrations. Nordman, Idaho • 208-443-2001 •

Essential Glass Works Art Gallery & Fine Gifts

Essential Glass Works Art Gallery & Fine Gifts prides itself on bringing top national artists to the Palouse. As such, they bring in artwork and other items from great American artists weekly. Need a sweet treat? Visit the Chocolat Bar, where you can indulge in handcrafted chocolates. Moscow, Idaho • 208-571-5654 •

EWU Gallery of Art

EWU’s gallery gives students a firsthand experience with artwork and what goes into being a successful visual artist. Exhibitions happen quarterly, often paired with artist talks. Toward the end of the year, BFA students show their own work. Cheney, Wash. • 359-2494 • Programs/Art/Gallery.xml

Gallery Northwest

A co-op located a few blocks east of Lake Coeur d’Alene, Gallery Northwest displays and sells home furnishings, gallery items and other handcrafted items. Everything is made by the owner-members who run the store, as well as more than 20 other artisans from Idaho, Washington and Montana.Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-5700 • facebook. com/GalleryNorthwest

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Spokane Arts Awards Recognizing the accomplishments of artists, organizations and individuals enriching the community through the arts

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Galleries, continued Gellhorn Gallery at The Modern Theater Spokane Of course you can see wonderful plays at the Modern Theater, but during box office hours and showtimes you can also browse the Gellhorn Gallery. Featuring a new artist each month, the gallery has pieces varying from abstract acrylic to watercolor to pretty much anything else. Spokane, Wash. • 4557529 •

Groove Studio This high-ceilinged space with lots of windows houses work from local artists and craftsmen, including stained glass, paintings, wood sculptures and handmade jewelry. Bonners Ferry, Idaho • 208-267-8020 •

Hallans Gallery The late Ross Hall photographed the Northwest incessantly during his 50year career. His remarkable collection of about 60,000 black-and-white photographs are on display at the Hallans Gallery alongside work from his late wife, Hazel, and his son Dann, who runs the gallery.Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-2634704 •

Ink to Media Ink to Media is a graphic design and printing studio that specializes in fine art reproduction. They represent more than 50 artists, several of whom show their work at the studio’s gallery. New shows occur sporadically, but you can also find their art bus — a mobile exhibit with various abstract, watercolor or photography pieces — at big events like Valleyfest. Spokane Valley, Wash. • 863-9125 •

art from local schools and colleges. The gallery is also a multi-use space on the third floor of River Park Square that can be rented for community, nonprofit, professional and select private gatherings.Spokane, Wash. • 456-3413 •

Lied Center for the Arts at Whitworth University Sometimes featuring established artists, sometimes displaying student work, the Bryan Oliver Gallery is usually filled with ceramics, sculpture, drawing, mixed media, photography or printmaking throughout the year. Spokane, Wash. • 777-1000 •

Lisa V Maus Fine Art Studio Maus studied winemaking in France at a young age and was on track to be a winemaker, but after seeing Monet’s paintings, she fell in love with art. She creates vivid outdoor scenes, including many vineyard pieces, by mixing the oil paint colors right on the canvas. Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-610-2737 •

Marmot Art Space Mamot Art Space is a white-box gallery located in Spokane’s ever-so-trendy Kendall Yards. It’s an intimate, minimalist space, designed to allow the art to dominate the gallery. Look for emerging and established artists showing here, and the occasional party that spills out into the adjacent Adams Alley. Spokane, Wash. • 270-5804 •

New Moon Art Gallery

Not only does this artisan emporium have paintings, ceramics, scuptures, mosaics and metal art, it also sells artKolva-Sullivan Gallery This gallery shares an adjoining space to-wear fashion and hosts workshops. with Trackside Studio in a historic ware- Founded in 2012 as “Manic Moon and house space. Revolving shows feature More,” the gallery and artist co-op relohandcrafted pottery, paintings, instal- cated to the East Sprague Business Dislations and performance art, and it’s a trict in late 2015, where it continues to great spot to spend your First Friday. showcase more than 30 local artists, all Spokane, Wash. • 458-5517 • kolva-sul- with colorful, whimsical designs.Spokane, Wash. • 413-9101 •

Kress Gallery

Named to commemorate the historic Kress Building, this 2,650-square-foot room displays revolving collections of

Outskirts Gallery Situated on the northeastern shore of Lake Pend Oreille, Outskirts Gallery fea-

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tures 35 artists’ work, including plenty of plein-air pieces inspired by the beauty of the area. Hope, Idaho • 208-2645696 •

Pacific Flyway Gallery

It’s both a full-service art gallery and a custom framing shop that’s been in business for almost 30 years. You’ll find frameable pieces from regional and national artists like oil paintings, watercolors and pastels, but there are also 3-D pieces including woodcarvings, bronze and pottery. Spokane Valley, Wash. • 747-0812 • pacificflywaygallery.blogspot. com

Painter’s Chair Fine Art Gallery

Painter’s Chair caters to serious collectors with professional art consultants who can arrange private viewings, bring works of art to your home or office and do installation. Their collection includes paintings, sculptures and glasswork from nationally esteemed contemporary artists.Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208667-3606 •

Pend Oreille Arts Council Gallery

The POAC gallery started two summers ago in the arts council’s downtown building. The gallery houses a new show every five or six weeks during the year, usually with multimedia pieces from both aspiring and experienced artists.Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-6139


Pottery Place Plus

Just as the name indicates, Pottery Place Plus — located in the historic Liberty Building with Auntie’s Bookstore — has much more than just pottery. The artists who own and operate the shop also create metal, fiber and glasswork. Spokane, Wash. • 327-6920 •

Prichard Art Gallery at the University of Idaho

The Prichard Art Gallery serves both the university and Moscow community by hosting about 10 exhibitions each year. The exhibits, ranging from sculpture and painting to digital art and installation pieces, are usually accompanied by lectures and panel discussions. Moscow, Idaho • 208-885-6111 • galleries/prichardartgallery

Saranac Art Projects

This nonprofit brings together Inland Northwest artists to support and educate each other and the community. The space, filled with an assortment of pieces, provides a place for artists to network with each other and to have their work seen. Spokane, Wash. • 2305718 •

SFCC Fine Arts Gallery

By bringing in regional, national and international artists, SFCC’s fine arts


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.Post Falls, Idaho • 208-457-8950 •

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Third Street Gallery

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gallery educates and inspires both its students and the public. Exhibitions of various media and the accompanying lectures are always free and open to the community. Spokane, Wash. • 533-3710 • aspx?page=PV2

Spokane Art School

While Garland District arts landmark the Tinman Gallery closed its doors in the summer of 2014 due to the official retirement of owner/artist Susan Bradley, the next-door Spokane Art School continues to showcase and sell the work of esteemed local artists. In addition, find arts classes for all skill levels and in all types of media, from photography and drawing to painting and ceramics. Spokane, Wash. • 325-3001 •

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.Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-1201 •

If you find yourself inside Moscow’s historic City Hall building, be sure to take a peek at the upstairs Third Street Gallery. It stays stocked with rotating displays of work from both local and regional artists. Moscow, Idaho • 208883-7036 • gallery.aspx

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Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery 

Both a gallery and a working ceramic studio, Trackside’s home is in the historic warehouse district of Spokane. Studio owners and artists Chris Kelsey and Mark Moore display their work, sometimes along with other local artists, focusing on sculptural and functional ceramics. Spokane, Wash. • 8639904 •

Ward Tollbom’s Hen’s Tooth Studio 

At this gallery and frame shop (open Monday through Saturday) you’ll find local photography alongside watercolors and wildlife art. And if you need hunting or fishing advice, just ask Ward. He can tell you where to go to see a moose and find a good huckleberry patch, too. Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-3665 •

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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.Spokane, Wash. • 4843535 • williamgrantgalleryandframing. com

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Art for All Museums are not always indoors and exhibits don’t always require entrance fees BY BLYTHE THIMSEN


ublic art offers moments in a day to look at things differently, or to think of things differently,” says Laura Becker, executive director of Spokane Arts. Here is some of the area’s newest public art.


When construction kicked off on Riverfront Park in July 2016, the public gained murals painted on ping-pong tables. Debuting on July 8 to kick off construction for the redevelopment of the park, the murals will be up on construction fences during the duration of the construction, making for a much more visually appealing view than dirty construction curtains. “The hope is that there will be a field of pingpong tables, and people can play on public art,” says Becker of the murals’ ping-pong table format debut. “Then they will be reimagined throughout the summer.” Twenty tables-turned-murals are involved in this project. The only guidelines were that they be family-friendly and not political. “We find when we drill down on a theme, it isn’t as good as when we say, ‘Do what inspires you and represents your body of work,’” says Becker.


Artist Todd Benson’s new mural on the Maple Street Bridge is brightening the scene along the route. Located predominantly on the east side of the northbound lane of the bridge, with a smaller portion on the west side, the mural was painted in late July. As Spokane’s Waste to Energy Plant celebrates its 25th anniversary, this was a chance for Benson to highlight and honor the plant. “People put their trash out and don’t think about where it goes,” says Benson. “This is a chance to honor the people who work there and to be mindful about the work.”


Pay phones are a fading scene on the landscape of cities these days; however, three new phones were installed in August in the West Central neighborhood. Dialing different numbers allows you to hear personal stories of the neighborhood, based on writings done by West Central residents at Spark Central, an innovative local nonprofit education center. “It’s helping people respond to their place,” says Becker. “It’s a lovely and great experiment that blends so many different forms of art,” she says

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of the visual, written and audio art combined for this experience. Phones are located in the West Central Community Center parking lot, Dutch Jake’s Park, and near BATCH Bakeshop, and will be up for at least two months.


Thirteen of Spokane’s signal boxes were transformed into pieces of art last year and 19 new boxes got the artistic treatment in 2016, with installations taking place in April and May, coinciding with the “Cleaning the Corridor” neighborhood improvement on East Sprague. This year’s project showcases the artwork of 18 new artists. The city asked for a theme of “history and industry.” “We wanted to encourage artistic freedom with the designs,” says Ellen Picken, program manager for Spokane Arts Fund. “Each box is unique, from Morse code to abstract caribou.” Artists created digital designs, or scanned handmade artwork, and Standard Digital Printing printed and installed the vinyl wraps, as well as an antigraffiti coating. The selection of vinyl is easy to clean and even replace if any major damage is done. “From locals to visitors, we hear positive, even excited responses to the artwork,” says Picken. “They say, ‘Let’s cover them all!’” One box at a time, people. One box at a time.

Jeff Moore and his 11-year-old daughter Shelby play ping pong on a mural by Susan Webber at Riverfront Park during a July groundbreaking event for the park’s renovation. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

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Writing Renaissance Building on the success of local literary greats before them, newly published writers to the Spokane scene are taking it to the next level


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Local authors Shann Ray, opposite page, Kris Dinnison, left, Joseph Edwin Haeger, top right, and Shawn Vestal, bottom right.

ou can’t say anymore that the Inland Northwest is only known for a few big-name writers. These days, the list is long and growing. Yet it’s thanks in part to prior publishing pioneers like Jess Walter, Sherman Alexie (though a Seattle resident), and prolific young adult author Chris Crutcher that we’re in the midst of a writing renaissance, with more and more local names making their publishing debuts to widespread, positive acclaim. In the past year and a half alone, at least nine authors released their first novels from well-known publishing houses, including the following.

of-age friendship story called You and Me and Him, in July 2015 to praise from both literary journals and the regional writing community. Since the book came out, Dinnison has been hard at work drafting several other stories (some of which may or may not be next on her résumé), and has celebrated the release of You and Me and Him in paperback, and as a German translation. She’s also been nominated for the “Teen Top Ten” award, overseen by the Young Adult Library Services Association, for which nominees and winners are generated and voted on by young readers.



A true, modern renaissance man, Shann Ray (his actual name is Shann Ferch) is not only a published author — his debut novel American Copper came out in fall of 2015 — but a former professional basketball player, a family psychologist and a professor of leadership and forgiveness studies at Gonzaga University. An ode to the history and landscape of Montana, Ray’s home state, the novel is also a contemporary testament to the Western genre, with a timeline that spans from the 1860s to the 1930s. Recently, American Copper was honored with the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award for best first novel, along with an INDIEFAB Reader’s Choice Award, the latter presented by Foreword Reviews. The novel was also nominated for the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in the literary category.


The former English teacher and small business owner — she and husband Andy own local favorites Boo Radley’s and Atticus Coffee and Gifts — published her debut young adult novel, a coming-

This Spokane-based author’s debut memoir and novella Learn to Swim began as fragments scribbled down on napkins and other scraps. A collection of brief, universal moments of youth that we can all relate to, Haeger’s prose snapshots mostly focus on a relationship with his childhood best friend, whose death seven years ago initially inspired Haeger to put pen to paper. “I was terrified of forgetting him,” Haeger says. Published by the esteemed University of Hell Press in Portland, Learn to Swim was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize, one of the most honored accolades presented each year to recognize outstanding work by writers published in small presses.


After nearly two decades of writing short fiction on the side of numerous newspaper jobs, SpokesmanReview columnist Shawn Vestal finally landed his debut novel Daredevils, released in the first half of 2016. Published on the heels of his award-winning short story collection, Godforsaken Idaho, which

won the prestigious PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, the Mormon-raised Vestal (he left the church as a teenager) mined his memories of the strict, conservative norms from an upbringing in southern Idaho. While not autobiographical, Daredevils’ tale set in that region centers on two young people trying to escape the restrictions of small-town life and the church in the mid-1970s. Vestal craftily juxtaposes these characters’ trials against narrative interludes from the perspective of famed stuntman Evel Knievel.

ALSO CHECK OUT THESE LOCAL WRITERS’ NEWEST WORKS: Award-winning young adult writer Stephanie Oakes’ novel about a girl who escapes a religious cult in remote Montana, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, was released in June 2015. Eastern Washington University creative writing professor Samuel Ligon published a gripping new novel in April 2016 titled Among the Dead and Dreaming. Spokane author Sharma Shields’ fantastical story The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac, published in January 2015. Spokane native Sarah Hulse, who publishes under the name S.M. Hulse, also released her award-winning, debut novel in January 2015; the haunting Western, Black River.




Spin Local

Four made-in-Spokane albums you should be listening to BY LAURA JOHNSON

Clockwise, from left: Kevin Cameron of Silver Treason, the band’s album; The Smokes; Peru Resh; and The Flying Spiders.


ith so many music options coming at you these days, it’s tough to be discerning with your listening time. Let us assure you that the new tunes being released in the Inland Northwest are absolutely worth your time. Here’s a mixed-genre selection of local CDs which have come out in the past year that you should to pay attention to.


THE GOLDEN AGE OF SILVER TREASON It took six years together as a band, but Silver Treason finally released their debut album earlier this year. With The Golden Age of Silver Treason, you get a variety of some of their best twangy tunes. The four-piece effortlessly blends punk, country and bluegrass into a yee-hawin’ cohesive experience — one that even people who aren’t fans of pop country can enjoy. Lyrics here, written by frontman Kevin Cameron, are whip-smart and fly by at rapid speed. Catch ‘em if you can. WHERE TO LISTEN:


Peru Resh is a new Spokane punk supergroup of sorts, featuring members of Phlegm Fatale, 66beat and Ze Krau (among many other bands they’ve been in), and after releasing a bunch of consecutive singles, the group has released a killer six-song EP. Starting with “Time For Endings” and ending with “Magazine Idea,” the three-piece’s songs are short little nuggets covering topics like E.T. and telling the truth. The music is straightforward and catchy, and if

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you have an extremely low attention span, this is the EP for you, clocking in at about 10 minutes total. Then it’s all over, and you’ll be wishing for more. WHERE TO LISTEN:


You’ll notice this cover art. The Smokes’ first fulllength album features a picture of the velvet black Jesus painting hanging at Neato Burrito, a local joint where the band frequently plays its brand of grungy, hard-hitting punk-rock blues music (yes, they’re are all of these things). But everything about the 13-track album is noticeable. Here, guitarist Himes Alexander and drummer Matt Slater, cousins and Spokane natives, sing back and forth or together about things like race relations and women. This is a group, and album, that sticks out in all the right ways. WHERE TO LISTEN:


THE PILLAGING EFFIGY After losing their fearless leader Isamu “Som” Jordan in 2013, Flying Spiders decided to continue on. Now a glimpse of what Spokane’s own hip-hop orchestra has been up to since can be heard on The Pillaging Effigy, which was released at a raucous Bing Crosby Theater show in October 2015. Get ready to celebrate Spokane (“Sun Dwellers,” which spells out the city name) and real life (“Introduction (Let’s Remember)”) while listening to the fun horn section and melodies this album provides. Lyrics are, as per tradition, uplifting and cuss-word-free. WHERE TO LISTEN:



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Visit one or all of the Inland Northwest’s many museums to learn more about the history of the region, the people and animals that live here

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. EMMA ROGERS PHOTO

APPALOOSA MUSEUM & HERITAGE CENTER  Go on a self-led exploration through a theater, library and exhibits all about the Appaloosa horse. Discover the important relationship between the spotted equine and the Nez Perce Indians, and learn more about the modern-day Appaloosa Horse Club. 2720 W. Pullman Rd., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-5578 •

JAPANESE CULTURAL CENTER  Explore Japanese culture through books, newspapers, videos and other items displayed throughout the center at the Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute. Also the American campus for the Mukogawa Women’s University in Japan, the cultural center reaches out to both international and regional audiences to promote global friendship and peace.


4000 W. Randolph Rd. • 328-2971 •

JUNDT ART MUSEUM Located on Gonzaga University’s campus, this fine art museum’s galleries often feature traveling exhibits alongside regular showcases of the university’s growing permanent art collection, which includes a stunning glass installation by Dale Chihuly, famous prints, paintings, tapestries and more. 200 E. Desmet Ave. • 313-6843 • jundt

MOBIUS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Mobius Kids has been bringing handson science, art and culture activities to Spokane kiddos for more than a decade now. Stop by the convenient River Park Square location and spend an afternoon making crafts, playing with crit-

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MOBIUS SCIENCE CENTER Mobius Science Center has now reopened in the Post Street Annex of the Washington Water Power building downtown, next to Riverfront Park. With its reopening in July came the “Bodies Human: Anatomy in Motion” exhibit, a display of real human specimens preserved through a process of replacing bodily fluids with reactive plastics, called plastination. “Bodies Human” will be on display at Mobius through the end of 2016. 331 N. Post St. • 321-7133 •

NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF ARTS AND CULTURE Art and regional history unite at Spokane’s most renowned museum, also the home of the Eastern Washington State Historical Society. Visitors to the museum can enjoy both longterm and rotating exhibits in the MAC’s five galleries, which are complemented by an always-changing offering of educational workshops and classes for all ages. 2316 W. First Ave. • 456-3931 • northwestmuseum. org


things like radio waves or how 3-D printing works. Or sign the kids up for a daily lesson or a summer camp to learn about robots, animals or kitchen chemistry while you attend one of the museum’s science pubs — informal discussions about a variety science topics at nearby Paradise Creek Brewery. 950 NE Nelson Ct., Pullman, Wash. • 332-6869 •

SPOKANE VALLEY HERITAGE MUSEUM  This small museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, and exhibit the history and culture of the Spokane Valley. The Heritage Museum hosts a mix of local and regional history exhibits, like a recent look into the life of Washington Territory’s first Governor, Isaac Stevens, along with traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian. 12114 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 922-4570 •


MUSEUM OF ART WSU Located in the Fine Arts Building on Washington State University’s main Pullman campus, the Museum of Art hosts exhibits by esteemed guest artists from around the world, along with regularly schedules exhibitions showcasing the university’s own talented faculty and students. Wilson Rd., Pullman, Wash. • 335-1910 •

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Best of Broadway

It’s called the Best of Broadway for a reason — this theater series brings all the greatest broadway shows to Spokane, convenient for all resident broadway aficionados. This season brings a range of shows, including three currently playing on Broadway; Beautiful, Kinky Boots and Phantom of the Opera. The 2016-2017 season also includes classics like Pippin, Cinderella and Annie. Mamma Mia fans take note — it’s coming to Spokane this season on its farewell tour. Spokane, Wash. • 7776253 •”

Blue Door Theatre

a new venue soon helped fill that void. The downtown Spokane Comedy Club hasn’t let local fans down so far, bringing in a long list of nationally known and local/regional funny folks. For its first few months of operations, big names in the biz including Craig Robinson, Marc Maron, Chris D’Elia and Iliza Shlesinger made our sides ache, along with many others. Also catch open mic nights and other one-off events when a big name isn’t stopping through.Spokane, Wash. • 318-9998 •

Spokane Valley Summer Theatre

Spokane’s home for improv comedy lies at the Blue Door. Improve (or make) improv skills in classes for youth, teen and adults, go to performances on Friday and Saturday nights or even participate in an improv lab on every first Tuesday. Make sure to check their website before you bring along the kids — not all the shows could be considered Rated G. Spokane, Wash. • 747-7045 •”

With its inaugural season in the summer of 2016, the Spokane Valley Summer Theatre is off and running. Its firstyear line-up included peformances of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Oliver! and Bring it On. Kids can join in through SVST’s acting conservancy program, too, with sessions for all ages. Performances take place at the state-of-theart Central Valley Performing Arts Center at CV High School. Spokane, Wash. • 368-7879 •

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Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater

After Spokane lost its longtime spot Uncle D’s Comedy Club in early 2016,

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tion and one of the few groups to bring Broadway musicals to the panhandle. As part of its 2016 season, patrons enjoyed three mainstage shows: Peter and the Starcatcher, The Little Mermaid and The Music Man. Look for 2017 schedule to be announced in the spring. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-660-2958 •

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Ignite! Community Theater

Between dance concerts, Broadway productions and senior projects, the Gonzaga theatre department constantly fills their Magnuson Theatre with artistic activity. Spokane, Wash. • 313-6553 •

This community theater lives up to its name — Ignite! is all about getting the community involved with every part of putting on a show. In addition to performances, they host the annual Playwrights Festival Showcase, giving writers in Spokane a chance to get their work onstage. The 2016-2017 season includes On Shaky Ground by local radio personality Molly Allen, Farce of Nature, Tuesdays with Morrie, Scotland Road and Casting for Murder. Spokane Valley, Wash. • 795-0004 •”

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Liberty Lake Community Theatre

Christian Youth Theatre in Spokane and North Idaho has options for spectators and aspiring actors: you can take classes and perform in shows during the school year as well as participate in a number of camps over the summer. Audience members can buy tickets for shows shown in Spokane and North Idaho theaters throughout the year. Spokane, Wash. • 487-6540 • | Dalton Gardens, Idaho •

This community theater prides itself on involving the whole community — especially all-ages. It showcases musicals, readers’ theaters, improv and shows throughout the year.Liberty Lake, Wash. • 342-2055 • libertylaketheatre. com

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Pend Oreille Playhouse Newport, Washington’s community playhouse strives to offer opportunities for everyone to learn and perform, hosting playwrights festivals, musicals and other performances throughout the year. The 2016-2017 lineup includes Choices, The Little Mermaid and A Christmas Carol. Newport, Wash. • 447-9900 •

Sixth Street Theater and Melodrama This Wallace, Idaho, theater may have started as a summer theater, but now productions make the stage year-round. It’s known around here for its regular melodrama productions, filled with over-the-top sensationalism, stereoptypes and improvisation, and many performances are totally original creations. Wallace, Idaho • 208-752-8871 •

Spokane Children’s Theatre Spokane Children’s Theatre prides itself as one of few completely indepedently sponsored community children’s theaters. Look for productions of Shrek, Scrooge, Henry and Ramona, Robin Hood, Bye, Bye Birdie, The Jungle Book and Schoolhouse Rock


The Civic has won many a “best of” award for its outstanding productions through the years. Coming up for its landmark 70th season, happening through the middle of 2017, are performances of some major classics on the mainstage, including Beauty and the Beast, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Kiss Me Kate. In the studio theater, catch The Rocky Horror Show and The Taming of the Shrew. Spokane, Wash. • 325-2507 •

Retired physicist Bob Nelson wanted to bring offbeat, politically edgy plays to Spokane, so he started up Stage Left Theater in 2013. In a small space downtown that seats 80, Nelson lets small groups perform without too many rules and sneaks in some performances himself, too. Spokane, Wash. • 838-9727 •

University of Idaho Department of Theater Arts Along with full productions staged each year, the theater department puts on the Festival of One-Act Plays with premieres of student-written and directed plays. Other events include the 10 Minute Play Festival and White Tie Improv. Moscow, Idaho • 208-885-6465 • theatre

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Whitworth University Theatre Department The Whitworth University Theatre Department features two annual main-stage productions, a festival of short plays, a musical every other year, as well as solo, dance and touring theatre performances yearround. Spokane, Wash. • 777-3707 •

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The Moscow Art Theatre (Too) opened in 2011 inside an old grain silo. Since then, they’ve upgraded to the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center in downtown Moscow as their main performance space.Moscow, Idaho • 208-918-1882 •

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d’Alene) merged in late 2014 to become The Modern Theater, with locations in both towns. New for the 2015-16 season, the nonprofit, semi-professional theater offered a summertime lineup of plays when the stage previously had been dark. Coming up for the 2016-17 season are local stagings of major hits including Chicago and American Idiot, along with a few classics.Spokane, Wash. • 455-7529 | Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-676-7529 •

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Music & Dance

Catch a performance, attend an event, or get involved with one of the area’s many music and dance ensembles

COEUR D’ALENE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA  With more than 30 years of performing classical pieces, the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra is one of the region’s leading arts organizations. 2775 N. Howard St., Suite 2, Coeur d’Alene • 208-765-3833 •

CONNOISSEUR CONCERTS Connoisseur Concerts is the organization behind both the annual Northwest Bach Festival and Mozart on a Summer’s Eve series, as well as multiple educational and outreach performances throughout the region. Organized in 1970, the Spokane-based non-profit brings world-class classical musicians like Zuill Bailey to the area, along with showcasing local talent. 326-4942 •

FESTIVAL DANCE AND PERFORMING ARTS ASSOCIATION  Part of the University of Idaho, Festival Dance reaches communities within

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North Idaho and Eastern Washington by both hosting performances and offering dance instruction in a variety of styles. 1060 Rayburn St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-883-3267 •

HOLY NAMES MUSIC CENTER This nonprofit music center recognizes the importance of music in people’s lives, as well as the cultural and economic well-being of the community. That’s why Holy Names Music Center teaches music to all ages, abilities and income levels through its offerings of private lessons, summer camps and special programs. 3910 W. Custer Dr. • 326-9516 •

INLAND EMPIRE BLUES SOCIETY Dedicated to their favorite musical style, the Inland Empire Blues Society is a nonprofit organization that seeks to support, preserve and promote blues music through concerts, festivals and social events. 534-8185 •

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INLAND NORTHWEST DANCE ASSOCIATION  This nonprofit organization consists of dance instructors, studio owners and dance educators who’ve come together to promote the art of dance throughout the Inland Northwest. INDA offers master classes taught by visiting Broadway performers and is the host of the annual Inland Northwest Performing Arts Festival, which showcases all styles of dance alongside fellow creative and artistic performers. 927-0972 •

NORTHWEST SACRED MUSIC CHORALE The chorale performs sacred, classical and secular pieces, and exists to promote the highest standards in choral performance. The group also hosts an annual Young Artist Competition, for which young artists have the chance to win a scholarship and perform at a concert. 1902 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Coeur d’Alene • 208-446-2333 •

OPERA COEUR D’ALENE  Founded more than 15 years ago, Opera Coeur d’Alene seeks to bring great artists and music to the Inland Northwest. During the summer, catch a performance while cruising the lake during the seasonal Opera on the Lake series. 501 Lakeside Dr., Coeur d’Alene • 800-418-1485 x1 •

SPOKANE AREA YOUTH CHOIRS Founded in 1987, this choir organization serves the region’s young singers, from age 7 to 18. In addition to weekly rehearsals, choir members also have the opportunity to perform in the group’s annual concert series, as well as in various performances with regional and local artists. 411 S. Washington St. • 624-7992 •

specifically music and dance. One of the group’s main activities is contra dancing, a dance specific to the New England region. Throughout the year, the Spokane Folklore Society hosts several contra dancing events, but its annual showcase is the annual Fall Folk Festival, a region-wide celebration of the folk arts. 747-2640 •


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SPOKANE JAZZ ORCHESTRA  The oldest, continually-performing and community-supported 17-piece big band in America, the Spokane Jazz Orchestra brings both performances and jazz music education to the Inland Northwest. The SJO hosts four annual concerts, each showcasing a different musical guest as the headlining performer. 838-2671 •



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Presented by the Spokane Chamber Music Association, the longstanding quartet includes two violinists, a cellist and a violist who come together to play a regular concert series featuring local composers and music from the Moldenhauer Archives. Performances are at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. • 998-2261 •

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SPOKANE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA  The city’s 70-piece professional orchestra is committed to its mission of providing orchestral performances and educational opportunities to residents of the Inland Northwest, staying true to its belief that orchestral music nurtures the human spirit and is integral to the preservation and development of culture. The Symphony performs a variety of concerts throughout each season that cater to a range of ages, interests and even concertgoers’ budgets. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. • 6241200 •

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he Best of Broadway series has a reputation for bringing the kind of spectacular, big-name musical theater once exclusive to New York’s Great White Way right to the stage of Spokane’s INB Performing Arts Center. But it takes time for those massive touring productions to make their way across the country, which means that local audiences rarely get to experience the thrill of a Broadway production until its lights have gone dark on the East Coast. Not this season. Three of the five shows in the 2016-17 Best of Broadway lineup are enjoying concurrent runs on Broadway, and one (Pippin) has only just left. “In my 29-year career of doing this, I have to think it’s the first time that three shows have been running simultaneously on Broadway,” says Jack Lucas, president of WestCoast Entertainment. “We’ve had a few years when one or two may have been running on Broadway simultaneously, but never this many. It’s wonderful for Spokane.”

Kinky Boots runs Feb. 28-March 4, 2017. MATHEW MURPHY PHOTO BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL (Nov. 8-13, 2016) is an awardwinning jukebox bio-musical that depicts the early career of the singer-songwriter who would climb the pop charts with hits like “It’s Too Late,” “I Feel the Earth Move” and “Jazzman.” Starting with her humble origins in Brooklyn, Beautiful deals with King’s prolific songwriting partnership with Gerry Goffin, their tumultuous marriage, and her flourishing independence in its wake. Along the way it touches on King’s friendship with another husband-and-wife songwriting duo, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, with all the earworms you’d expect. Based on the 2005 film starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and rooted in real-life events, KINKY BOOTS (Feb. 28-March 4, 2017) tells the story of how a struggling shoe manufacturer was saved by a drag queen who understood the market for a stylish, well-crafted boot. The musical is set in England and Italy, but its themes of prejudice, loyalty and measuring up to the expectations of family and friends are universal. Its music is by ’80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper; its book was written by Harvey Fierstein of Hairspray and La Cage aux Folles fame. Unlike Beautiful and Kinky Boots, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (June 28-July 9, 2017) has been enjoying a long life both on and off Broadway ever since it debuted in 1986. Veteran producer Cameron Mackintosh has pulled out all the stops for a bigger, better, bolder production of the classic musical, with new scenic design, new costuming, new choreography and new staging, while retaining the celebrated score and special effects. Its equally grand cast and orchestra make this eerie tale of an angelic soprano and a ghostly, grotesque composer one of the largest touring productions you might hope to see. “Over the years we’ve pulled off some pretty monumental feats,” Lucas says, and he considers this to be one of them. “This year is a good example of what I would call a very solid Best of Broadway season. For me, every season is important and every show we do is of high quality, but there are certain years where everything clicks. It takes a lot of coordination, a lot of relationships.” ANNUAL MANUAL 2016-2017 THE INLANDER |



A Year in Talking Heads They’re kind of a big deal BY LAURA REGESTER Ami Vitale is coming to the INB on Oct. 26 as part of National Geographic Live!

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ASHLEY JUDD: YWCA Women of Achievement Impact Luncheon

Judd is an actress, author and social advocate. Most of her humanitarian work has centered around the AIDS pandemic, global poverty awareness and women’s equality. She’s the daughter of country singer Naomi Judd and sister of country singer Wynonna Judd.

This annual event during Domestic Violence Awareness Month celebrates the accomplishments of women leaders throughout the community and raises awareness of domestic abuse. All proceeds support the YWCA’s services for domestic violence victims and their children.

$125 donation

Oct. 7, 11:30 am; The Davenport Grand

FAREED ZAKARIA: Whitworth President’s Leadership Forum

Yale and Harvard grad Zakaria is the host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Global Public Square, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, a columnist for the Washington Post and a New York Times bestselling author. He is a well-known foreign policy adviser, and he’s won many awards for his journalism.

Whitworth’s annual series brings a diverse range of speakers to Spokane, aiming to help the community engage in civil discourse and inspire action with regard to contemporary issues.


Oct. 11, 7:30 am; Spokane Convention Center


One of the featured speakers this year is Zachary Maxwell, a New York teen whose film Yuck! A 4th Grader’s Short Documentary About School Lunch, has played at film festivals worldwide. Now he aims to challenge institutional norms with his filmmaking. His talk will focus on how young people can effect change in government.

This annual event aims to bring the TED philosophy of spreading “ideas worth sharing” to Spokane. It highlights leaders, thinkers, researchers and inventors and their accomplishments in the region and beyond.


Oct. 22; St. George’s School

AMI VITALE: National Geographic Live!

Montana-based photojournalist Vitale has traveled to more than 90 countries, living in mud huts, visiting war zones and witnessing the many plights of humanity and wildlife. Her photos have appeared in galleries and museums around the world and in nearly every major international publication.

Vitale’s talk, titled “Rhinos, Rickshaws & Revolutions: My Search for Truth,” is about her global explorations, the connection between humanity and nature, and her belief in “living the story” as a photojournalist.


Oct. 26, 7 pm; INB Performing Arts Center

ANTHONY MARRA: Spokane Is Reading

Marra is a New York Times-bestselling author and a lecturer at Stanford University. His most recent work, The Tsar of Love and Techno, which the event will focus on, is an acclaimed collection of intertwined short stories set in the former Soviet Union.

Spokane Is Reading is one of the longest-running community reading events in Washington. Organized by the Spokane County Library District, the Spokane Public Library and Auntie’s Bookstore, the event is designed to celebrate authors and encourage reading in the region.


Oct. 27, 1 pm; Spokane Valley Event Center: 7 pm, The Bing Crosby Theater

BRIAN SKERRY: National Geographic Live!

Skerry is one of the world’s top underwater photographers and a leading voice for marine conservation. Over the past 30 years, he’s spent more than 10,000 hours underwater, exploring for stories that highlight environmental problems that plague our oceans.

His talk, titled “Ocean Soul,” focuses on his 2011 book of the same title — a retrospective of his photographs that explore the world’s oceans, from the commercially hunted harp seals in the glacial waters of the North Atlantic to the damaged coral ecosystems of the central Pacific.


Feb. 8, 7 pm; INB Performing Arts Center

HILAREE O’NEILL: National Geographic Live!

Born and raised in the Northwest, O’Neill is a professional ski mountaineer and North Face athlete. She has traveled to some of the most exotic mountain ranges on earth, and she was the first woman to climb two 8,000-meter peaks (Everest and Lhotse) in 24 hours.

Titled “Point of No Return,” O’Neill’s talk focuses on a 300-mile mountaineering expedition she led in 2014 to determine if the summit of Hkakabo Razi in Myanmar was Southeast Asia’s highest point. The treacherous journey involved many dangers and extreme physical and emotional tolls.


March 15, 7 pm; INB Performing Arts Center

CHARLIE HAMILTON JAMES: National Geographic Live!

A critically acclaimed English photojournalist and filmmaker, Hamilton James works to expose the “brillance of nature” in his work. He specializes in kingfishers and otters, but he has photographed and filmed wildlife around the world, with his work featured frequently in National Geographic and on the BBC.

Hamilton James’ presentation, “I Bought A Rainforest” recounts his many journeys in the Amazon, including his discovery of an illegal coca plantation on the plot of land he purchased in Peru. The talk also covers his subsequent work in Yellowstone National Park and a peek into his latest project in Tanzania’s Serengeti.


April 26, 7 pm; INB Performing Arts Center


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AAA Washington. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Abi’s Ice Cream. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Anemone Paper Florist. . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Anthony’s at Riverstone. . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Anthony’s at Spokane Falls . . . . . . . . . 73 Anthony’s Beach Cafe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Appleway Florist & Greenhouses . . . . 173 Aracelia’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Arbor Crest Wine Cellars . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Ardy’s Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201 Artworks Coeur d’Alene. . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Audrey’s Boutique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Auntie’s Bookstore. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Avista. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Baker Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Bike Hub, The. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193 Blackbird. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Blood Center Foundation. . . . . . . . . . 229 Bloomsday Association . . . . . . . 174, 230

EWU Get Lit!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212, 230 EWU-Marketing & Communications . . 3 Family Medicine Liberty Lake & Healthy Living. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Fery’s Catering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Festival At Sandpoint . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230 Fisherman’s Market & Grill. . . . . . . . . . 65 The Fox Theater. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Fredrick, Pam - Realtor . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Garageland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Geno’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Gilded Unicorn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Gonzaga Young Child Expo & Conference . 160 Gonzaga Education Department . . . . . 2 Gonzaga Preparatory School . . . . . . . . 51 Gonzaga University School of Education, MBA. . . . . . . . . 9 Grandview Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

Mom’s Custom Tattoo & Body Piercing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Moon Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Moose Knuckle BBQ Burgers & Brew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201 No-Li Brewhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 North by Northwest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Northern Quest Resort & Casino. . . . 4,112 Northwest Museum Of Arts And Culture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227 Northwest Seed And Pet . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Numerica. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16,17 nYne Bar & Bistro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Observatory, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Oldcastle Precast. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 One Tree Hard Cider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Orlison Brewing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 OutSpokane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230 OXARC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158

ADVERTISER INDEX The Air Force’s Thunderbirds squadron performs at Skyfest at Fairchild Air Force Base. Blue Door Theatre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211 Bluebird - A Midtown Eatery. . . . . . . . 121 Boo Radley’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Brain Freeze Creamery. . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Browne’s Tavern. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Butcher Shop, The. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Caffe Affagato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Cannons Edge on Greenbluff. . . . . . . 149 Casey Family Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Casper Fry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Cat’s Meow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149 Catholic Charities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230 Cellar @ 317 Sherman, The. . . . . . . . . . 82 Cello. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 CenterPlace Regional Event Center. 150 Chocolate Apothecary . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Christy Branson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224 Cinder. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233 Coeur D’ Alene Casino . . . . 195-196, 238 Community Cancer Fund. . . . . . . 35, 228 Community Colleges Of Spokane. . . . 55 Core Pilates & Wellness . . . . . . . . . . . 166 CorkHouse Kitchen + Bar. . . . . . . . . . 140 Craftsman Cellars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Crispin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Custer Enterprises. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224 Davenport-Agency, Wedding . . . . . . . 152 Dix, Suzy - Realtor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Doma Coffee Roasting Co . . . . . . . . . . 101 Durkin’s Liquor Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Eide Bailly, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 El Katif Shriners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225, 228 El Que. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Elk Public House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56, 230 Elkins Resort. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

Green Light. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236 Green Nugget. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235 Halletts Chocolates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Hay J’s Bistro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Hayden Homes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Hill’s Restaurant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Horizon Credit Union. . . . . . . . . . . . 161,213 Incubator at Steel Barrel. . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Indaba Coffee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108,110 Iron Goat Brewing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Jacobs Upholstery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Jersey Mike’s Subs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Judy’s Enchanted Garden. . . . . . . . . . . 173 Kendall Yards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Kiemle & Hagood Property Management. . . . . . . . . . 163 Kitchen Engine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163, 228 Kizuri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Knight EZ Dock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197 Laguna Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Le Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 Legacy Animal Medical Center . . . . . 140 Liberty Lake Liquor & Wine. . . . . . . . 140 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival . . . . . . 229 Lucky Leaf. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236 Luigi’s Italian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Madeleine’s Cafe & Patisserie . . . . . . . 62 Madison Building, The. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Main Market Co-op . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Manito Tap House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Mark’s Marine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199 Max at Mirabeau Park Hotel. . . . . . . . . 65 Mediterrano. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Merlyn’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Mobius Science Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182


Palm Court Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Panida Theatre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219 Patsy Clark Mansion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 Piccolo Pizza. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Piece of Mind/Satori . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232 Pinot’s Palette. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211 Pints & Corks Alehouse and Wine Bar. . . . . . . . . . 125 Plant Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Plese Printing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Post Falls Brewing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Post Street Ale House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Potters Guild. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223 PowderKeg Inlander Brew Festival . 109 Priest Lake Chamber Of Commerce. . . . . . . . . 201 Red Lion Hotel at the Park. . . . . . . . . . . 7 Renew Float Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Reserve, The. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce. . . . . . . . . . 218 River City Brewing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 River Park Square . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Roast House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Robert Karl Cellars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Rock City Grill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Rockwood Health System . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Ronald McDonald House Charities. . 230 Royal’s Cannabis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234 Runge Furniture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Safari Room Fresh Grill and Bar . . . . . 73 Satori . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233 Saint George’s School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Sandpoint Chamber Of Commerce . 203 Saranac Public House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

Sativa Sisters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .235 Scenic Half Marathon . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194 Senator, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211 Sierra Silver Mine Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . 230 Spa Paradiso. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Spencer’s Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Spokane Arts Fund . . . . . . . . . . . 209, 228 Spokane Boat Show . . . . . . 197-203, 229 Spokane City Credit Union. . . . . . . . . . 185 Spokane Convention Center . . . . . . . . 151 Spokane Bike Swap. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230 Spokane Entertainers Guild. . . . . . . . 223 Spokane Green Leaf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234 Spokane Home Builders Association. . . . . . . . . 31, 228 Spokane International Film Festival. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212, 229 Spokane Marathon, The . . . . . . . . . . . 228 Spokane Symphony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204 Spokane Tribe Of Indians. . . . . . . . . . 10,11 Stacks at Steam Plant , . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Stan Craft Marine Center . . . . . . . . . . 199 Star Financial & Insurance Services . . 29 Steady Flow Growler House . . . . . . . . 97 Steam Plant Brewing Co & Pub. . . . . . 99 Stray. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Susan G. Komen For the Cure Eastern Washington. . . 219, 229 Swinging Doors, The. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Table 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 The Fox Theater. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 This Bike Life. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 Thrifty Car Rental & Sales. . . . . . . . . . . 143 Tin Roof. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146,147 Tobler Marina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199 Toe Tubs & More. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Toker Friendly. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233 Tom Sawyer Country Coffee . . . . . . . 169 Tomato Street. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Tossed & Found . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Transitions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228 Tri-State Outfitters. . . . . . . . . . . . . 185, 193 Trudeaus Marina. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197 Two Seven Public House. . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Ugly Fish Asian Bistro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Ulrick’s Transmissions & Service Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 University of Idaho . . . . . . . . . 47,49, 229 University of Washington. . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Urban Canine, The. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Va Piano Vineyards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Valleyfest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228 Veraci Pizza. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Vintage Rabbit Anique Mall. . . . . . . . . 148 Visit Spokane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Walk Shoppe, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Wandering Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Washington State Quilters. . . . . . . . . 228 Well-Read Moose, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 WestCoast Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . ��������������������������������������� 217,221, 229, 230 Westside Motorsports. . . . . . . . . . 191, 199 Whitworth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Whiz Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Windfall Thrift care of St. John’s Cathedral. . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Winston Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25,43 Wintersport. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 Wonders Of The World. . . . . . . . 163, 228 WSU Spokane. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Yards, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Zola. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110



A Guide to the Legal Cannabis Marketplace of Eastern Washington



KEEPING KIDS SAFE Marijuana use is illegal for anyone under 21, and research confirms that marijuana is not healthy for kids. The Washington Poison Center is also reporting record numbers of pot-related calls. There are two campaigns to help parents talk to their kids: the Washington State Department of Health’s “Listen 2 Your Selfie” campaign (; and the Spokane Regional Health District’s “Weed to Know” (


BUSINESS IS BOOMING Whatever you think about legalization, it’s quickly become a gold rush of new businesses, jobs and taxes for Washington. In 2015, total sales clocked in at $500 million; in the first six months of 2016, they were already at $500 million. State analysts expect the sector to contribute more than $1 billion in taxes between 2016 and 2019. The arrow is pointing up.


A NATIONAL DISCUSSION? In the presidential race, the question of legalizing marijuana has come up here and there. But among state officials across the nation, the income to state coffers in places like Washington and Colorado has attracted lots of attention. Depending on who takes office in January, national legalization may become a question for Congress.


NEW RULES FOR MEDICAL PATIENTS Washington’s Cannabis Patient Protection Act went into effect in July of 2016, and medical patients need to understand the changes. Yes, your physician’s referral is still valid — and many retailers now hold an authorization to provide you with advice. And if you register with the state’s database, you can avoid the state’s 8 percent sales tax. Learn more at


AN EXPLOSION OF PRODUCTS The past couple of years have seen all kinds of processors offer a dizzying array of new ways to use cannabis, from elixirs to edibles to topicals — it’s in everything from breath mints to tomato soup. Fewer users want to smoke these days, and processors are meeting that demand in creative, new ways.


Marijuana is legal for adults 21 and older under Washington State law (e.g., RCW 69.50, RCW 69.51A, HB0001 Initiative 502 and Senate Bill 5052). State law does not preempt federal law; possessing, using, distributing and selling marijuana remains illegal under federal law. In Washington state, consuming marijuana in public, driving while under the influence of marijuana and transporting marijuana across state lines are all illegal. Marijuana has intoxicating effects; there may be health risks associated with its consumption, and it may be habit-forming. It can also impair concentration, coordination and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug. Keep out of reach of children. For more information, consult the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board at

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