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NORTHWEST LIVING

WINTER/SPRING | 2023

&

HOME

GARDEN

To Fix or to Build?

What’s Trending in 2023

Transition from Winter

to Spring

THE NATURE

OF ART


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check out our Online Farm Store for great quality products.

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SANDPOINT

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WINTER/SPRING 2023 EDITION

pg.40

WHAT’S TRENDING

IN 2023

A WONDERLAND OF POSSIBILITIES

FEATURED CONTENT

pg.48

TRANSITION FROM

WINTER TO SPRING

PREPPING FOR THE COMING SUN

pg.56

THE NATURE OF ART

INSPIRING HUMANITY

pg.124

AND TO ALL A

GOOD GIFT

FIND JUST THE RIGHT GIFT FOR

YOUR LOVED ONES, NO MATTER

THE TIME OF YEAR

8 REAL NORTHWEST LIVING


PREMIUM BUILDERS

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CONTENTS

WINTER/SPRING 2023

22

39

LOCAL EXPERTS

FINANCIAL FOCUS

Should you consolidate your

retirement accounts?

24

LIVING HER PURPOSE

North Idaho Realtor guides clients in

navigating the local real estate market

24

40

48

HOME & GARDEN

TO FIX OR TO BUILD?

The pros and cons of investing in

a fixer-upper versus a new build

WHAT’S TRENDING IN 2023

Top 10 interior design and décor

trends for your home

TRANSITION FROM WINTER

TO SPRING

Prepping for the coming sun

40 48

56

66

68

77

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

56

78

84

THE NATURE OF ART

Inspiring humanity

LIGHTS ON IN LITTLE

CARNEGIE!

Music Conservatory of Sandpoint

presents a feast for the ears

BRINGING COMMUNITY

TOGETHER

Annual winter and spring events

you don't want to miss!

HEALTH & BEAUTY

DISCOVER THE BEST VERSION

OF YOU WITH SARAH

HAMILTON FACE

Two state-of-the-art locations offer

dynamic and highly experienced

team and top technology

AESTHETIC LASERS

The beauty of science

BODY BEAUTIFUL

Top non-invasive body sculpting

and contouring treatments for your

aesthetic goals

10 REAL NORTHWEST LIVING

@realnorthwestliving | Visit RealNorthwestLiving.com and sign up for our E-Newsletter!


LET US GUIDE YOU

home

Movement is natural. People have always traveled to try and capture new opportunities available to them in

new areas. Brenda Burk has been helping folks make this transition in the Inland Northwest for over a decade

and has created lasting friendships through her work. Brenda has an energy that she uses with every client

she works with. This energy she brings to the table has helped her place in the top 2% of Coldwell Banker

agents worldwide year after year. Reach out to Brenda to let her put her energy to work for you!

PROUDLY Serving North Idaho & Eastern Washington

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116

122

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FINEST EATS

FROM SANDPOINT

TO SPOKANE … AND

EVERYWHERE IN BETWEEN

Great dining awaits!

NORTH IDAHO EATS

Pull Up a Chair: North Idaho

hospitality and delicious cuisine

awaits at area restaurants

SPOKANE, WA EATS

Take a Seat: Experience both

traditional and unique flavors

at the Spokane area's delightful

dining establishments

SIP & SAVOR

A TASTE OF THE INLAND

NORTHWEST WINE AND

BEER SCENE

Options abundant across

Spokane and North Idaho

A LOVE OF WINEMAKING

Father/Daughter Duo Creating

a Family Legacy

130

124

130

GIFT GUIDE

AND TO ALL A GOOD GIFT

Find just the right gift for your loved

ones, no matter the time of year

TRAVEL

EXPLORE CARLSBAD,

CALIFORNIA – THE VILLAGE BY

THE SEA

Discover small-town charm with all

the amenities of a big city

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140

146

156

A SEASONAL TABLE

SIMPLE RECIPES FOR THE

SEASON

Vibrant and easy recipes to please

any crowd

SIZZLE EATS AND DRINKS

Your one-stop guide to the Inland

Northwest's best dining and imbibing

FINAL THOUGHTS

CONTENTS

WINTER/SPRING 2023

A WORD FROM THE PUBLISHER

The Inland Northwest, one of the

coolest places in the country

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BUILDING QUALITY

CUSTOM HOMES

Here at Monarch Custom Homes, we specialize in a variety of custom

home designs ranging from Northwest rustic to the most modern

trends and styles. We work with you to create a floorplan to fit your

individual needs. Innovation, quality and trust is the commitment we

make to every client. The experienced team combines their unmatched

professionalism and attention to detail to deliver an award-winning

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you are looking for a Monarch Custom Home.

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5097 N. Building Center Dr., Coeur d’Alene, ID

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24.

TO FIX OR TO BUILD?

Steve Russo, Publisher

The stories, trends and

hidden gems that you need

to hear about, handpicked by

our publisher for you!

Connect with us

@realnorthwestliving

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sign up for our E-Newsletter!

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130.

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PUBLISHER’S PICKS

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Blessed & Grateful

Each time I sit down to write my editor’s note, I can’t help but

reiterate, and emphasize, how truly blessed those who call the

Inland Northwest home truly are. It’s a paradise that many of

us have known about for years—and one that has been more

recently discovered by those all over the country who have made

the move to North Idaho and the Spokane area.

Though we may notice more traffic and road work, and yes, a

lot more building, we should remember that most everyone

here—those born here and those new—want to enjoy the same

simple pleasures: the beauty of the mountains and prairies, the

lakes and rivers, the ample outdoor opportunities that await out

one’s doorstep. It’s quieter here, bringing a sense of peace in an

otherwise tumultuous world.

In each issue of REAL Northwest Living, it is important for

us to share just a glimpse of the beauty that resides here. We

are honored to serve our communities and share stories about

the people, the places, the arts, entertainment and events—and

much more!

To those who live here, you already know how special it is here.

For those visiting, we hope you enjoy this place we all live, work

and play, and as you look around you, or flip through the pages

of our latest edition of REAL, you recognize the blessings that

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TO FIX OR

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THE PROS AND CONS OF INVESTING IN A FIXER-UPPER

VERSUS A NEW BUILD

by CHRISTIAN WEANER

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A home is a place where we

can retreat after a long day,

find shelter from the wintry

weather, host friends and

family, and make memories

‘that last a lifetime.

If the COVID-19 pandemic taught us anything, it

might have been that—regardless of our lifestyle—

our homes are likely the most important spaces in

our life.

A home is a place where we can retreat after a long day, find

shelter from the wintry weather, host friends and family,

and make memories that last a lifetime. When we invest

time into the process of turning our houses into homes,

our dwelling places can become so much more than just a

space where we come to watch television for a few hours

at night, sleep, and head back out in the morning for the

next day of work.

That is why home-buying decisions are so important,

especially in a time of financial instability.

A common question in today’s real estate market revolves

around what the best investment is: buying an older, less

expensive home in need of some repairs or purchasing a

plot of land and building a new home from the ground up.

Both fixer-upper properties and new build projects have

their positives and negatives. As you consider which of

these options might be right for you, here are some helpful

things to think about when making the home-buying (or

home-building) choice.

Pros of Fixer-Upper

With the increasing popularity of shows like HGTV’s

“Fixer Upper: Welcome Home,” the idea of buying and

refurbishing outdated and rundown homes has become

more tangible for many Americans.

One of the foremost motivators of buying a fixer-upper is

the lower initial cost at purchase. In a time where home

prices have hit an all-time high, buying an older home will

come at a much more affordable price.

According to a recent article from the Coeur d’Alene

Press, the median price of a home in Kootenai County in

September 2022 was $550,462. However, Realtor.com has

numerous fixer-upper homes listed for less than $400,000.

In addition to buying a home for less, fixer-upper

properties also have other perks, like their unique charm,

proximity to city centers, and lower average property tax

rates compared to homes in newer neighborhoods.

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What is the better investment—buying a home or building a new one? If that is the question you are asking, you

are not alone. In a time of financial instability throughout the United States and home costs going through the

roof, the decisions we make about where to live have never been more difficult.

Whether you are considering purchasing an older home to become your new fixer-upper project or hoping to

build the home of your dreams, there are many factors to consider. Here are some pros and cons of starting a

fixer-upper and or embarking on a new build.

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Fixer-upper units are great longterm

projects for individuals who

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Fixer-upper homes usually are situated in older neighborhoods that often provide residents with shorter

commutes and add an antique flair that is sometimes lacking in newer properties. Additionally, fixerupper

units are great long-term projects for individuals who have the time and skills to make the necessary

renovations themselves.

If you do not have the financial resources to build a new home but you possess a strong creative drive and enjoy DIY projects,

then a fixer-upper might be right for you.

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Designing and

constructing a

home of your liking

is something

that many people

dream of.

Cons of Fixer-Upper

While fixer-upper properties can be exciting and rewarding investments,

the biggest concern with this type of purchase is whether you can keep

all the renovations and repairs within your budget. Even when you think

you have all costs calculated, unexpected problems often arise, leading to

increased financial strain.

Buying a fixer-upper comes with less cost but more questions. Because

these types of homes are older, many of the appliances may need to be

replaced and you might need to check for asbestos, mold, or potential leaks

that could derail your idealistic renovation dreams and cause major issues

down the road.

Fixer-upper projects also run the risk of investing in renovations that fail to

increase the value of the home. While most successful fixer-uppers will see

a growth in home equity and added resale value, not all homebuyers may

experience this result.

The best advice for anyone considering a fixer-upper investment is to

observe and communicate with the home inspector so that you do not miss

any potential issues that could throw off your budget.

As with any purchase, buying a fixer-upper comes with its risks, which

need to be evaluated before jumping into something you might regret.

Pros of New Build

Designing and constructing a home of your liking is something that many

people dream of, and it does come with its benefits.

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The most obvious advantage of a new build is that everything

can be laid out exactly how you want it based on the money

you invest in the project. While a fixer-upper might come with

costly features that are not exactly what you desire—like a

swimming pool or finished basement—a new build is a blank

canvas that allows you to include (or not include) anything

that you desire in your dream home.

Always wanted to have a home office and a theater room?

These are added features you may not find in older properties,

but you can easily factor into the blueprints for your

new construction.

New builds also mean investing in new appliances and

amenities that come with warranties and are much more

energy efficient, so you will not need to worry about that old

stove acting up anymore or fret when the utility bill comes in

each month. Plus, the necessary maintenance costs for your

home will likely be much lower.

Building a new home can be expensive (see next section), but

if you have the funds to pull it off, the design and construction

process can be enjoyable and often much less stressful than

purchasing an older home.

Landscape Lighting

Another great way to increase the

value of your home and add some flair

to your yard is adding some outdoor

lighting. This will help turn your

backyard into a space for entertaining

and will help you recoup value if you

decide to sell.

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Energy-Efficient Technology

A simple but effective way to add value

to your home is adding some smart

technology like a new thermostat, keypad

lock doors, security cameras or an energyefficient

lighting system.

Cons of New Build

The biggest issue with building a new home, especially in

the current financial climate in the Inland Northwest and

throughout the country, is cost.

The cheapest new constructions currently listed by

NewHomeSource and Realtor.com in the Coeur d’Alene

region are $400,000, while most single-family homes are

going for as much as $700,000 or more.

Not only is the up-front cost going to be higher for new

builds compared to fixer-uppers, but homebuyers must

also remember that construction projects take time, and

delays can be expected. A project that might have been

scheduled to be completed in four to six months could

take nine to 12, adding additional expenses for the waiting

family and pushing back move-in dates.

Another factor is the cost of purchasing land, and the

consideration of where it is located. Most new builds are

in newer neighborhoods that often provide sidewalks

or trails for local walking and leisure activities, but they

are generally further from business hubs, causing longer

commutes to work, school and the grocery store.

A final consideration is the landscaping and outdoor

features that will likely be lacking with a new build. If

having mature trees in the neighborhood is something

you desire, then a new build might disappoint those

expectations.

To fix or to build ... the decision is based on what is right

for you.

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LIVING HER

purpose

North Idaho Realtor guides clients in navigating the local real estate market

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

Growing up, Jackie Suarez’s family lived in various places

throughout her and her five siblings’ childhood. Her

father worked for a large corporation, and relocation

was standard at the time. “Moving to a different place every few

years was normal for us,” she recalls. These memories help her

empathize with her clients during their time of transition.

Jackie’s first experience working in the real estate world would be

as a paralegal for real estate attorneys in North Carolina, where

she searched titles and coordinated closings. After that, she

became a title officer and branch manager for a title insurance

company. This experience formed the basis for her understanding

the mechanics of negotiating and closing real estate transactions.

In 1999, Jackie and her husband Carlos jumped at the chance to

relocate to North Idaho with his employer. “Being a real estate

agent was the natural next step for me,” Jackie recalls. “In 2000, I

got my license and never looked back. Now I get to help people

buy and sell real estate, and it’s very gratifying work.”

Nurturing relationships are essential to Jackie and the work she

does as an Associate Broker with Century 21 RiverStone. “I listen,

communicate and work hard to help my clients reach their goals.

It’s important—that’s why they place their trust in me during their

times of change,” she affirms.

As a real estate broker for more than two decades selling

throughout North Idaho, Jackie has been voted Sandpoint’s

Finest Realtor® 2017 through 2021 and offers her clients a unique

perspective on the ever-changing real estate market, as she brings

her years of knowledge and expertise home.

“I’m thankful my path brought me here,” Jackie shares. “I am

among the very few people in this world who can make a living

doing what they love to do. My husband and I have been blessed

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WHAT’S TRENDIING

IN

2023

Top 10 interior design and

décor trends for your home

by CHRISTIAN WEANER

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uch like the human body, which is made up of

many parts working together for the health and

sustainability of the whole being, each room inside

a home has a unique purpose that adds to the

overall ambiance and livability of the space.

With the careful consideration of an interior

designer, the tasteful eye of a home decorator or even just some

simple DIY spirit, a house can be transformed into a home. A

living room can become a restful sanctuary, a kitchen can morph

into a studio for culinary creativity, and an entryway can engage

guests with an eye-catching color display.

One recent study from the University of Nebraska even suggests

that interior designers can positively impact the value of a home

when they are involved in the planning and construction process.

Whether you are preparing to build your dream home or looking

to add some flair to your current décor, here are a few new interior

design trends that experts believe will impress in 2023.

I. Nature-inspired spaces. The biophilic design trends that have

grown in popularity in recent years are here to stay. At least, that

is what interior designer Sarah Barnard says. “For many, nature

brings a sense of comfort and a feeling of connection to the world

beyond their homes,” Barnard told The Spruce. “After the stressors

of the last few years, comfort and connection are a priority for

many, and nature seems like a logical place to turn.”

Consider bringing the outdoors into your home this year by adding

some warm wood tones, like bamboo or rattan, and using fresh-cut

flowers and branches to add color.

II. Dark and textured countertops. If you are tired of those little

fingerprints and water spots constantly showing up on your shiny

countertops or just want to make a statement with your kitchen

décor, 2023 might be the year to jump on the textured countertop

bandwagon. Especially when paired with light-colored cabinets,

dark and textured countertops will make a kitchen pop and provide

an earthy and approachable look.

Also, switching to textured countertops is another great way to give

your kitchen a more natural look that will add a deeper sense of

serenity to your home.

III. Well-organized spaces. Possibly nothing in a home can be

more relaxing and satisfying than a space that is organized well.

That is why interior designers believe that there will be a greater

appreciation for home organization this year.

“What people have, they want to be well-organized,” design expert

Gena Kirk said in an article for The Spruce. “We’re seeing a lot less

desire for open shelving—that was a very big trend for a really long

time—and glass front doors. We’re seeing customers who want to

close things up and organize them well.”

Using popular TV shows like Netflix’s “Get Organized with The

Home Edit” as a foundation, homeowners should look for creative

ways to organize their spaces and reduce stress levels.

IV. Well-lit spaces. One of the most influential elements that can

completely change the way a room is perceived is lighting. In fact,

according to one roofing expert, the benefits of a well-lit home

include improved sleep, less eye strain, and enhanced mood.

Light up your home this year by moving furniture to avoid blocking

windows or purchasing lamps and light fixtures that will illuminate

each room more thoroughly. Improving the lighting of each room in

your house is a small but simple way to greatly increase its livability

and homeyness.

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Consider bringing

the outdoors into

your home this

year by adding

some warm

wood tones, like

bamboo or rattan,

and using freshcut

flowers and

branches to

add color.

V. Meaningful objects; family heirlooms. Every room in your home

has its own unique purpose, and with the right décor, it can have its own

story as well. One way to help your family connect with its heritage and

feel at home in your space is by decorating each room with meaningful

objects. Whether it’s your great-grandmother’s china cabinet, an antique

picture frame, or some glass milk jugs from your parents, tastefully placing

these items throughout your home is a great way to honor the past while

brightening the present.

VI. Wine displays and home bars. Want to impress your friends with your

signature wine collection while making a new splash in your home décor?

Or does that inner bartender come out when you host your family for game

night? Either way, a new trend to consider this year might be incorporating

a wine display in your dining room or putting in that home bar you have

always dreamed of.

As interior designer Jeff Andrews told House Beautiful, homeowners are

moving away from wine cellars and are instead making their collections

look more like an art installation in the home.

If you are an alcohol or wine connoisseur or enjoy serving drinks to your

guests, this interior design trend could be right for you.

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VII. Eye-catching marble. A great way

to really grab people’s attention and

make a statement with your home’s

interior design is by incorporating

stone designs, like a bold, eye-catching

marble display. The most unique thing

about this trend is that marble can be

used for so much more than just your

traditional countertops.

“We’re doing baths in it,” interior

designer Tiffany Howell said in a Who

What Wear article. “We’re fabricating

tables in it. It’s a luxury well spent. It can

stand alone and be its own art piece. If

you have a beautiful marble table in a

room, everyone’s just going to focus on

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With the careful consideration of an interior designer, the

tasteful eye of a home decorator or even just some simple DIY

spirit, a house can be transformed into a home.

VIII. Self-care emphasis. Mental, emotional and physical

wellness is extremely important in the tumultuous world that we

live in, which is why interior designers are seeing a continued

push for homes that promote these types of self-care practices.

Bring nature indoors by incorporating fresh plants and flowers;

choose a scent that calms you, and arrange candles with that

fragrance throughout the house; display or hang artwork,

whether sculptures or paintings, that bring back happy memories

and uplift your mood.

In 2023, consider how you might adapt one or more rooms in your

home to make for a more welcoming and relaxing environment

for your family.

IX. Coffee outside the kitchen. Coffee addicts, this one’s for you.

Who said your coffee pot could only be relegated to the kitchen?

A fun and unique interior design trend this year is tucking away

those coffee nooks in spaces and places not traditionally used for

brewing your favorite warm beverage.

Why not set up a coffee station in your office or home theater?

Even better, make waking up a bit easier by elegantly placing a

coffee cart in your bedroom. Get creative with this one! And most

importantly, keep consuming the caffeine you love.

X. Remarkable rugs. One of the simplest ways to spice up the

interior design of your home in 2023 is by purchasing a fanciful

rug that will make your space stand out. Patterned rugs catch

your eye and can go a long way in helping to layer the furniture

and decorations in a room.

You could put down a simple rug to be a sort of base coat in

which to layer other items over. Or you could go big and pick

out that statement rug that is sure to be a conversation starter for

your guests. Whatever your style is, a comfortable rug can add a

lot to the décor of your home.

Whether you choose to take note of these design and décor

trends, or find some of your own, there’s no time like the present

to make your house truly feel like home.

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During

the cold

winter

days,

when we’re not shoveling, of course, and

awaiting the warmer season, there is a lot of time

to think about spring—and our spring projects.

As the seasons change from winter to spring, the

ground begins to give way to early blooms, the

days get longer, and gradually it becomes warmer

and warmer. We unwrap ourselves from our cozy

winter corners, put away the winter coats, do a

little spring cleaning, and revamp our outdoor

spaces. It goes without saying that we also have

a bit of work to do to bring our yards back to

working order. Here are a few ideas you may

want to consider to make your home shine for all

your warm-weather activities (barbecue time!).

Spring is the time to think about those things

that need doing that you won’t have time for once

the weather really gets nice. You might use this

time to clean out the gutters, clean the inside of

your boat out, sweep your porch of debris, and

turn the dirt in your gardens. It’s also a good

time to revamp your outdoor seating, bring out

the umbrellas, scrub down the barbecue, and

clear the concrete of any excess leaves and dirt. It

wouldn’t hurt to pressure wash a bit to get off that

winter mud. This season calls for off with the old

and on with the new (to you)!

This early time just before true spring is also a

great time to dream of projects that you and your

family will enjoy in the summer, such as laying

gravel to serve as a foundation for an outdoor

fireplace. There’s so much to do and enjoy in

the sun, that most projects need some early

preparation if they’re going to get done in time

for you to enjoy them. It’s a perfect time to put

in that outdoor sauna you’ve been wanting to

get! Saunas are a great addition to the home as

it will serve your health all year long; the steam

off with the old and on with the new

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just before spring is the best time

is beneficial any time of the year. But if steam isn’t your thing, it may

be time to start clearing a space for that pool you’ve been dreaming

of. Other ideas for projects include a greenhouse, additional living

space, a porch roof, the addition of a smoker, an outdoor oven, a

simple drink bar, an outdoor eating space, or a really nice set of

hammocks. If you have kids, easy outdoor additions to the yard like

slack lines and rope swings make for hours of pure fun.

If you are an avid gardener, just before spring is the time to feed

your garden soil. Especially if you have raised garden beds, as these

soil plots tend to miss out on the nutrients that naturally regenerate

in the soil. Your yard and decorative flowers will benefit from the

spreading of fertilizer, and the grass (which often gets trampled

under the snow) will need additional grass seed. Your vegetable

garden will probably need a lot of leaves and debris cleaned out and

would benefit from a thin spread of rich compost and worms. For

healthy plants of all types, consider aerating the yard and turning

the garden dirt for air flow.

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Bask in the

Early

Sun.

Early spring, as we all know, is also a perfect time to plant.

One of the best things for the garden is planting a wide

array of plants. Insects such as dragonflies, ladybugs and

spiders (without webs) are attracted by the variety. They eat

caterpillars and aphids, while leaving your veggies alone. You

can encourage biodiversity by planting early seeds that thrive

in times of year where the sun is just shy of true warmth.

Examples include peas, hardy greens such as kale, spring

greens and spinach. Some delicious fruits and veggies will

have to overwinter a few seasons before you have a bountiful

harvest, such as strawberries or asparagus, but are worth

consideration for early spring planting. Later in the season,

when the peas are near the end of their cycle, you can plant

your green beans, squash, tomatoes, etc.; all the plants that

are harvested summer through fall. Planting early in the

garden allows for a longer growing season—as long as you

know what to plant!

Once the barbecue is cleaned out, the yard is prepped for a

bountiful planting season, and the early foundations are set

for this year’s summer adventure, it’s time to grab yourself

a mug of tea and sit out on the porch to bask in the early

sun (perhaps with a light sweater). After all that work, you

deserve it.

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the

nature

of

ART

Inspiring humanity

by DWAYNE K. PARSONS

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Stan Miller

Spokane, WA


I

write, perhaps, from a lofty idealism in bringing two quite diverse examples of internationally

recognized artists to my writer’s desk. Both of these artists live in the Coeur

d’Alene/Spokane Valley corridor, but their mediums, though seemingly opposite by

intent and method, have achieved notoriety for both on an international scale. For this

reason, they’ve both gained my attention.

Hayden resident Alan Golub is a digital artist, using a collection of apps on his Android

phones (yes he has more than one) to manipulate sometimes extraordinary concepts into

pictorial storytelling.

Spokane resident Stan Miller, on the other hand, is a master watercolorist whose plein air

scenes and character portraits exceed the rendition capacities of most artists. Stan lives

on the eastern edge of the South Hill. Both men are known internationally, and both have

traveled with their art as the premise of the trip.

Very unalike in technique and artistic portrayal, their common ground is the creative verve

and accuracy in reporting what they see and bring out in their works.

Miller has been an artist and arts instructor throughout the entirety of his career. Golub,

however, did not realize the reality of his enormous gift until a little more than six years

ago following a massive stroke. By some divine hand, perhaps, he experienced the sudden

near-death episode just down the hallway of one of Washington state’s only full-time EMT

offices, meaning help was there within moments of his collapse. Recognizing his symptoms,

the EMT on duty immediately gave him the proper injection to stabilize his blood pressure.

Had it taken longer to get help, he would likely have died or been severely debilitated from

the stroke.

Stan Miller made his life-long career out of his insights and passion gained as a child. Alan

Golub, on the other hand, found his surprising career from the dregs of physical attack that

could have ended his life. Both artists have amplified and now enjoy the elevated audiences

of international attention.

VERY UNALIKE IN TECHNIQUE AND ARTISTIC

PORTRAYAL, THEIR COMMON GROUND IS THE

CREATIVE VERVE AND ACCURACY IN REPORTING

WHAT THEY SEE AND BRING OUT IN THEIR WORKS.

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CREATED BY STAN MILLER

As for Golub, he could do little with his left hand but cradle his Android cell phone, while discovering and plying the abundant

offerings of apps on his phone. This was a man who, until that curiously blessed but unfortunate day, had been a performing

mandolin player, and well known for it through the greater Coeur d’Alene/Spokane area. With his crippled left arm and hand,

playing with the apps and photographs available to him on his phone, this exercise at least took his mind off the circumstance,

then soon turned to an ambition, thanks to social media, that replaced his love of musical performance. He became a digital

story teller. Couple that with a genuine heart of appreciation for the truth and for the successes of less fortunate people, even

those who challenged corruption and crime, he quickly gained a place in the world of commentary.

Stan Miller found his passion as a child, and once a certain teacher in grade school taught him how to create a realistic curve in a

road (perspective), he was off and running enthusiastically into learning art. That love followed him like a faithful pet all the way

through high school, into college and then beyond. He became a teacher and tutor for his own classes and took that enterprise

out into the greater realm of the world at large. Today, Miller is one of the finest living watercolorists on the planet. He is certainly

recognized and very complete in his service of approach in that he willingly and patiently teaches others the secrets of some of his

best techniques.

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The urge to manifest creativity is

a sometimes hidden imprint found

in the very soul of humanity.

Here’s my point in comparing these two excellent artists: The

urge to manifest creativity is a sometimes hidden imprint

found in the very soul of humanity. The true manifestation

of any artist, which requires both discipline and

perseverance, is proof of this assumption. Those who

do not choose, for one reason or another, to brave the

early stages become appreciators and collectors. They

are the people who admire the finer expressions of

imagination and enjoy the studies of experiential

knowledge in those that manifest it. The medium

is irrelevant. It doesn’t matter. It’s the result of

expression that counts in all realms of human

understanding of creative expression.

In the digital medium, the secret of Golub’s

creations and consequent, driving mastery

are the outcropping of his love for people,

especially those bound to truth and those

who have suffered in one way or another. He

is a compassionate reporter of soldiers, police

officers and firemen who have given their

lives for the call of duty. He has an uncommon

appreciation for those who are little or seldom

recognized, but he also knows instinctively how

to portray great achievements in the fortunate.

These two primary characteristics of Golub have

placed him in a realm of recognition all his own.

He’s not a self-promoter. His artwork speaks for

itself. His subjects are the best advertisers he could

possibly find.

Miller doesn’t need to promote either. His classic

attention to detail and the subtleties of expression in

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IN THE DIGITAL MEDIUM, THE SECRET OF GOLUB’S

CREATIONS AND CONSEQUENT, DRIVING MASTERY ARE

THE OUTCROPPING OF HIS LOVE FOR PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY

THOSE BOUND TO TRUTH AND THOSE WHO HAVE SUFFERED

IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

human character, blended with his incredibly learned

and applied understandings of the color spectrum

and how to apply it, has placed him strongly into a

category of master. His work speaks for itself as well,

on all counts.

In both cases, the internet of today is partly

responsible for the spread of awareness both have

enjoyed. Because their works are carried from one

person to another through the eyes and minds of

fondness and appreciation of their talents. This is so

because great works of art, in any medium, surpass

the human tendency to brag about it. The bragging

takes place in the hearts and minds of others who love

what they are giving.

Golub’s talent for composition, reinforced by his innate

compassion for truth, have given him a keen sense of

observation. He is now recognized throughout the

North American continent, as in the more populated

areas of South America, Japan and Europe, where

famous personalities in the news caught his attention

only to manifest into poster-like representations that

quickly gained a place for Golub in the demanding

world of news commentary. It’s been said by some, “A

Golub poster is worth 10,000 words.”

For Miller, the story of global recognition is another

book, a different story. His rise into fame and

credibility stems from his learned studies and devoted

application to the task over time. Endowed as well with

a natural urge to teach, he has gained considerable

recognition. He never lost his childhood enthusiasm

for painting, which he applies productively through

the mediums of watercolor and tempera. His scenic

paintings are nothing less than true masterpieces,

there can be no doubt about that. But his character

studies are empathic interpretations that go way

beyond what you normally see. He nails character by

bringing out the inner thoughts and emotions hidden

in the subtleties of human expression. In my opinion,

I think he is much better than the at-large world has

yet discovered. Miller is a true master.

But then, there is an old adage in the literature of art:

The teacher grows beyond their students. I think this

truth is because the teacher develops a keen appetite

for analyzing what actually makes an exceptional end

result. Think about that: A great teacher has to excel

in knowledge and understanding in order to teach the

best of the students to rise to high standards. In the

process, the real growth takes place in the instructor.

They learn by teaching. The act of teaching produces

a finer eye and a more certain application of hand,

because the quest for true understanding has never

left them.

Stan Miller is a prime example of this. His excellent

paintings, both plein air and characterizations, are

already lasting evidence of his achievements.

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Alan Golub

Coeur d’Alene, ID

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CREATED BY ALAN GOLUB

What about you?

Do you have a special inward attachment to the delicacies

of art? Of any form of art? If you do, my reader, you

should start at once and pursue with discipline. Because

the nature of art manifests most truly to those who

undertake it, in any form, with a devotion that never

stops. Find your passion and give it birth. The beginning

is always tough, always elementary, but genius may very

well be resident in your desire to understand and manifest

it. How will you ever know if you don’t pursue it?

If you care to venture into the world of art as an artist, then do this: Open the windows to your heart, let your inner imagination fly out into the open

air of reality like a bird, a beautiful bird, for others to see. Soon you will find an audience, and that audience will grow so long as you pursue it, because

the appreciation of art exists in all of humanity. People who cannot quite do what you learned to achieve will follow you. They will become your fans

because you are manifesting concepts and images and sounds (for musicians) that they wish they could produce.

Good luck! I hope you will try the nature of art.

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Lights on in

Little Carnegie!

MUSIC CONSERVATORY OF SANDPOINT

PRESENTS A FEAST FOR THE EARS

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

The opening of Music Conservatory of Sandpoint’s Little Carnegie Concert

Hall is already making a significant impact on the conservatory’s many music

ensembles, as well as providing ample space for early childhood programming

and the first dedicated rehearsal space for the Youth Orchestra and Musical Theater in

the school’s history.

Established in 2009, the conservatory has fulfilled its mission by expanding opportunities

for performing arts. MCS classes follow semester-based enrollment and a rich and

vibrant Summer Academy, which attracts students from the Inland Northwest and

beyond. MCS has two goals and aspirations: first, working to become a leading school

in the performing arts with international connections; second, to become a prototype

of creative placemaking and create awareness of the wonderful things the conservatory

and its students are capable of doing.

In 2019, after leasing the space at 110 Main Street on the corner of 2nd Avenue in

downtown Sandpoint since 2010, MCS acquired the building, making this historic

landmark (formerly the old City Hall and fire station) their permanent home. The

building has undergone a historic renovation, made possible by many generous

supporters. Little Carnegie is one such improvement.

Little Carnegie officially opened June 3 of 2022 with a grand gala opening and

concerts. The concert hall features excellent music and elevates student performance

opportunities, as its stage allows students, staff and invited musicians from across the

world the opportunity to share their music with the outside world. Here, performers are

up close to their audience in this unique, intimate setting.

For Karin Wedemeyer, director and co-founder of the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint,

Little Carnegie Concert Hall is the realization of a long-held vision of nurturing a vibrant

culture in Sandpoint. “We invite the community to participate, so that our students can

dream up their musical future in Little Carnegie,” she says. “The stage honors that we

are not just consumers. We are poets and painters, mathematicians and musicians, and

so much more.”

This past fall, MCS launched its Conservatory Concert Series. The series is comprised

of six to eight performances annually, showcasing the highest caliber in classical

performance by MCS faculty and guest artists. The inaugural Conservatory Concert

Series event kicked off on September 23 with 20th Century French Bijoux for Flute and

Piano, followed by an Evening in the Gardens of Spain on November 4. 2023 brings more

incredible performances for you to enjoy. MCS’s next event is scheduled for February 17,

with the classical-folk-modern Michel Palzewicz Trio. Their cello and violin’s classical

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heritage collide with the folk elements of banjo and guitar while an

accompaniment of mixed hand percussion and contemporary steel pan

spark the embers of composition.

2022 will conclude with the annual Music Matters! Christmas Concert,

featuring MCS’s Youth Orchestra, Youth Choir, Percussion and Bell Choir

groups, on December 13; Amahl and the Night Visitors, a children’s

opera, December 17; and Stabat Mater, a Bel Canto opera program,

December 22.

There’s the Northern Idaho Flute Festival March 25 and March 26, 2023;

Fiddler on the Roof Jr. May 18 through 20; with many more concerts

and specialty shows including Spring Serenade (faculty scholarship

fundraiser), Student Recitals (including Honors Student Recital) and

North Idaho Philharmonia’s Chamber Music Festival. For a complete list

of performances, visit SandpointConservatory.org/events.

To keep concerts accessible to all, MCS does not add the typical 12

percent ticketing fee that many other organizations do, as all should have

the opportunity to be exposed to the performing arts.

Karin and the rest of the MCS family invite the community to Sandpoint’s

hometown concert hall to enjoy the sweet sound of music.

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Annual winter and spring events

you don’t want to miss!

The Inland Northwest offers not just beautiful scenery but

incredible arts, entertainment and community events

throughout the year. During the colder months, events tend

to make their way indoors, though still offering an incredible

experience to take your mind off the snow and rain and dreary skies.

From holiday events, cruises and carnivals, to food festivals and wine

tastings, to music, artwalks, and arts and crafts festivals, there’s always

a reason to bundle up and explore the fun that’s happening in the area.

Here’s just a sampling of the community events to look forward to during

the winter and spring seasons.

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through the second Sunday in December.

This regional event attracts more than 100,000

attendees. Father Christmas and 16 trees will

be on display from November 29 through

December 11 at both The Historic Davenport

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of the world stretching to every corner of the

globe, Northwest Winterfest is an indoor, selfguided,

accessible walking tour. Stroll at your

own pace and discover the magical lights and

sounds. Plus enjoy great food, soft drinks,

and hot beverages. NorthwestWinterfest.com

JOURNEY TO THE NORTH

POLE CRUISES

Each Christmas season, The Coeur d’Alene

Resort invites those young and old on a

spirited adventure on Lake Coeur d’Alene

with their Journey to the North Pole Cruises.

Now through January 2, these 40-minute

cruises (which depart at 5:30, 6:30 and

7:30pm) offer guests an unforgettable holiday

lake cruise, a view of more than 1.5 million

twinkling holiday lights, and a visit to Santa

Claus and his elves at his waterfront toy

workshop, where he calls each child by name.

CdAResort.com

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January

01

01

46TH ANNUAL TESH 5K FUN RUN

TeshInc.com

01

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE

CoeurdAlene.org

46TH ANNUAL TESH 5K FUN RUN

Join Tesh Inc. for the 46th annual “Hangover Handicap,” as

you run, jog, walk or roll with friends, neighbors, clients,

families, and community business partners, while helping

to raise funds, and awareness, for the youth and adults with

disabilities in our community. The run begins at 9:30am

and will start and finish at Atlas Waterfront Park in Coeur

d’Alene. All proceeds from this event benefit Tesh, Inc., a

private, not-for-profit organization whose core purpose is to

offer choices and opportunities to people of all ages seeking

greater independence, self-sufficiency, and participation in

their community. TeshInc.com

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19-22

20-22

MAC & CHEESE FESTIVAL

CdADowntown.com

COE

INLAND NORTHWEST RV SHOW

SpokaneRVShow.com

BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL

SANDPOINT

Panida.org

14

MAC & CHEESE FESTIVAL

Celebrate your favorite childhood dish by tasting your way

through this year’s Mac and Cheese Festival in downtown

Coeur d’Alene on Saturday, January 14! Featuring a variety

of cheesy dishes, carefully prepared by local chefs who will

be competing for the Golden Noodle Award, participants

are sure to enjoy a comfort food-filled day. And they’ll have

the chance to vote for their favorite dish to help award the

People’s Choice Trophy! CdADowntown.com

27-29

BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL

COEUR D’ALENE

KrocCdA.org/kroc-cda/events

BEGINS

28

28-29

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THE BRIDAL FESTIVAL

BridalFest.com

THE BRIDAL FESTIVAL

The Northwest’s premier bridal festival, The Bridal Festival

returns to the Spokane Convention Center January 28 and

29. This is the place to be the last weekend in January to

be connected with the best resources for planning your

wedding. Meet with wedding experts, from bridal gown

specialists and tuxedo rentals, to wedding planners and

venues, to photographers and videographers, all under one

roof. BridalFest.com


February

04

38TH ANNUAL HOSPICE WINE TASTE & AUCTION

HospiceofNorthIdaho.org/annual-wine-taste

10-26

SANDPOINT WINTER CARNIVAL

SandpointWinterCarnival.com

11

THE CHOCOLATE AFFAIR

CdADowntown.com

23-26

SPOKANE HOME & YARD SHOW

CusterShows.com

23-26

GREAT WEST GYM FEST

GWGFMeet.com

04

10-26

11

38TH ANNUAL HOSPICE WINE

TASTE & AUCTION

On February 4, an evening of wine, bites

and fundraising will kick off at 5pm at The

Coeur d’Alene Resort. Formal attire, lavish

décor, impeccable food and exquisite wine

makes for a memorable evening shared

with a community of local philanthropists.

Event highlights include games, silent

and live auctions, and paddle raise, all to

benefit Hospice of North Idaho’s mission.

HospiceofNorthIdaho.org/annual-wine-taste

SANDPOINT WINTER CARNIVAL

The winter extravaganza is back February

10 through 26. A beloved, and muchanticipated,

community event, the Sandpoint

Winter Carnival cooks up a sure antidote

to cabin fever. Events include fireworks and

fun at Schweitzer, live music all over town,

parties galore, plus other traditional favorites

like the Parade of Lights and the K9 Keg Pull.

SandpointWinterCarnival.com

THE CHOCOLATE AFFAIR

The Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association

presents this annual tasting event each

February, with this year’s Chocolate Affair

scheduled for Saturday, February 11. Bundle

up and head downtown from 4 to 7pm,

where your tasting adventure will take you to

participating businesses, each featuring their

own unique and delicious creation for you to

savor. CdADowntown.com.

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March

BEGINS

01

01-31

WASHINGTON WINE MONTH

SpokaneWineries.com

WASHINGTON WINE MONTH

During the entire month of March, Spokane area wineries

will be celebrating Washington Wine month. This is a

month-long promotion during business hours at each

participating winery and tasting room. Pick up a punch card,

visit five wineries and/or tasting rooms, and fill out your

information to be entered into a drawing for some fabulous

gift cards at the end of the month. SpokaneWineries.com

03-05

03-05

03-05

04

11

11

24-26

NIBCA HOME & GARDEN

SHOW COEUR D’ALENE

NIBCA.com

GUN & HORN SHOW

BonnerCountySportsmen.org

SPRING ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW

CusterShows.com

WINE, STEIN & DINE

PFEFWSD.org

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

SPOKANE

FriendlySonsofStPatrick.com

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

COEUR D’ALENE

CdADowntown.com

COEUR D’ALENE BLUES FESTIVAL

CdAResort.com

BEGINS

03

CUSTER’S SPRING ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW

Held March 3 through 5 at the Spokane County Fair & Expo

Center, Custer’s 46th annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show will

feature professional artists and crafters from across the

Northwest. From fine art and hand crafts to specialty foods,

browse and shop the largest show of its kind in the Inland

Northwest. CusterShows.com

BEGINS

24

COEUR D’ALENE BLUES FESTIVAL

The annual Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival returns March 24

through 26 to the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Featuring the best

talent in local, regional and national blues artists, the Coeur

d’Alene Blues Festival has won the Inland Blues Society

“Best Blues Festival” five years running. All are invited to

attend this soul-swingin’ weekend celebrating the best of

modern blues. CdAResort.com

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April

01-02

NIBCA HOME & GARDEN SHOW SANDPOINT

NIBCA.com

14

COWBOY BALL

KCFairgrounds.com

22

WINE EXTRAVAGANZA

CdADowntown.com

22-23

ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS SALE

CusterShows.com

29

SPRING DASH

UWNorthIdaho.org

01-02

22

29

NIBCA HOME & GARDEN

SHOW SANDPOINT

Held at the Bonner County Fairgrounds,

NIBCA’s Home & Garden Show marks

the end of winter and the start of spring

with beautiful landscaped gardens, home

improvement contractors, plants, crafts and

much more. The show brings homeowners

together with the area’s top building experts

and remodelers. Professionals will be on

hand to share their valuable knowledge that

will bring your ideas to life or inspire you

with new ones. NIBCA.com

WINE EXTRAVAGANZA

The Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association

will once again host its Wine Extravaganza

in downtown Coeur d’Alene on Saturday,

April 22. Enjoy sips from 20 wineries while

strolling through some of your favorite local

shops as they become pop-up tasting rooms,

each showcasing something different! With

dozens of varietals, wine cocktails and live

music, there will be something for every wine

connoisseur! CdADowntown.com

SPRING DASH

Join United Way of North Idaho as they

present the 41st annual Spring Dash! Join

others as you walk, jog, run 5 miles for a

great cause. Since 1982, Spring Dash has been

the kickoff to the running season, providing

a fun run, a second-seeding qualifier for

Bloomsday, a family “tot trot” and an all

around great community event. Proceeds

raised from the event go to benefit ALICE.

UWNorthIdaho.org

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May

07

06

07

NIGHT LIGHTS SKY LANTERN

FESTIVAL

RaceIdaho.com

BLOOMSDAY RUN

BloomsDayRun.org

BLOOMSDAY RUN

Each year, Spokane is host to the beautiful Bloomsday

Run, presented by the Lilac Bloomsday Association. The

2023 run is scheduled for Sunday, May 7. The 7.46-mile

course is family friendly and open to all runners, walkers,

wheelchairs, assisted wheelchairs and strollers. While on

the course, there will be a variety of entertainment to keep

both runners and spectators inspired. Additional details

and how to register can be found online. BloomsdayRun.org

10

12-14

15-20

19-20

20

20

HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR

KCFairgrounds.com

SPRING BARREL TASTING

SpokaneWineries.com

85TH SPOKANE LILAC

FESTIVAL WEEK

SpokaneLilacFestival.org

LOST IN THE ‘50S

Sandpoint.org/lostin50s

ARMED FORCES TORCHLIGHT

PARADE

SpokaneLilacFestival.org

COEUR D’ALENE MARATHON

CdAMarathon.com

BEGINS

12

SPRING BARREL TASTING

Spokane wineries host this raise-a-glass worthy event

each spring over Mother’s Day weekend. Make a day of

it—or weekend—and stop by participating wineries and

taste all the wonderful wines these local Washington

wineries are pouring. A great way to celebrate Mom …

exploring and tasting all of what our winemakers have to

offer. And it doesn’t hurt to fit in a little shopping between

tastings. Participating wineries can be found online.

SpokaneWineries.com

BEGINS

19

LOST IN THE ‘50S

This is a North Idaho favorite not to be missed as you get

lost in ‘50s in Sandpoint during the third weekend in May!

Lost in the ‘50s offers two days of festivities from terrific

musical acts each night with concerts and dancers, Rock ‘n’

Roll Heaven, a vintage car parade, car show and so much

more. Don’t miss all the action. Discover the fun to be had

at Lost in the ‘50s 2023! Sandpoint.org/lostin50s

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THE SKIN YOU’RE IN LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN LOVE

OU’RE IN LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN LOVE THE SKIN YO

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beauty

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THE BEAUTY OF SCIENCE

BODY BEAUTIFUL: TOP NON-

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CONTOURING TREATMENTS FOR

YOUR AESTHETIC GOALS


Discover the Best Version of You with

Sarah Hamilton FACE

Two state-of-the-art locations offer dynamic and highly experienced

team and top technology

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

W

ith a true passion and love for helping others feel confident in

their skin, Sarah Hamilton has found fulfillment in helping

clients reveal the best version of themselves through her namesake

medical aesthetic clinic—Sarah Hamilton FACE.

Offering two locations—one in Liberty Lake, Washington, the other

in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho—both are luxurious, custom, state-of-the-art

medical aesthetics practices featuring the same unparalleled customer

service and top-of-the-line treatments.

Sarah, a select National Allergan and Galderma trainer and speaker,

has been an aesthetic nurse injector for 21 years and training other

providers for 15. She has brought together a team of incredibly talented

and highly trained providers

and aestheticians to Sarah

Hamilton FACE; you will not

find this caliber of experience

anywhere else in the area. They

also have a certified national

laser therapy trainer on staff.

Both locations provide the

same amazing treatments

and medical-grade skin-care

products, offering the most

advanced modalities in the

industry to treat every skincare

concern; treatments like

Potenza RF, HERO, MOXI,

BBL, and EMSCULPT NEO

(just to name a few). They’ve recently added two new pieces of highly

sought-after equipment: Emface (Liberty Lake) and Sofwave (Coeur

d’Alene). Both recently launched—and Sarah Hamilton FACE is the only

place you will find these technologies across the entire Inland Northwest!

According to Sarah, Emface helps increase muscle density in the muscles

in the mid-face that are responsible for lifting the forehead, midface,

neck and brows. It also helps decrease wrinkles with radiofrequency. It’s

like a non-surgical facelift, with no downtime and no discomfort. It takes

four 20-minute treatments, four weeks apart, with optimal results three

months after your final treatment. “Emface has really taken off in New

York, the East Coast, Seattle, and other bigger cities,” shares Sarah, “and

we’re excited to offer it at FACE!”

Sofwave uses ultrasound to tighten and lift the skin, specifically the

brows, lower face, jawline and neck. All that is required is two 30-minute

treatments, one month apart, and maintenance just once a year after that.

Results are seen immediately, with optimal results three months after the

second treatment.

If you’re looking to embark on, or continue, the journey of rejuvenating

your youth, schedule a consultation, where you will discuss your skincare

goals in a relaxed atmosphere, and Sarah and her team will come up

with the best treatment plan to meet your needs.

“We’re very much about educating our patients and have the best tools

in our beauty toolbox to take care of everyone’s needs,” affirms Sarah.

“Whether you’re 18 struggling with acne or 75 concerned about loose

skin, we have all the latest and the best technologies in the industry.”

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Aesthetic

Lasers

The beauty of science

by SARAH SHUPE, CMA AAMA

REFINED AESTHETICS MED SPA, PLLC

Beauty is commonly described as a feature of

objects that makes these objects pleasurable

to perceive. We often do not associate

science with beauty; however, science is the

basis of aesthetic lasers, which have revolutionized

the aesthetic industry by providing the ability to treat

a vast variety of skin conditions. Laser treatments

use the power of high-intensity light in different

wavelengths that are tailored for treating specific

types of blemishes or skin conditions. Aesthetic

lasers are either ablative or non-ablative. Ablative

work on the surface of the skin, impacting the outer

layer of the skin only; non-ablative penetrates the

tissues beneath the skin without affecting the surface.

Each type of laser treats a specific condition. Below

we break down the most common aesthetic lasers,

their indications, and what to expect from treatment.

IPL

IPL lasers, or intense-pulsed light lasers, are designed

to create an intense pulse of light that is perfectly

suited for penetrating red and brown pigments

within the skin. They are a non-ablative laser, and

their primary use in aesthetics is for treating brown

patches such as liver spots, sun damage, and relieving

inflamed blood vessels beneath the skin’s surface.

The pigment rises to the surface, often referred to as

pilling, and exfoliates off in approximately a week.

Vascular lesions or inflamed blood vessels will fade

in intensity and appearance. IPL can be performed

on most areas of the body, including the face, arms,

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Beauty is commonly described as a feature of objects that

makes these objects pleasurable to perceive.

neck, décolleté, and backs of hands. Sunscreen is required

post treatment, and best results are generally achieved in

three to five treatments. Pricing can vary depending upon

the size of the area you are treating and your geographical

location. On average, treatment for a full face varies between

$350 and $500 per treatment.

CO2

CO2 lasers, or carbon dioxide lasers, use very short-pulsed

light energy (ultra-pulsed) or continuous light beams

that are delivered in a scanning pattern for skin

resurfacing. The heat from the light energy

causes tissue damage that stimulates

collagen production. They are in

the ablative category of lasers

and are used for the treatment

of wrinkles, scars, acne,

melasma and sun damage.

Treatments are performed

with general anesthesia

in order to make the

client comfortable and

better able to tolerate

the procedure. The

skin will initially be

quite raw and may have

drainage immediately after laser treatment. It may also

look and feel as if it is severely sunburned. Health-care

professionals will cover the skin with a mask bandage for

a few days. The skin will typically heal completely in two

to four weeks, so it is important that you plan ahead before

scheduling this procedure and avoid treatment before a big

event or vacation. Pricing for CO2 laser ranges from $1,500

to $3,500 per treatment.

Diode

Diode lasers use semiconductor technology that produces

coherent projection of light in the visible to infrared range,

and are widely used for hair removal, which is one of the

most popular non-surgical aesthetic procedures worldwide.

The lasers damage the chromophores of the hair follicle

by selectively heating them while leaving surrounding

tissue unharmed. Laser hair removal targets the melanin

in the hair follicles, which results in the disruption of hair

growth and regeneration. You may experience some mild

discomfort during the treatment that quickly subsides.

There is no downtime associated with the treatment. Due

to the laser targeting melanin, it is necessary for the skin to

not have a tan, as it is unable to differentiate between the

melanin from the tan and the hair follicle. Six treatments are

needed on average to achieve complete removal of the hair.

Most aesthetic and dermatology practices sell treatments in

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Science has helped the aesthetic industry develop

treatments that improve skin health and appearance,

and lasers are a large piece of the puzzle.

packages according to the size of the area being

treated. Packages range from $750 to $1,000 for

six treatments for a small area to $2,250 to $3,000

for six treatments for a large area.

YAG

YAG lasers use a neodymium-doped yttrium

aluminum garnet crystal to produce an infrared

wavelength that allows practitioners to reach a

deeper layer of tissue beneath the skin than many

other types of lasers. It can be used to treat spider

veins, varicose veins, birthmarks, facial veins,

and hemangioma tumors. They can also be used

for hair removal and tattoo removal. Downtime

after treatment can be as long as a week for skin

to return to normal. Cost of YAG laser treatments

range from $250 to $1,200, with an average of

$675 per treatment. Cost is dependent upon the

area and what you are attempting to accomplish.

For tattoo removal, a series of treatments are

needed to have complete removal.

Science has helped the aesthetic industry

develop treatments that improve skin health and

appearance, and lasers are a large piece of the

puzzle. If you are considering laser treatments,

it is best to talk with your aesthetic practitioner

about your aesthetic goals. They can help you

determine which treatments are best for you and

will help you accomplish your skin-care goals.

Science is always evolving, allowing for the

advancement of aesthetics treatments, and lasers

can help you reach your fullest potential.

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glow &


shine

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Body Beautiful

Top non-invasive body sculpting and contouring

treatments for your aesthetic goals

by TAYLOR SHILLAM

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The newest addition to the field of aesthetic medicine.

When you’ve worked hard at sculpting and

defining your body shape but are looking for

next-level results, it may be time to consider

something new. Aesthetic body sculpting

treatments can supplement a healthy lifestyle incorporating

non-invasive, quick treatments to enhance muscle definition

and produce beautifully sculpted results.

Today, there are more ways to sculpt, smooth and shape

the body than ever before, thanks to these advanced, noninvasive

cosmetic treatments. Toning, tightening, firming and

smoothing areas of the body—that are hardest to target with

nutrition and exercise alone—is made possible and can now

work even faster, thanks to a unique, modern selection of body

sculpting technologies.

Body sculpting, or body contouring, is the newest addition

to the field of aesthetic medicine, with multiple treatment

options that have emerged to deliver benefits that can be

similar to liposuction but allow patients to skip uncomfortable

incisions, anesthesia, or unwanted recovery time following the

procedure. Instead, these procedures make it easier to achieve

aesthetic goals with clinically proven (and approved) processes

like electromagnetic energy, enhanced muscle contraction,

and temperature control in shorter, more non-invasive

treatment sessions.

Non-surgical body contouring treatments can help patients

achieve their goals faster by sculpting and firming the skin while

banishing fat cells and smoothing unwanted bulge. Patients

who undergo body sculpting procedures often experience

muscle sculpting, fat loss, lifting and toning, and redefinition

in key areas of the body, including some that are most difficult

to target with nutrition and exercise. Treatment sessions are

often quick, and many body-sculpting methods only require a

handful of sessions to produce long-lasting results.

Some of today’s top body-sculpting procedures include

CoolSculpting, EmSculpt and SculpSure.

CoolSculpting uses extremely cold temperatures to freeze and

remove fat deposits of areas of the body that are often difficult

to target with exercise and nutrition, including the abdomen,

beneath the bra line, the chin, and inner and outer thighs. It

uses a device that performs controlled cooling in the desired

areas, eventually destroying and flushing fat cells from the

body for good.

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Skip uncomfortable

incisions, anesthesia,

or unwanted recovery

time following the

procedure.

Results from the FDA-approved CoolSculpting method are typically

reached after one to three sessions, with gradual improvement occurring

over several months and producing long-term results.

The SculpSure procedure also uses temperature-based body contouring

but instead targets multiple areas of stubborn fat at the same time with

laser heat that can dissolve fat in the desired places.

SculpSure is typically recommended for simply toning, shaping and

emphasizing the muscles. With sessions lasting around 25 minutes,

SculpSure results typically take about 12 weeks to become fully revealed.

EmSculpt is a popular new technology that uses electromagnetic energyfocused

treatment designed to boost muscle density. It focuses on muscle

toning, taking the place of thousands of sit-ups or lunges in a short

session by triggering supramaximal muscle contractions—contractions

that cannot be achieved by voluntary muscle movement.

Patients often feel sore after EmSculpt sessions, like they would if they

completed a rigorous workout! The best results are often seen after six to

eight sessions with EmSculpt.

The EmSculpt Neo, an advanced version of EmSculpt technology,

blends in radio frequency fat heating with muscle-building effects. With

its ability to produce high levels of muscle contractions, EmSculpt Neo

helps patients simultaneously increase fat loss and muscle gain. It’s also

known to provide muscle definition in hard-to-uncover areas, including

revealing the coveted six-pack abs.

The UltraShape Power offers body contouring through a non-thermal

ultrasound system that precisely targets and breaks down selected fat

cells, most often in the abs and thighs. It offers a gentle, comfortable

treatment experience for shaping the body and reducing stored fat. For

many, treatment with UltraShape Power takes just three sessions spaced

two weeks apart to achieve the desired results.

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While they may almost sound too

good to be true, these medically

approved, highly effective body

contouring procedures are

taking off in popularity, quickly

gathering success stories and

endorsements from patients and

doctors across the country.

TruSculpt iD by Cutera is known as a fast, non-invasive

fat reduction treatment trusted by aesthetic professionals

to treat stubborn fat and tone the muscles in personalized

sessions as quick as 15 minutes.

Without necessary surgery or post-treatment downtime,

truSculpt iD promises personalized results that can suit

different body types, fitness levels, and treatment areas large

or small. It works through a combination of applications

and technologies including deep dermal heating and

abdominal lipolysis.

While they may almost sound too good to be true, these

medically approved, highly effective body contouring

procedures are taking off in popularity, quickly gathering

success stories and endorsements from patients and doctors

across the country.

With the variety of body contouring tools and procedures

available, there isn’t a single “best” or one-size-fits-all

procedure. Each treatment works differently for each patient,

depending on their current lifestyle, body composition,

desired results, and recommendations provided by a

medical professional.

EmSculpt is often the top treatment choice for those looking

to build their muscles rather than remove fat from the body.

Those who are targeting that stubborn, hard-to-reach fat

typically select treatments like CoolSculpting, UltraShape

and SculpSure.

Although body contouring procedures won't replace the

long-term benefits of daily healthy habits like staying active

and fueling up on proper nutrition, they are a welcome

addition to an already healthy routine that can help you

further enhance your results, saving time, energy and

frustration that can often arise when targeting stubborn

areas of the body.

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Food brings people together, while the flavors may spark memories of days

past—or simply ignite feelings you’ve never quite experienced before.

Food is crucial to our existence and well-being, and in North Idaho, chefs

continue to bring incredible tastes to the table for their guests to enjoy. If you

haven’t treated yourself to a meal out recently, or are looking to discover a new

favorite you’ve yet to try, there’s no time like the present to step outside and

into the world of creativity and flavor local chefs are crafting in the kitchen.

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The Kitchen, The Wine, The Classes, The Deli, The Café …

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THE KITCHEN, THE WINE, THE CLASSES, THE DELI,

THE CAFÉ … THE EXPERIENCE

It’s time to discover all things culinary

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Open at 11am Daily

1602 East Sherman Ave. #116

Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

208.667.2331

Open at 11am Daily

1658 East Miles Ave.

Hayden Lake, ID 83835

208.772.7711

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IT’S WHERE THE LOCALS GO

&

MOON TIME

1602 E. Sherman Ave. #116, Coeur d’Alene, ID

208.667.2331

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THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE

1658 E. Miles Ave., Hayden Lake, ID

208.772.7711


CREATING COMMUNITY,

CONNECTION AND COMFORT

A ‘hometown’ bar that truly makes you feel at home

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

If you’re looking for a place

in Sandpoint where you’ll

be treated to an incredible

experience of community,

connection and comfort, paired

with a great drink and some

spectacular live entertainment,

look no further than 219 Lounge.

Since 1937, the 219 Lounge has

been in continuous operation,

embracing all who come through

the doors. Today, customers are

welcomed by the warmth and the

bones of this historic building; the

inviting and cozy atmosphere that

will most certainly make anyone

feel at home. Over the years, the

219 has adapted with the times, yet

throughout the changes, they’ve

retained an atmosphere where

everyone feels like they have a

place in the 219.

Mix in the friendly and

professional bartenders, a stop at

“The Niner,” as it’s been coined

over the years, is a Sandpoint

experience that will keep you

coming back for more.

“In the last five years, the level of

professionalism with the barkeeps

and their skill has grown, while

still maintaining each person’s

own unique character,” shares

Mark Terry, general manager.

“You’re going to get quality service

when you step foot in the bar,

whether it’s for a drink during

the afternoon or you’re out with

friends to celebrate and listen to

live music.”

At 219, they pride themselves in

going out of their way to know

their guests as people, not just

customers. “Our staff members

are the best! They are dedicated to

our customers and to being true

professionals,” affirms Mel Dick,

owner. “You can’t be in business

since 1937 without great staff and

great customers.”

The customers of 219 represent

everything the Sandpoint

community is about: old-timers,

newcomers, visitors, and from all

walks of life, according to Mel.

“They are looking for a place to

chill, spend time with friends,

listen and dance to great music,

watch a game, or just sanctuary

from the daily grind of life.”

While the bar is stocked with all

the familiar whiskeys, vodkas,

gins and tequilas, “you never

know when we will have that

special, seemingly impossible to

find, bottle of great aged whiskey

on hand,” smiles Mel, who also

mentions that they have recently

started to focus on special,

intimate off-site events and parties

like whiskey tastings and oldschool

cocktails from the 1800s to

the 1970s.

“The feel of community,

connection and comfort is

important,” affirms Mark. “I hope

customers—new and old—feel

that. Every person is important

to us.”

219 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, ID | 208.263.5673 | 219.bar

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Withstanding the Challenges

of the Restaurant Industry

Viljo and Autumn Basso continue to impress diners at

Syringa and Bluebird

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

S

yringa Japanese Café + Sushi Bar has been a

favorite among locals since opening in 2006.

Owners Viljo and Autumn Basso couldn’t be

prouder of what they’ve built, and accomplished, since

first opening their doors in that small, intimate space on

Fourth Street.

With a flair for originality and excellence, Syringa,

located in Coeur d’Alene’s midtown, has established

itself as a destination for both locals and visitors. Always

delivering the best in sushi and modern American

cuisine, they’ve set the bar high and continue to deliver.

A decade later, the couple was ready for their next

endeavor—The Bluebird - A Midtown Eatery. Inspired

by the couple’s culinary travels and world adventures,

the menu is seasonal as much as possible, with weekly

specials, allowing diners to try something new each time

they visit. The menu includes an array of items including

a rotating scallop special. In addition, weekends always

offer dinner specials. They have an excellent wine list

(you’ll want to join their monthly wine club), and a

great selection of beer, ciders and sours.

After the opportunity presented itself to relocate Syringa

to a much larger location just north on Fourth Street

in 2019, the Bassos seized it and have continued to

flourish. And with Syringa’s original space now empty,

the couple decided to add a third restaurant—Monarch

Ramen + Noodle House. After three successful years, in

June of 2022, they were forced to close their doors, as

they were unable to renew their lease once new owners

took over the building.

But the Bassos remain optimistic. “We’ve evolved and

have seen so many changes in the 16 years we’ve been in

business. We are just so grateful that our community has

continued to support our restaurants,” shares Autumn.

“Being in business this long, we’ve seen families grow

up, we have created so many friendships with our

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customers. None of this could have been done without our

employees. We are incredibly grateful to our employees who

have stuck with us.”

As all restaurants in the Inland Northwest have experienced

over the past two-plus years, not only as a result of the

pandemic but the rising costs of living in this beautiful place,

they have found it difficult to maintain a full staff.

“For Syringa, it’s business as usual,” says Autumn, “though we

have had a really hard time finding kitchen help. As soon as

we can get more staff, we have plans to expand a little. In the

meantime, we are just trying to keep up with being busy.”

Bluebird has experienced the same issues as its sister restaurant.

Due to lack of staff, they have closed for lunch for the time

being. On the bright side, they have revamped their menu

and have some delicious new dinner options they’re excited

for diners to try. “We are also slowly rolling out Saturday

brunches, which kicked off in November. “We won’t have them

every Saturday to start, but we’ll be announcing dates on our

Instagram and Facebook pages, so be sure to follow those.”

Over the years, the Bassos have been dedicated to serving

their guests the best in cuisine. They are proud to have been

given the opportunity to provide each guest a unique—and

delicious—meal, no matter where they choose to take a seat.

To explore their menus, and find their current hours, be sure

to visit their restaurant websites.

THE BLUEBIRD - A MIDTOWN EATERY

816 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, ID

208.665.3777 | MidtownBluebird.com

SYRINGA JAPANESE CAFÉ + SUSHI BAR

1710 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, ID

208.664.2718 | SyringaSushi.com

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A Passion for

Supporting a Healthy

Community

Shop. Eat. Learn. Explore.

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

It was 1999 when Joe Hamilton, with just one employee, opened

Pilgrim’s Market in Coeur d’Alene. The goal was to invest in the

local community, with a focus on providing healthy foods and

supplements. Today, Pilgrim’s Market has flourished to now occupy an

entire city block, with 120 staff members.

In addition to the plethora of fresh produce and grocery items,

Pilgrim’s produces its own line of fermented foods—The Cultured

Mama. “Fermented foods are the traditional way to get probiotics; a

very healthy tradition that’s been lost in the modern American diet,”

shares Joe. What started with just sauerkraut and a fermented cashew

vegetable dip has grown to offer more than 60 different items. They

recently added Fermented Cashew Cheesecake to the list, with seasonal

offerings utilizing raspberries and strawberries grown in Pilgrim’s

organic garden, and huckleberries later in the summer and fall months.

Joe recently acquired the vacuum store next door to Pilgrim’s and plans

on moving their Cultured Mama fermented foods production space

into that building, which sits at approximately 1,300 square feet.

Making hundreds of healthy and tasty food items from scratch every

day, Pilgrim’s provides an experience and product selection not found

anywhere else. They are currently expanding the bakery and bringing

in new equipment, with a focus to improve the quality of their breads

and expand products, making laminated dough for more fresh-baked

options like croissants, pastries and danishes.

The one-of-a-kind deli is filled with the healthiest foods available in

town. “The reality is it is prepared food that is fresh, fast and healthy,

and very affordable for the quality of food we’re producing,” Joe affirms.

With a hot bar and organic salad bar, and pre-made grab-and-go meals,

enjoy items like the Keto Steak Salad, Salmon Rice Bowl, and Tarragon

Chicken Salad. And there’s more, with a grill where items are made

fresh to order. If you’re in the mood for a Yak Burger, Veggie Bean

Burger or Chicken Chipotle Sandwich, this is the place to go.

Behind the store you’ll find Pilgrim’s organic urban farm, which

produces thousands of pounds of farm-fresh foods each year. “Anytime

a customer sees the GRH (Grown Right Here) logo, they will know that

it was grown, or made with items grown, in our organic farm,” says Joe.

Don’t miss demos with Lorri five days a week, allowing customers to

try Pilgrim’s house-made items and hand-picked products. “We try to

demo foods that customers may not have purchased yet to expose them

to new flavors, new brands,” smiles Joe.

For the past 23 years, Pilgrim’s Market has continually expanded its

space and offerings to keep up with the needs of the community. A

new website recently launched as an additional resource, with research

tools for finding recipes, natural support for various conditions, and so

much more!

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1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, ID

208.676.9730 | PilgrimsMarket.com


Angelo's Ristorante & Catering

Experience the flavors of Italy for yourself at our restaurant or

with our catering service. We prepare real food for real people,

using nothing but the best ingredients and family recipes.

Because our primarily organic food has that homemade finedining

look, smell and taste, our restaurant and catering are

favorites of the locals.

CALL US TO RESERVE YOUR NEXT MEAL

OR TO CATER YOUR SPECIAL EVENT

208.765.2850 | 846 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, ID

AngelosCateringCdA.com | AngelosRistorante.net

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Spokanek

Washington

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Spokane has truly established itself as a culinary hot spot here in the Inland

Northwest; a city where chefs—many of whom are award winning and

nationally recognized—take pride in the meals they create for their guests

to enjoy. Innovation and a respect for superior ingredients and products can

be seen on menus throughout the city. You are sure to leave inspired, with an

appreciation for a meal well done like never before. An adventure for your

palate awaits; it’s up to you where you want to explore first!

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RIVER PARK SQUARE

Nestled in the Heart of Downtown Spokane

THE ELK PUBLIC HOUSE / THE TWO SEVEN PUBLIC HOUSE

EL QUE / MOON TIME / THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE

An Appreciation for Employees

MAX AT MIRABEAU PARK HOTEL

Serving Up Excellence Since 2004

VERSALIA PIZZA

A Meal Among Friends

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Nestled in the Heart of

Downtown Spokane

Your one-stop shopping, dining and entertainment destination


When it comes to dining, River Park Square has a unique array of

options for patrons. Rita recommends locally owned Whim Wine Bar,

a charming destination dishing up thin-crust pizzas and charcuterie

boards, and carefully selected wines, ciders and beer from around the

world. She adds, “It’s ideally located near AMC for pre-movie sips.”

The River Park Square staple Twigs is known for its martinis, wide menu

and terrace dining, which opens to the center’s atrium. P.F. Chang’s is

another popular destination for locals and tourists alike. For those boba

tea lovers, there’s the sister-owned Tea’s Company, which launched as a

farmers market pop-up stand and just last year made its new home at

River Park Square.

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

Spokane, Washington, is a city immersed in natural beauty and

offers travel-worthy attractions, and in the heart of this charming

community is where you will find River Park Square.

Boasting 420,000 square feet comprised of 55 businesses, River Park

Square features everything from Nordstrom, movies, technology and

home fashion to casual and full-service dining and entertainment.

Conveniently located just steps away from top hotels, Spokane Falls and

Riverfront Park, there is always something to do in and around River

Park Square, “whether it’s the Skate Ribbon, Looff Carrousel, Sky Ride,

or Light Show at the Pavilion,” says Rita Koefod, senior director of

Marketing, Communications and Branding for River Park Square. “River

Park Square is also a pre-show hot spot within walking distance of the

Fox Theater, comedy clubs, Spokane Arena and First Interstate Center

for the Arts, home of Best of Broadway.”

Attracting visitors from the entire region (and Canada!), River Park

Square is the premier shopping destination between the Seattle area and

Minneapolis. “Shoppers can find sought-after brands like Nordstrom,

Apple, Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Nike Factory

Store and Lush,” shares Rita. “They will also love our new merchants

including Pandora, Soma, Tempur-Pedic and Lovesac.”

She adds that another popular attraction is River Park Square’s AMC

Theatres with IMAX, featuring recliners and reserved seating options.

When visiting with the kids, be sure to check out “Ruby,” America’s

largest red stiletto on display year-round. Checking in at 9-feet 11-inches

tall and weighing more than 500 pounds, it’s sure to impress. “For more

family fun, check out Polka Dot Pottery, Whiz Kids Toy Store and Ben &

Jerry’s,” suggests Rita.

“Whether it's for a date, family excursion, night out or a large group

event, Flatstick Pub is a fun, unique experience for local craft beer,

pizza, old-school fun and memorable moments, including mini golf and

duffleboard,” shares Rita. Bonus: Flatstick is family friendly until 7pm.

And then there’s the shopping to be had. From Here, The PNW Dream

and The Small Biz Shoppe each offers its own distinct personality while

offering a creative blend of products sourced from local artists and

makers. Rita also suggests checking out an Inland Northwest favorite,

Anderson & Co., a unique shopping destination for fine menswear with

bespoke quality and extraordinary service.

While there is a narrative about malls and brick-and-mortars closing

their doors in response to people opting to shop online, Rita reminds

the community about the importance, and experience, of shopping

local. “It’s impossible to replicate the sense of discovery that comes from

shopping in-store. It’s a true benefit getting the size right on the first try.

Who doesn’t love avoiding shipping delays and taking goodies home

immediately? We find customers are also well informed about the true

cost and environmental impact of returning online orders. Beyond that,

a day at River Park Square is about community and spending time with

friends and family.”

Throughout the year, River Park Square hosts a variety of events,

partnering with many local nonprofits and community organizations.

Nearly every weekend throughout the year, you’re sure to find something

happening downtown and at River Park Square.

With the wide array of dining, fashion, events and entertainment,

visitors will discover something new each time they plan a visit to River

Park Square.

River Park Square is open 10am to 8pm Monday through Saturday and

11am to 6pm Sunday, with AMC Theatres and restaurants open later.

River Park Square

808 W. Main Ave., Spokane, WA

509.363.0304 | RiverParkSquare.com

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TWO SEVEN PUBLIC HOUSE

2727 S. Mt. Vernon St. #5, Spokane, WA

509.473.9766

THE ELK PUBLIC HOUSE

1931 W. Pacific Ave., Spokane, WA

509.363.1973

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Unparalleled

DINING & LODGING EXPERIENCE

We are Spokane Valley’s only full-service hotel that is paired with an eclectic restaurant and lounge, 235 guest

rooms, 10 suites, year-round outdoor pool and hot tub! Enjoy free high-speed wireless internet, room service

and daily newspaper. Dine at our award-winning MAX at Mirabeau restaurant and lounge, with 100+ menu

items, scenic outdoor patio and two daily Happy Hours.

Mirabeau Park

HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER

1100 N. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley, WA • Reservations: (866) 584.4674 • MirabeauParkHotel.com

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The backbone of any successful, long-standing restaurant

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

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MOONTIME

1602 E. Sherman Ave. #116

Coeur d’Alene, ID

208.667.2331

THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE

1658 E. Miles Ave.

Hayden Lake, ID

208.772.7711

THE ELK PUBLIC HOUSE

1931 W. Pacific Ave.

Spokane, WA

509.363.1973

TWO SEVEN PUBLIC HOUSE

2727 S. Mt. Vernon St. #5

Spokane, WA

509.473.9766

EL QUE

141 S. Cannon St.

Spokane, WA

509.624.5412

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CELEBRATE THE EVERY DAY AT MAX

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

Serving the community for nearly two decades, both

locals and visitors alike continue to make the awardwinning

MAX at Mirabeau, located in Spokane Valley,

their favorite restaurant destination. Catering to diners of all

ages with its extraordinary breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert

and weekend brunch, guests continue to be delighted by the

eclectic bistro-style cuisine.

Open daily (6am to 10pm Sunday through Thursday and 6am

to 11pm Friday and Saturday), the 225-seat restaurant has a

menu replete with thoughtfully planned items that are scratch

made using the freshest ingredients, utilizing produce and

products from local purveyors, growers, bakers, winemakers

and brewers whenever possible. From the hand-carved USDA

prime beef MAX is known for, to the made-from-scratch

in-house sauces, appetizers, entrées and desserts, a meal

prepared and served by the MAX team always impresses.

In addition to the incredible food, MAX at Mirabeau offers

daily specials and hosts weekly and monthly events!

Every day, customers will be treated to not one but two happy

hours, 3 to 6pm and 9pm to close in the lounge—and on the

patio during the warmer months. Enjoy $2 off pints of the

MAX Pale Ale, made by Spokane Valley’s own TT’s Old Iron

Brewery, during Tap Beer Tuesday. Next is Wine Wednesday,

where select bottles of wine are half off, in addition to

individual glass specials. Ladies looking to treat yourself to

a fun evening out to unwind, MAX is the place to be each

Thursday for Ladies Night. This traditional weekly event

offers $7 Cosmopolitans, Lemon Drops and Mojitos all day

long. To kick off each weekend, Martini/Manhattan Friday

offers patrons $2 off all signature Martinis and Manhattans

from 3pm to close. Come the weekend, MAX dishes out an

unforgettable brunch, featuring an additional, expanded

menu with their signature Bloody Mary Bar and Mimosa

specials. Brunch is offered 9am to 2pm both Saturday and

Sunday, with weekly breakfast specials to choose from as well.

First Wednesday is a monthly event held in support of local

artists and wineries in the community, displaying works from

a local artist, along with wine from a featured winery. In

addition to the fine art and wine, these gatherings, held every

month from 5 to 7pm, include complimentary hors d’oeuvres

and glass pour specials on wine and discounted menu items

during the event.

Throughout the year, the team at MAX knows how to celebrate

the holidays right by offering their incredible Thanksgiving

and Christmas Buffets and Easter and Mother’s Day Brunch.

For your own special occasion or event, MAX (located inside

Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center) boasts 17,000

square feet of meeting and banquet event space, including

private rooms for large parties.

The beautiful outdoor patio reopens each spring, welcoming

diners with a peaceful ambiance to enjoy their meal through

the summer and fall months. The space, which comfortably

seats 55 guests, is surrounded by flowers, and each table has

an umbrella to ensure guests a pleasant visit during the warm

and sunny months.

Whether it is the food, service, atmosphere or special events,

MAX at Mirabeau continues to stand as a symbol of excellence.

It’s time to celebrate the every day … at MAX.

Mirabeau Park

HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER

1100 N. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley, WA

509.922.6252 | MAXatMirabeau.com

1100 N. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley, WA

509.924.9000 | MirabeauParkHotel.com

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A Meal

Among Friends

A PASSION FOR FOOD AND COMMUNITY

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

Laura and Seth Carey have much to be thankful for. The

husband-and-wife duo have continued to do what they love

for more than two decades—creating community around

food through Versalia Pizza.

What started as a mobile oven in 2009 turned into a brick-and

mortar in Spokane’s Kendall Yards in 2014. Maintaining a strong,

loyal following as a place for the community to not just grab a bite

to eat but to gather and enjoy one another’s company, the Careys

were eager to move forward on a second location when the right

opportunity presented itself. And in January of 2022, they expanded

into Liberty Lake, opening their second Versalia Pizza location in

the River District next to Orchard Park.

“We’ve been blessed to be able to bring what we’ve established and

fostered in Kendall Yards to Liberty Lake,” shares Laura. “And since

we opened our doors, the neighborhood has been exceptionally

welcoming of us.”

A little history for those who don’t know: Liberty Lake is where

their mobile oven originally got its start at the farmers market.

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On the menu, of course, are their flavorful thin-crust pizzas (with

vegetarian and gluten-free options available). Guests can also choose

from a selection of creative salads, appetizers and desserts, and beer

and wine, as well as a variety of seasonal cocktails perfect to enjoy in

the cozy dining room.

Shortly after opening, they introduced their Mug Club, which quickly

gained in popularity. The purpose of the Mug Club was the hope it

too would foster community building within the space. To Laura and

Seth’s surprise, it has been a huge success, selling out of mugs within

the first few days of introducing it! They recently held their first Mug

Club Members Party.

They currently have 50 members participating in their Mug Club!

Members pay an annual fee to get in, and membership includes:

24-ounce beers for the price of a 16-ounce, 25 percent off Versalia

merchandise, an invite to the annual Mug Club party, and for every 10

beer purchases members earn a free pizza!

Warm up this cold season with a slice of Versalia pizza, a fantastic glass

of wine, beer or cocktail, great company and beautiful atmosphere—

whether dining in Kendall Yards or Liberty Lake. It’s the perfect recipe

to warm you up and brighten your spirits during the long, cold, wet

season. As Laura attests time and time again, “More than anything,

we’re a place for community, not just a place to eat.”

If you have an event in 2023 that you’re looking to have catered, did you

know that Versalia Pizza can cater to events large and small? This past

summer, they catered more than 70 events—many of those weddings!

2023 dates are filling up fast, so if you’re looking for a delicious way to

impress your guests, Versalia Pizza is just the answer.

VersaliaPizza.com

1333 W. Summit Pkwy, Spokane, WA | 509.389.0029

20760 E. Indiana Ave., Liberty Lake, WA | 509.290.5277


post & riverside downtown spokane

happy hour 3-5:30 & taco tuesday 3-close

cochinitotaqueria.com 509.474.9618

opening soon in

dine in takeout delivery catering

hayden, id!

Spokane’s NewOrleans

Experience

NOW OPEN FOR

Sunday Brunch!

Reservations Recommended

Walk-Ins Welcome

vieuxcarrespokane.com

509.495.1400

1403 W. Broadway Ave.

Spokane, WA 99201

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A Taste of the Inland

IT’S TIME TO SIP AND SAVOR

Northwest’s Wine

IT’S TIME TO SIP AND SAVOR

by COLIN ANDERSON

by and COLIN ANDERSON Beer Scene

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Options abundant across Spokane

and North Idaho

by COLIN ANDERSON


Flashback 15 to 20 years, and those looking to visit a craft brewery

in the greater Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area could easily count

their options on a single hand. The same rang true with regards

to wineries, where less than a dozen were open for tastings. Today, it’s

an entirely different story. Thanks to the adventurous spirit of some

savvy entrepreneurs, consumer demand, and our proximity to some of

the best barley-, hop- and grape-growing regions in the country, the

Inland Northwest is ripe with choices in which to please your palate.

The increase in options has also challenged brewers and winemakers to

continually innovate and improve, something we all benefit from with

better vintages and complex ales.

One of the original breweries in the area, Northern Lights underwent

an overhaul when it rebranded to No-Li, and is now a dominant brand

across the entire Northwest. Flagship beers like the Wrecking Ball Stout

and Born & Raised IPA have won awards on an international level. No-

Li recently took over the former Dry Fly Distilling space and created a

massive Bier Hall featuring long tables and a huge screen. It’s the perfect

place to watch a football game, and its proximity to the Gonzaga campus

means it’s always packed when a Bulldog game is on.

Perry Street Brewing is a cornerstone in the revitalized South Perry

neighborhood. Their flagship IPA won a gold medal at the Great

American Beer Festival, and brewers continue to experiment with new

hop strains. They also have a tasty stout and Scotch ale for those cold

winter days and cool spring nights.

Moving into downtown, Iron Goat Brewing has also seen its presence

grow. From an original tiny location few can remember to its beautiful

repurposed brick building on the west end of town, it’s another Spokane

staple. Traditional ales are found here, but you can also get unique sours

and saisons.

Even if you think you’ve found your favorite brewery or

wine club, don’t be afraid to step out and visit a few more

of the wonderful options so close to home.

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BrickWest Brewing Co.

1318 W. 1st Ave., Spokane, WA

509.279.2982 •BrickWestBrewingCo.com

Latah Creek Wine Cellars

13030 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane, WA

509.926.0164 • LatahCreek.com

local libations

Just a stone’s throw from Iron Goat is a newer brewhouse that’s

already commanded a loyal following. Brickwest occupies a large

indoor/outdoor space that includes a grass lawn where kids can run

off some steam. If it’s too cold, there is plenty of seating inside as well

as a huge projector screen. Fan favorites include the Brick by Brick

IPA, Lucky Penny Marzen, and the Sweet Success Brown Ale.

Moving across the state line, beer fans will find plenty more tasty

options in both Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint. A local favorite in

Coeur d’Alene is Daft Badger, which is tucked in a neighborhood

just a few blocks from the Fourth Street corridor. While the beer

alone is worth the visit, the food might be its equal with a new special

rolled out every Wednesday. Further north in Hayden you’ll come

across Mad Bomber, created by a pair of veterans whose specialty

was disarming bombs and bonding over beers.

In Sandpoint, 219 Lounge is a must stop for their fantastic cocktails

and just shy of two dozen beers on tap. Featuring beers from No-Li of

Spokane, Paragon Brewing out of Coeur d'Alene, Radio Brewing out

of Kellogg, and many more, it’s a great place to sample and possibly

find your new favorite local, or maybe not so local, brew.

When it comes to wine, there are also some great options in

North Idaho. Pend d’Oreille Winery is a favorite both for its tasty

offerings and intimate space—which features live music every

week. The Sandpoint winery features both reds and white as well

as the occasional sweets and dessert wines. Coeur d’Alene Cellars

is also home to some wonderful vintages and several experienced

winemakers. In downtown Coeur d’Alene you’ll find Castaway

Cellars, a boutique winery that offers small plates with three to six

wine tastings.

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Castaway Cellars

210 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID

208.819.1296 • CastawayCellars.com

219 Lounge

219 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, ID

208.263.5673 • 219.bar

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Back in Washington you’ll find a pair of wonderful Spokane

wineries not long after crossing the border. Latah Creek Wine

Cellars has been family owned and operated since day one. Most

bottles are in the $15 to $30 range, and you’ll find one of the

larger selections of whites in the region. Sitting high upon a bluff

overlooking the valley, it’s hard not to notice Arbor Crest Wine

Cellars. The grounds are especially spectacular in summertime,

but the large tasting room can be just as comfortable during the

colder months. Arbor Crest offers several collections as well as

premium labels. Be sure to stop in for their Fireside Dinner and Music

Series that continues through spring.

To the South of town, you’ll find Winescape, opened by a pair of

retired WSU professors with a love of wine. Situated in Glenrose, the

winery has wonderful views and a relaxed environment. Red wines

are the star here with several Cabernet Sauvignon offerings, as well

as Bordeaux-style blends. In downtown, you will now find almost

too many to mention. Maryhill operates a tasting room in Kendall

Yards, and Barrister, Helix, Cougar Crest and Tempus are all within

walking distance of each other.

We’d be remiss not to mention Walla Walla, the Mecca when it comes

to Washington wine. More than 120 wineries are found here, and if

you haven’t spent a weekend here yet, go for it!

The craft beer and wine scene should continue to grow and evolve as

more and more people come to call our region home. It’s wonderful

knowing that the fruit and grains utilized by the bulk of the industry

come from regional farmers just a short drive away. Even if you think

you’ve found your favorite brewery or wine club, don’t be afraid to step

out and visit a few more of the wonderful options so close to home.

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A

Love

Of

Winemaking

Spokane Valley’s family owned and

operated winery celebrating 40

exceptional years

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

Mike Conway has been in the business of wine since 1972 (that’s half

a century!). After a short stint in the Air Force, he would go on

to work for some big wineries in California in their microbiology

department. One thing led to another, and he found his way to Washington

state in 1980, alongside his wife Ellena, and became the first winemaker in

Spokane and went on to establish the 35th winery in the state in 1982.

On the day Mike and Ellena made the decision to start Latah Creek Wine

Cellars, they found out they were pregnant with their daughter Natalie. “So

really, the winery and I are both their babies,” smiles Natalie Barnes.

Fast forward 22 years to 2004, when Natalie decided to change her focus

in college from physical therapy to winemaking. When the harvest rolled

around that year, Mike showed Natalie a behind-the-scenes look at

winemaking. “I had helped in the past with pumping wine from one tank to

the next, or bottling, but I didn’t partake in the nitty gritty of it. For the 2004

vintage, he showed me the differences in the yeast we use for fermentation,

tasting the juice as it ferments and the subtle flavors you can pick up on, and

so much more. Just a few months later, I was hooked. I had fallen in love with

the art of winemaking.”

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Natalie graduated college the following spring and has been working

full time winemaking with her dad ever since, making them the

first father/daughter winemaking team in the state; the 2022 harvest

marked her 18th year as a winemaker.

“I didn’t realize, until recently, the special bond you get when working

so closely with your parents,” shares Natalie. “There is a nearness

you experience when working alongside them. The lovingness they

raised you with becomes integrated into your workday. The thought

of working alone amongst the tanks and not having my buddy there

to talk with is sad, so I cherish every moment I’ve got with him! And

my mom too!”

When it comes to the future of Latah Creek Wine Cellars, it

holds much the same, according to Natalie: “We will continue to

make delicious award-winning wines at affordable prices. We will

continue to make small lots of Reserve Reds, striving to educate

fellow wine lovers on different varietals they may not have heard of.

We will continue to treat all of our customers like family, because

that’s what they are. And my dad and I will continue to make wine

together until he chooses to step away—which I don’t think he’ll

ever do. He started this winery, nurtured it, and watched it grow to

40 years old!”

As she looks back on the years working side by side with her father,

Natalie reflects on the important lessons he has taught her that she

will always carry with her. “To let the fruit speak for itself. Don’t

cover up the natural flavors of the grapes, as that is what makes the

wine spectacular. Don’t be suckered into trends, as they come and

go—but you need to remain. And lastly, whether you get recognition

or not, know that you make incredible wines that people love—use

that to fuel your passion.”

In the meantime, Natalie’s younger daughter Paige has grown more

interested in the family business—especially after a recent trip to

Italy, exploring generations-old family wineries. “It really stuck with

her, as she listened intently to each family’s story, what a family

business means and the legacy that’s passed on from generation to

generation,” shares Natalie. “I spent this summer with her by my

side watching me filter, bottle, clean, and much more. It made my

heart soar.”

Natalie, Mike and Ellena invite you to stop by and taste the love and

dedication that’s poured into each Latah Creek wine.

13030 E. INDIANA AVE., SPOKANE VALLEY, WA

509.926.0164 | LATAHCREEK.COM

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AND TO

ALL A

GOOD

GIFT

There’s always a good reason, no matter the time of year,

to surprise your significant other, best friend or family

member with a gift they’re sure to love. If you find yourself

struggling to find just the right gift, flip through our gift

guide, for him and her, to inspire your next purchase.

gifts compiled by LIKE MEDIA DESIGN TEAM

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FOR HER

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Whether that special lady is into cooking,

fashion or home decorating, or you’re

looking to gift her something you know

she’ll be able to use every day, we’ve found

some items she’s sure to love.

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Throw pillows add an interior

or exterior design touch for

all seasons!

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A name necklace is simple

yet meaningful. The name

could be theirs, their child’s,

or somebody else near and

dear to their heart.

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1. Booker Candlesticks: These gorgeous brass

candlesticks make the perfect mantel statement. $78;

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Throw Pillows: Throw pillows add an interior or exterior

design touch for all seasons! $15.99 - $29.99; Target.

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4. Anthropologie Candle: With amazing scents and

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Aid Stand Mixer: This mixer will stand the test of time!

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is an affordable gift that never disappoints! Starbucks

has mugs in all sizes and designs. $15+; buy in-store.

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silky fibers, ruched ripple effect and substantial

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9. Stackable Ring: Consider a ring with a significant stone

or a meaningful initial. Prices vary; KendraScott.com,

OliveandPiper.com. 10. Personalized Name Necklace:

The name could be theirs, their child’s, or somebody

else near and dear to their heart. $12+; Etsy.com.

11. Gold Hoop Earrings: Consider getting your loved one

a pair of gold hoops to pair with any outfit. Prices vary;

Target.com, KendraScott.com, OliveandPiper.com.

12. Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Throw Blanket:

Similar to throw pillows, a throw blanket is another

great gift for any time of the year! $19.99+; Target.com.

13. Drybar Premium Hair Care Products: From dry

shampoo and conditioner to premium hot tools, you

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Stanley Tumbler: The 40-ounce vacuum-insulated cup

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seven, and even holds ice for up to two days. They sell

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16. Charcuterie Board: A gift that they will use for any

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FOR HIM

Husband, brother, dad, son ... if you’re

looking to wow the man in your life, for

a special occasion or just because, these

items are sure to impress.

A Carhartt hoodie is a staple

that every Northwest man

should have in his closet.

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Do you know a sports lover?

Deck them out with their

favorite team gear.

1. Ember Mug: The Ember mugs redefine your hot drink experience. Give the gift of chosen drink temperature for up to 1.5 hours. $99 - $180; Ember.com. 2. Sunglasses:

Sunglasses are a great gift that can be used all year. If you are ready to splurge on a nice pair, Ray-Ban glasses are classic. If you are looking for something more

affordable, consider browsing through Amazon! You might be surprised by the great quality at great prices. $70.50 - $493; Ray-Ban.com | $10 - $50; Amazon.com.

03. Carhartt Hoodie: A Carhartt hoodie is a staple that every Northwest man should have in his closet. $49.99 - $64.99; Carhartt.com. 04. Personalized Flask: A

personalized flask is both unique and thoughtful. With hundreds of styles, find one that matches their personality! $10+; Etsy.com. 05. Weatherproof Backpack:

This one is for our outdoorsy men and adventurers. A quality backpack makes all the difference! $69+; TheNorthFace.com. 06. Personalized Socks: Not only are

personalized socks thoughtful and funny, they also serve a practical purpose! $24; DivvyUpSocks.com. 07. Man Crate: Shop unique and exciting gadgets, gear and

grub he’ll love, all delivered in a manly crate. $49 - $100+; ManCrates.com. 08. Apple Airpods: Give the gift of perfect acoustic! You can even personalize them for free

by engraving a mix of emojis, names, initials and numbers to the case. $129+; Apple.com. 09. Swiss Army Knife: This multi-tool pocketknife is both functional and

practical. Coming in many different sizes and styles, find a Swiss Army Knife perfect for him! $17+; Amazon.com. 10.Traeger® Wood Pellet Grills: Enhance your grilling

game. You can grill, bake, smoke, roast, braise and barbecue with Traeger® Wood Pellet Grills. $449.99 - $3,799.99; Traeger.com. 11. Barbecue Tool Set To pair with

the grill master’s Traeger®, make sure he has a quality barbecue tool set to go along with it! $79.95; CrateandBarrel.com. 12. New Balance Shoes: Give a man in your

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Carlsbad,

THE VILLAGE BY THE SEA

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Discover small-town charm with all

the amenities of a big city

By MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

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CHARMING CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA,

was named after Karlsbad, a famous spa in Bohemia due to mineral springs with a similar mineral content.

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the town sits on the traditional lands of the Luiseño Indians, who first

settled this coastal area. Visitors will love the 7 miles of beautiful beaches. Explore the historic village with

adorable local shops and restaurants. History abounds with the nearby Carrillo Ranch and other historic

attractions. There are miles of trails in the canyons, and golf enthusiasts will find upscale resorts with scenic

yet challenging courses. Enjoy all the beauty California has to offer without the traffic and congestion of

its larger cities.

Visitor Information - VisitCarlsbad.com

WHERE TO STAY

The Residence Inn San Diego Carlsbad is in a perfect location to explore all Carlsbad has to offer. Just a

short drive away are beaches, Legoland, Carlsbad Historic Village, miles of hiking trails, and premium

outlets. The all-suite hotel’s renovations were completed July 15, 2022, and the hotel feels brand new. There

is a lovely pool area with lush landscaping. All rooms are suites and include a full kitchen—which comes

in handy when traveling with children. Eat your main meal at lunch, then, after a day of exploring, have

dinner in your room or out by the pool. Before heading out in the morning, enjoy a full hot breakfast

included in your room rate.

If you want to stay oceanside, then the Carlsbad Inn is the place to be. The coastal vibe of this boutique

hotel is just steps away from the beach in the center of downtown Carlsbad. Guests can choose from rooms

and suites, as well as one-bedroom condos—featuring a full kitchen, dining and living area. If you’re staying

here, there’s really no need to rent a car, as all amenities are right out your doorstep, from shopping and

dining to entertainment. And, of course, the beach is ready to greet you at a moment’s notice. Start your

morning or end your day in the ocean-view courtyard.

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Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort - CarlsbadInn.com

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WHERE TO EAT

Carlsbad has an eclectic dining scene, and some of the best

restaurants can be found in Carlsbad Village. Take a food

tour with Carlsbad Food Tours for a detailed overview of

the history of the village and try a variety of tasty treats on

this walking tour. The company’s website is also a wealth

of information about where to dine outside of the village.

Campfire is a unique restaurant situated in an old Quonset

Hut that serves up food cooked over a fire. The concept is

fun, and the dining room is boisterous. Chef Eric Bost’s

menu utilizes the best of local California ingredients and

is seasonal based on what is fresh. The service is fantastic,

and the servers are well versed on the menu and concept

of each dish. The menu has a whole section highlighting

just vegetables. Make sure to try the broccoli. This dish has

remained on the menu exactly as it first appeared due to its

popularity. The broccoli is roasted to a nice crispy outside

with chermoula, lime and peanut. It lives up to the hype.

Eating at a butcher shop may seem a little strange, but this

local favorite will change your mind. “Big John” Haedrich,

the founder of Tip Top Meats, defected from East Germany

and eventually made his way to California. Well versed in

German meats and sausages, he eventually added a market

and restaurant to his butcher shop. Order at the counter,

then enjoy fresh cooked German specialties such as

Sauerbraten, Rouladen, deli meats and German sausages.

The lunch menu has such a large variety of sandwiches

and entrees that it is hard to decide. You can order takeout

meals, which are perfect to reheat at your hotel. Well

worth a stop.

Guests will find 13 independent local food vendors inside

the Windmill Food Hall. Most small vendors can’t afford

a liquor license, and what makes this food hall unique

is a full-service bar with craft bar and creative cocktails.

So, order your favorite meal from your table with the

unique ordering system, which allows you to order from

multiple restaurants on one ticket. Once it is ready, pick

it up from the vendor. This place has a cool vibe with live

entertainment and events monthly. There are also board

games available to play at your table.

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THINGS TO DO

Make the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historical Park top on your list of things to

do while in Carlsbad. Leo Carrillo was a famous actor who appeared in

over 90 movies. His greatest fame came later in life on television when he

played Pancho on the “Cisco Kid” in 156 episodes. Living and working

in Hollywood, he wanted a retreat with the added goal of helping to

preserve the ranch lifestyle from the early days of California. His ranch

is now a historical site and a wonderful place to visit. Make sure to bring

a picnic lunch to enjoy the property. There is a self-guided tour of the

property and trails that connect to other trails in the area if you would

like a longer hike. The best place to start is at Stop 12 on the walking

tour at the Old Hay Barn. This serves as the visitors’ center, and guests

can request to see the movie about Leo Carrillo’s life. The movie is truly

fascinating and makes a better start to the tour. Bring water and sturdy

shoes. The property is open to visit, and the historic buildings are open

when docents are available, so call before heading there.

Mission San Luis Rey is known as “King of the Missions.” It was founded

in 1798 and was named after St. Louis IX, King of France in the 13th

century. Prior to the Spanish occupation, the Luiseño people inhabited

the region. The mission now sits on 56 acres and is a great destination

to explore some of the early history of California. Start your tour at the

Museum with a self-guided map that will take you through the historic

buildings and around some areas of the property. The mission church is

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YEAR-ROUND ENJOYMENT

Experience our hot springs pools, cave and Spirit Water Spa. Savour culinary

specialties created by Executive Chef Cory Chapman at the Ktunaxa Grill.

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the perfect

getaway destination

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ecognized as one of the most beautiful among the 21 California

missions. It is the only one that has a wooden dome and cupola.

Insider Tip: Guests can also take a Behind-the-Scenes tour, which

are offered a few times a month. Entertaining and knowledgeable

docents lead a 75-minute walk through areas of the mission

grounds that are not usually open to the public.

There are so many options of things to see and do in the area.

The Carlsbad Seawall is a 4-mile walking trail that is popular

with joggers, walkers and cyclists, and the roller blade craze is

still a thing here. It overlooks Carlsbad State Beach, which is the

perfect spot to watch the sunset followed by a meal in the village.

Legoland California Resort, the Legoland Waterpark, and the Sea

Aquarium are fun, family attractions. If visiting in the spring, the

Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch will dazzle visitors with 50 acres

of flowers, which really stand out when the surrounding area is

so brown.

Leo Carrillo Ranch Historical Park - Carrillo-Ranch.org

Mission San Luis Rey - SanLuisRey.org

With mild temperatures year-round and very few rainy days,

Carlsbad is the perfect late winter or early spring getaway

destination. It is easy to get to via the San Diego International

Airport. A rental car is a must to explore all this area has to offer.

You won’t regret splurging on a convertible.

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GOOD EATS FOR THE

New Year

warm winter

greens

Salads don’t have to be boring! Make them filling, nutrious and bursting with flavor! This unique, delicious salad will

truly be a crowd pleaser. Hearty yet wholesome enough to serve on its own, or a side to a warm meal, this dish works

wonderfully for both family dinner or that special dinner party with guests. The homemade dressing definitely puts

this salad over the top.

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE SALAD

(measure with your heart):

butternut squash or sweet potato

chopped apple

mixed greens or kale

craisins

pumpkin seeds

chickpeas

Olive oil

FOR THE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR SALAD

DRESSING:

1 small shallot - peeled and quartered

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 tsp. dijon mustard

2 tsp. honey

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

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METHOD:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Peel butternut squash. Cut in half. Discard the seeds by by scooping them out.

Cut squash into cubes. Place on half of the baking sheet.

3. Dry and rinse your chickpeas. Spread them on a kitchen towel and pat dry.

(They must be dry before drizzling with olive oil or they won’t crisp up in the

oven.) Place on other half of the baking sheet. Toss squash and chickpeans with

olive oil and a generous amount of salt and pepper. Bake for 35 minutes, until

squash is tender and chickpeas are crisp.

4. While that is cooking, it’s time to prepare your dressing. Throw all the

ingredients into a blender, or blend with an immersion blender in a small bowl,

until smooth. You can store the dressing up to one week if you have leftovers.

5. Once your squash and chickpeas are done roasting, throw all your ingredients

into a large salad bowl, top with your homemade dressing, and enjoy!

SALAD RECIPE IS A REAL NORTHWEST LIVING IN-

HOUSE RECIPE

DRESSING COURTESY OF HEALTHY SEASONAL RECIPES


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fresh squeezed

juice

If your health is a priority in 2023, juicing will

be your best friend! And you don’t have to go

to a juice bar to get the freshest juice. You can

make it right at home, saving time and money.

Juicing is a great way to start the day or as

a pick-me-up to feel more energized. If you

prefer a more tart flavor, use less fruit. Trying

to get the kids to drink a glass? Adding a bit

more will give it the perfect sweetness.

INGREDIENTS:

1 bunch kale, roughly chopped

1 large lemon, peeled and quartered

1 inch ginger, peeled

1 cucumber, cut into long strips

2 apples, peeled and sliced

4 stalks of celery

METHOD:

1. Wash and prep veggies.

2. Juice in order listed.

3. Strain through a sieve if you don’t like pulp

(optional).

4. Drink immediately, and enjoy!

RECIPE BY SHOW ME THE YUMMY

Tip: If you do not own a juicer, juices can be made

in the blender, with a more smoothie-like consistency.

There will be quite a bit of pulp that you can strain out

with a sieve.

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ALL ABOUT

BALANCEBABY

not your mom’s chocolate cake

Fueling your body and mind is all about balance, so don’t be afraid to treat yourself once in a while. This is the perfect

cake to bring to a party or serve after hosting dinner. Moist, rich and so easy to prepare. This cake pairs perfectly with

vanilla ice cream.

INGREDIENTS:

1 chocolate cake mix

1 package chocolate instant pudding

3/4 cup sour cream

3/4 cup mayo

1/3 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup oil

3 tbsp. maraschino cherry juice

1 tsp. almond extract

4 eggs

FOR THE FROSTING:

1/2 cup of butter, room temperature

3 cups of powdered sugar

1/4 cup of whole milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

METHOD:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Grease your bundt pan with whatever method you choose.

3. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes. Check for readiness with a tooth pick; if it comes

out clean it’s done.

4. While cake is baking, prepare your icing.

5. In a medium bowl, and using an electric hand mixer, beat the butter until

light and smooth. Beat in the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth and

creamy.

6. Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl and place over a small pan of barely

simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is melted and

smooth, about 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the melted

chocolate to the vanilla frosting and stir until smooth.

7. Once your cake is done, let cool to room temperature.

8. Aftering cooling, flip your bundt onto your platter. Pour icing over, and enjoy!

CAKE RECIPE IS A REAL NORTHWEST

LIVING IN-HOUSE RECIPE

ICING COURTESY OF GIADA

DE LAURENTIIS

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TRY YOUR HAND AT

something new

easy one-pan

Shakshuka

Wow your Sunday brunch guests with this fun and easy dish, though Shakshuka can work

for any meal of the day. This warm and satisfying dish is perfect for the whole family.

INGREDIENTS:

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

1 red bell pepper, seeded and

diced

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. cumin

¼ tsp. chili powder

1 28-ounce can whole peeled

tomatoes

6 large eggs

salt and pepper, to taste

1 small bunch fresh cilantro,

chopped

1 small bunch fresh parsley,

chopped

METHOD:

1. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan on medium heat. Add the chopped bell

pepper and onion. Cook for 5 minutes or until the onion becomes translucent.

2. Add garlic and spices, and cook an additional minute.

3. Pour the can of tomatoes (including the juice) into the pan, breaking down

the tomatoes using a large spoon. Season with salt and pepper, and bring the

sauce to a simmer.

4. Using your large spoon, make small wells in the sauce and crack an egg into

each well. Cover the pan and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the eggs are done

to your liking.

5. Garnish with chopped cilantro and parsley.

Tip: Crumbled feta or goat cheese on top is a

delicious addition. Traditionally it's served with pita,

but you can also serve it with slices of avocado.

RECIPE COURTESY OF DOWNSHIFTOLOGY

WITH LISA BRYAN

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sizzle

Eats and Drinks

LOCATION GUIDE

Spokane, Spokane Valley & Liberty Lake

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spokane, spokane valley & liberty lake

1898 PUBLIC HOUSE

Classic foods with a fresh twist using the finest

ingredients is what guests will be treated to at 1898

Public House. Located at Kalispel Golf and Country

Club in Spokane, dining at 1898 Public House is an

exciting culinary tour for your palate. From handpressed

gourmet burgers and house-cured bacon to

house-made rolls and charcuterie, signature comfort

food dishes and unique combinations are designed

for the more adventurous foodie. In addition, 1898

grows their own herbs and locally sources their

ingredients. They invite you to eat and drink inspired

at 1898. Serving lunch and dinner daily, they are

open starting at 11am Monday through Friday, and

9am Saturday and Sunday for brunch.

Spokane $-$$$

2010 W. Waikiki Rd.

509.466.2121 | 1898PublicHouse.com

COCHINITO TAQUERIA

Guests will be treated to fresh and delicious

cuisine created using fine-dining techniques paired

with locally and responsibly sourced seasonal

ingredients—served in a casual atmosphere along

with craft cocktails, thoughtfully selected cervezas

and spirits. From the fresh-made tortilla chips,

chicharrones and ceviche, to a variety of tacos (like

the Heritage Duroc Pork Cheek Carnitas, Masa

Fried Calamari, 20-Hour Carne Asada, and Fried

Maitake Mushroom) served on fresh house-made

corn tortillas, guests are in for a treat! Don't forget to

order a side of beans, cumin and tomato rice, pickled

vegetables or guacamole. Open 9:30am to 9pm

Monday through Saturday; closed Sunday. Takeout

is available, and you can order online.

Spokane $-$$

10 N. Post St.

509.474.9618 | CochinitoTaqueria.com

THE ELK PUBLIC HOUSE

Spokane’s not-so-secret neighborhood restaurant

located in the heart of Historic Browne’s Addition,

The Elk Public House has been serving the

community for more than two decades. On the

menu, you’ll find a great selection of fresh salads,

soups, sandwiches and pastas, all made from scratch.

They also offer a large selection of brews, wine by

the glass and bottle, and original cocktails. Enjoy it

all in the comfortable pub-style atmosphere. Open

daily for lunch and dinner from 11am to late night,

check out their website to view their menu and

current specials. The Elk Public House patio is an

ideal location for outdoor dining during the warmer

months to just sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious

meal and cold brew.

Spokane $-$$

1931 W. Pacific Ave.

509.363.1973 | WeDontHaveOne.com

CHUCHERIAS AND

SNOWCONES

What began as a mobile food truck has found a home at River Park Square.

Chucherias and Snowcones offers Mexican snacks and sweet treats everyone

will enjoy. Open daily starting at 11am, be sure to treat yourself to a quick and

delicious snack during your shopping excursion.

Spokane $

808 W. Main Ave.

509.216.1480 | Facebook.com/ChucheriasandSnowcones

FLATSTICK PUB

Whether it's a date night, guys’ night, ladies’ night or a large group event,

Flatstick is the best pub experience in Washington for local craft beer, pizza,

old-school fun and memorable moments, including Mini Golf and Duffleboard.

Stop in for Happy Hour 3 to 6pm Monday through Friday and enjoy discounts

on drinks and pizzas. Minors are welcome until 7pm daily, except in designated

bar seating areas.

Spokane $-$$

808 W. Main Ave.

509.368.9477 | FlatstickPub.com/Spokane

EAST PAN ASIAN CUISINE

Northern Quest's contemporary take on classic dishes from across Asia, East

Pan Asian Cuisine opened in 2022 and has been satisfying diners since day one.

With made-in-house noodles and a modern, fresh interpretation of Asian favorites,

East is dishing up the area’s best in authentic pan Asian cuisine. Treat

yourself to a tasty assortment of shareable options and inventive menu items

that draw inspiration from your favorite Asian Pacific, Japanese, Thai, Chinese,

and Korean dishes. Open 11am daily.

Spokane $-$$

100 N. Hayford Rd.

509.481.2131 | NorthernQuest.com

HIGHBALL

This modern speakeasy at Northern Quest Resort & Casino offers 1920s opulence

in a contemporary lounge. Located near the Pavilion entrance, Highball is

complete with swanky ambiance and modern luxury, featuring Prohibitioninspired

cocktails, decadent dining and dessert offerings, and an ever-rotating

calendar of nightlife and entertainment. For hours, including Sunday Brunch, as

well as upcoming entertainment happenings, visit their website.

Spokane $-$$$

100 N. Hayford Rd.

509.481.2389 | NorthernQuest.com

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LATAH CREEK WINERY AND

GIFT SHOP

With a commitment to delight wine lovers with

the best of Washington state while making their

award-winning wines affordable, Latah Creek

continues to deliver a unique experience with

each and every bottle. Sample award-winning

and reserve wines in their beautifully remodeled

tasting room while browsing through one of the

most unique gift shops in the area. The winery is

open 9am to 5pm daily. And don’t forget to join

their WineClub!

Spokane Valley $-$$$

13030 E. Indiana Ave.

509.926.0164 | LatahCreek.com

MASSELOW’S STEAKHOUSE

Fine dining at its best! It’s time to take a culinary

journey. Open for dinner Wednesday through

Sunday, Masselow’s Steakhouse at Northern Quest

Resort & Casino features an impressive variety of

prime-grade Midwestern steaks, fresh seafood and

an expansive wine selection. Much like their wine

list, all ingredients are personally sought, sourced

and tasted to meet the chef ’s highest standards so

that guests get only the best.

Spokane $$$

100 N. Hayford Rd.

509.481.6020 | Masselows.com

MAX AT MIRABEAU

Join MAX at Mirabeau for an unforgettable

experience. Located in Spokane Valley, you’ll be

treated to eclectic cuisine, an award-winning menu

with more than 100 items, a wine list boasting more

than 500 labels and 75 eclectic cocktails—a perfect

match for everything on the menu. Enjoy two happy

hours daily, a-la-carte brunch featuring multiple

benedicts, mimosas, and the area’s best Bloody Mary

Bar! Open daily starting at 6am for breakfast, lunch,

dinner and late-night dining, MAX at Mirabeau has

made a name for itself as Spokane Valley’s premier

dining destination year after year. Seasonal outdoor

dining is available.

Spokane Valley $-$$$

1100 N. Sullivan Rd.

509.922.6252 | MAXatMirabeau.com

MAC DADDY'S GOURMET GRUB

Located at River Park Square, Mac Daddy's is a family owned and operated

restaurant specializing in mac and cheese, gourmet burgers and wings. They

make their own cheese sauce utilizing 14 different kinds of cheeses in the

recipe. Mac Daddy's also specializes in off-site food vending, catering, fairs and

festivals.

Spokane $-$$

808 W. Main Ave.

509.598.8149 | RiverParkSquare.com

P.F. CHANG'S

At P.F. Chang’s, they're committed to providing an exceptional dining

experience every time you walk through their doors. Each dish on the menu is

prepared to order using the freshest and highest quality ingredients. The unique

environment combines influences of Chinese and American cultures.

Spokane $-$$$

801 W. Main Ave.

509.455.2166 | RiverParkSquare.com

MISO FRESH ASIAN

You can find Miso Fresh Asian at River Park Square, where you're sure to enjoy

the fresh Southeast Asian street-vendor style cuisine. Using fresh ingredients,

the food is flavorful and delicious. During your next visit to River Park Square,

be sure to order a tasty meal at Miso Fresh Asian.

Spokane $-$$

808 W. Main Ave.

509.241.3424 | RiverParkSquare.com

ROCKET BAKERY

With six locations serving the Spokane community, you can find Rocket Bakery

at its most recent location at the east end of the River Park Square mall. Find all

of Rocket Bakery's signature treats and drinks as well as rotating flavors of Bare

Culture Kombucha on tap.

Spokane $

207 N. Wall St.

509.368.9682 | RocketSpokane.com/Wall-St

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THE TWO SEVEN

PUBLIC HOUSE

At Two Seven in Spokane, you will find a menu featuring fresh salads like the

Southwestern Taco or Greek Chickpea; burgers, wraps and sandwiches (think

Cuban Pork, Philly Cheese Steak, and Buffalo Chicken); and house specialties

including the Pork Chop Marsala. They offer a great selection of microbrewed

beers, wines by the glass and freshly squeezed juice cocktails to pair with your

meal, all served up by a friendly and experienced staff in a comfortable pub-style

atmosphere. Open for lunch and dinner 11am daily until late night.

Spokane $-$$

2727 S. Mount Vernon St., Ste. 5

509.473.9766 | WeDontHaveOne.com

VERSALIA PIZZA

Enjoy delicious gourmet ultra-thin artisan-crust pizzas, made from dough that

is prepared in-house daily, topped with the freshest and highest quality natural

ingredients, as well as savory apps and salads, with to-go items available. Pair

your meal with a tasty cocktail, beer or wine. Now with two locations: Spokane’s

Kendall Yards and Liberty Lake's River District next to Orchard Park.

Spokane & Liberty Lake $-$$

1333 W. Summit Pkwy. | 509.389.0029

20760 E. Indiana Ave. | 509.290.5277

VersaliaPizza.com

SHIKI HIBACHI SUSHI

Coming soon to River Park Square! Shiki Hibachi Sushi is a sushi lover's

paradise, where they strive to provide excellent customer service, high-quality

sushi and a memorable dining experience. You can also find Shiki in Coeur

d'Alene at 221 East Sherman Avenue (ShikiCdA.com).

Spokane $-$$$

808 W. Main Ave.

ShikiHibachiSushi.com

TWIGS BISTRO & MARTINI BAR

Prepare for a unique dining experience that is casual yet memorable. At Twigs

Bistro & Martini Bar at Spokane's River Park Square, you will experience the

perfect ambiance, making for a warm and inviting atmosphere. Food will

tantalize a variety of palates. Experience your meal with one of their 36 signature

martinis. Open daily 11am to close.

Spokane $$-$$$

808 W. Main Ave.

509.232.3376 | TwigsBistro.com

TEA'S COMPANY

Tea's Company, owned and operated by sisters, was originally launched as a

pop-up stand at farmers markets serving loose leaf brewed teas and freshly

cooked brown sugar boba. Gaining a loyal following, Tea's Company expanded

to a seasonal mobile boba café inside River Park Square in spring of 2022, with

storefront opening winter 2022. They offer traditional milk teas, milk drinks,

and tea lemonades with delicious extras like boba and jellies, always crafted and

customized to order.

Spokane $

808 W. Main Ave.

RiverParkSquare.com

VIEUX CARRÉ NOLA KITCHEN

Vieux Carré brings the New Orleans experience to Spokane with authentic

Cajun/Creole food combining elements of French and Spanish cuisine. With

offerings such as crawfish, hush puppies, gumbo, jambalaya, bread pudding and

beignets, Vieux Carré will ensure that you satiate your Cajun cravings while

out with friends, family or that significant other. In addition to the food, they

boast a robust cocktail, wine and beer menu complete with New Orleans classic

cocktails like Mint Julep, Ramos Gin Fizz and, of course, The Vieux Carré! Open

for lunch and dinner daily.

Spokane $$-$$$

1403 W. Broadway Ave.

509.495.1400 | VieuxCarreSpokane.com

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coeur d'alene & hayden

MOON TIME

Established in 1996, Moon Time quickly became

a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Open

daily and serving some of the best food around in

a comfortable pub-style atmosphere, you’ll want

to visit as often as possible. The menu offers soups,

sandwiches, pastas, salads and other specialties

prepared from scratch daily, along with a fantastic

selection of micro-brewed beers and fine wines

by the glass and bottle. You’re invited to take

a seat for lunch, dinner and late-night dining

daily starting at 11am. For more information,

including menu and specials, visit their website.

Coeur d’Alene $-$$

1602 E. Sherman Ave., Ste. 116

208.667.2331 | WeDontHaveOne.com

PILGRIM’S MARKET

Locally owned and operated since opening in

1999, Pilgrim’s Market is the Inland Northwest’s

hotspot for the finest natural and organic foods,

local products, health education and more. For

the health-seeking “green” consumer wanting to

support local food growers and retailers, Pilgrim’s

is a homegrown, locally owned alternative to

massive foreign-owned national chains. Pilgrim’s

25,000-square-foot store offers everything from

organic produce to gourmet cheese, beer and wine,

bulk foods, bakery, meat, deli, supplements, gift and

floral, and an education and event center. There is

also an urban farm on location. Located just minutes

off I-90, Pilgrim’s is a frequent destination for locals

and a must see for the health-conscious traveler.

Coeur d’Alene $-$$

1316 N. Fourth St.

208.676.9730 | PilgrimsMarket.com

THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE

A beautiful golf-course view without the cost of

joining the country club makes The Porch an ideal

setting for a delicious meal any time of year. They

offer a full menu of sandwiches, salads, soups and

specialties prepared from scratch without the high

price of fine dining, and the region’s finest cocktails,

microbrews and wines to accompany your meal.

Feel at home in the comfortable pub-style dining

room or the fantastic outdoor dining area during

the warmer months. Open daily year-round, The

Porch keeps the kitchen cooking up delicious food

late every night. For more information including

specials, menu, photos and directions, please visit

their website.

Hayden Lake $-$$

1658 E. Miles Ave.

208.772.7711 | WeDontHaveOne.com

ANGELO’S RISTORANTÉ

Angelo’s is the local favorite with a taste of homemade, authentic Italian cuisine!

Join them for a fresh, organic, hand-crafted menu of veal, steak, chicken,

seafood, pasta and gluten-free offerings, an extensive wine selection and warm

romantic décor. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday starting at 4pm.

Chef Angelo can also cater events both big and small.

Coeur d’Alene $$-$$$

846 N. Fourth St.

208.765.2850 | AngelosRistorante.net

THE CULINARY STONE

Discover a one-of-a-kind experience at The Culinary Stone, located in the

Riverstone Neighborhood in Coeur d’Alene. Open daily, they invite you to stop

by to savor foods from the Café and Deli; discover specialty foods from around

the world and the region; enjoy wine tastings onsite; partake in a cooking

class in the demo kitchen, taught by one of their chefs; and shop the beautiful

selection of culinary items, perfect for outfitting your kitchen. Special events are

also held throughout the year.

Coeur d’Alene $-$$

2129 N. Main St.

208.277.4116 | CulinaryStone.com

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SYRINGA JAPANESE CAFE +

SUSHI BAR

A longtime Coeur d’Alene favorite, take a seat at

Syringa, located on the corner of Fourth Street and

Spruce Avenue in midtown. Using organic produce,

choice meats and wild seafood whenever available

(and no MSG), enjoy sushi, Japanese entrées, salads

and soups. Syringa hits the spot for a cozy lunch or

dinner, the perfect place to unwind and cool down

during the warmer months. Visit their website for

current hours and menu.

Coeur d’Alene $$-$$$

1710 N. Fourth St.

208.664.2718 | SyringaSushi.com

VICINO PIZZA

Opened in October 2020 in Coeur d’Alene’s Rivertsone

Neighborhood, this Neapolitan-style wood-fired

pizzeria offers a creative and delicious selection of

pizzas; small plates like house-made meatballs, fried

calamari and focaccia; and an assortment of housemade

salads and desserts. Complete your meal with

a glass of wine from the beautiful wine list or a cold

craft brew. Open daily for lunch and dinner for dinein

or takeout, with seasonal outside dining available.

Coeur d’Alene $$-$$$

2385 N. Old Mill Loop

208.758.7997 | VicinoPizza.com

VINE & OLIVE EATERY AND

WINE BAR

Located in Coeur d’Alene’s Riverstone

Neighborhood, guests will be treated to the

extraordinary, with a menu comprised of Europeaninspired

small plates using simple, seasonal

ingredients for simply good food served with soul,

executed with Northwest flair. Make a selection

from the full wine bar, which serves thoughtful

wines by the glass and eight local brews on tap, to

complement your meal. For reservations, call or

reserve your table online.

Coeur d’Alene $$-$$$

2037 N. Main St.

208.758.7770 | VineandOliveCdA.com

THE BLUEBIRD - A MIDTOWN EATERY

At this eclectic Northwest bistro in Coeur d’Alene’s midtown, high-quality

ingredients and locally sourced products are used in every dish. The menu is

unique, enticing and delicious, from the Cougar Gold Mac-n-Cheese and Tater

Tot Poutine to Cioppino, with weekly and seasonal specials. Open for lunch and

dinner, be sure to visit their website for current hours.

Coeur d’Alene $$

816 N. Fourth St.

208.665.3777 | MidtownBluebird.com

SWEET LOU’S RESTAURANT AND TAP HOUSE

American fare is what you’ll be treated to at Sweet Lou’s in downtown Coeur d’Alene.

Try the ribs (pork or bison) that are smoked in-house, and choose from a variety

of burgers made from freshly ground top sirloin and topped with decadent eats

such as smoked pulled pork, hand-battered onion rings or fresh jalapeños. And

… find 32 beers on tap! Come hungry, stay late, eat well. They also offer delivery

in Coeur d’Alene. In addition to its Coeur d’Alene and Ponderay locations, Sweet

Lou’s now has a third location in Athol (6915 East Athol Crossing Road) and is

open 11am to 10pm daily.

Coeur d’Alene $-$$

601 E. Front Ave., Ste. 101

208.667.1170 | SweetLousIdaho.com

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219 LOUNGE

Sandpoint’s hometown bar for more than 80 years, you’ll find a friendly

atmosphere with folks from all walks of life at the “Niner.” Find the full-service

bar serving classic cocktails, 20 craft beers on tap and a unique wine list, with

entertainment including pool, karaoke, live music and more!

Sandpoint $-$$

219 N. 1st Ave.

208.263.5673 | 219.bar

JALAPEÑOS

For nearly three decades, Jalapeños has prided itself on being Sandpoint’s casual

neighborhood Mexican restaurant; the perfect place for families and friends to

gather and enjoy a great meal at wonderful prices while supporting a longtime

locally owned business. Whether you choose the 7B Nachos or Street Tacos, Deep

Fried Avocado, Beer-Battered Fish Taco, Spinach Flautas or the Mexican Chalupa

(or any of their other delicious menu items), you can’t go wrong. Complement

your meal with a drink from the full bar.

Sandpoint $-$$

314 N. Second Ave.

208.263.2995 | SandpointJalapenos.com

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sandpoint, ponderay & sagle

SWEET LOU’S RESTAURANT AND BAR

Enjoy home-style comfort food made with high-quality ingredients at Sweet

Lou’s. You’ll be treated to amazing burgers, beer-battered onion rings, hand-cut

top sirloin and more, including the crowd favorite—Grilled PB&J with locally

made huckleberry jam. There is also a full bar featuring more than a dozen draft

beers. And don’t forget … 20 4K TVs are onsite for watching the game! Open

daily for lunch, dinner and drinks from 11am to 10pm, with online ordering

available.

Ponderay $-$$

477272 Highway 95

208.263.1381 | SweetLousIdaho.com

TRINITY AT CITY BEACH

Located on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille and next to Sandpoint’s famous City

Beach, Trinity At City Beach offers a premier waterfront dining experience serving

Modern American cuisine. A seasonal menu of American cuisine with a modern

spin, highlighting fresh seafood and local ingredients, along with Trinity’s classic

dishes, will delight guests of all ages. The food is complemented by a full bar,

providing patrons great cocktails, wine and beer. An extensive menu, impressive

drink list and amazing views can all be found at Trinity at City Beach. Open

for lunch and dinner 11am to 9pm Thursday through Monday, reservations are

recommended, though not required.

Sandpoint $$-$$$

58 Bridge St.

208.255.7558 | TrinityAtCityBeach.com

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Final

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his is the best time of year, and it doesn't get any better than

being in the Northwest mountains during this time. Life

here operates differently during this season; we take time for

family and friends; we make the effort to make it to holiday

and new year parties, and bundle up to attend community events;

and we understand that work shouldn't dominate our lives.

Take time to read through this issue; it’s packed with local

stories, recipes and events. Share it online with friends and

family across the country, and let them take a peek into

what makes the Inland Northwest one of the coolest

places in the country.

- Steve Russo

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WOOD FOR A GROWING WORLD.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR A GROWING CAREER.

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and one in Mississippi, employing more than 1,200 team members and producing in excess of 1.2 billion board

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partners, and the communities in which we operate by providing the earth’s best renewable building products.

We understand the value of our employees. Each and every one of them plays such a vital role in our daily

success. We are looking for driven individuals with strong work ethics, morals and values. We offer a competitive

total rewards compensation, including a wide range of benefits such as health-care coverage, flexible spending

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