Field Report No 20150416RC
Topic: A stroll and shopping in Spokane
COMMENTS: Walking the vibrant, hardscrabble Second Avenue in downtown Spokane is a favorite experience of mine. Like my city, it's a mixed bag of reality. I'm humbled by the poverty I see, remembering folks I've met through involvement at places like Crosswalk and The City Gate. I'm reminded of special celebratory meals I've had at places like Wild Sage. But today we are looking for an uncommon retail experience.
We step up into the light-filled Lolo Boutique. I get a steal of a deal on a vintage world map. Maybe I'll varnish it onto a piece of old wood and hang it up in our house, if I'm feeling all Pinteresty later. Probably won't happen for a few months, though, to be honest. Then it's on to Echo Boutique, a consignment spot with a friendly vibe. My date is interested in the clothes, but I'm taken by the really excellent local art by Darcy Lee Saxton. It's hanging all over the place from a recent First Friday event at the store, and super-reasonable prints are for sale. Since I've upgraded my home with something global, maybe it's time for something local, too.
If "Beast Mode" Marshawn Lynch was on this relaxing little walkabout with us, he'd almost certainly offer the following advice: "Stop freakin', go boutique-in'."
RECOMMENDATIONS: Talk to strangers: folks spending time on the street, and the regulars and proprietors in the shops. In Echo, a funny, no-nonsense woman named Bitsy ("NOT Betsy") told us all about her favorite boutique shops in town. Linger long enough, and you'll hear a good story or learn something new.
As I hung out around Spokane and Coeur d'Alene this summer, I started asking more questions of the places I frequent. Questions like: What causes are you passionate about? How does your business try to make a difference? Scroll through some of the answers I received...
As the kids happily drop their hard-earned quarters in the Ms. Pac-man machine, we realize we haven't complained about the heat all day... the sign of a well-played summer day.
COMMENTS: It's an uncommon night at O'Doherty's when the Lord Mayor of Limerick, Ireland stops by... sister-city love on Spokane Falls Blvd.
COMMENTS: ...Since then, Gordy's has become a go-to date night when they can find a sitter for their two little boys. Bigger than that, it's just a small part of their ongoing story. That's the simple power of a secret spot.
Carman stops to talk with me for a few moments. On Friday night, he hopes to fill the place, and begin to fulfill the mission of CHARTS (Child Humanitarian Arts): connecting local artists and art enthusiasts for the sake of children in the community.
It’s my husband’s birthday and we’re determined to squeeze in a walk before the sun abandons us at 3:58. The trail has been surprisingly well-loved despite the...
It’s a Thursday evening on the cusp of the holiday season, and we’re at the Kitchen Engine. Co-owner Nicole Frickle is teaching...
On a late-winter afternoon in Spokane’s South Perry District, I pull a stool up to the bar with Deb Green, restaurateur. I take in a few breaths, welcoming the tinge of warm smoke that perpetually flavors the air, a subtle touch from the kitchen’s specialized charcoal oven.
Thinking of a plastic costume from one of those weird pop-up Halloween stores? Do better. And support a local community theatre in the process.
I made the pilgrimage north because I wanted to hear about the legend’s art, but first he told me the remnants of a story. As with many a good tale of adventure, we sat around the kitchen table on a cold winter afternoon...