Field Report No. 2015061115RC
COMMENTS: On a recent Saturday, something new clicked for me. Being a parent does that to you. I, like all people, tend toward selfishness. I want to have fun, and I want it to happen my way. Maybe a nearby outdoor adventure followed by a scratch-made dinner out and a northwest IPA. But with this small redheaded person with us all the time, my wife and I have had to reconsider a day off: what is fun to her? She can't bomb down a ski hill or go on a long trail run (yet), and sitting in a hip new restaurant downtown isn't exactly her idea of a great time.
We set off to make some memories, five minutes from home. We walked across the footbridges in the mist just above the thundering Spokane Falls. Our kid wasn't the only one who felt small. We clutched her tight to keep her smiling, even when afraid. We spent an hour (at least) in Wonders of the World, an import shop as curious as our daughter. Our entertainment wasn't about us; it was about discovering things anew through her eyes, things we forgot about childhood. Fossilized shark teeth and "dinosaur poop" delighted her, as did the treasures: jewels, rocks, and beads by the thousands. Her healthy sense of wonder revived ours, too.
KEY FEATURES: There's something magical for everyone in this shop, right up front in the historic Flour Mill. Pamela, the owner, is also the keeper of smiles and a wealth of stories about her most uncommon items. She maintains a childlike sense of wonder as well.
RECOMMENDATIONS: As I mentioned, I love eating out. But the act of cooking well has its place. Pop across the way to The Kitchen Engine and sign up for a cooking class or get that mixer you've been eyeballing.
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...
When you're at a Christmas party and someone suggests hitting the mountain the next morning at 5:30am, make your decision wisely...
They start to arrive in November when the cold turns dry and sharp. The return of the bald eagles to Lake Coeur d’Alene is a much-anticipated part of winter’s arrival...
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...
COMMENTS: At F&C, we've noticed that our mission is somewhat encapsulated by a couple of viral hashtags that will once again make their rounds this weekend.