Field Report No. 20150514RC
Topic: Thursday Market, Spokane Craft Beer Week
Conditions: Fresh to Death
It’s May again, and everyone is acting like it. Tank tops and the like. Frisbees flying, people sitting around in Spokane’s parks like we’re college kids on a campus lawn, avoiding that final paper.
May is also when the Thursday Market in the South Perry District kicks back up. First, there is just something about a Thursday. The potential, the anticipation—it’s almost as good as the weekend itself. Pair that with the sights and sounds and tastes and smells of the best farmer’s market in town, and you’ve got a case of those South Perry feel goods.
The corner of 9th and Perry Street fills with all kinds of goodness every Thursday, enhancing an already-choice and walkable little business district on the edge of Grant Park and a neighborhood full of early-20th century Victorian and Craftsman homes. Most notably, a mobile wood-fired clay oven emits incredible pizza smells, as Veraci Spokane does what made them famous.
There are ways to keep those feel goods going: today, I’ll be visiting Perry Street Brewing Company with friends, to taste a collaboration they did with Manito Tap House: a kumquat-infused single malt IPA. One of a kind. I’m bummed I missed the beer-pairing, six-course dinner PSB did down at Durkin’s Liquor Bar last night, so I need to catch up on Spokane Craft Beer Week.
Then comes the mental battle. After you bought a bunch of fresh produce and artisanal spices to cook with, you realize Casper Fry and Wisconsinburger are just a pleasant stroll away. It’s dinnertime now, and you justify to yourself: Friday is really the best night to stay in and cook.
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.