Inland Empire

Taken Back North

Taken Back North

I stare up at it, looming a dozen or so feet above my head. The life-size zebra is still here, though quite weather-beaten. It’s a landmark that holds a permanent space in my mind…

A Legacy of Neighborhood Flavor

A Legacy of Neighborhood Flavor

On December 15th, Jane and the crew (including her three kids) will serve their last Saturday night dinner on the lower South Hill.

Embedded.

Embedded.

The LaRues live downtown where they work, and through relationships and intentionality, they are investing in a store that is making their neighborhood (and the world) a better place.

Opposite Day

Opposite Day

…this city is changing, and there’s a lot to learn. Today will be about deliberately opposing my prevailing impressions of Coeur d’Alene as an ignorant youth. It’s opposite day.

Best Brewers in Spokane

Best Brewers in Spokane

Swinging by The Blackbird before they opened, we asked owner Patrick McPherson his opinion on the best breweries in Spokane.

Between Swans & Swans

Between Swans & Swans

"We watched. We remembered that long winter on the farm, the solitude of hill after hill rolling white toward some faint horizon, beautiful and bare."

Mobile Plans

Mobile Plans

For Seth and Laura, Veraci Pizza is the story of the little cart that could… and still does.

Early Season Smiles

Early Season Smiles

Glover, a Spokane-based adventurer who often leads young people on transformational outdoor experiences with Peak 7 Adventures, says setting that early alarm for those first days of turns is "always worth it."

Connected

Connected

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...

Cool Heat

Cool Heat

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.

There Once Was A Spokane Pub...

There Once Was A Spokane Pub...

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.

That Secret Spot

That Secret Spot

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.

Art With Heart

Art With Heart

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.

Winter Walking

Winter Walking

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...

Mountaintop Experience

Mountaintop Experience

When you're at a Christmas party and someone suggests hitting the mountain the next morning at 5:30am, make your decision wisely... 

Welcome Winter, Welcome Eagles

Welcome Winter, Welcome Eagles

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...

There Will Be Pie

There Will Be Pie

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...

A Tale of Two Hashtags

A Tale of Two Hashtags

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. 

The Watchful Eye of Casper Fry

The Watchful Eye of Casper Fry

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. 

Little Shop of Rentals

Little Shop of Rentals

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.