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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.

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... 

Locals Helping Locals

Locals Helping Locals

COMMENTS: I almost expect someone to start giving me a massage, but not in a weird way. I'm just that relaxed. It's a September day and I've made my way to Gaiwan Tea House in Coeur d'Alene Idaho. 

The Real Deal

The Real Deal

She's the "Shop Mama" at Wonders of the World, and she doesn't mess around. She is simply all about her rare goods. In fact, she's spent the last quarter century building up the most interesting and eclectic import and bead shop in Spokane.

Last Call for Summer

COMMENTS: I hike swiftly across the flat terrain and enjoy the clammy feeling of sweat pressed against my skin by my light pack. It is quiet except for the intermittent whirl of a pontoon engine and the occasional voices... 

Sweeping Through Spokane

COMMENTS: Six A.M. came earlier than expected when I was awakened by “Icky Thump” by the White Stripes blaring through my speakers.

A New Mainstay

COMMENTS: I belly up to the bar at Black Label Brewing in Saranac Commons, and ask Steve what’s new. He’s friendly as always, and we shoot the breeze a bit.

Smells Like Vanilla

COMMENTS: 1.5 miles of shoreline from which to fish and ponder how the sky and river trade light. 410 acres of Douglas Firs (compact foliage, sweeping branches) and Ponderosa Pine (long needles, smell like vanilla in spring)

The Ritual.

COMMENTS: Driving around town they hang on the fronts of houses, colorful and flapping, like Tibetan prayer flags. Nope: there hasn't been a Buddhist revival in Spokane. Yep: it's the Friday before Bloomsday

A Revel Encounter

A Revel Encounter

A question posed to Kaiti Blom, award-winning barista at Revel77 in Spokane. 

Untethered

Untethered

On a restless morning, my wife and I decided we were heading northward to find trees that were young saplings when Jesus Christ was learning how to use a saw. 

The Human Element

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December 13, 2014: A question posed to Bobby Enslow, owner of Indaba Coffee Bar & Roastery in West Central Spokane.

F&C: This week we really enjoyed your "hashtag human" profile of Jacob, one of the baristas at Indaba. What sparked this way of communicating for Indaba, and how is this part of your larger goal to create community around coffee?

BE: The initial idea for our “hashtag human” campaign came from our desire to connect guests to the human element of specialty coffee. Sometimes as a barista you can begin to feel like a machine just pumping out fuel for the masses. In reality, the farmers who handpicked the coffee, the roaster who hand roasted the coffee, and finally the barista who hand crafts each cup with passion are a part of that cup of coffee.

We also want our guests to see and hear how their dollars are impacting the lives of real people in our community. One thing I’ve learned from starting a small business is how impactful it is to spend dollars locally. They say that 70% of a dollar spent locally stays right here in the community. This is huge! One of the reasons why I started INDABA in West Central was to see this neighborhood change for the better. 

Lastly, we have some amazing baristas and I simply wanted to show them off! A lot of them live right here in the West Central neighborhood, and all of them are involved in the community making a difference outside of what they already do here at INDABA.

 

Our First Bikes

Comments: With fall's arrival, the sun seemed sweeter, ripe. My friend got his first motorcycle this summer, we've been meaning to ride since August. He came by after he got off work - we rode up