It recently popped up on our Facebook feed that Spokane has made another "top U.S. city" listicle. This time, we've landed at the No. 7 spot on a list of 10 "Underrated cities that deserve some love," falling ahead of Baltimore, Newark and... Austin, Texas.
We're not sure what the criteria for this list was other than just some blogger's personal opinion. The list was posted on Resignation Media's blog The Chive, which pegs itself as "the best lifestyle brand in the world." Basically, all you need to know is that it's just another one of those viral-repost, click-bait-y websites.
The blog author got a few things wrong, though:
"Eight hometown breweries, 36 bars, and Washington’s first craft liquor distillery, Spokane is definitely a place to add to your list. Surrounded by beautiful Washington forests, you can find yourself white water rafting, golfing, hiking, touring breweries, and taking the charlift to the top of the mountains all in the same day. A beautiful spot with an awesome nightlife, and a heavy emphasis on local, craft alcoholic beverages, Spokane is totally worth a visit."
According to our tally, based on the most recent compilation in the Inlander's 2014 Annual Manual, the Spokane area in general (including Spokane Valley and Airway Heights) has WAY more than eight breweries. According to that list, there's nearly twice that many, at 15, just in Spokane County, and at least another 10 more located throughout the Inland Northwest region, including Sandpoint, Moscow/Pullman and Coeur d'Alene.
Also, after on a quick search of the Inlander's massive database of restaurants, we found more than 68 locations tagged with the word "bar" in downtown Spokane alone, which includes restaurants with full bars, clubs, and most other alcohol-serving establishments.
But hey, it's always cool when Spokane is rightly recognized for its awesomeness, and gets lumped in with cities much bigger than us. It means we're catching people's attention. Good job, Spokane.
When she grew tired of throwing on boring sweats on her way to work after exercising, former Spokane resident Danielle Hatch — now in Houston — began taking the comfy materials found in workout clothes and creatively piecing them together.
Georgie Wear products cater to a demographic of active women who don't feel the need to get all dolled up to transition from sweating it out at the gym to the rest of their daily activities. With backgrounds in fitness and art — she's a former member of Saranac Art Projects — Hatch gathered inspiration from her varying interests. Partnering with her husband, the idea for Georgie won the Rice University Jones School Owl Tank Business Plan Competition this year.
Like many modern entrepreneurs, Hatch and business partner Meikel Reece — friends since they were co-captains of their high school volleyball team — are using Kickstarter to raise $20,000. If they meet their goal, that money will go to a first run of Georgie clothing and an e-commerce site.
Based on the size of their pledge, backers of Georgie Wear on Kickstarter will have the option to pre-order products, such as various skirts and dresses.
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