In the Spotlight

In the Spotlight

ESPN is coming to town to let the world know about Hoopfest
We take Hoopfest for granted. For some Inland Northwesterners, it's just something you do.

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Trickle Down Toughness: Dad, drink, basketball and the strange courage of an old man

Distilled: A shot of life
When I think of the term "distilled," I think of my grandpa, Herbert, in the hills of Montana during Prohibition, brewing moonshine. Many of my family's most cherished memories, at least for the men, have to do with the often ridiculous and humorous nature of the stories that surrounded drinking, bar fighting and the effects of strange distillery.

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The Dream Team

Meet the Spokane squad who will defend their home turf
As the entries for the Hoopfest elite men's field rolled in, they featured some excellent teams, which is what you want at a high-profile event with ESPN looking over your shoulder. Those teams, though, all hailed from places like Chicago or Los Angeles or the other side of the Cascades.

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A Night's Work

How downtown Spokane transforms into Hoopfest in a matter of hours
Rob Davis and his team are efficient on the basketball court. Not with their ball movement or free-throw percentage.

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Naming Rights (and Wrongs)

We looked over several thousand team names to find the best puns, insults and booze jokes
Adios Pantalones It takes a special breed of baller to publicly proclaim his or her ability to, as announcer Bill Raftery likes to say, leave "a little lingerie" of the opponent on the court after a killer crossover.

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Got Hops?

Hoopfest adds Friday activities that blend the practical and the tasty
Some hardcore ballers can consider it carbo-loading for the weekend. Some casual players might call it a necessary aspect of any semi-athletic activity.

Arts & Culture

Revival on Ninth Avenue

The Woman's Club of Spokane was almost lost to history, but with new leadership, it's catching up to modern times
While other women's clubs across the U.S. are fading away, Spokane's 108-year-old chapter is experiencing a rebirth. This fresh breath of life is visible in the newly planted, blossoming rose bushes bordering the brick facade of the clubhouse at the corner of Ninth and Walnut.

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REMEMBRANCE | Gunther's Greatness

Fond memories of a vital part of Spokane's classical community
So how did one of the most respected and famous musicians in all of America find his way into a 30-year relationship with the Inland Northwest? Gunther Schuller was engaged to conduct the Spokane Symphony just at the moment of an intense public disagreement between Symphony musicians and then-Music Director Donald Thulean.

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For Your Consideration

Canned wine, "microdosing" and a pot-friendly dating app
DRINK | Ever wished you could bring wine somewhere but didn't because lugging a bottle and corkscrew around seemed impractical? Canned wine is here to solve that dilemma.

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School's Out

Do you like your improv deep dish or thin crust? The Ditch Kids bring their own flavor to Spokane
Improv, as it happens, has a lot in common with pizza. There's New York style (Upright Citizens Brigade).

Arts & Culture

Back for More

Bazaar, the local arts fest that makes buying art accessible to all, returns with more artists and a new location for year two
Just hours in, some of the booths were nearly bare. By any expectations, the inaugural Bazaar — a one-day arts market spun off from its sister event, Terrain — was an unprecedented success.

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Food & Drink

Sea Change

Williams Seafood Market adds options for customers fishing for a quick bite
Mike Offield resisted the idea of adding a restaurant aspect to his seafood-focused market, but his wife kept working on him after he moved Williams Seafood Market & Wines to Spokane from the valley four years ago. His resistance proved futile.

Food & Drink

It's Hoppin'!

Accolades abound, baseball gets its own beer and more brewery expansion news
I really hope you didn't wait until June 21 and the official start of summer to begin your summer beer-drinking regimen. But even if you made that ill-advised decision, there are a couple of months to play catch-up, so let's bring you up to speed on the very busy Inland Northwest craft beer industry.

Food & Drink

New to the Bridge

Kyoko Sushi in Sandpoint reflects its chef's big personality
Everyone calls him Junior, but when it comes to his cuisine — especially sushi — Gary Lee Solis Jr. doesn't do anything in a small way. Take Kyoko Sushi, for example, which Solis recently opened in Sandpoint's Cedar Street Bridge complex.

Food & Drink

A Good Dog

When did the phrase "hot dog" come to mean so many different things?
The hot dog is cool again, and it has been for quite some time. As a country, we bought $2.5 billion worth of hot dogs last year, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (no word on if they're currently hiring) and there's no sign that we're easing up.

Food & Drink

Another Option

Caruso's expands its reach to Spokane with a new location
Booths lining the back walls, rows of tall tables taking up a majority of the indoor floor space and umbrella-covered tables on the patio surrounding an elevated fire pit are filled with people excitedly reaching onto each other's plates to try bites of different pizza slices. After working on a rebranding for the past two years, Caruso's has expanded from Spokane Valley and Coeur d'Alene to its new location in a renovated pocket of downtown Spokane's U District.

Food & Drink

New Growth

History is served with beer at Timber Gastro Pub in Post Falls
Timber Gastro Pub joins a bevy of places honoring early Inland Northwest history in a big way with a prime location, top-notch design and a well-versed restaurant team. Located in the former Hot Rod Cafe, Timber is highly visible and easily accessible from Highway 90 in Post Falls, which gets a new Greensferry Road freeway exit later this year.

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I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of June 25th
Let Your Map Tattoo Lead You Back to Me Hello there, tall, dark, and handsome; your soul radiates. Let me begin from the beginning.

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of June 18th
Does anyone know a guy they call "Tree"? I met Tree a couple times at the Illinios Bar. I would really like to get ahold of him if anyone can help.

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of June 11th
That voice at Quest I see you frequently in the early morning hours on the floor doin' that thing you do (work) lol. My kid told you my little secret, yes its still on!

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