The Globe returns with new owners and new everything else
The green-and-maroon sign towering over the corner of Division and Main marks a business that was a home-away-from-home gathering spot to many locals for 14 years.
A forced relocation was an opportunity for Madeleine's to hone its style, food and service
Last Monday morning, a blue-framed sandwich board declaring "open" in white chalk was quietly placed on the sidewalk along west Main Avenue. It only took a few days for loyal customers of the French-inspired bakery and cafe to spread the news — Madeleine's is back.
Tap into Sandpoint's new Neighborhood Pub
What was once John and Tullaya Akins' Little Olive Restaurant is now Neighborhood Pub, and the couple has taken their original beer list to a whole new level. While sports décor has replaced photos of Santorini villages and hummus has given way to burgers and mile-high nachos, the 100-plus beer list is now six levels of epic adventure called the Beer Club — it's sort of like Fight Club meets Super Mario.
Seed libraries increase plant diversity and encourage growers to share their garden's bounty in the tiniest form
It's the longest lending period the library allows, and for one of the most unusual items patrons can check out. Displayed on a table between the children's and adult book sections, the gray card catalog unit looks like a throwback to the past, but not because the library is going back to a pre-digital checkout system.
Sweetbox Delivery brings the baked goods to you
Clay Cerna is usually out of bed by 12:30 and in the kitchen by 1:15 or so. Note: those times are both am.
Caffé Affogato brings Italian-style coffees to Saranac Commons
Growing up in Iran, Shahrokh Nikfar spent his afterschool time at the neighborhood coffee shop with his friends. "I grew up in a culture of tea and coffee," says Nikfar.
2 Loons and 21 Window are taking different paths to distilling excellence
While anyone who's started a business can tell you about the education earned from the process, Trisha and Greg Schwartz literally got schooled in their effort to create 2 Loons Distillery. Inspired by a bottling party at Dry Fly Distilling a few years back, the couple started researching what it would take to open a distillery of their own.
A few tastes about what's happening in the Inland Northwest beer scene
Allow us to give you ample advanced notice: the first-ever Spokane Craft Beer Week is set for May 11-17 and will feature dozens of events (and specially brewed beers) at breweries and beer purveyors throughout the city. Head to spokanecraftbeerweek.com to sign up for email updates.
Summit Cider is rising up in North Idaho
Even though they're not at the apex of their journey, Summit Cider's Davon Sjostrom and Jason Fletcher are well on their way. Already, Slate Creek Brewing, Capone's (downtown Coeur d'Alene and Hayden), Bardenay, Downdraft Brewing, 315 Martinis and Tapas, Paragon Brewing, Pucci's and Taps (both at Schweitzer), Syringa Japanese Café & Sushi Bar and Daft Badger Brewing carry Summit Cider.
After opening quietly last fall, Happiness Chinese Restaurant is turning heads on East Sprague
Great food at reasonable prices with generous portions: that's any diner's idea of happiness. At Happiness Chinese Restaurant, that's exactly what you'll be served: a bellyful of joy.
Liberty Naturals offers a place to shop for natural, organic and local essentials
The island had an abundance of farmers markets and health food stores, so when a couple moved back to the mainland from Oahu, they wanted to start a business that would create that option for Liberty Lake. "We really liked the easy availability of healthy, local foods," Kramer McNett says.
New location, same soul
If something about Java's newest location in Hayden's Prairie Avenue Shopping Center seems familiar — foresty green paint is still visible along window frames — think Starbucks. Or maybe you remember the place as Caffe Capri.
Main Market Co-op celebrates five years with changes, but the same mission
The thick wood table features the words of Joy Harjo's "Perhaps the World Ends Here": The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.
The timing couldn't be better for food expert Alton Brown to check out Spokane's dining scene
The way Spokane eats has changed in the past several years. Look no further than the proliferation of award-winning chefs, the way our food is sourced, prepared and eaten, and the explosion of Inlander Restaurant Week.
Local eateries find value in teaming up
Last Friday, Inlander Restaurant Week kicked off throughout the region, making for full dining rooms at the 97 participating eateries in Spokane and North Idaho. We spent some time wandering through restaurants to get a feel for how things were going, chatting up restaurateurs to get their take on the event and its impact.
Daft Badger Brewing joins Coeur d'Alene's booming craft beer scene
Don't be fooled by the playfulness of the name; Daft Badger Brewing is serious about craft brewing. And like the "Honey Badger" video that partially inspired its moniker, Daft Badger is quickly going viral.