Everything’s Coming Up Petunias

Everything’s Coming Up Petunias

The specialty market's trio of new owners plan to continue offering a familiar lineup of food, classes and events
Just a few months ago, Russell and Tammy Fleming were looking for a space to develop into a commercial kitchen to take Mutu Coffee Roasters, their fair-trade, organic coffee roasting business, to the next level. The couple's friend Matt Dolan — then wine and beer steward at Rocket Market on Spokane's South Hill — heard that Petunias Marketplace on the Northside was up for sale, and encouraged them to take a look.

Where There's Smoke...

A new Coeur d'Alene smokehouse restaurant is firing up the East Sherman scene
If only the walls could talk at 1901 Sherman Avenue, where Relic Smokehouse & Pub recently revamped the wooden Quonset hut originally built for troops at Farragut Naval Station. The walls would talk of long-ago bar fights, when the place was known as Lake City Saloon, and echo the sounds of endless loads being washed and dried in the laundromat once housed there.

Beyond Avocado Toast

The new book An Avocado a Day shares numerous other uses for this versatile green fruit
As a child, Lara Ferroni wasn't a fan of avocados (though she thinks this is largely because her brother used to chase her around with them) but since then, she's fallen completely under the avocado's spell. This is clear as soon as you pick up her new book, An Avocado a Day, which was released earlier this year.

Persistent Perks

Frequent-customer benefits at restaurants are now digitally integrated; even so, the classic punch card lives on
The days of keeping track of a dozen or so loyalty punch cards in your wallet are quickly fading into the past, as more restaurants, grocers and coffee shops integrate their rewards programs for frequent customers into digital point-of-sale systems, or those linked to a customer's phone number or email. While some industry reports blame millennials' mobile device habits, technological convenience is also dictating that small businesses offer such programs in a non-paper format.

Sweet Spot

Paper and Cup brings the charm and sweet treats of Chaps diner and Cake bakery to Kendall Yards
Beneath the shade of Parisian-inspired, black-and-white striped umbrellas, folks gather each morning. Since opening last month, the outdoor bistro tables at one of Kendall Yards' newest tenants regularly fill with customers — moms with babes in strollers, businesspeople, morning runners, retirees and college students on summer break — enjoying espresso and baked goods from Paper and Cup, the diminutive offshoot of Chaps diner and Cake bakery in Latah Valley west of town.

Fresh Choice

My Fresh Basket fills a void for Kendall Yards residents and downtown workers on the go
For many, the debut couldn't come fast enough. And every day since opening its doors at the end of June, the parking lot of My Fresh Basket, the new, locally owned grocery store downtown just north of the Spokane River, has been full for most of the day, in addition to foot and bike traffic.

Simply Good

A new bakery-themed restaurant in Coeur d'Alene wants people to eat simply
The oven is so important to their operation that Rustic Bakery owners Deb and Warren Heit named it: Big Bertha, as they call her, allows Rustic to turn out both artisan bread — baguettes, boules and potato buns — as well as thin-crust pizza that honors the couple's East Coast roots. Baguettes are the heart of sandwiches and panini, such as chicken pesto ($9.50) and brie with apple and fig spread ($8.50), or the tuna melt with Swiss ($8.50).

Summer Sippin'

A local cocktail expert shares how to throw a summer cocktail party that won't break the bank
The thought of hosting a cocktail party can be intimidating — after all, most of us aren't bartenders, and won't it be expensive? Never fear!

Living Large Locally

Seattle food writer Jess Thomson writes a love letter to the great nearby in her new memoir
Jess Thomson has always been an adventurer, especially when it comes to food. But she always assumed she had to travel to do it.

The Same, but Different

How Coeur Greens grows nutritious greens year-round in a self-contained indoor farming system
While it's hard to imagine cold, wet winter arriving anytime soon, planning for the inevitable change in weather is a fact of life for most farmers. At Coeur Greens, however, the changing weather is a non-issue, unless there's a power outage.

Hidden Treasures in the Deli

How one woman's journey took her from owning a popular restaurant to making stellar recommendations at a local grocery store
About two years ago, I went into Super 1 Foods on a mission: I had a new recipe and I needed some cheese. In the deli department, I was overwhelmed by the array of choices.

Sweet Salvage

Liberty Ciderworks' latest release was made with unwanted apples from Spokane-area backyards
Unlike the rest of their artisanal hard cider offerings, Liberty Ciderworks' co-founders and cidermakers don't have an exact idea of what's in their latest creation, the Spokane Scrumpy Cider. Known for their award-winning English-style ciders, Liberty's latest special batch, a limited release produced last fall, is made from a literal mash-up of apples picked from local backyards, roadside trees and abandoned orchards that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Smoked and Slathered

Outlaw BBQ's food shows the tasty side of domestic cultural appropriation
Ray Wilson is quick to say he's a native of the Pacific Northwest. He doesn't have barbecue sauce coursing through his veins, like some natives of the South claim.

Market Boom

A new report shows how the Moscow Farmers Market has become a major player in the region's small business economy
For years, Brush Creek Creamery only sold its cheese at the Moscow Farmers Market. Rebeccah Salmeri, manager and co-owner of the Deary, Idaho, creamery, says that's where they've built relationships with customers and other vendors who have the same desire to build a small, home-based business that keeps them out of the "rat race."

Savory Slurps

Umami Ramen brings traditional Japanese noodle bowls to the Lake City
Bin Sun is on a quest. The owner of Liberty Lake's Ding How pan-Asian restaurant and the former Ugly Fish Asian bistro in Coeur d'Alene went to Japan last year expecting to expand his knowledge of sushi, yet returned home with a newfound love of ramen.

Brew Tunes

A group on the Palouse unites history and a love of singing with the art of craft beer
With a pint in hand, Palouse Choral Society Director Sarah Graham leads a crowd at Clarkston, Washington's Riverport Brewing Co. through a round of an unfamiliar, alehouse-inspired tune from the year 1611. The early verse is a little quiet, but the "hey-nonny-nonnies" ring out as more and more singers add their voices.

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