An FTD florist, Chet's Flowers delivers a wide selection of bouquets, floral arrangements, and FTD branded products backed by a 100% guarantee. Customers can make fancy dress fancier with the shop's elegant collection of corsages and boutonnieres or commemorate a friend's second-annual 39th birthday with a celebratory bundle of blooms. Those feeling unsure about their selection's appropriateness can also find help with the shop's online flower guide, which divulges the origins, histories, and symbolism of various flora and highlights the sentiments associated with certain colors.
Oftentimes, hobbies are neglected when more serious work comes calling—like a career in clinical psychology. But for Alan Tower, it was the contrary, as he quit his practice to dedicate himself to a lifelong hobby that germinated as a mail-order nursery. Eight years later, he established Tower Perennial Gardens, and went on to serve as chair for the American Hosta Society convention and founder of the Spokane Hosta Society.
Today, Tower Perennial Gardens is home to thousands of varieties of plants, trees, and flowers, which spread across 8 scenic acres and originate from every continent except Antarctica—by decree of Santa Claus. Myriad display gardens showcase cacti, shade plants, and flowering trees to provide inspiration for green-thumbed visitors. But for non-DIY customers, Tower’s team of professionals enthusiastically offers its services to forge a lush landscape from scratch or restore a rundown garden to its former glory.
Housed in the historic Flour Mill on the north bank of the Spokane River, The Kitchen Engine is a locally owned and operated specialty kitchen store that hosts cooking classes taught by local chefs and edibles enthusiasts. The schedule features a bevy of upcoming instructional opportunities, with hands-on classes allowing students to make and eat food and presentation-style classes equipping students with recipes and samples of the finished fare. Emerge from the cocoon of your sleeping bag to wrap yourself around the 90-minute sushi-making session ($40), with a sushi kit included, or take a break from penning your opera about the Marianas Trench to learn the spiced-up secrets of barbecue ribs with the 90-minute Bone-Suck’n Ribs! class ($35), taught by chef Landon Dalessi of G.W. Hunters. Members of the clean-plate club can skip straight to dessert with a 90-minute Apple Tarte Tatin class ($25), where fresh local Greenbluff apples will be smothered into cinnamon-y and sugary submission inside a flaky pie crust.
Like fancy suits, sofa sets are sewn from the same cut of fabric. These matching sets provide a well-rounded look in living rooms, but near misses tend to clash due to their small differences. At 20 show rooms throughout the western US, Mor Furniture for Less arranges complete-room sets so customers can envision the collections in their own homes. Furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, and children's rooms can be found in each store along with individual lamps, tables, and entertainment centers. The stores also carry complete sets of beds, dressers, and nightstands so that homeowners don’t receive criticism from design bloggers in their dreams.
In the same building where Spokane Furniture Company first opened in 1906, its staff continues to help people furnish every room in their home. The independently owned shop brings in furniture by brands such as Ashley or Home Elegance directly from the factory, eliminating middlemen and the nap imprints they leave on sofas.