When walking into Well-Read Moose's nondescript stone building, customers probably wouldn't expect a seven-foot Cat in the Hat to greet them with a hug. During a story time event in June 2014, though, that's exactly what happened. Interactive events like those are just one way of the many ways books come alive here. Even without large behatted felines, the store engages readers with author-hosted book readings and signings, as well as evening wine tastings. Well-Read Moose also sells coffee and pastries from local bakeries to keep guests fueled as they listen to their favorite writer or peruse the extensive collection, which ranges from children's classics to the latest adult thrillers.
Situated on a bustling corner, Splash beckons passersby inside to watch the game, hit the dance floor, or grab a bite to eat. A self-professed destination for both day and night, Splash's kitchen serves up a menu of bar-friendly appetizers and snacks, such as beer-battered onion rings with ranch for dipping and spinach-artichoke dip served with a toasted baguette. The day-to-day action usually centers around sporting events, which play throughout the bar on 10 high-definition TVs.
Restored black and white images dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries hang throughout The Parkside, providing a glimpse into what life around Spirit Lake was like back when the town's lumber and logging industries were just starting to flourish. But while the decor might tip its hat to the past, everything else about the smoke-free lounge is decidedly modern. Patrons can order food through The Parkside from local eateries such as 4th and Maine Pizza, White Horse, Linger Longer, or La Sierra to pair with a carefully curated selection of wines and craft beers available by the glass, bottle, or growler. The atmosphere, while relaxed, is kept lively by a rotating calendar of events?when local musicians aren't gracing the space or tickling the ivories on the bar's digital baby grand piano, the main room instead resounds with cheers from fans watching the game on big-screen HD televisions.
Renovations can be perilous—when swapping in new technology and modern comforts, it’s easy to lose sight of a favorite haunt’s original charm. But even after a 2012 overhaul that added two new screens, digital projection, and surround sound, Roxy Theater retains a vintage vibe from the neon sign standing at attention on the façade to the 1934 carbon-arc projector displayed in the lobby.
Today, Roxy Theater boasts more space for its visitors with a bigger concessions area that the Inlander describes as resembling “an old soda shop with chrome and cherry red accents.” The theater serves hot dogs, ice cream, candy, and fresh popcorn. Guests can also earn perks and cut down lobby time by preordering their concessions for the evening through an online rewards program.