If you ask the founders of English Setter Brewing Company how they got their start, they'll tell you that it was a hobby that got a little out of hand. They started as a couple of beer lovers brewing their own drinks in their garage, occasionally providing custom batches for special occasions such as weddings or Tuesdays. But word of their brews soon got out, and the amateurs became professionals to keep up with demand.
Today, English Setter has moved into its own microbrewery, where it pours out original craft beers. Each bears a dog-inspired name, from the Fetching Blonde to the Wiggly Butt IPA. The canine theme extends to the kitchen as well, where cooks fill metal dog dishes with popcorn for snacking. Other eats from their grease-free fryer, such as beer-battered onion rings and tater tots, arrive on human-sized plates. Should guests wish to take beer home, growlers and Party Pigs are available.
The owners of Spokane Winery Tours wanted to make a career of enjoying good food and drink, and realized the only thing they needed to do it was a bus. They created a logo, slapped it on the side of their first Wino Wagon, and began living their dream. They take groups of wine lovers and neophyte drinkers alike on tours Valley wineries, teaching them about the process behind creating a bottle. They also ferret out some of the best samples for the region has to offer for their guests to try.
Every Monday through Saturday, the yoga instructors at North Pines Yoga and Pilates demonstrate how their craft contributes to joint and back health. Inside their studio, they guide students through the slow-moving poses of yoga. Other classes throughout the week focus on different styles, such as vigorous power yoga, yoga flow, and yoga for students with back issues.
The YMCA of the Inland Northwest hosts family-friendly pool parties, welcoming pint-size party-goers to explore a lazy river, splash in the wading-pool playground, and cavort in private party rooms. Fifteen minutes prior to party time, soiree hosts load the party room with refreshments and await revelers for one boisterous hour of cake, gifts, and instructions on avoiding lap-pool sharks. For the next 1.5 hours—the required time period for sanctioned games of Marco Polo—tykes recline in inner tubes for a float down the lazy river or submerge ankles in the wading-pool playground. Posses of tykes blitz enemies with various sprays and self-tipping water buckets, and 30-foot water slides beckon pint-size swimmers and hamsters bored with conventional cage tubes. The YMCA provides fully trained and certified staff members to supervise splashing, but encourages parents or guardians to attend at no additional charge.
Equipment: Life Fitness, Precor, and Body Masters
Students should bring: Water and a towel
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We have lockers available for day use, but you have to bring your own lock.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We provide members with daily group exercise classes, certified personal trainers, and all the necessary equipment. Our friendly, helpful staff is also available all hours.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
We offer all types of workout equipment and classes, designed for all levels.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Gym members can also enjoy lap swimming and swim lessons. Our facility features showers, steam rooms, and dry saunas, and it's open seven days a week.
Snap Fitness's easyFIT monitor is a small, clip-on accelerometer that helps keep track of daily exercise. Unlike pedometers that merely measure steps and spy on daydreams, the easyFIT monitor senses the intensity and duration of physical activity, transmogrifying those stats into simple, numerical points that help assess activity levels from sedentary to peak performance. In addition to tracking exercise in real time, easyFIT monitors can connect to the wearer's personal web portal to upload data and create fitness graphs that help show progress, snag exercise suggestions, and stave off the temptation of living next to a hamburger farm. Watch a video about the easyFit here.