Thirty years ago, the Mielke family shifted its trade from cherry packing to growing, harvesting, and aging the grapes at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, which has won CityVoter's award for Best Winery for the last three years. The winery encompasses a warm-toned tasting room downtown as well as a 1924 Florentine-style estate perched on a cliff overlooking the Spokane River. The estate, registered as a National Historic Landmark, is home to a stone gazebo, 4 acres of gardens, and a gigantic checkers board for trees bored with feigning stillness. At each tasting room, knowledgeable oenophiles introduce palates to more than 15 handcrafted vintages to taste and take home. In addition to fermenting wines from its own grapes, the Mielke family sources grapes from mature vineyards around Washington.
Apple Spice Junction doles out nutritious deli fare to diners in its cozy sandwich shops, baking fresh loaves of sourdough, honey-wheat, and 13-grain bread from scratch daily. Favorite flavors from its box-lunch menu include oven-roasted turkey breast and avocado ($8.49) and sugar-cured ham ($7.49), each of which comes neatly packed in eco-friendly boxes with a freshly baked cookie, after lunch mint, and potato chips or a choice of pasta or potato-salad side. Homestyle soups such as the baja tortilla ($3.95/cup, $5.95/bowl) steam with savory flavor, and the candied-walnut and apple salad ($7.99) gratifies inner 8-year-olds scheming to eat dessert before vegetables. Apple Spice Junction offers free delivery with any purchase of five or more lunches.
Cupid Photobooth adds another level of excitement to festivities such as birthdays, weddings, and corporate functions with photo-booth rental packages. The 5'x7' picture nooks accommodate groups of party-goers, whose photo strips are delivered quickly thanks to custom printers. Onsite attendants keep the booths operating smoothly, and ensure on-time delivery, setup, and take down. Each rental package comes with a flash drive containing all the pictures from the event. Extra add-ons such as scrapbooks create lasting memories, as do wearable props that can make silly pictures even sillier.
Founder Jennifer Miley designed The Calm as a wine bar that embodies its name—a place where women can unwind, socialize, and enjoy a glass of merlot. Women can stop by for a quick drink after work, or sign up for a membership and enjoy perks such as complimentary drinks, soothing massages, and community events featuring actresses, authors, and broadcasters.
Since 1992, the kitchen crew at each locally-owned The High Nooner locale has mastered the art of adding flair to its gourmet sandwiches by mixing savory flavors?such as stuffing, horseradish, avocado, and bacon?with proteins to create signature creations. Each sandwich and salad is created from scratch to order, ensuring no reuben, cheesesteak, nor grinder holds a grudge from when you accidentally called it ?Mom? yesterday. Those who wish to build their own sandwiches can choose from seven proteins and six types of bread before pairing them with sides and desserts.
Two Cooks with Love dishes delectable delights to picky palates and multi-flavored favorers alike. Its Backyard Club cooking and mixology classes whip wannabe gastronomic gurus aged 21 or older into prime chef shape with all the vigor of a time lapse set to an '80s power ballad. Learn the proper preparation of 7–10 dishes in each class, from appetizers to desserts, while mastering four to five popular cocktails with pouring-pizzazz supplied by licensed bartenders. Hands-on comestible lessons are two-and-a-half hours and take on a new theme each month. Sign up to edibly experience April's Easter brunch, May's Cinco de Mayo fiesta or June's Foods of the Northwest among 16–20 culinary cohorts. Once students attend one class they receive a free voucher for another. All recipes are emailed to newly dubbed cuisine connoisseurs the day following class to be used for impressing spouses, surprising friends, and blowing away the home-ec teacher who lost two eyebrows and half a moustache to your failed adolescent attempt at banana bread.