Since Jeff and Julie Postlewait first opened Rocket Bakery in 1991, their chain of Rocket stores have expanded into six more coffee shops and one natural and local food store, Rocket Market, with the additional help of Alan and Shanda Shepherd. At Rocket Market, chef Shilo Pierce, the former head chef of Luna, crafts a rotating menu of paninis, fresh salads, and gourmet mac ‘n’ cheeses, all assembled from his "pantry" of local, organic produce and freshly baked artisan breads, pastries, and roasted coffee beans from Rocket Bakery. Rocket Market also features an extensive collection of hand-selected malbecs, cabernets, and sparkling proseccos, which customers may sample at weekly wine tastings alongside flavorful cheeses and breads from La Brea Bakery. During the summer months, the market hosts outdoor concerts, where guests can sip craft brews or challenge the sun to a dance-off.
The Chocolate Apothecary unleashes the charm of chocolate on Spokane sweet teeth with an array of confections and a cacao-centric curriculum, best showcased in its chocolate tasting classes. Former pharmacy student Susan Davis takes students on a 60-minute sensory safari through a candy land of spices, nuts, and fruits, offering chocoholics a better understanding of the complexities of chocolate. You'll pop chocolate after chocolate, learning and appreciating the treat in ways not allowed for by candy bars hastily scarfed down in convenience-store parking lots. The tasting class comes with a journal and a pen, allowing students to record their chocolate-influenced epiphanies without having to scrawl on a napkin with a melted-down truffle. Surrender to the sweet life and call ahead to schedule a reservation for edible education with the Chocolate Apothecary.
Main Market Co-op brings together a variety of locally sourced food, offering grocery shoppers a place to purchase fresh, hormone-free goods from an eco-conscious collective. Stock your shelves with any number of groceries, including rich Craven's Coffee, Small Planet Organic Tofu, or fruity Hot Lips Soda. Produce pickers can browse through the chemical-free fruits and vegetables, reveling in ripe apples, peaches, apricots, and potatoes. Pick up organically produced dairy from Amaltheia Dairy and fair-trade candy from Theo Chocolate, or treat your Mensa-level astrophysicist canine to an all-natural product from Castor & Pollux Pet Works. With dozens of regional suppliers at your disposal, you can have enough locally produced ingredients to make breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, and brinner. Main Market also features a deli with made-to-order sandwiches ($7.49 with kettle chips), a fresh heaping of salads ($4.99–$6.99), and piping-hot cups ($3.95) or bowls ($4.95) of soup.
Inside South Perry Yoga’s cozy peace cave, a team of talented and friendly instructors offers customers of all ages and skill levels the chance to increase flexibility, reduce stress and tension, and develop mind-body balance through various styles of yoga. Partake in six drop-in yoga classes, which are offered more than 15 times a week and include vinyasa flow, yoga basics, and more (click here to view the schedule). During each 60- to 90-minute session, students work through a variety of poses, postures, and inversions that emphasize proper body alignment and nonlethal breathing. Grab a yoga mat, water bottle, and towel before attending a session—if you don't have your own yoga mat, borrow one of the studio’s mats or purchase a new one at 10% off the regular price.
Spokandy forges old-fashioned confections from gourmet ingredients and unadulterated chocolate. The Murphy—the candy that coincided with Spokandy’s 1913 inception—disguises its creamy vanilla nucleus in a milk-chocolate cloak that’s coated with toasted coconut ($7.50 for a 5 oz. package). Mint fans can replenish their empty reservoirs with white-chocolaty pastel mints, which emanate beams of cool peppermint and Easter-colored rays from within a 6 oz. package ($5.50). Sate your thirst for bon-bons with English almond toffee ($9), huckleberry pretzels ($5.99), pecan-caramel patties ($9), and myriad other sweetmeats. Sugar-free options are available for candyvores who dislike the taste of sugar.
Bon Bon resides inside the historic Garland Theater, a 630-seat, auditorium-style movie house constructed in 1945. There, barkeeps sling enticingly named cocktails such as the Shandygaff, a traditional British drink that blends ale, ginger beer, Grand Marnier, lemon juice, and Angostura bitters with a salt and cayenne-pepper rim. They also serve up wine, regional and imported beers, nonalcoholic cocktails, and French-press coffee. Like Robin Hood’s failed concession stand, Bon Bon hands out Garland Theater popcorn free of charge; finger foods and snacks such as a Greek-style platter and baklava round out the menu.