Whether conquering road, water, or snow, the team of knowledgeable skaters, wakeboarders, and snowboarders at Let It Ride outfit their customers with head-to-toe gear, year-round. For skaters, the inventory ranges from decks and trucks to helmets, shoes, and even T-shirts. Women can browse a long list of brands for items such as hats, swimwear, and backpacks, and men's apparel and accessories are available from popular brands such as RVCA, Fox, DC, Oakley, and LRG.
The staff at Sew E-Z Too helps its students wield sewing needles, knitting needles, and crochet hooks to create cloth jewelry, bags, and other decorative pieces. Classes meet inside Sew E-Z Too, a cloth and fabric emporium that holds enough material to supply larger projects, such as a warm knit shawl or a quilted cozy for the family car. The store stocks dozens of brands from Mike Canetty Textiles to Cranston Village, and the pro knitters and stitchers in the shop are on hand to offer advice and tips.
Clay Connection's staff of experienced artists help students express themselves through the fun, interactive media of ceramics and fused glass. Through parties and workshops or intensive classes, pupils learn the fine arts of hand-building pots and clay sculptures, wheel-throwing pottery pieces, or composing stunning jewelry and centerpieces from just bits of fused glass or larger, shattered centerpieces.
Escape Outdoors stocks its shelves with an extensive wardrobe of apparel and gear designed to withstand the world’s harsh outdoor environment. With popular name brands such as The North Face, Patagonia, Helly Hanson, and others to choose from, customers will find themselves face-to-face with an ominously large list of options, not unlike the time they witnessed a troop of yetis materialize out of the mountain mist after hours of wandering over treacherous bunny hills. Guard your feet from the ground’s mood swings with a pair of men’s Reef AWOL sandals ($30), whose grippy outsole ensures optimal traction while freerunning to work. A women's Under Armour Proxima hoody shirt ($45) keeps female athletes cool, dry, and fresh-smelling with HeatGear moisture control and UV protection. Enwrap a gentleman’s noggin within the acrylic embrace of a Nixon Smoky beanie ($25), or keep your body’s precious heat from escaping through your navel by wearing a women’s ColdGear UA Base 2.0 crew shirt from Under Armour ($49.99), which comes in black, cornflower, or pink.
Wade and Julie Pannell—the owners and operators of Fleet Feet Sports' Spokane location—know what it's like to wrestle with health challenges. Wade turned to running after finding himself 60 pounds overweight and dissatisfied with his fitness level. A friend challenged him to become more active, and, since his first 5k in 2006, he has devoted his life to helping other people along their journey toward wellness. Julie has struggled with her own physical challenges; despite growing up a gymnast and leading a healthy lifestyle, she suffered a heart attack at the age of 37. As part of her recovery, she rededicated herself to actively training, and aims to inspire others to overcome their own obstacles. The Pannells and their two sons enjoy running, triathlons, and participating in other athletic activities as a family.
Wade and Julie and their team also coordinate social runs and help other runners train safely and effectively. They outfit runners, walkers, and exercisers of all abilities with the proper kicks—according to specific gaits and foot biomechanics—in a shop lined with shoes, apparel, and gear. The footwear aficionados employ a six-step personal-fit process to match runners with their ideal shoes, based on sitting and standing foot measurements. Once they make their recommendations, customers sample footwear from brands such as New Balance, ASICS, and Nike, and, like choosing from a chocolate box, pick the squishiest one. After tracking down their soles' mate, customers can also find gear and apparel from brands such as Brooks to match their favorite activities.