Founded in the Netherlands in 1999, Oil & Vinegar offers customers the chance to experience exciting new tastes. At the Spokane location, recently brought under new management and now veteran-owned, visitors choose from more than 40 ?on tap? vinegar and olive-oil flavors that glow from within their suspended glass containers. The staff makes transporting purchases convenient by selling bottles onsite or filling bottles brought from home.
Condiments come in creative flavors, such as blood-orange grapeseed oil and hibiscus vinegar, and include standouts from Italy, Spain, Greece, France, South Africa, Morocco, USA, and even Japan. The list is almost as impressive as the number of Oil & Vinegar stores (more than 90) peppered across 13 countries. Guests can sample the oils and vinegars before committing, and stock their cupboards with the shop?s other offerings?appetizers, herbs and spices, pasta, and even serving dishes.
The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
Skilled shutterbug Brooke Heki has aimed her lens at everything from people and animals to multimillion dollar homes, and today she calls on that experience as she helms Infinity Photography & Design. Her partner, Trysta Chavez, first discovered her passion for photography while living in Tokyo in 2009. When she moved to the area, she began working for Heki and proved to be so talented that Heki made Chavez a partner in the business a mere four years after Chavez became serious about her craft.
Reflecting their diverse backgrounds, the studio captures a range of moments, including family, pet, and pregnancy portraiture, milestone events such as weddings or the completion of a Rubik’s cube, and boudoir poses. The shutter clickers ensure that their images embody the unique personality in every shoot, from the individual quirk of a child’s dimples to the wag of a terrier’s tail. The resulting portraits breathe with life, begging to be framed for hanging over the mantle or gifting to a boss who keeps confusing you with your office chair.
Wild Walls Indoor Climbing Gym sprawls across 6,000 square feet of a historic armory building, challenging gravity-bound bodies with various climbing and bouldering structures. “People have the misconception that rock climbing is like an amusement ride,” says Todd, the general manager. Wild Walls lures exercisers from dull workouts, such as watching paint dry on dumbbells, by offering challenging routes, tricky angles, and a wide variety of top-rope and sport-lead routes. Indoor adventurers can vary sweat sessions with yoga classes.
Wild Walls also stocks portable walls that soar to 16 and 24 feet, ideal for birthday celebrants or bosses who need a way to determine which employee gets a raise. For more permanent climbing surfaces, its staffers can install traverse walls, which run horizontally, in locations such as school gyms or underground monkey-training facilities.
Oftentimes, hobbies are neglected when more serious work comes calling—like a career in clinical psychology. But for Alan Tower, it was the contrary, as he quit his practice to dedicate himself to a lifelong hobby that germinated as a mail-order nursery. Eight years later, he established Tower Perennial Gardens, and went on to serve as chair for the American Hosta Society convention and founder of the Spokane Hosta Society.
Today, Tower Perennial Gardens is home to thousands of varieties of plants, trees, and flowers, which spread across 8 scenic acres and originate from every continent except Antarctica—by decree of Santa Claus. Myriad display gardens showcase cacti, shade plants, and flowering trees to provide inspiration for green-thumbed visitors. But for non-DIY customers, Tower’s team of professionals enthusiastically offers its services to forge a lush landscape from scratch or restore a rundown garden to its former glory.
Added Touch Framing and Gallery’s décor experts draw on a combined 26 years of experience as they skillfully frame photographs and jerseys and complement artwork with matting. Using techniques of conservation framing similar to those used by museums, they help customers preserve treasured heirlooms from generations past, such as needlepoints that show the location of grandpa’s buried gold. Staffers also enclose bulky items such as sports jerseys and American flags in wall-ready displays, offering a lifetime warranty on their custom framing craftsmanship. Visitors to the gallery can also take home artwork portraying Americana, architecture, and landscapes, helping to bring sophistication to a living room, hallway, or concrete-walled storage facility. Added Touch Framing and Gallery demonstrates its dedication to the community by proudly supporting charities such as the Ronald McDonald House and the Vet Center.