Alison Rubin first discovered yoga when she moved across the world, leaving England behind for sunny Southern California in 1972. She fell, or steadily posed, head over heels for the ancient exercise form, eventually earning her teaching certification in 1984 when she moved to Spokane. Now, with 40 years and myriad certifications under her belt, she leads a dedicated troupe of instructors who teach Hatha-style classes within a cozy studio, winning Best Yoga Studio by The Pacific Northwest Inlander in 2009 and 2010.
They lead a lineup of classes that accommodate a spectrum of skill levels, ranging from newcomers to Twister world champions.
River City Brewing has just one request: drink local. And they make that easy to do with hand-crafted beers made entirely with regional ingredients. That includes water from the Spokane Aquifer, hops from the Yakima Valley, and Oregon-originated yeast. At the tap room, guests can sample tasters and half pints or go all in with pints, to-go growlers, and kegs. Those younger than 21 can enjoy house-made draft root beer, and everyone can order pretzels to complement their drinks.
See River City's website for more details, and more beers.
Even with all the overhead lights turned off, Black Wolf Gaming Center still shines bright. That's because neon green borders backlight each station, whose 20 total screens—including 37-inch LCDs, 60-inch plasmas, and one 130-inch 3D projector—glow with the latest games. Cozying into the center's reclining chairs, players can enjoy titles for Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360. And because the Xbox is connected to high-speed internet and local area network, gamers can set up massive multiplayer showdowns.
For fans of classic titles, Black Wolf hosts frequent tournaments around old Nintendo 64 games such as Goldeneye, Super Smash Bros., and Mortal Kombat. In between levels, players can take breaks over rounds at the billiards table or stare out a window and marvel at the graphics.
Nine ounces of slow-roasted pastrami, melted swiss cheese, and housemade thousand island dressing, all held together between slices of freshly baked marble rye. When diners reach the reuben on Stir's menu, they instantly know it's amazing—either because of its description or because the restaurant— recently under new ownership and management— made sure to include "AMAZING" as part of that description. The sandwich stands out on a menu of upscale gastropub food that also features five different handcrafted gourmet burgers, each of which takes on the tasty identity of a particular city or region and comes with a birth certificate to prove it. Colorful mojitos, martinis, and specialty drinks—including domestic, imported, and locally crafted brews such as No-Li—wash down bites.
Flamin' Joe's loves chicken wings, slinging the pub staple in increments of anywhere from 6 to 200 bone-in and boneless wings accompanied by an array of sauces and seasonings. Aside from each family-friendly location's over 20 HDTVs, special-recipe sauces, ranked from the mild Naked to the extra-hot Widow Maker, provide zesty alternatives to milder rubs and sauces such as orange-ginger, mango-habanero, and huckleberry barbecue. Draft beers, such as PBR and Full Sail, also complement sandwiches such as The Hangover burger, a juicy burger topped with an egg, bacon, american cheese, and Joe's code 3 sauce. Flamin' Joe's hosts special events throughout the week, such as trivia competitions every Wednesday night.
Originally known as the Clemmer Theatre, the Bing Crosby Theater was opened in 1915, riding the first wave of movie palaces. A unique acoustic shell with thousands of lights hang over the stage, complementing the auditorium's atmosphere of old-timey elegance and Illuminating the night sky for attendees who flew in on their old-timey blimps.