Celebrating their 65th season, the well-received Spokane Children's Theatre transports audiences of all ages to new heights of delight through the transformative power of live theater. Their rendering of Hansel & Gretel by I.E. Clark, which plays the spacious Spartan Theatre at Spokane Falls Community College, is set to display fantastical features including a singing cuckoo clock, a story-telling robin and crumb-hating wicked witch. Their new adaptation of Snow White & the Seven Dwarves, which plays at the Masonic Center, was penned by local author Ken Pickering with songs scored by John Dawson. Shows shun the stuffy silence of library puppet shows in favor of lively audience participation, encouraging enthusiastic attendees to vocally scale the fourth wall and aid the occasionally confused characters.
Under the omnipresent gaze of a video-camera recording system, StoragePartners' variously sized units safeguard belongings. With 21 locations across Washington and Oregon, including a brand-new space in Everett, safe, unassailable modules keep treasures from crowding domestic floor space across the Pacific Northwest. Electronic gates guard the entrance to the facility, which houses a covered loading dock, elevators, and onsite box trucks for convenient unloading and transporting. Rows of storage units range from 5’x5’ spaces fit for small furniture to 10’x30’ rooms that can contain a van, boat, or a hot parade float, and a hefty cylinder-lock system makes sure everything stays put. Packaging and supplies are available onsite for purchase, and customers can tap into the free WiFi system during their visits.
With a total of 14 locations, sewing and quilting classes, and a cornucopia of handpicked sewing products, Quality Sewing & Vacuum offers needle wielders all the necessities for their projects. Experts helm free sessions that teach participants how to use their sewing machines to work toward reinventing an old skirt or craft an elegant canine wedding gown, while special events feature guest speakers who impart home decor, garment construction, quilting, and embroidery tips to audience members. Shoppers can peruse the cache of sewing machines from brands such as Singer, Pfaff, and Brother alongside accessories, embroidery designs, and vacuums that clean up rooms after testing out how easy it is to find a needle in a haystack.
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.
From the smooth edges of a granite countertop to the sparkling first step of a marble stairway, Scrivanich Natural Stone’s gleaming handiwork harnesses the functionality and beauty of stone. Since 1985, the team has been laying down precisely cut slabs of durable rock that fend off heat, stains, and countertop scratches incurred from dicing sand into smaller pieces of sand. With or without project measurements in hand, customers can venture to the Woodinville or Bellingham showroom to peruse a vast selection of stone whose many patterns and colors match and enhance home decor.
R&R Rentals equips customers with the machines, tools, and hardware necessary for tackling everything from maintaing yards to carrying out a top-to-bottom home remodeling. R&R's stock of supplies includes tillers, gas-powered thatchers, and sod cutters for landscaping projects, as well as power tools for scaring the dog. Rentals are available on a daily, weekend, weekly, or monthly basis and all equipment can be delivered for an additional charge.
Although most chefs have their own unique style of peeling, dicing, and julienning veggies, they all have one thing in common: they each require precise, sharp knives. At Excalibur Cutlery and Gifts, the staff ensures that tools remain as close to their factory condition as possible. During sharpening services, a water-cooled belt system and buffing wheels restore a piercing blade while removing a minimal amount of steel. They can sharpen kitchen, pocket, and hunting knives, as well as dull scissors and razors.
The shop also stocks premium models of nearly every edge they sharpen. The cutlery department stocks German-made Wusthof and Henckels, Swiss-made Forschner, and Oregon-grown Kershaw knives. Ideal for camping trips, pocket knives come in both blade and multitool varieties. More genteel wares include manicure sets and old-fashioned shaving kits. Excalibur also boasts a collection of swords for the collector or CEO whose business suit needs extra panache.