After a 17 year slumber and 30 million dollar facelift ,this long awaited comeback proved worth the wait. The Davenport is an elegant world class hotel, that makes me want a time machine to go and check out this ultra chic era of the early 1900's. Commercial real estate developers and now local super heroes Walt Worthy and his wife, Karen, bought the empty landmark for $6.5 million in May 2000 with a goal of returning it to its original spender, only better. It proved to be no easy task as it had major issues and needed to be taken into modern times while being true to the history. Detailed refurbishing and artisans from all over the world contributed to the best comeback story of the region. The stunning lobby hosts one of my favorite large fireplaces and makes this not only a grand hotel to stay at but a great place for dinner, events or just to hang out at. Original owner and waffle king Louis Davenport , now represented by a life size sculpture reading a paper in lobby would be proud. as a peacock of the refurbished hotel. A must stop in Spokane, even if you just have time for a self guided tour. You'll feel like you're at a museum, but you may want to book a room and enjoy the amenities and unsurpassed service.
(Published in Spokane Couer d'Alene Living Magazine, November 2008, Best Of...) Note: Picture courtesy of the Davenport Hotel
Bringing Back The Breakfast Drink Marys and Mimosas
Both the Bloody Mary and Mimosa make it
socially acceptable to drink before noon.
While this can be a problem if the drinking continues all day, on its
own, a Mary or a Mimosa is a beautiful thing. The Bloody Mary can be a meal in itself
- a healthy sounding one at that with a slightly morbid name. Bloody Marys traditionally
are made with vodka and tomato juice which is then heavily spiced and garnished.
Some say this drink was conceived in Paris in the roaring 20's. Others trace it back to the 30's as a cure to
the dreaded hangover. Either way, this breakfast cocktail has evolved with many
twists being added along the way. The Mimosa, on the other hand, is a
mainstay of the classy champagne brunch with a straightforward recipe:
champagne or sparkling wine and orange juice. Yes, this is a drink you can make
yourself. It was supposedly invented in back in 1925 at a Parisian Hotel. As
with most cocktails, there a…
This was fun! Our story and loft was featured in the Inlander Health & Home magazine. Thank you to Blythe Thimsen, writer and Young Kwak, photographer. We are also very grateful to Heather Hanley of the Tin Roof for helping us design our space. Our ensuite coffee lounge even made the cover. Additionally, the other featured urban space was one of my downtown listings. ♥️ Laurie and James Allen’s new home in Kendall Yards offers lots of light and quick access to all that downtown Spokane has to offer. A Vibrant Downtown Lifestyle is Luring Residents Back to Spokane's City Center.
"A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage!" Used in the 1928 presidential campaign, and attributed to President Herbert Hoover, the idea of a car in every garage planted a seed that took root. Over the years, along with it came the idea of the spacious house with a yard, the white picket fence and the happy, quiet life in suburban America.
Fast forward to 2018, and nowadays trading in th…
Collecting ART is addictive but never regrettable. With ART, the regret I do have is from the pieces I talked myself out of. I have a few sad stories of inexpensive ART I passed on and now the artist's work is spendy. Buying ART is not extravagant or reserved for the wealthy. For me, it's just I have my priorities straight. Think about how much ART you could own if you didn't have cable, that unused landline and you limited the times a barista made your coffee.
When embarking on collecting art - start small. Buying student art is an inexpensive way to get original art. Its like listening to a talented yet unsigned musician in a dive bar prior to making it it big. You very well could be investing in and therefore encouraging the ART world's next big thing. Buying local art enriches your community and supports the local ART scene. Incorporating original ART in your home adds an unmatched warmth, texture and depth to your space.