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Townshend Cellar

16112 N Greenbluff Rd Colbert, WA 99005 (509) 238-1400

Bravo! Townshend Cellar has a hit with Vortex, a non-vintage Bordeaux blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon 43%, Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. It was recommended by a grocery store wine guy and he was oh-so right. I had a past affair with the T3, which is one of Townshend's most popular blends, so let's just say I knew I was going to like Vortex. Vortex is lighter-style red with essences of blueberries and some raspberries. As you may know, wines are named after the grape, but when its a blend the wine maker gets to name it. A vortex is a spinning, often turbulent, flow of fluid. Any spiral motion with closed streamlines is vortex flow.Perfect title for an aromic wine just swirled in the glass.

I am also a huge fan of the Huckleberry Port which posses aromas of dried black currant, huckleberry, fig and black cherry with a hint of licorice. The huckleberry, chocolate, coffee and black currant linger on making this a delicious port…

Beecher's Handmade Cheese (Seattle)

1600 Pike Place
Seattle, Washington 98101 206.956.1964

Say Cheese! Beecher's is an oh-so tasty artistian cheese maker located in Seattle's Pike Place Market. Though this is always a good choice for a bite, Beecher's is especially perfect on a grey Seattle day. We're talking about the ultimate in comfort food and quite possibly the best homemade cheese EVER. Perfectly toasted grilled cheese sandwiches, creamy tomato soup, and to-die-for grown up macaroni and cheese are all found on a busy corner in the heart the Market. I suggest you order up, grab a stool and watch the cheese makers slowly create bliss in an open vat. The best news for out of towners is Beecher's ship their delectable Flagship Cheese and that World's Best Mac 'n Cheese anywhere in the country. This superbly Seattle eating experience won't disappoint and have you thinking about how soon you can get back there.

Spa Paradiso

Spa Paradiso at The Davenport Hotel
10 South Post Street
Spokane, Washington 99201
By now, you may know that the decadent Davenport Hotel is like Cinderella’s castle complete with ballrooms, room service and a doorman. But in this fairytale, there’s no dungeon. Instead beneath the castle awaits a delightful spa, offering a cure for the ordinary life. Her royal highness should take the time to relax, rejuvenate, and replenish at Spa Paradiso at the Davenport Hotel. And because only the best will do, this full service spa offers therapeutic massage, body treatments, skin and nail care, waxing and a complete hair salon. So from the ends of your hair to the tips of your toes, you’ll be pampered like the princess you are. Ala carte services and tempting spa packages await your arrival. Tiaras are optional. Ah, yes paradise is found right here in Spokane at Spa Paradiso.

Written for Nosey Parker guidebooks 2009

The Signature Collection Store at the Davenport Hotel

10 South Post Street Spokane, Washington 99201 Ring (509) 789-7200 Write
View Go Open daily at 10:00 AM
So even though I’d like to, unfortunately I can’t permanently move in to the luxurious Davenport Hotel. But, I can take a little bit of the glamour home with me. Nestled off the Davenport Hotel lobby is The Signature Collection Store, where one can indulge in fabulous bedding, bath, stationery, furnishings and accessories. A night stay at The Davenport is like a try-it-before-you buy-it, as The Signature Store carries the quality I expect, as well as, items selected for the guest rooms in both the main hotel and tower. That’s right, the custom made linens, luxurious bath robes, plush bath sheets can all go home with you. Also available are soothing and sensual bath products and of course, the celebrated Davenport mattress, on which the Hotel rests their reputation on and you live comfortably ever after. When The D…

The Flower Shop at the Davenport Hotel

10 South Post Street
Spokane, Washington 99201

Ring (509) 789-7200
Go Open daily at 10:00 AM

He loves me…he loves me not…HE LOVES ME!
If he picked you up a stunning bouquet at the Davenport Flower Shop, he definitely loves you.
It’s the oldest and quite possibly the grandest flower shop in Spokane. Let’s just say when it comes to breathtaking blooms, they’ve got this one. The shop’s talented artists create memorable arrangements in their oasis of a flower shop, located just off the lobby of the historic and decadent Davenport Hotel. There, flowers and greenery from around the world have been creatively and freshly prepared to be picked up or chauffeured to someone who will undoubtedly be impressed. The Flower Shop is responsible for the breathtaking arrangements that greet you upon entering The Davenport Hotel and Tower, as well as, for stealing the show at the area’s swankiest events and celebrations. Flowe…

Quinn Esstentials In Post Falls and Essentials in Cda

Quinn Essentials 518 E. 5th Ave Post Falls, ID 83854

Quinn Essentials in Post Falls has a flare for style. Unique home furnishings and accessories await your arrival. Even if you’ve gone to related store, Essentials in Coeur d’Alene you still need to visit Post Falls. Style definitely runs in the family, but this store has its own personality. Quinn Essentials specializes in Italian and Tuscan influences. Two great places are better than one, both stores offer luxury living at a lower cost and decorating temptations that are too good to pass up. I have the feeling everything owner Angela Quinn touches is fabulous. New shipments arrive weekly and the floor is always changing making frequent visits an essential.

Essentials 2480 North Old Mill Loop,Coeur D Alene, ID 83814
(208) 667-3683
Essentials gives you another good reason to shop at the Village at Riverstone in Coeur d’Alene. The distinctively unique home furnishings are oh-so-perfect…


Giving us yet another reason to get to know SODO, lolo boutique is as sweet as pie and incidentally located in the refurbished Cyrus O’Leary pie factory. Today, it’s an urban oasis offering everything from hip clothing and accessories to delightful choices for home and garden. You’ll find brands like Tulle, BCBG and LA Made to name drop a few. You’ll also find Archipelago candles, as well as, French soaps and Hobo bags. lolo boutique offers a city escape with their seasonal side-alley with an array of great garden items. Owners Elizabeth Hitch and Nicole Floyd somehow know exactly what, I didn’t know, I was looking for. Lastly, you know I like a trend setter and lolo boutique was one of the first great shops in the now hip SODO district.

Written for Nosey Parker guidebooks 2009

Bruttles Candy Shoppe & Factory

Sometimes you’ve got something so good, it’s worthy of passing on to the next generation. Bruttles is a local confectionery phenomenon, which I’m grateful the recipes were passed on. The original peanut brittle is such bliss that once you try it, you’re hooked. The treasured recipe came from dear Aunt Sophia and first got its big break as the turn down treats at the Davenport Hotel. You can still get Bruttles in the decadent Davenport Hotel Candy Shoppe, in the valley at the Bruttles Candy Shoppe & Factory, and newly opened at The Shops at the Cda Resort. All locations are a destination in delicious. The sweet menu includes a variety of candy from hard and soft peanut brittle, caramels, turtles, and fantastic chocolate dipped candies. Candy is almost always a perfect gift and Bruttles will send it out to everyone you’re sweet on.

Written for
Nosey Parker guidebooks

Le Panier - Very French Bakery (Seattle)

Le Panier (translation "bread basket") was opened in 1983 by a Frenchman living in the U.S. who missed his daily baguette and croissant. Le Panier reflects what you would find in a local boulangerie (bakery) and patisserie (pastry shop) in France.

Le Panier immediately became a instant hit for local Seattlites, as well as, visitors to Pike Place Market. Located in the heart of the market for almost 20 year offering a genuine taste of France.
The aroma of freshly baked bread and delectable pastries will surround you, capturing your senses, luring you off the main street of the busy Pike Place Market. Almost unconsciously you've arrive at the counter of Le Panier with the dilemma of what to try first. Not that you really have a choice in the matter, so don't even try to resist the seductive temptations displayed before you. Is this a dream? Just in case, don't pinch yourself until you've indulged a little. Oh la la - the pain au chocolat is divine. Next, an ecl…