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Spokane’s Featuring Classic Novels

24 Jan

Boo Radley’s and Atticus coffee shop will make all of those To Kill A Mockingbird fans feel as if they are in the middle of Harper Lee’s classic novel. Both stores sit next to each other in the middle of downtown Spokane on Howard St.

Boo Radley’s is a difficult shop to explain. It is full of eclectic treasures and silly trinkets. You can find anything from books of awkward family photos to Flintstone lunch boxes. Boo Radley’s is a great place to find a goofy birthday presents and serves as a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. The store will keep you busy for hours of entertainment and laughter. Most people enjoy finding toys from their childhood like Gumby and Pokémon cards.

Before heading into Boo Radley’s, stop at Atticus coffee shop next door. The coffee shop is connected to an small antique store. Stationary, clocks and used books fill the shelves of the store.I once found the most organized and useful 2010 planner and a beautiful leather journal for an affordable price. The store also offers homemade cards.  Shelves of loose leaf tea cover the back of the shop. Come enjoy a cup of hot coffee or tea at Atticus coffee shop today.

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2 Scoops, Please!

19 Jan

Ice cream is the perfect treat on a sunny, summer afternoon. In the right atmosphere, ice cream is also satisfying in the winter. The Scoop is a quaint ice cream and coffee shop on the South Hill. The shop is tucked away in the middle of a neighborhood making it possible for kids to enjoy ice cream with the friends after school, or bring families together after dinner. Customers keep coming back for the unique flavors the shop offers. The owners make their own ice cream.Some of the favorite flavors are:

Muddy Cups and Dirty Dishes–  vanilla ice cream mixed in with chocolate chunks and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups.

Molasses Cookie– the sweet, buttery flavor the molasses will melt in your mouth.

Horchatahorchata is a Latin American drink made with milk, cinnamon, vanilla and rice. This ice cream tastes exactly like the creamy drink. The cinnamon adds a spicy flavor.

Rasberry Sorbet– For all of you who are lactose-intolerant, ice cream lovers. This raspberry flavor is the best sorbet. It is has the perfect mix of sweet and tart.

The Scoop also offers a large selection of coffee drinks, snacks and meals. The inside of the shop has a limited amount of seating but provides a “kids corner” filled with books, board games and markers. At night the shop is covered in twinkle lights the size of fireflies and is full of happy spirits. Come to the Scoop today and enjoy two scoops of Muddy Cups and Dirty Dishes!

Le Petit Chat Village Bakery

18 Jan

Warm loaves of bread made fresh every morning. Cinnamon rolls covered in a creamy frosting. Pastries stuffed with huckleberry, strawberry or chocolate filling. Le Petit Chat offers all of these mouth-watering treats and more. This small bakery bakes many different kinds of pastries and always has hot and cold drinks available. The unlimited drip coffee is delicious and goes great with a cinnamon roll. Le Petit Chat is located on N. Waikiki Rd near Whitworth University. The shop is usually filled with students eating an after school snack.  Seating is limited, especially on a busy day but the service is great. Each customer, especially if you are a regular, will expect a warm welcome anytime you enter the store.

For under $5 you can purchase a pastry and a warm cup of Black Chat coffee. The bakery also provides meals like tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. The bread is delicious and is freshly baked each morning. You will not be disappointed with this small, French bakery.

So Many Decisions

13 Jan

People who live in Spokane love coffee. The city offers a diverse array of coffee shops, giving you the opportunity to have a different experience at each one. If you think about it, people in America spend a lot of money on coffee. If you are spending $ 5 on a cup of coffee a day, you are spending $100 a month. To most people though, it’s worth it. I want to feature a couple of coffee shops throughout Spokane that you may or may not be aware of.

North Side Pleasant Blends is a gourmet coffee and tea house filled with shelves of different loose-leaf teas and a full coffee bar. The atmosphere is small and quiet which is a nice change from the loud, bustling Starbucks atmosphere. The tea is delicious and comes in flavors like Wild Huckleberry and Green Market Spice. You will not be disappointed with the coffee. Pleasant Blends provides you with an opportunity to try something new like a cheesecake chai. It is a little too sweet for my taste but people love it! If you are on the North side and are looking for a nice cup of coffee or tea come to Pleasant Blends!

Downtown One cold evening in November, a friend and I needed to find a place to sit and rest after a long walk downtown. We stumbled upon Brews Brothers coffee shop on the corner of Sprague and Post. The shop walls are covered in a warm yellow and the coffee is even better. The shop also has a great selection of beer. My friend and I played Mancala and different card games throughout the night. The atmosphere is comfortable and makes you forget about the snow and the cold outside. We will definitely be visiting again soon.

South Hill The Rockwood Bakery is one of my favorite coffee shops in Spokane. This coffee shop is more known than the others and is located across the street from Manito Park. The bakery used to be an old grocery store and is nestled into a lovely neighborhood. If the weather is nice, sit outside with an iced latte and enjoy the quiet. On a bleak January afternoon, enjoy your hot coffee on a cozy couch. In my opinion, this coffee shop has the best coffee and the service friendly.