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On our radar for April 2009:


The Goods
Ordinary. Unforgettable. The difference is in the details. George Balling & Mary Lancaster fill their quaint Coeur d’Alene specialty shop with a unique collection of hostess and housewarming gifts, distinctive wines and an ever-evolving selection of special extras to turn your next gathering into an extraordinary event. Free local delivery, wines and dinnerware under $10, one-of-a-kind handmade gifts, exclusive Northwest selections and attentive personal service … The Dinner Party supplies inspiration by the beautiful plateful. The Dinner Party, 3520 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene; 208.765.5653. – TJW


The Store
Open only two days each week (Thursday and Saturday) Real Deals Home Decor belongs on every shrewd decorator’s schedule. Owners Kimberly and Tracey Carlson’s warehouse-style location is a high-energy haven filled with dynamic vignettes that showcase vintage-inspired collections of cowboy kitsch, lake house charm and country chic. The inventory of handmade furniture, wine-inspired accents and homey adornments for every corner of your abode changes weekly. The bargain prices are a permanent fixture. Real Deals Home Décor, 15320 E. Marietta Ave.; 509.922.4419. – TJW


The Drink
Every third month, mixologists at Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery concoct a new drink using spirits handcrafted on the premises. They invite patrons to try the beverage and give it a name. The winning moniker goes on the menu, and the winner goes home with a gift certificate. Owner Kevin Settles says all mystery cocktails at his three locations (Boise, Eagle and Coeur d’Alene) pay homage to Bardenay’s own cane-sugar-based spirits. Settles says April’s drink is a blend of Bardenay vodka, fresh-squeezed bar sour and fresh berries. Bardenay, 1710 W. Riverstone Dr., Coeur d’Alene; 208.765.1540. – AK


The Blog
Larry Cebula’s Northwest History blog is many things (including award-winning), but as the historian and archivist notes, his blog “is not about current politics, is not an online diary, and will never feature pictures of my cats.” Cebula is a public historian at EWU and assistant digital archivist at the Washington State Digital Archives. His blog explores the intersections of public and digital history, primarily in the Inland Northwest, though on occasion he blogs about topics that take him further afield. For example, if a political candidate makes a claim based on Northwest history, he might fact check it on his blog. He’s also inclined to travel on historical excursions and then blog about them. But he will never take along his cats. – AK


The Look
Yes, you look astoundingly hot. But what’s the point of going all-out if you can’t afford to go out? Bella Boutique, recently relocated to the SoDo District, features the latest styles without the trendy price tags. Owner Christine Trono believes ladies should look good and feel good—about themselves, and the things they buy. Lines like Sweet Lips and Chip & Pepper share space with local designers, so you’ll find scorching styles that leave you with enough cash to hit the town and show everyone how gorgeous you are. Bella Boutique, 303 W. 2nd; 509.290.5312. – TJW

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March 2009

February 2009

  1. i would be busy again doing some home decors this coming christmas, i’d be buying some new decors for the season `~;

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