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Short List 3.09

On our radar for March 2009:

Everything's better with Butler

Everything's better with Butler

The Look
Local crafters who crave fabric funkification know where to find their fix. The Top Stitch is home to Spokane’s most inspiring collection of Amy Butler designs, plus trendy, easy-to-follow patterns, fun classes and sassy sewing circles (check the Web site for a complete list). This hip homemaker haven just expanded to the Garland District, creating shelf space for other hot designers, like Heather Bailey and Joel Dewberry. Owner Carrie Jarvis’ no-worries approach to sewing makes it simple for just about anyone to put the (foot) pedal to the metal. The Top Stitch, 3808 N. Monroe; 509.328.7397. –TJW


You are here

You are here

The Store
If your office has four wheels and a rearview mirror, you probably know of the navigational wonder that is Northwest Maps. Steve Mitrovich and his staff create the indispensable Spokane City/County Atlas—a get-there-from-here Bible that area delivery drivers, realtors and salesmen depend on. But there’s a great big world beyond the county line, and this quaint downtown dealer of all things topographic can point you in the right direction—whether you’re headed for Millwood or Mozambique. Stop in, grab a guidebook and go. Northwest Maps, 525 W. Sprague Ave.; 509.455.6981. –TJW


An endless fall from grace

An endless fall from grace

The Book
Author Kim Barnes’ 2008 novel, “A Country Called Home,” is deeply attuned to the rhythms of nature and human consciousness. In telling the story of Helen and Thomas Deracotte and the tragedy that befalls them in rural Idaho, the book reveals the larger human story of the secret emotional undercurrents that can easily engulf us. It’s a theme that Barnes, who teaches writing at University of Idaho, will explore further in a forthcoming book set in 1960s Saudi Arabia. In an interview with her publisher Barnes described it as the story of a young American couple who follows the oil boom from Oklahoma to Abqaiq, only to pay dearly for it. “In this way, it is not unlike ‘A Country Called Home,’–that endless fall from grace.” Random House; hardcover; $23.95. –AK


The other nectar of the gods

The other nectar of the gods

The Goods
This comfortable corner store feels like home. And the stuff inside tastes like heaven. An impressive sampling bar is always well-stocked with The Coeur d’Alene Olive Oil Company’s array of 100% Natural Extra Virgin Olive Oils, handcrafted wine vinegars, specialty tapenades and hand-stuffed olives. The foodie staff encourage visitors to think outside the bottle, with recipe suggestions and nudges toward new flavor escapades … Decadent brownies infused with Blood Orange Olive Oil are just the beginning. No time for the full flavor experience? Call ahead for curbside delivery. Coeur d’Alene Olive Oil Co., 827 W. First Ave., Spokane; 509.747.6343; 117 S. Fourth, Coeur d’Alene; 208.765.0188. –TJW


Tahoe Powered

Tahoe Powered

The Download
Without constant updating, Web sites can get boring—fast. That’s where Tahoe Inc. steps in, posting national and world news from UPI, and partnering with local content providers to add value to any company’s homepage. Tahoe president and CEO Greg Green says his Spokane-based company is national in scope, though its software can feed regional and local content to Web sites, updating them every 15 minutes. Tahoe’s Northwest clients include Century 21 Beutler & Associates and lifestyles Web site MermaidsoftheLake.com. Green says prices run between $249 and $849 per month based on the amount of content provided. –AK

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