A Little Love For Spokane

Spokane Washington

Give the Gift of Spokane Love!
~By: Charity Doyl~

As V-Day approaches along with birthdays, anniversaries, mother’s day and so forth; the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods — merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. 
Merchandise that has put our neighbors out of jobs and put our nation into a recession.
But this year will be different. We are going to rise out of this economic slump starting in our own backyard. This year Americans will give gifts that are made in their own neighborhoods. 
When you buy from a local shop you are not helping a CEO buy another vacation home, you are helping your neighbor to pay their mortgage, put food on their table, pay their utilities, or a student pay for college. 
Starting with Valentine’s Day, how about giving your man tickets to the Spokane Indians 2012 Season, a jug of beer from Northern Lights Brewery, or a Sports Massage from the Valley Massage Clinic, or a Gentleman’s Facial from the Brickhouse Massage & Coffee Bar will surely score points with your man.
When planning for a romantic date night; remember that musicians need your love too and support venues that showcase local bands. Men, please remember to buy roses from a local florist such as Just Roses, chocolates from Spokandy or the Chocolate Apothecary, and Finders Keepers has wall to wall jewelry and gemstones to suit every budget, taste and style.
Need a gift idea for a girlfriend with a birthday? Surprise her with birthday cupcakes from Just American Desserts or Celebrations, a gift card from Forza Coffee Company, homemade candles & soaps purchased at the Spokane’s Farmer’s Market will bring cheers on her special day.
If you want to give an extravagant gift; a case of wine from Arbor Crest Winery, or an overnight getaway at the EJ Roberts Bed & Breakfast paired with tickets to the Spokane Symphony or a play at Interplayers will surely be a gift to remember. 
On Mother’s Day, spoil your mom with a day of pampering at Grassroots Wellness Spa or Karmony Spa. Adding the services of a cleaning lady while she relaxes and comes home to clean house will be a gift she will rave about for years to come. 
What about Father’s Day? Surprise dad with J&T’s Lawn Service for the summer season and a certificate at the local golf course. Eggers, a local meat and seafood store carries locally made barbeque sauces, rubs and spices that will turn him into the ultimate king of the grill.
Teens and Tweens would love you forever with gift certificates from a local owner-run restaurant. Passes to Silverwood Theme Park, Skyhigh Trampoline Park, Laser Quest or a gym membership to the YMCA Recreation Center are other gift ideas.
Kids will jump for joy for certificates to Polka Dot Pottery, passes to Riverfront Park and the Children’s Museum. 
Stumped for a gift idea for your grandparents 50th wedding anniversary? Booking a generational photo session with a local photographer or having fragile faily pictures restored at Referee Photo will be a treasured keepsake for generations to come.
Pamper your favorite pooch with a playdate pass at Doggyland Day Care and homemade natural dog cookies from Great Harvest Bakery. Spoil your cat with a pot of catnip, or grass greens grown by a local nursery. And every pet from parrots to ferrets will find special treats and toys at Northwest Seed and Pet.
Commision a local artist to paint a mural in your home. Local artists can also provide sculptures, pottery, and other beautiful works of art to fit any budget and decorate every room in your house with that one-of-a-kind decor`.
For the die-hard fashionista! Local crafters knit scarves, sweaters and hats. They also make jewelry, purses and boots! Local boutiques such as Sparrow, Glamarita, Finders Keepers, Tangerine and Swank will keep you in the fashion forefront winter, spring, summer and fall.
It’s great to find the perfect gift from a small business. Often, when you carry it to the counter, you can see the business owner’s eyes light up. They tell a story about how that gift was made, who made it, the amount of love and hours they poured to make it and the gift immediately becomes even more meaningful and special. 
Let’s all do our part to support small businesses by buying local whatever the occasion may be starting Valentine’s Day!

Monte Tareski