THE FINAL, FULL REVEAL. Four photos and two quotes from each new S50 participant. Want to be kept up-to-date? Subscribe to the blog (at right).
The first ten (call them S10) were treated as a generation and it seems only fair that the next ten (call them S20) should get their own special moment as well, but please don’t forget that S50 is not complete until we get all fifty and that all S50 participants are of equal importance. S50 will continue to build and build until we’ve incorporated everyone in the party. Thanks for your patience.
#1 (in no particular order)
“We live downtown and would live nowhere else. We open our front door and the Fox, Davenport, Bing, and many restaurants are just steps away. We have a winery for a neighbor.”
“Downtown has great historic buildings, Riverfront Park, and much to do. Our favorite is the Friday night movie, a martini at the Davenport, and dinner at a neighborhood restaurants.”
_____ and his wife ventured into downtown living when they moved into a brick warehouse next to the railroad viaduct in 1999, being the first to convert a warehouse into residences, an office and an art gallery.
____ spent ten years on the Spokane City Plan Commission, ending his tenure serving as President. He currently serves on the Landmarks Commission as Chair. He has been involved in the planning of Spokane’s future for more than 30 years.
#2 (in no particular order)
“My favorite part of the scene in Spokane is the ability of motivated people to affect positive change in a short amount of time.”
“From exciting neighborhood revitalizations to homegrown music festivals to our exploding food scene, Spokane is going through a renaissance – and you can see it happening right now, right before our very eyes. ”
In 2011 _____ began work with the Parks Department on a pilot project to build community gardens in city parks. With the help of the South Perry neighborhood, the Grant Park Community Garden was born, a model for those who want to build community gardens and bring neighbors together.
________ is the founder and director of Elkfest, an event that takes over Browne’s Addition with local bands and national touring acts alike – free! He works with city leaders to streamline the permitting process to make it easier for neighborhoods around the city to build great events of their own.
#3 (in no particular order)
“Where else can you walk from your house to paddle board down a majestic river after work? Eat at world class restaurants without having to wait months? Live in an historic, yet affordable home?”
“We are in many ways, a big metropolitan city, but we have a small town feel when it comes to the important things: community and caring for others.”
_______ believes that owning a business means you have a community voice and thus obligation to better that same community. Donations of time, dollars, space and product: check. Making public statements about important issues: check.
Welcoming every single person into the business (including those less fortunate): check. Hosting events to improve the community like phone banks, Show & Tell, comedy open mic nights, free tango lessons, Peace Corps information nights, TED talks… CHECK!
#4 (in no particular order)
“I love the fact that in Spokane I can see a local arts event while eating great local food, all in a venue that is also on the local historic register.”
“Some of my favorite places are Iron Goat Brewing for their killer beer and the Magic Lantern Theater for their great film selection.”
After graduating from EWU, _____ went to work to develop Spokane’s film community, helping to create The 50 Hour Slam Inland Northwest Film Festival, a high-energy timed film competition that embraces the vibrant art scene in Spokane.
______ is a board member and programmer with the Spokane International Film Festival, one of the founders of the Spokane Film Project, and the current chair of the Spokane Arts Commission, where he’s served as a Commissioner and Arts advocate.
#5 (in no particular order)
“I LOVE Spokane for it’s outdoor recreation and affordability – which allows us to take advantage of those outdoor activities. I mountain bike at Beacon Hill, Silver Mtn. and Riverside.”
“I love spending my summers wakeboarding and surfing on Newman Lake – it’s so quiet. In the winter you will find me snowboarding at Schweitzer. ”
______ has been working to make Spokane the place he wants it to be since he moved here. He’s the co-founder of Seven2 and 14Four, where he employs and inspires over 75 talented, driven, and creative people.
______’s passion for healthy living pushed him to open The Union, a high energy Spin and Yoga studio, as well as Method Organic Juice Café (with his business partner Tyler). _____ came up with the concept for Good Oats: each bowl sold equals one bowl of organic oatmeal is donated to charity.
#6 (in no particular order)
“Spokane has an incredible sense of vitality right now. The creativity, innovation, and dedication on display are creating an atmosphere that you can’t help but feel swept up in. ”
“Some of my favorite local spots are Rockwood Bakery, The Bartlett, and The Flying Goat, as well as too many favorite lakes, trails, and parks to name.”
______ has partnered with countless organizations in the Spokane area to provide fun, engaging, educational events for people of all ages.
_____ is the director of Get Lit! Programs, which engages the Inland Northwest community through reading, writing, and storytelling since 1998. Get Lit! celebrates the written word through an annual literary festival and educational outreach programs for K-12 students.
#7 (in no particular order)
“What I love about culture in Spokane is that it feels inclusive, it feels interactive, it never feels out of reach.”
“Whether it is events/venues/businesses like Terrain, The Bartlett or The Baby Bar, there’s a personable quality that helps you to remember that culture is just creativity shared among a group.”
Despite spending more than two decades cooking in Spokane, ______ doesn’t consider his role in Spokane’s community to be about food – rather he has always been interested in people, their stories and how these interactions build community.
Over the years his interests have led him to write Spokane’s first blog about the restaurant industry, organize farm retreats for local chefs, and create cycling events such as the annual Midnight Century. He is always looking for new ideas to bring people together.
#8 (in no particular order)
“I love Spokane – whatever your passion is, people will get behind you and do what they can to help you here. That’s where our city shines.”
“I love my Wednesdays: coffee at Atticus, poetry and burritos at Neato Burrito.”
_______ has been performing poetry and spearheading poetry events in Spokane since 2007. He is one of the founders and long time hosts of the Broken Mic poetry readings.
______ has also performed all across the U.S. In 2012 he was awarded the inaugural Ken Warfel Fellowship for poets who have contributed substantially to their communities.
#9 (in no particular order)
“The Spokane community embraced me when I moved here from New England, welcoming me into their lives. As a journalist, it was the first time I felt like I belonged and could truly make a difference.”
“The people made me fall in love with Spokane, as did the beauty of this place. Nature helps me to get centered and there’s so much of it here – all a walk, bike ride, or short drive away. I feel at peace here.”
________ launched SpokaneFAVS.com (Spokane Faith & Values) in 2012. Each month she hosts Coffee Talks where the community can discuss theological issues in a peaceful and thoughtful format.