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At Chaps, we had our “Cake” and a party, too.

Last night was perfect.  The weather was exactly right. Not too cold, not too hot.  Most of the clouds cleared away and left us with a beautiful sunset. It was a grand time for a party.

As luck would have it, Celeste Shaw, the owner of the trendy eatery Chaps, threw a wonderful party. The reason for the celebration was to help Serena Thompson thank vendors and helpers for a wonderful opening day at this year’s Farm Chicks Antique show at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. Another benefit was to give several hundred women ( a few men) and a scattering of media types a peek at her new bakery.

“Cake,” featuring the sweet goods of Gina Garcia, will be opening soon so Saturday night’s party was a wonderful chance to spend a few hours enjoying wonderful food, sparking conversation and the charming decor.

From the repurposed molding surrounding the windows and doors, to the antique light fixtures over the counter, to the large, vintage, sign letters on the wall spelling out the word “Sweet,” the new bakery is as luscious and one-of-a-kind as any of the delicious goodies on the menu.

My work week usually includes several breakfast or lunch meetings. I’ve found just the new place to gather.


To see more photos of the party at “Cake” click “continue reading.”


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Cheryl-Anne Millsap's Home Planet column appears each week in the Wednesday "Pinch" supplement. Cheryl-Anne is a regular contributor to Spokane Public Radio and her essays can be heard on Public Radio stations across the country. She is the author of "Home Planet: A Life in Four Seasons."

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