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Bless This Bread

This morning, at Chaps, one of my family's favorite places for Sunday brunch, I noticed a young family sitting at the table beside us. Three young boys and their parents.

The mother and father had their hands full with the two younger children, one just a lap baby. But the oldest boy, no more than five years old, was no bother at all. As we ate and sipped our coffee and talked over our own food, I kept stealing glances over to the other table. As good as my plate of eggs and bacon was, watching him was more delicious.

The boy had a big plate of the house specialty, Blueberry muffin French toast, in front of him. Each time he put a bite, smothered in syrup, in his mouth, he would wiggle a little, reacting to the sheer pleasure of it. I found myself smiling at his involuntary reaction, waiting for his next bite. When he turned his attention to the thick slices of bacon, I settled back with my mug of coffee and watched the show. 

Lost in a daydream, the boy placed the the end of one slice of bacon in his mouth and proceeded to chew on it the way a farmer might chew on a stalk of wheat. Bit by bit the bacon disappeared as he stared dreamily out the window, his hands slack at his sides and his legs wrapped around the legs of his chair. When one piece was finished, he repeated the process with another.

Finally, the little brothers were done with their breakfasts and the parents had taken one last sip of coffee and were bundling up everyone to go home.

The little boy who had needed no help polishing off a platter of food, stood up and slipped his arms into the sleeves of his coat. And then, as he turned to leave, he noticed a piece of his French toast in his chair where it had fallen from his lap. He stared at it for a few minutes and then looked over at his mother and his father. They had turned away and were already moving toward the door. He stood perfectly still another minute, as I watched, and then reached out, picked up the bit of fallen bread and popped it in his mouth. Just as he did so he looked over and caught my eye. I winked over the rim of my coffee cup. He smiled at me and then skipped off to join the rest of his family.

That, I thought to myself, is how each of us should appreciate a meal that was prepared and put before us. With gratitude and pleasure. Savored from start to finish. Especially that last delicious bite.


Cheryl-Anne Millsap is a freelance writer based in Spokane, Washington. In addition to her Home Planet , Treasure Hunting and  CAMera: Travel and Photo blogs, her essays can be heard on Spokane Public Radio and on public radio stations across the country. She is the author of “Home Planet: A Life in Four Seasons” and can be reached at catmillsap@gmail.com

Pink opens tonight

You can stop driving by or walking up to press your nose against the glass. Pink, Spokane's newest and most unique shop will have a soft opening tonight in conjunction with First Friday activities and will open officially Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

The business is owned by partners Celeste Shaw (of the popular Chaps restuarant), Lana Neumann, Erica Parish and Chris Lynch. The women have been working in the former Luminaria space since March to create a unique and stylish place for local treasure hunters. As you might expect, Pink is filled with one-of-a-kind vintage and shabby finds as well as handmade and reclaimed objects. No space is left untouched. Even the massive vault will shine as a gallery for Lynch's paintings.

Neumann and Parish have filled one of the streetfront rooms with their unique handbuilt furnishings. Their use of vintage salvage including massive chopping blocks, industrial materials and soft-as-butter leather is attracting attention across the country. You can see more of their work at dejaneu.com

Holly Baublitz and Becky Ellis from All That Glitter will be involved and have already relocated that beautiful old greenhouse from their shop in Spokane Valley. Now it shines in a corner of the new store.

Stop by soon and check out the newest old things in town. I'm sure you be tickled, well, you know.



Pink is located at 154 Madison, one block west of the Old Spaghetti Factory.

Hours are Wed - Sat 10am - 4 pm.

For more information call 509-838-2054.

The Treasure Hunting Calendar

The predictable thing about spring and summer is that it’s the time of year that treasure-hunters are out in full force. And all that shopping and prepping and months of hard work done by dealers pays off in a big way.

This is the season to bring home the vintage bounty.

Thanks to all the readers and local entrepreneurs who sent notice of their upcoming sales. I’ve added it to the notices I picked up at Farm Chicks last weekend.
 Here’s the list so far. Feel free to add your event to the Spokesman-Review Treasure Hunting schedule because I’ll be updating it often.

  • June 19  - Boutiques and Blooms Inland Empire Gardener’s Club Spokane Bloom Tour , 9a.m - 4:30p.m., 3225 W. 7th Ave., Spokane, WA
  • June 26 - Warehouse Antique Annex 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 524 Church Street, Sandpoint, Idaho
  • June 26th - Today’s Country Store 11th Annual Tag Sale, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., 1008 Main Street, Sumner, WA. For more information go to todayscountrystore.typepad.com or call 253-826-6646
  • June 26, July 24, Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Oct. 16 & Nov. 6. - The Queen of Tarte fall sales. Oregon City, Ore. For more info go to queenoftarte.blogspot.com.
  • July 10  - The Vintage Barn Antique Show 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  22277 N. Ramsey Road, Rathdrum, Idaho. $4 admission. For more info, go to barnbarnbaby.com.
  • July 10,11 -  Latah Summer Market 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In the parking lot in front of Chaps restaurant at 4241 S. Cheney-Spokane Road, off Highway 195. (509) 624-4182.
  • July 10, 11 - Portland Antique Show, Portland Expo Center, Portland, OR. For more info go to www.palmerwirfs.com
  • July 31  - Junk-in-the-Country Sale , Coeur d’Alene, ID. (More info to come)
  • July 31 - Barnhouse Flea Market, Battle Ground, WA. For more info go to www.BarnhouseBH.com
  • Aug. 14 - Clayson Farm Antique Show, 221 Hall Road, Yakima, WA 509.949.1341 For more info go to claysonfarm.blogspot.com
  • August 14 -  Harvest Treasures produced by GardenStone Creations, 9 a.m. - 5p.m. 1515 S. Lyons Rd. Airway Heights, WA. For more info call 509-244-0900
  • Sept. 4, 5   - Funky Junk Antique Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oden Hall Grange, Sandpoint, Idaho. $2 admission. For more info, go to www.funkyjunkshow.blogspot.com.
  • Sept 11, 12  - Two Women Barn Bazaar: Spangle, WA  south of Spokane off Highway 195.
  • Oct. 1, 2 - The Mad Hatter Vintage Market produced by Junebug Furniture & Design: Five Mile Prairie Grange, W3024 Strong Road, Spokane,WA For more info go to junebugfurnitureanddesign.blogspot.com
  • Oct. 14, 15 & 16 - 21st Annual Fall Craft and Antique Show, Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden, WA. $2 admission. For more info go to www.lyndencraftantiqueshow.com
  • Oct. 15, 16 - Palouse Trading Company Fall Market (Formerly the Junior League Fall Market.)  Southside Senior Center, Spokane. For more info call 509-979-6201

Weekly sales:

  •  2nd Saturdayz Market of Fine Taste and Curious Treasures. Second Saturday of the month at the Sandpoint Hangers at Warren Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98115. Early bird entry 8am-10am $10. Regular Shopping 10 a.m. - 3p.m. $3
  • Fun Junk: Piles of Old Stuff. Fri $ Sat 10 am. - 6 p.m., 3644 Mud Bay Road, Olympia, WA. For more info go to funjunkonline.com


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.”