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Arbor Crest Tasting Room and Gift Shop Open Today Despite Fire

 (Craig Goodwin)
(Craig Goodwin)

I was up at the Arbor Crest Riblet Mansion this morning as part of my role as Spokane Valley Fire Chaplain. This is a real tragedy for the family that owns and runs Arbor Crest and for the Valley where historic landmarks are few and far between. They have done a fantastic job of updating the mansion over the last 25 years so it's heart wrenching to see all the damage the fire did.

I wanted to pass along the word that the Tasting Room and Gift Shop are unaffected by the fire and are open today for shopping. One way to support this great local business would be to go out of your way to make the trek up Fruit Hill Rd. and get a couple of bottles of wine. They also have a location near the food court at River Park Square.Let the folks are Arbor Crest know how much you appreciate their work of preserving this Inland Northwest Landmark.

Here is my previous post on Riblet Mansion and Arbor Crest.

Below is a picture of the mansion from this past summer. And below that from this time last year.

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Riblett mansion

Year of Plenty

The Year of Plenty blog was created by Craig Goodwin in the winter of 2008 to chronicle the experiences of his family as they sought to consume everything local, used, homegrown or homemade. That journey was a wonderful introduction to people and movements in the Spokane area who are seeking the welfare of the community through local foods, farmers markets, community gardens, sustainable transportation, and more fulfilling and just patterns of consumption. In 2009 and beyond the blog will continue to report on these relationships and practices, all through the eyes of a family with young children. Craig manages the Millwood Farmers' Market, is a Master Food Preserver and Pastor at Millwood Presbyterian Church. Craig can be reached at