Author: Amber McKenzie

The Yuppy Puppy – Knowledgeable, Fun-loving Pet Service

by Sheila Julson As Americans develop closer relationships with their pets, with that comes a growing awareness of providing high-quality food and wellness products for their furry friends. Aquila Brown, who owns The Yuppy Puppy with her husband, Gavin, was inspired to start her own self-serve dog wash and pet store when her dog, DuraMax, experienced food allergies, bladder issues and skin problems. In October 2006, the Browns opened The Yuppy Puppy’s first location in north Spokane, and the business grew to offer five self-serve dog wash stations, a doggie day care, professional grooming, and a retail component. In...

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Friends are the Spice of Life!

Quick! What are your top three favorite spices? I asked a few of my good friends this question, and the answers were telling—in a very nonscientific way. Their chosen spices tended to describe them in ways I absolutely love. My bestie, Shannon, likes the sweeter spices including nutmeg, which makes sense because she is both sweet and nutty. In fact, her initial response to my question was: “Ginger, Baby and Posh.” Curry is a combination of robust spices that has heart-strengthening super properties and perfectly describes Kristy, who was also my mom’s friend and hairdresser. Three friends; Erin, Stashia...

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Hugelkultur Gardening

by Suzanne Tabert Hugelkultur, which is German for “hill culture,” is a centuries old way of making sustainable raised garden beds. The method employs nontoxic and noninvasive materials from the earth such as logs and branches, fallen leaves, grass clippings, straw, cardboard, food waste, dead things the cat brings in, spent grains from the local brewery, seaweed, animal manure and kitchen scraps. The mounds, comprised of whatever biomass is readily available, are topped with soil to create a nutrient rich pile where herbs, flowers and food can be planted. Hugelkultur beds can be built on rocky, hilly, infertile soil,...

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Hospice of North Idaho Opens New Community Building

Hospice of North Idaho is expanding its campus in Coeur d’Alene with a new community building opening in late February. The two-story, 15,200-square-foot structure will be located adjacent to the Schneidmiller Hospice House. In line with Hospice of North Idaho’s mission, Hospice staff will now be located on one property which will enhance care and patient accessibility. “We have held a long-term vision of one campus where our in-patient unit houses those in need of specialty end-of-life care and where our in-home hospice care nurses, social workers and the entire care team are right next door,” shares Kim Ransier,...

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Healing Local Kickoff Event with KXLY

Healing Local is hosting a kickoff event party with KXLY and area health and wellness practitioners on March 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Spokane Valley Event Center. This free event is open to all health and wellness providers in the Inland Northwest area. “We’re building Healing Local with and for the Inland Northwest’s health practitioners,” says Dana Harvey of Healing Local. “The platform will provide referral, directory and professional development services to improve practices and patient outcomes. Practitioners will be able to support the platform through advanced membership while gaining early access to KXLY’s upcoming...

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