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The Rockwood Aesthetic Center offers a variety of aesthetic services that enhance one’s appearance through non-surgical techniques, utilizing the latest and most effective aesthetic procedures on the market.

All services are provided by a licensed Esthetician. Among the services provided are full and mini facials, full body waxing, eyebrow and lash tinting, microderm abrasion and laser hair removal.

The Ultimate Facial:

Step #1 Cleansing
Step #2 Exfoliating/Scrubbing
Step #3 Massaging
Step #4 Face Masking
Eye Masking *(lavender & chamomile eye tea bags)
Step #5 Lower Arm & Hand Massage During the Masking time
*Note:  Hot Steam Towels applied throughout the facial at various stages
Hot Steam billowing to the facial, neck and declote’ skin areas during the cleansing & exfoliating steps
Toners & Spring Waters misted & spritzed on throughout facial steps
Aromatherapy throughout facial service
Step #6 Declote’, Face & Neck “Treatment Product” applied *(different per individual’s needs)
Step #7 Moisturizing Step for declote’, neck & face
Eye Moisturizing, as well
Step #8 Sunscreen application


“What three independently owned business owners would you miss if they disappeared? Stop in. Say hello. Pick up something that brings a smile. Your purchases are what keeps these businesses around.” This is the message of the national 3/50 Project – Saving the Brick and Mortar Businesses this nation is built on.

Bloomsday weekend is a gathering of individuals with the same mission – to make it up the hill, finish and claim success! That is the same mission of the brick and mortar businesses in our community. Shop Outside the Box in downtown Spokane is a Buy Local effort to bring like minded individuals into the fabulous small businesses in downtown Spokane, not only locals but all the visitors as well.

Shop Outside the Box encourages you to warm up for Bloomsday by walking downtown on Friday or Saturday and into the participating stores. The Map to all participating stores can be found on NoseyParker.net/INW for download or just check out which stores are participating and pick one up while you are there. Shop Outside the Box also encourages the community to “Tell Your Story”. Nosey Parker and Buy Local would like to know your favorite shopping story. Do you know a terrific salesperson? Community Give-Back? Above and beyond service? Go to NoseyParker.net/INW and tell your story. The best stories will be posted on NoseyParker.net/INW, Facebook NoseyParkerINW and Twitter NoseyParkerINW.


[swangk] noun, adjective, -er, -est, verb
1. dashing smartness, as in dress or appearance; style.
2. a swagger.
3. stylish or elegant.
4. pretentiously stylish.
-verb (used without object)
5. to swagger in behavior; show off.


Celebrating their new diggs at Northtown Square this Friday with a “Pink Party” between 5-9.  They will be serving pink champagne and pink treats. Pink attire requested!

Just for fun, if you are going or think you may, post “I am Pink & Swanky” on their facebook page! Swank on Facebook

Location: 4727 N Division Suite 100D


One of my favorite stores in all of the Inland Northwest since I moved here in 2007 is The Coeur d’Alene Olive Oil Company.  In fact, the first year I was here, that is what everyone in my family in other states received for Christmas.  They boxed up three flavors in a quaint crate with red shredded paper and mailed them for me.  It was not only convenient but the gift was very well received and loved.  The shop has new owners now and they are thrilled to continue offering all of the oils and vinegars that have made this product a fave.  One of my most favorite services is the refill of bottles.  Just bring yours back and they fill them right up!  I have been on so many wine tastings, but did you know you can taste olive oil somewhat in the same way.  The lemon is my favorite, followed by blood orange.  Combine those with the vinegars and you will have quite the smooth, rich sensation in your mouth.

Follow on Facebook – Coeur d’Alene Olive Oil Company

117 S. 4th St. Coeur d’Alene, ID, 83814

Phone: 208.765.0188


Brickhouse Massage & Coffee Bar

Fantabulous Facial! I wanted to lick my face!

At The Brickhouse Massage & Coffee Bar, a truly luxurious experience awaits you.  The organic Hungarian facial I received rejuvenates the skin, sweeps away dead skin cells and leaves the face glowing with intense hydration.  Each signature facial is specially customized to meet your needs and includes 3 treatment masques plus relaxing massage of the face, customized to meet your needs and includes 3 treatment masques plus relaxing massage of the face, scalp, neck, arms and feet.  This treatment also includes a hydrating hot paraffin dip for the hands.

Brickhouse Massage & Coffee Bar

14222 E. Sprague Avenue

Spokane Valley, WA

Fan Brickhouse


Saturday, February 13th thru Sunday, February 28th
Regular business hours 9 AM to 5 PM daily

Up to 75% off many gift items
Up to 50% off many food items

20% off all cases
25% off Sangiovese case purchases
30% off bottles/ 40% off cases of Semillon
35% off BooBoo labeled/bottled wines (no additional case discount)

Latah Creek Winery & Gift shop is located in the Spokane Valley at 13030 E Indiana. Just take the Pines exit off I-90.

REVITALIZE, RE-ENERGIZE, RELAX … Monique’s Salon Will Take Care of You!

Monique’s Salon is a special place.  Not only is Monique a hair replacement and wig specialists, she also gives back to the community through her own nonprofit and Candlelighters by providing gorgeous wigs to children in need of them.  Honored as the recipient of the Award of Execellence for Medium Business from the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, Monique’s is a vital business in the Spokane Valley.  The new building is gorgeous and if you haven’t seen it, you must check it out.

Whether you are interested in revitalizing your appearance, re-energizing your body or need the best options for fine thin hair, Monique’s Salon offers a wide range of services to fit your needs.  Monique’s has an innovative new process created to restore and straighten damaged hair without changing its texture. This product can be applied on ANY type of hair including damaged, relaxed or chemically treated. your hair will be shiny, silky and frizz free for as long as 12-16 weeks. Call 509-926-6429 to book an appointment! 10 N Evergreen Rd Spokane Valley, WA.


Sleeps Cabins is a fab destination in Sandpoint ID. Tawnie Sleep is up for Volunteer of the Year! You know Nosey Parker loves that! Make plans now for Spring and Summer stays. Sleeps Cabins books up fast! They are right on the lake too.


CUES (DTown Spokane) has GoldSign Jeans now. These are hot, so get in there now while they have them. Adriano Goldschmied, formerly of AG jeans and Diesel, is once again bringing his design expertise to the world of premium denim. The names of the Gold Sign styles, Passion and Envy for example, give a hint of what to expect from this line. With intricate gold detailing on the back pocket and just a hint of figure-hugging stretch, this denim line is sure to please.

Weary of the cold?  Planning time in the sun soon. Check out CUES resort wear by A.L.C.  It’s not what your grandma wore on a cruise that is for sure.  Carried at Barney’s, CUES brings resort high fashion to you. No need to buy online. Head DTown and they will help you out.

CUES, 707 West Main Avenue, DTown


Social Media … Good For Business

Nosey Parker loves social media – Facebook, Twitter, Blogging & of course, the Newsletter.  All of these wonderful mechanisms help small business keep up with their big business competitors by providing up to the minute details on what is going on. It is an edge they have and it is definitely evens the playing field a lot of the time.  Here are just a few of Nosey Parker FAV’s you can Fan or Follow!
Facebook: Swank, Simply NW, BrickHouse, Finder’s Keepers, The Makeup Studio, Anemone, Tin Roof, Concept Home, Jaime Johnson Events, Sean Watson Photography, Wild Sage, Monique’s Salon & Spa, Latah Creek, Tangerie Boutique, Kizuri, The Art of Flower, Zany Zebra, Lindamans, The Kitchen Engine, Diva-911 Online, Zola, Arbor Crest, Aletheia, Grassroots Spa, JL Wareen Interiors, Urbanna Spa, Fleurtation Floral, RainMaker Marketing, Davenport Hotel and Tower
Twitter: @handmadeflowers, @mermaidslake, @VisitSpokane, @SwankGirl, @Halletts, @SipofSpokane, @GreenCupBoards, @TinRoofHeather, @KISCFM, @mygoodgreetings, @MoniqueSalon, @pamscott, @corkjoy, @NWwomanmagazine, @LoganMagazine, @nectarwine, @rings_things, @gardenstonec, @meredithgal (HI Express Spokane), @TodaysMamaStaff, @mermaidslake
Nosey Parker on Facebook is Nosey Parker and Twitter: @NoseyParkerINW

Just a few last minute Christmas ideas … BUY LOCAL

Last minute Christmas!

1.  CUES – Free TART Tee with purchase of any regular priced Denim… one per person while supplies last!

2.  THE MAKEUP STUDIO – Five yummy Stila Lip Glazes for just $25! Value: $80!

3.  Get the perfect gift at Finders Keepers Jewelry Galore or Finders Keepers II Boutique! Christmas sales and FREE GIFT WRAPPING!

4.  Shop Velvet Hangar Online – 15% off; overnight shipping – http://shopvelvethanger.com

5.  Anew Start Rejuvenation (Liberty Lake) – Holiday Gift Packages INDULGENCE, RELAXATION and REJUVENATION Packages; Detoxifying Foot Bath GC – Only $20; $10 Off a GC for 60-90 Minute massages

6. SWANK – boots, vests and TWILIGHT Jackets!

Wedding Event of the Year … Custom Wedding, A Boutique Bridal Event

January 2, 2010 at the Historic Lincoln Center
Tickets are on sale now and Luncheon Tickets are limited… get your tickets before Christmas to guarantee your space… Don’t miss this fun Champagne Lunch!

It is a the best way to see the newest ideas in weddings and meet the top wedding professionals in the area.

Giveaways all day long from theknot.com and Weddingchannel.com!

Champagne Luncheon 12:30pm to 3pm

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Tickets $29 on line at http://www.customweddingnw.com

Space is limited so purchase your ticket on-line now.

(Luncheon Tickets $35 at the door, based on availability)

Luncheon Tickets include:  Entrance to the Gallery, Four course Champagne Lunch, Desserts and Cakes

Entrance into Raffle for Dress credits at Marcellas Bridal and many many other wonderful prizes!

Each bride that attends the luncheon will receive a bridal swag bag filled with all types of wedding treats!

Can’t attend the lunchoen…that’s OK come to the Gallery!

Custom Weddings Gallery 10am to 5pm

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Tickets $10 on line or at the door.

These tickets are unlimited (lunch not included)

Mix and Mingle with over 50 of the Inland Northwest’s finest wedding vendors.

Valuable Raffles all day long…

Photography, Flowers, Dinners, Dresses, and much more. See you there!

What A Release … Marvelous 2008 Merlot!

At Latah Creek Cellars the release of their Marvelous 2008 Merlot is cause for celebration and just in time for the holiday’s! The release of the Latah Creek Winery 2008 Merlot marks the end of an era.  The Merlot grapes still grown on the Wahluke Slope from Pheasant Hill Vineyards are from a smaller crop creating a much more intense Merlot.  The 2008 is more mouth filling with loads of berry-like characters. The wine will develop marvelously the next 5 to 10 yrs. We are excited to share it with you!  Please come in and sample today!  If you haven’t been to the Latah Gift Shop, you are missing out. Fabulous food items, kitchen accessories, stocking stuffers and so much more. Nosey Parker loves the custom wine labels! Oops, now everyone knows what they are getting for Christmas! They are fabulous! Latah is open 7 days a week 9 TO 5. Latah sells Nosey Parker Guidebooks and mention that you are an owner of a Nosey Parker guidebook with your membership card, you are entitled to 10% off everyday!


Do You Shop On Black Friday?

Many women have the ritual of shopping the day after Thanksgiving because of all the sales. Why not make it a Nosey Parker Black Friday and hit all the fabulous local stores. You will find different and unique opposed to the same that is perpetuated from big box store to big box store.
I have started a list that will be continually updated through the holiday’s with the great finds and bargains found only at the stores in the Nosey Parker Guidebook. As more details arrive, I will sort these by Nosey Parker Map so you will now exactly where they are!
FINDER’S KEEPERS– Chocolate party with fresh fabulous chocolates made locally-Storewide specials at both locations-Free gift wrapping-Bring your Nosey Parker card and present it to receive an additional 10% off rings and earrings
ANEMONE – Check out their new store in River Park Square. Unveiling their holiday line. Winter does not start at aNeMonE until after Thanksgiving; we prefer to celebrate one holiday at a time!! We will be having a 1 day only sale on our ornaments.
CUES – Feature denim of the week Hudson Jeans 20% Off. Free shipping on any purchase of $100 or more
SANDPOINT BLOCK PARTY – Special prices in every store. Friday Nov 27th, Open at 7 am till 7 PM; Extended hours Saturday and Sunday, too. Enter to win gift basket worth over $300; Watch for a coupon good in all participating stores. Save $10 when you spend $50 or more. Horse drawn sleigh rides, Santa , music, Panida Family matinees. The town will be decorated and full of holiday cheer!
TIN ROOF– cookies, hot chocolate and de-stress zone. We’ll do complimentary wrapping and help with gift selection. Saturday/Sunday will be our annual 12 hour sale – we hold off until the day after the day after. The whole store gets marked down for 12 hours. It’s a mad house. We’re open noon-6pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday. We only do the 12 hour sale twice a year and it’s a crazy one! All holiday goes 50% off that day too!
GALLERY OF THUM – once yearly holiday sale that extends through Christmas, we have select items 20% off do not miss the savings! We have our own special black Friday at the THUM open special hours 9:00am to 11:00am and 6:00pm to 8:00pm for those that want that one of a kind hand-made gift from a local artist or artisan. We will wrap for your convenience! (Nosey Parker extra savings are still available.)
SWANK BOUTIQUE Door Busters Friday 6a-9a: 30% Off Denim and Boots, 40% Off Fashion and Jewelry


My Kind of Place

TinRoofWebAd1If you haven’t heard of Tin Roof Furniture, then frankly, you have been under a rock.  That is okay though because Nosey Parker is here to bring you into the fold.  Nosey Parker loves extraordinary shopping experiences, not only from the atmostphere of a store but just having fun too.  This is the motto at Tin Roof.  In fact, the very first billboard I  noticed in Spokane was a fabulous couch.  That’s all it was … a fabulous couch.  Being new in town, I wanted to go to a store that had THAT fabulous couch.  I didn’t need a couch but I knew if the store had a billboard like that, then ALL my other needs would be met.  Tin Roof has been around a long time and is in the industrial area of Sprague just before Downtown.  With functional and affordable home furnishings, friendly, knowledgable and helpful sales associates – Tin Roof has earned ALL of their accolades.  It IS a relaxing environment, yet upscale boutique setting.

tin roofMUST ATTEND EVENT: HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE – TUES, NOV. 3 – Sip hot chocolate or a little bubbly and nibble on fresh baked cookies while you enjoy our holiday display and thousands of great holiday decorating ideas. We’ll have decorating classes all week long as well as holiday gift ideas, select samples on sale and all dining on sale! Enjoy 30% off any single holiday decor item. We’ve brought in themed trees, decor, quilts and more. Santa is visiting Monday night to set up so be sure to swing by on Tuesday and check out all the festivities!

My fabulous finds at Tin Roof:

IMG_8369I had a wine barrel I bought at a fundraiser.  My downstairs did not have a bar like my previous house, so I wanted to do something with my barstools too.  Heading to Tin Roof, I knew exactly what I was going to do when I walked in the door.  All along the staircase were wrought iron clocks.  Bought a huge one, put a glass on top, put that on top of the wine barrel and walla!  Instant place to play games or have a glass of wine!

IMG_8371I had been sleeping on a queen size antique bed from France for years and really wanted a king with fabulous bedding.  This is the beautiful black four poster I got for a FABULOUS price at Tin Roof.


Cues October

CUES – Print this page and take it to Cues for 20% off!  Present coupon at time of purchase, Limit to one item, One coupon per customer, Cannot be used on previous purchases. Expires Oct. 31, 2009.

This trendsetting boutique is a fashion-forward destination for locals and visitors alike. Stepping inside, you feel like you are hanging out in the closet of your most fashion savvy friend. If you see it in your favorite fashion magazine, there is a good chance you will find it here. And of course, the largest selection of denim in Spokane, with over 60 styles, 25 designers from Hudson to Joes to William Rast. All this combined with great customer service within a trendy atmosphere. No need to go to Seattle, Portland or LA – cues has it. Citizens of Humanity, Ella Moss, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, True Religion, Velvet – the list goes on. Celebrities love cues too. Taylor Swift wore a Bow-and-Arrow dress compliments of cues from her last visit to Spokane on the cover of US Weekly! Sweet!


swank dressWe are in event season ladies! Gala’s, Christmas Parties, soiree’s, Fundraisers, children’s performances, the symphony … the list could go on forever. What is a girl to do when the budget for new clothing is in the tank? Most women head to the big box discount stores to see “the sales” or what I call the drastically reduced cookie cutter clothes that fall apart after a few wears and washes. The problem is that these stores lure you in with low prices, you buy because it was on sale and most of the time that is the only reason you bought. I can hear the disagreement now – Nosey Parker, you know that we can buy four dresses at a discount store vs one at a high end boutique. That maybe true, but if it sits in your closet with all the other “on sale” items, you have wasted your money. I believe in investing in core pieces, mix & match and letting your local expert boutique owner help you out. Not only do they consider your body type, event and budget – they will get to know what you like and make sure you are not wearing the same dress someone else is to an event.

A few Nosey Parker fav’s that are experts: Finders Keepers, lolo boutique, Bella Boutique, Swank, Just Because, Cues, Lake Shack Boutique, coco’s, Jigsaw, Boardwalk at Riverstone, Bella Jezza Sandpoint and Tangerine’s. One of the best discount stores that carries designer brands is The Reclothery. Consignment shopping is “so in” right now but Rebecca has been around for years on The South Hill, offering very gently used higher end clothing that can meet anyone’s budget.  All of the fabulous boutiques also have sales and will barter with you where a national chain will not.

So why the headline “It’s Like Extortion!” – because seeing a sale tag or buy one get one free at a discount store is like seeing something inappropriate on tv – you don’t want to look but you do because it’s being flashed in your face. Promises are made but can’t be kept and usually it’s a marketing ploy to get your business. They think they have you. They suck you in and you end up with a closet full of nothing instead of a closet full of wonderful.

“Best way to clear the air is to have it all out in the open.” – Atticus Finch

atticusHave you been to the new Atticus store next to Boo Radley’s?  It was 4 Seasons Coffee and the coffee shop/coffee & tea availability is still intact.  However, the store is different.  Who doesn’t know Atticus Finch, the fictional character in Harper Lee‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus is a central character in the novel.  You will find mockingbirds all over the store.  I loved it.  Also, lots of fun stuff to pick up, like the ceramic coffee cup that looks like a disposable one – so green!  The lid is rubber.  I collect finches myself and found quite a few.  In fact, on my desk burning right now is a Vintage Peony hand poured candle with different types of birds, a bag of Chocolate covered cranberries and a card that says “I wanted to do something, anything, but I didn’t know what to do.  So I did this.  This is my something. By Jason Watt.”  My motto!  The fresh ground Kahlua Coffee I made this morning was delightful as well.  Check them out at:

222 N Howard St 220 Bldg, Downtown Spokane

Atticus Coffee to goAtticus finds

Finders Keepers in the eye of the world!

Great news – Finders Keepers owner, Deena Caruso, recently branched out from her retail business, launching a new line of stylish headbands that are taking the international fashion scene by storm. 

Each piece in the D. Caruso line is completely one-of-a-kind and includes stones and crystals hand-selected by Caruso from old vintage jewelry pieces at her retail businesses. Her new venture was recently written up in the popular, nationalInstyle Bride magazine, comparing her work to the industry leader, Jennifer Behr. Caruso’s headbands will also be featured in next month’s issues of Italian Vogue and will be seen in the coming months in as many as 20 major fashion magazines. The pieces are also getting recognition from the entertainment world. Miley Cyrus has purchased 5, and theAll My Children television show has ordered several for their characters. According to Instyle Bride, the line is quite affordable for custom work, with the most expensive headband priced at $400. 



Caruso owns Finders Keepers at 112 S. Cedar Street, 509.838.4590; and Finders Keepers II, 18 W Main Avenue 509.624.1251.

Father’s Day is just around the corner…

Help Dad spruce up his look for summer. Print off this coupon on the home page of  www.jaazzsalons.com and bring it in to any Jaazz Salon to give your dad (or even your guy) a little grooming help!



I have toured a lot of spas lately in the Inland Northwest. They seem to be popping up everywhere, which is surprising considering the current economy. However, taking care of yourself should not be seen as a luxury, but as a necessity to staying healthy and balanced. Coming across Urbanna has been a delight! They have the most well rounded offering of services in the area. They do it all and the facility is off the charts. Going Green has never been so luxurious. The spa is eco-friendly and the salon offers an array of nurturing services and treatments. Urbanna is the first and only multi-space facility in the Inland Northwest to carry Davine’s, a 100% eco-friendly line of hair products that are fabulous as well as aromatic.

Check out the website – URBANNA – and go through a menu that includes Massage Montage, Urban Hair Spa, Facial Collection, Nail Gallery, Beautification Station, and Waxology. I love the makeup line – Youngblood – that they carry. Young Blood mineral cosmetics are made with micronized, highly reflective crystals. Mineral cosmetics reflect light to smooth fine lines and blemishes. Young Blood is made with natural pigments from the earth and contain no petroleum dyes.

URBANNA is located in a historic building, built in 1908. The Pine Creek Creamery building is a good example of early commercial / industrial brick masonry blocks that were built throughout east downtown Spokane Washington during the early 1900’s. The entire building, inside and out, lends itself to the essence that is URBANNA. Linda has worked with every aspect of the building to enhance your experience.

Have you heard of SPARTIES? For your next Girl’s Night Out, do it at URBANNA. They offer an array of different packages with pricing for every budget. Call 509-747-7076 for information and to book your Sparty today!! (and invite Nosey Parker!)

One of the most informative articles I’ve read on URBANNA was contributed by Salon Services NW. Check it out: URBANNA ARTICLE. Great pictures of the inside of Urbanna as well.

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