Monday, April 22, 2013

Idaho/Washington trip - Pt 2: Post Falls Coffee

Gabe and Mandy's - Post Falls

We arrived around 7:30 pm at Gabe and Mandy's and were greeted by Merrie Dortignac!  Our super-sweet friend had made a healthy, yummy dinner for us all.  A feast!  Chris Dortignac arrived, too, and the evening was full of fun and fellowship.  Gabe and Mandy have a large finished basement where the boys ran off their built-up energy for hours!  Yeah for big empty rooms for kids to play. :-)

The next morning, we eagerly visited their new coffee shop in Post Falls.  Gabe and Mandy have a coffee cart in another area of town, and opened this drive-thru/sit-down in February.  They're already rocking it in their first 2 months and they haven't even had their grand opening!    Go Boohers!

We all get treats including some awesome bakery goods!  Mandy serves us with her charm and smiles, wearing an adorable, bright, hand-made apron.  It really makes for a classy feel.

Love this sign ... just sayin'. 

Here's the inside of the shop.  My photo does not do it justice.  The atmosphere is cozy and inviting with tables, couches, cool photography (by Chris D.), and gift items (including Booher CD's).  The walls are a chocolate brown with white and the floor is a rustic, shiny, stained concrete.  The smell of freshly-baked yumminess and coffee fills the air along with cheerful and uplifting music.  Wish we lived close by!

The boys are enjoying the puzzles at the little children's table while they wait for their drinks.

Here's Gabe himself - manning the machine.  Love the vest and baret!

Merrie chats with the boys before working her shift.

Ahhhh ... the anticipated cinnamon rolls are served.  Super flaky and sweet and dripping with icing.  Fresh from the oven.  What a treat!

The boys down their hot chocolates to complete their sugar-loaded experience. :-)

My treat: Blended decaf single-shot white mocha blackberry mocha (light on the sweetner) with whip. Oh dear ... I sense an addiction.

They gave us a special jalepeno cheese bagel for us to try, too. So good!

After all that sugar, it was time to explore the town and burn off some calories!  Nearby we visited a park and some falls.  The park had the COOLEST play equipment - bringing back memories from the past.  This old merry-go-round gave Dwight and the boys tons of fun!

Remember these cool climbing bars?  What is it about hanging upside-down that just delights a child? :-)

Then, we went to the falls, which actually come from a dam built to create electricity.  It is in the place where an old mill used to exist.  

 Mama and her crew.

We made a quick stop at Cabella's before heading back to Booher's.  You should have seen the boys faces!  All the animals!

Orin yelling at a plastic turkey. :-)

Ty and Chance marveling at a huge brown bear.

Quint, Ty, and Chance in front of an elk (what a caption!)

 And, they gave us a bunch of free tokens for the kids to practice shooting at targets.  These boys were thrilled!

Ahhhhh!  What a day!  Back to Gabe and Mandy's for naps and then Pizza Night!  YEAH!

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