Artsy About Town

Artsy About Town: Moscow Idaho

Our time here in Moscow is very rapidly coming to a close.  It feels like we just arrived, but before the sun rises on Sunday morning, Mr. Forager & I will be setting off for our next destination– Eureka, CA!  But before we bid adieu, I wanted to give you a little taste of this small town that exceeded our expectations.

Perhaps when you think of artsy spots, the middle of Idaho doesn’t exactly spring to mind.  It didn’t for me either!  But Moscow is a lovely little college town with a high concentration of creative types.  Which results in a community filled with charm, intellect and taste around every corner.

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Just a few artsy spots we loved in Moscow–

1 | kenworthy theatre I love a small town with an original movie theater.  And while the Kenworthy isn’t quite as grand as some, it boasts an active and creative calendar.  From first run, big budget box office movies, to small, independent films & documentaries, to live theater, the Kenworthy has a little artsy something for everyone.

2 | maialina Fresh made pasta, extensive Italian wine list and the most to-die-for meatballs and sauce I’ve ever had.  All in a rustic contemporary atmosphere.  Fave.

3 | moscow co-op Now you might be thinking.. what’s so artsy about a grocery store?  But the Moscow Food Co-op isn’t just any ol’ supermarket.  It’s filled with fresh organic goodness to eat, drink and slather all over yourself.  I’m a firm believer that a good, local organic market is a staple in a great artsy town.

4 | pritchard art gallery Moscow is home to the University of Idaho and Pritchard is the university gallery.  A nicely laid out, generous space, the most recent show 38 Minus features handmade paper relief sculpture depictions of all of Idaho’s native aquatic species.  Suprisingly lovely and engaging work, beautifully presented.

5 | one world cafe A great coffeehouse is a must-have in any artsy spot.  Mr. F and I tend to prefer the ones with an eclectic feel, where the coffee is top-notch and the overheard conversations are always interesting.  One World became our go-to coffee spot most Monday mornings.  A fave among UofI students, we always felt a little guilty checking Facebook while everyone around us was having lofty intellectual discussions and writing term papers..

6 | the storm cellar  I love, love, love a good consignment store.  And Moscow’s Storm Cellar is one of the best and nicest I’ve come across.  Artfully presented clothes and accessories and reasonable prices.  If only we hadn’t been trying to decrease the amount of stuff we’re traveling with.. I could have done some serious damage.

This list is just the tip of the iceberg that Moscow has to offer.  If you ever happen to find yourself in the area, I promise, it’s worth a stop, even if just for an afternoon.

All images by Artsy Forager.


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