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Profiles | Mike Schultz & Steven Sanford
Finding fun, balance, and each other
Photo by Lynne Miller Courtesy of OutSpokane
Schultz states, "What initially attracted us to the house was its unique Queen Anne architecture. Built of brick and granite, with odd angles, 12-foot ceilings, 8-foot windows, and wrap-around verandas, the house carried an elegant and imposing presence in the neighborhood." Through research, documents, and maps acquired from the Cheney Cowles Museum, Washington State Archives at Eastern Washington University, Library of Congress, and the National Archives, the house's history unfolded, including the likelihood the house is the oldest standing residence in the City of Spokane. Hiram Muzzy moved to Spokane and built the house in 1880. In 1887, President Grover Cleveland signed the Homestead certificate granting to Muzzy the house and surrounding 160 acres of orchards. Patrick Shine, a prominent Spokane attorney and state senator, and his family, lived in the house from 1905 until widow Shine's death in 1955. Originally dubbed The Muzzy Mansion, the house was also known as The Shine House. The house then changed hands several times and was converted from a single family residence to a 5-unit apartment building. "However," Schultz explains, "we didn't acquire it as a piece of rental property, we bought it as a significant piece of Spokane history and architecture. And because of that history, we were compelled to revert the structure, to the extent possible, to its original 1880 Queen Anne grandeur."
Photo by Mike Schultz
or two years, everything in Mike Schultz's life centered on publishing Stonewall News Northwest. Schultz, 44, had put his heart and soul into the newspaper, and he was exhausted. Schultz felt burned out and out of balance. Then, one day last April, he had a revelation, one that changed his priorities. As much as he loved the paper, he realized building his life and his future with his partner, Steven, was more important. It was time to begin focusing on love, happiness, and life in the Muzzy Mansion.
By Joan Opyr In June of this year, Schultz sold the Stonewall News Northwest portion of Stonewall Publishing, Inc, to a new publisher. And now as the publisher and owner of newly created Q View Media, LLC, Schultz expands a varied career. He's owned several businesses and worked as an executive for others. But what he hasn't had much time for that he truly sought until now was working in a wholly creative capacity. Schultz met his partner, Steven Sanford, in October 2005. Sanford, 45, works for Bank of America. He moved from Bellingham in 2006 to live with Schultz, whom he met online at gay.com. Schultz and Sanford are a complementary pair, sharing many of the same likes and interests, with the more outgoing Sanford gently pushing Schultz to be more open and positive. As Schultz says, Steven has "an open-minded enthusiasm for life, a positive and objective approach to problems and a robust sense of humor . . . he's my sounding board." Sanford says simply that he was "captivated" by Schultz. "Once Mike and I met, I knew it was destiny." After their first meeting, Sanford sold his house in Bellingham, packed up his things, and moved to Spokane. He adds, "The whirlwind continues today. Our lives are never boring." What keeps Sanford and Schultz busy?
Please see Schultz & Sanford page 7
Photo by Mike Schultz
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