This Lounge is so Fly

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Jill Linton, owner of Sage Boutique, top, is aided by sales associate Stephanie Naccarato, will lifting a large clock Friday while putting the final touches on the Hayden store's decor.

A redone atmosphere with an array of beverages, foods and entertainment are offered at the Lounge Fly, formerly Club 41, at 900 Highway 41 N., Post Falls.

The 2,000- square-foot place offers complete liquors, nine beers on tap, seasoned cheese popcorn and paninies. Described as a "homey" atmosphere, Lounge Fly has hardwood flooring and tables, two pool tables, five large TVs, a 10-foot projection screen and a surround audio system with sports and movies. A disc jockey is featured Friday and Saturday nights, and live entertainment will be scheduled.

New owner Demitri Kermelis came to North Idaho two years ago from Westchester County and lower east side New York City and earned his degree and culinary training at Hofstra University and the French Culinary Institute. He and his wife from St. Maries met in New York where she was a model.

General Manager Donald Hahnenkratt has five employees. Hours start at 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Phone 758-0603. Check www.loungefly41.com.

Sage Boutique opens in Hayden

Contemporary clothing and an eclectic mixture of items are offered with special coffees at Sage Boutique & Coffee Shop. Opening this week at 8110 N. Government Way, the inventory includes fashion and home accessories, jewelry, scarves and children's and baby items.

It's described as a place for friends to gather for coffee while shopping with five tables set in an upscale decor with a fireplace. A drive-through may be added. The 2,000-square-foot shop will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday with five employees. Owner Jill Linton also has three Just Because Fashion & Gifts stores in Newport (for 25 years), the Resort Plaza Shops on Sherman Avenue and just north of Sage Boutique in Hayden.

Vacation Sports Rentals downtown

About anything possible for playing on or near the water is available at Vacation Sports Rentals now open at 311 E. Coeur d'Alene Ave. (formerly the Modern Glass building).

The list includes open-bow ski and pontoon boats, three-passenger jet skis, standup paddle boards, wake boards, knee boards, an assortment of tubes, many types of water skis and beach cruiser bicycles. Boat rentals include complimentary life vests, wetsuits and double skis or a single tube. Rentals range from two hours to multi-day discounts with Memorial Day weekend specials.

Watercraft can be launched three blocks from the store on Lake Coeur d'Alene. The owning Gillespie family has been with business management for more than 25 years. Phone 665-0686. Check www.cdasportsrentals.com.

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• Watch for a new bank coming to downtown Coeur d'Alene.

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• Someone needs to be in charge of the trash baskets on the Citylink routes. They're overflowing.

• Style notes: Even dollars and on-the-hour times don't need zeros. It's simply $5 (not $5.00) and 5 p.m. (not 5:00 p.m.). Say/write "noon" or "midnight" 'cuz no one knows which one is a.m. or p.m. Note that these are lower case with periods.

• Abdicate should be giving up hope of having a flat stomach.

• Contact Nils Rosdahl at nrosdahl@cdapress.com.

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