Assisted living, spa complex coming

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Watch for construction of large, new residential complexes in the northwest area of Coeur d'Alene.

An assisted living facility called The Renaissance at Coeur d'Alene is under construction on 5.7 wooded acres at 2772 W. Avante Loop. The property is adjacent to Woodland Middle School and the Coeur d'Alene Place community off St. Michelle Drive and Kathleen Avenue along the Prairie Trail bike path.

The complex will comprise five homes with a French country design and accommodating 16 residents each. Amenities will include rock water features, an inner courtyard and a beauty-treatment spa called Le Salon. Services will include assistance with activities, on-site nursing staff and medication management, transportation, private rooms and bathrooms and 24-hour care.

Owners are Ron and Valeri Glauser and Fred and Mindy Weber, who combine experience and education in residential care, nursing, physical therapy and management. All have been in North Idaho more than 20 years.

The first building, The Chateau, should open in December. Info: 664-6116.

Fairway Meadows at Ramsey, Lopez

The 70-unit Fairway Meadows Apartments will be built on four acres in the northwest corner of Ramsey Road and Lopez Avenue (a few properties north of Kathleen Avenue).

The complex will comprise seven two-story buildings of 10 units each, Ranging in size from one-bedroom, one-bath to three-bedrooms, two-baths, the units will have decks or patios and attached parking.

Owning Viking Construction also has the Greensferry Landing Apartments in Post Falls at Mullan and Greensferry Road. For information contact NuVu Property Management at 277-5488.

Divine Images in Silver Lake Mall

Enchanted portraits of children is the emphasis of Divine Images Northwest. The photography studio will open Friday off the main hallway in Silver Lake Mall.

"Heavenly photography at a down-to-earth price" is the motto of owner Mia Coffey, who has had the business out of her home since 2005. "I use elaborate sets and costumes to make the image a work of art," she said. "As a child I loved to play dress-up, and it's easier for a child to feel like a princess or knight when they're dressed like one." Raised near Eugene, Ore., she came to North Idaho from Spokane in 2003.

Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. Sundays or by appointment. Phone 667-9651. Check www.divineimagesnw.com.

Now for several Tidbits

- Last week we asked about Trader Joe's. A few readers emailed that the company is at least a few years away from coming this way. It may help to suggest this location by emailing "locationrequests@traderjoes.com." Meanwhile, check out Pilgrim's Market on Fourth Street. And if you're into Trader Joe's "two-buck Chuck" (Charles Schwab wines for under $3), some Cd'A stores now have three wines for $10. It ain't bad.

- Last week we talked about the expansion of a new cafe at 3646 Government Way. It's the Broken Egg, not Cracked Egg, serving breakfast and lunch 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. A storage room is being added so 15 seats can be added to the back room, which is reservable for groups by phoning 966-4399. Also, an unrelated office is being added to the south side.

- Next week: More new businesses coming to Riverstone and Silver Lake Mall.

- In writing, use "many" or "several" instead of "much" or "a lot of," and use "such as" instead of "like."

- I did a theatrical performance about puns; it was a play on words.

- Contact Nils Rosdahl at nrosdahl@cdapress.com.

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