BUSINESS BITS: Truck N Toys moving to new Post Falls location

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“Customer service and quality always come first!” is the motto of Truck N Toys. The business is moving from 706 E. Third St. in Post Falls to 6430 W. Seltice Way (at State Line near Cabela’s).

Owners Scott and Lisa Kemp specialize in used Subaru car sales (with Jacque Fristoe), auto mechanics (with a 35-point inspection), oil changes, windshield replacements and rock-chip repairs (with 25 years’ experience). Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays by appointment. Phone 208-773-3700. Check

T-Mobile opening in Post Falls

Wireless services, phones and accessories are the specialties of T-Mobile opening in Suite F at 3134 E. Mullan Ave. in Post Falls.

Tyrone Verano is manager. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Phone 208-457-9402.

The two-year-old business has 2,400 outlets with its headquarters in Bellevue, Wash. Check

Hague Law expands

at 401 Front Ave.

Adding space for additional support staff and a conference room, Hague Law is expanding from Suite 212 to Suite 208 at 401 Front Ave.

In a correction from last week, hours for attorney Mike Hague and office manager Lisa Hines are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday by appointment. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho and has been an attorney 31 years. Phone: 208-215-2400. Check

Hague’s wife Lianne is with Windermere-Coeur d’Alene Realty.

How items are found

Maybe because it’s the end (or beginning) of the year, but several new places aren’t quite ready to have their news publicized or they’re too many weeks (months) away from opening, but this week we’re low on specific items to print. So we’ll tell and advise readers and potential entries of how they’re gathered.

Back in the 26 years that I taught journalism at North Idaho College, I would take different routes from my home in the northeast area of Coeur d’Alene to NIC in the southwest corner. This might be 15th Street to East Sherman, or Government Way south and Fourth Street north. Maybe Best-Appleway across to Highway 95. This could involve side trips to Ironwood Square, Northwest Boulevard, Silver Lake Mall, Prairie Shopping Center, Hayden, Post Falls, etc. Then the Riverstone development happened and Crossroads along Ramsey Road.

I’d look for new commercial construction, signs that said “Coming Soon” for “For Lease” or lights in a place that had been dark.

My favorite example was north of Neider Avenue between Fourth Street and Government Way. On my way to NIC, I saw surveyors in a field and stopped to ask them what was happening. They wouldn’t tell me. On the way home, I saw the workers were gone, but their stakes were in the ground. One of the stakes had “Costco” written on it. Bingo!

I check weekly for commercial building permits that have an address, value, owner, builder, architect and phone numbers. I watch for ads in publications.

Since I’ve lived here and been active in the community for about 38 years (we moved here from Seattle the week Mount St. Helens blew in May 1980), people are familiar with what I do or recognize my column mugshot or weird name and will “grab me” in church, a store, restaurant or on the pickleball court. They’ll say “What’s happening…?” or “Did you know…?”

Sometimes it’s a bit tough because an item isn’t really column worthy such as a business adding a few hours, or being old, in a residence or only online. Maybe it could be a restaurant adding a new room or a new meal. Then it’s usually in the Tidbit portion. Other Tidbits are businesses that are several weeks, months or even years away (but big). I know these can be tedious when they’re printed week after week.

My best leads are from spies that email me information. I need them. And thanks!

Now for the Tidbits

• A Radicci Restaurant will open in February where Danaan’s Deli was in Hayden.

• Three large apartment buildings are planned for the north side of the 800 block of East Mullan in Coeur d’Alene.

• Watch for news on the former Wiggett’s (Montgomery Ward) building at Lakeside and Fourth.

• Renovation is underway at the former Kelly’s Pub building at 726 N. Fourth St. Next spring it will be a breakfast-lunch eatery called Ten/6. Badass Backyard Brewing will be in Suite C at 317 E. Coeur d’Alene Ave. Pizza & Pretzels will open in Silver Lake Mall.

• Tomlinson-Sotheby’s Realty is expanding downtown.

• On Appleway watch for Firehouse Subs across from Winco. A second tenant is possible. ICCU will build a new place near Winco.

• Future new hotels include the Staybridge Suites under construction in Riverstone and a Fairfield Inn on Northwest Boulevard. The Shilo Inn on Appleway will change to Comfort Suites after a major remodel.

• Openings coming on Fourth Street include the Relic Moon offering piercing and body jewelry and the White Pine coffee place.

• New construction off Mullan Avenue will be a Coachman Auto Body. And neighboring Kootenai Motors is moving to Hayden. Amerimart will open a gas station and convenience store at 7035 W. Seltice Way. Details soon.

• A new Asian eatery will be where the Kynrede Cafe was removed in Hayden. Watch for El Taco Loco off Canfield Avenue.

• The TV weather forecasters still say “further to the west” when they mean “farther…” “Further” is intensity such as “to study this further.” “Farther” is distance. The temperature will be in the “20s” (not “20’s;” simply plural, not possessive). A single unit such as “I got all A’s” has an apostrophe.

• Happy New Year, everyone!

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Contact Nils Rosdahl at

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