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'Boot camp' training gym opens

‘Boot camp’ training gym opens

Jessica O'Dell works out with dumb bells Wednesday during a fitness class at Razor's Edge Training Center and Boot Camp Academy in Dalton Gardens.

A new exercise facility has opened in Dalton Gardens, in a location where two others were located in recent years. Also, a home furnishings franchise outlet is scheduled to open early next month in Coeur d’Alene, owners for both businesses said.

Razor’s Edge Training Center and Boot Camp Academy, in Dalton Gardens, has opened and is offering group training classes, personal training and exercise equipment.

The new business is owned by John Caylor, who has 20 years of experience working in nutrition and personal training. Caylor said he has 140 members at his new gym.

He is leasing 4,000 square feet of space at 5648 N. Government Way, next to Helmet Outlet USA. The owners of Helmet Outlet USA own the building.

The space Razor’s Edge is in was previously occupied by work out centers Fusion Fitness and Iron Temple. Before that it was JB Wholesale, which sold discounted food.

“It’s been a dream of mine all my life,” Caylor said of starting the business.

He owned Top Notch Sports Nutrition, in Hesperia, Calif. He also managed a different nutrition store and did personal training.

He will run the fitness boot camp classes and will do the one-on-one personal training at Razor’s Edge. He said Monica Lang will run the cardio-kickboxing classes. He also will offer a cardio-for-kids class twice a week for kids ages 6 to 13.

Couple Mike and Kristin Moore, of St. Maries, are opening a franchise outlet of Real Deals on Home Decor, in Coeur d’Alene, early next month.

The Moores will be operating in about 2,500 square feet of leased space at 625 W. Dalton Ave. The new business will sell home furnishings. The Moores don’t plan to hire employees at this time.

The store will be open two days per week, Thursdays and Saturdays. The doors open on Oct. 7.

Kristin Moore said having the store open only twice per week should create more urgency in customers. It also will keep overhead costs down, she said.

She said visits to the Lewiston and Spokane franchise outlets sparked her interest in opening the store.

“With the market here, it looks like it’s going to do really well,” she said. “It’s not a box store, it’s small and intimate.”

Mike Moore said, “Based on the success of the approximately 70 Real Deals on Home Decor franchises throughout the country, we’re optimistic and excited about our future here.”

She said she anticipates many of the Coeur d’Alene-area customers will be young families, retirees, college students, and people seeking to furnish second homes.

It will sell clocks, wall art, mirrors, furniture, lamps, pottery, candles and other decor.

Kristin Moore spent the last 10 years working in insurance. Mike Moore is a line machine operator in the logging industry, and will continue that work.

People in Business

People in Business

• The Idaho Association of Health Underwriters, an organization of health insurance agents, brokers and other professionals, recently announced its 2010-2011 officers and executive board.

Dana Drake of Coeur d’Alene will be the past president, and Heidi Otto of Coeur d’Alene will be the North Idaho president.

• Coeur d’Alene-based marketing communications company Hanna & Associates Inc. has recently promoted two of its top employees and hired a third, according to President Dayne Hanna.

Sheila Beaudry has been promoted to Vice President, Comptroller. She has been overseeing the company’s accounting staff and financial operations.

Also promoted was Susan Park to Director of IT Services. Her new position now includes supervising interactive programming development in addition to in-house technology management.

Finally, Ryan Johnson has been hired as Interactive Producer to join Hanna’s Interactive Communications department.  He will be responsible for creating web advertising, websites, cell phone messaging, mobile TV, gaming programs and other new media options.  A 2008 University of Idaho graduate, Johnson previously served as an IT specialist at Innercept, a therapeutic boarding school specializing in programs for young adults.


• Patrek joins Eagle Home Mortgage

Toni Patrek has joined Eagle Home Mortgage. She has been a mortgage loan specialist in Coeur d’Alene for more than 25 years.  She said her experience level, dependability and knowledge can significantly assist all buyers, sellers, existing homeowners and builders and developers to maintain the dream of home ownership.

Eagle Home Mortgage is at 1900 Northwest Boulevard. She can be reached at 664-5310 or 664-8042.

•White awarded SRES designation

Kelly White with Century 21 Beutler & Associates has been awarded the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation by the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the National Association of



White joins more than 16,000 real estate professionals in North America, 11 in Coeur d’ Alene, who have earned the SRES designation. All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in understanding the needs, considerations, and goals of real estate buyers and sellers aged 55 and older.

Contact White at 659-4818 or

• Paul Daugharty new State Bar Board Commissioners

The Idaho State Bar Board of Commissioners has named Coeur d’Alene attorney Paul Daugharty as a new member.


Daugharty was elected by bar members in the First and Second Judicial Districts.

Daugharty is a solo practitioner. He earned his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law, and was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 1992. He also has been admitted in Washington.

In Idaho, he has served on the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program Committee since 2001.

Commissioners serve three-year terms and oversee programs and functions of the Idaho State Bar.

•Jill Andrews gets award from U.S. Bank

Jill Andrews, a financial advisor in U.S. Bank’s wealth management group who works at 6376 N. Government Way, in Coeur d’Alene, has won U.S. Bank’s annual presidents award. It’s the company’s highest consumer banking employee achievement honors.

Andrews was among a select number of top performing employees nationwide to win U.S. Bank’s award and was recently recognized at a company dinner.

• Local educators selected to education board

Two North Idaho educators have been elected to the Northwest Professional Educators’ board of directors.

NPE is a non-union professional educators organization for educators in Idaho, Washington and Oregon.

Dr. Bill Proser, of Coeur d’Alene, is the founder and former principal and teacher at the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy. He was re-elected to the board.

Brad Patzer, of St. Maries, also was elected. Patzer is principal and region 1 district liaison for the Idaho Digital Learning Academy, is a 2003 Milken Family Foundation national award winner who received the distinguished service award from the Idaho Professional Standards Commission in 2009.

Bobbitt named vice chairman of Community 1st Bank

• Pacific Coast Banking School announce Friday that David P. Bobbitt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Community 1st Bank, is the new Vice Chairman.

Bobbitt has served on the Board of Pacific Coast Banking School since 1995.

Bobbitt currently serves as president and board member of the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce, vice chair and board member of the North Idaho Fair, and board member of the Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho.

• Davidson recognized by PGA

The PGA of America on Friday announced that Circling Raven Director of Golf Tom Davidson has been named 2010 PGA “Merchandiser of the Year” for resort facilities.

That marks the first time a PGA Professional from the Pacific Northwest has been named PGA “Merchandiser of the Year” nationally since the award was established in 1978.


• Author to speak at library

Candice Reed, co-author of “Thank You for Firing Me! How to Catch the Next Wave of Success After You Lose Your Job,” will speak Wednesday Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.

Reed’s writing career has spanned more than 20 years. Before her career in journalism, she lost jobs as an insurance salesperson, a funeral director, a singing/dancing waitress and an ice-cream binging weight-loss counselor.

Jensen opens new business

Twyla-Lea Jensen, owner of CPR Credit Repair, a full credit repair and restoration business, has opened her business at 315 W. Dalton Ave. Suite 109 in Coeur d’Alene. Jensen has been in the mortgage business for more than 16 years and in the credit business through banking for more than 21 years. She can be reached at (208) 473-4446. Hours of business are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Kootenai County

Mary Immaculate Queen Church, new commercial structure, 15390 N. Church Road, Rathdrum, value $165,480, contractor Hacon Inc., issued July 23

Medicine Mountain Grange #84, commercial, 21532 S. Lake, Medimont, $500, filed July 22

Tim Fulp & Leilani Janski, single family residence, 30879 E. Red Dell Loop, Athol, value $145,778, issued July 26

Willa Young Morehart Trust, single family residence, 1809 E. Flying Eagle Road, Harrison, value $333,870, issued July 28, issued July 28

Jim Cox, single family residence, 36693 W. Coeur d’Alene Lake (Shore), Coeur d’Alene, value $117,985, issued Aug. 20

Kimberly Mattern, single family residence, 17492 E. Navigator Court, Bayview, value $274,134, contractor Bassett Construction, issued Aug. 19

Timbered Ridge Custom Homes, single family residence, 190,572, issued Aug. 20

Nicholas J. DeVitis, single family residence, 22589 N. Covey Lane 4, Rathdrum, value $194,167, contractor CEC, issued Aug. 27

Nicholas J. DeVitis, garage/carport, 22589 N. Covey Lane 4, Rathdrum, value $14,151, issued Aug. 27

Coons Family Trust, single family residence, 9847 Scout Trail Road, Athol, value $93,542, contractor MB Builders & Development, issued Aug. 25

Brent Regan, single family residence, 3289 S. Bonnell Road, Coeur d’Alene, value $311,800, issued Aug. 25

Ben Little, single family residence, 18055 S. Highway 3, Cataldo, value $283,091, contractor Cozmo Construction, issued Aug. 25

G. Ted Cowper, single family residence, 865 E. Pine Ridge Drive, Harrison, value $400,821, issued Aug. 31

Steve Hester, single family residence, 10161 W. Durango Lane, Worley, value $331,236, issued Sept. 3

James A. Long, single family residence, 9756 W. Camelia Court, Coeur d’Alene, value $235,073, contractor Hiline Homes, issued Aug. 31


City of Hayden

Andrew J. Bjurstrom, single family residence, 3250 Robison, value $337,774, contractor JWJM Construction, issued Aug. 27

Charles Boyd, commercial interior demolition, 10319 Kender Lane, contractor Auten Builders, issued Sept. 3


City of Coeur d’Alene

Gina Johnson, commercial tenant improvement – Salon Rouge, 1911 N. Fourth, value $10,000, issued Aug. 19

Aspen Homes & Development, SFD with garage, 2600 W. Renoir Drive, value $300,000, issued Aug. 17

Lawson Homes, SFD with garage, 7627 N. Fairborne Lane, value $181,345, issued Aug. 25

Northwood Properties L. L. C., commercial tenant improvement – WGI, 3884 N. Schreiber Way, value $110,600, contractor Ginno Construction, issued Aug. 26

Glenn Sather, commercial site development, 654 E. Haycraft, value $44,133, contractor BCR Land Services, issued Aug. 27

Parkwood Business Properties, commercial interior remodel, 401 E. Front, value $35,000, contractor Williamson & Johnson, issued Aug. 26

Ken & Victoria Slater, SFD with garage, 3109 N. 22nd, value $361,623, contractor Ridgeline Remodeling L. L. C., issued Aug. 24

Paul Bielec, commercial interior demolition, 410 W. Neider, contractor Innovative Construction & Design, issued Aug. 23

City of Coeur d’Alene, commercial tree trimming for parks, 308 N. Park, contractor Grace Tree Service, filed Aug. 26

City of Coeur d’Alene, commercial tree trimming for parks, 802 E. Lakeside, contractor Jacobson Tree Service, issued Aug. 26

Parkside L. L. C., commercial interior remodel, 601 E. Front, value $10,000, issued Aug. 30

Tesh Inc., commercial vestibule, canopy and paving, 3327 W. Industrial Loop, value $25,000, contractor Eagle Ridge Builders, issued Sept. 2

Parkwood Business Properties, commercial vestibule, 7600 N. Mineral Drive, contractor Williamson Johnson Company, issued Sept. 3

Parkwood Business Properties, commercial-tenant improvement-insurance office, 2100 Northwest Blvd., value $55,000, contractor Williamson Johnson Company, issued Sept. 3

Idaho Transportation Department, commercial-install sidewalk and urban approach, 7505 N. Mineral Drive, issued Aug. 31


Guide to abbreviations: aka=also known as. fka=formerly known as. dba=doing business as. fdba=formerly doing business as.

Sandra A. Borja, Spirit Lake, Chapter 7

Donna Marie Nash, Post Falls, Chapter 7

Kristi Dalene Partlow fka Kristi Dalene Bohannon and Forrest Ray Partlow, Post Falls, Chapter 13

Lisa Anne Coster, Coeur d’Alene, Chapter 7

Deborah A. Shea, Coeur d’Alene, Chapter 7

Leonard Pulley and Joanne Pulley, Post Falls, Chapter 7

Steven C. Rhoads and Terrie L. Rhoads, Kamiah, Chapter 7

Thomas W. Fellows and Barbara J. Fellows, Post Falls, Chapter 7

David J. Frank and Teena M. Frank, Coeur d’Alene, Chapter 7

Ken Foster, Hayden, Chapter 13

Michael John Thomas aka Mike J. Thomas and Celecia Lenee Thomas aka Celecia Lenee Bockstruck dba CW Cruise Planners, Moscow, Chapter 13

Mildred A. Rogers, Lewiston, Chapter 7

Allisha Degryse, Hayden, Chapter 7

Ronnie S. Carter and Robin A. Carter, Sagle, Chapter 7

Christopher Judson Clark and Kimberly Marie Clark fka Kimberly Marie Carbiener, Rathdrum, Chapter 7

Travis E. Tyler, Juliaetta, Chapter 7

Carolyn M. Kolb, Smelterville, Chapter 7

Robb Ainsley and Amy Ainsley, Albany, Ore., Chapter 7

Shirley J. Messerly, Osburn, Chapter 7

Joseph Koch Jr. and Laurel Koch, Priest River, Chapter 13

Merle D. Walden, St. Maries, Chapter 7

Jubal Will Goodner and Billy Jo Marie Goodner, Pinehurst, Chapter 7

Todd E. Foster and Angelique E. Foster, Post Falls, Chapter 7

Glen Earl McKee and Juanita Mae McKee. Rathdrum, Chapter 7

Lori J. Roberts fka Lori J. Deasy, Juliaetta, Chapter 7

Sunny Bogar, Deary, Chapter 7

Stephen C. Dalesky aka Steve Dalesky aka Stephan Clifford Dalesky and Toma L. Dalesky, Bonners Ferry, Chapter 7

Peter Charles Lillemo, Coeur d’Alene, Chapter 13

Joshua Kent Wingler, Culdesac, Chapter 7

Ramon E. Alvarado aka Ramon Alvarado Estrada and Beatriz Alvarado, Post Falls, Chapter 7

William Dean Gies Jr. and Jennifer Julia Gies, Coeur d’Alene, Chapter 13

Anna Lee Harris, Bonners Ferry, Chapter 7

Norma R. Pettengill, Peck, Chapter 7

Karen J. Rodgers, Lewiston, Chapter 7

Claudine H. Joly, Lewiston, Chapter 7

Harold Dale Pattan, Orofino, Chapter 7

Glen H. McCall, Kooskia, Chapter 13

Christopher D. Reaves, Orofino, Chapter 7

Karen L. Ferrell, Athol, Chapter 7

Frances M. Sopher, Coeur d’Alene, Chapter 7

Sherri Lee Arter dba Anytime Rentals Management, Hayden, Chapter 7

Timothy J. Stoddard and Marcela Stoddard dba Mind Q, P. A., dba Tierra Investments dba Renew Mind & Body Spa L. L. C., Hayden, Chapter 7

Sheila M. Margason, Coeur d’Alene, Chapter 7

John A. Petrilla and Stephanie L. Petrilla, Post Falls, Chapter 7

Carol A. Sell, Hayden, Chapter 7

Matthew A. Lewis and Noreena M. Lewis aka Noreena M. Lowe, Coeur d’Alene, Chapter 13

Heather M. Klages fka Heather M. Zellerhoff, Clarkston, Chapter 7

Toni Rae Meyer dba Aaah “Freedom by Toni” Bailbonds, Coeur d’Alene, Chapter 7

Brenda Jean Desjardins, Post Falls, Chapter 7

Jason Alden Whalin and Crystal Dawn Whalin, Oldtown, Chapter 7

Cathy D. Wood, Kellogg, Chapter 7

Breck A. Samuelson, Coeur d’Alene, Chapter 7

Jerry M. Franks and Teresia L. Franks, Post Falls, Chapter 7

Jeffrey A. Siebrecht, Coeur d’Alene, Chapter 13

Reese Raymond Maynard and Jennifer Marie Maynard dba RJ Maynard Renovations, Hayden, Chapter 7

Jason T. Tanner and Marjorie C. Tanner, Spirit Lake, Chapter 7

Dennis Wayne Schaefer and Twila Jean Schaefer, Priest River, Chapter 7

Maurice Scott Murphy and Cheryl Ann Murphy, Sagle, Chapter 7

James Edward Owens and Lisa Marie Owens fdba Owens Hardwood Floors fdba Jay’s Concrete Cleaning & Hauling fdba Floor Removal Specialist’s Inc.

Bryan Richard Nadeja and Tamara Ann Nadeja, Sandpoint, Chapter 7

Joshua A. Kytonen and Christie I. Kytonen, Lewiston, Chapter 7

Walter E. Anderson and Lois A. Anderson, Viola, Chapter 7

Jordan M. Kammarcal, Coeur d’Alene, Chapter 7

Wayne Allen Christensen and Delores Camilla Christensen fdba All Wood Furniture, Walla Walla, Wash., Chapter 7

Jennifer Ann Hoskins, Coeur d’Alene, Chapter 7

Eric J. Clancy, Post Falls, Chapter 7

Lisa M. Flathers aka Lisa M. Peterson, Happy Valley, Ore., Chapter 7

Shawn A. Goughnour and Melody A. Gouchnour aka Melody A. Knaggs, Sagle, Chapter 7

Amy Lynn Orrell, Rathdrum, Chapter 7

Timothy D. Dalgliesh, Cottonwood, Chapter 7

Lucius E. Damon, Lewiston, Chapter 7

Cheryl Shell, Blanchard, Chapter 7

Forrest Wayne Phillips and Deborah Dawn Phillips, Sandpoint, Chapter 7

Greg J. Nowak and Doreen Nowak, Coeur d’Alene, Chapter 7

Gwen Marie Elson, Lewiston, Chapter 7

Letha J. Larue, Hayden, Chapter 7

Beth M. Thomas aka Beth M. Irby, Lewiston, Chapter 7

David J. Peterson, Grangeville, Chapter 7

Scott S. Watts and Kathleen M. Watts, Spirit Lake, Chapter 7

Allan Floyd Helm aka Al Helm, Lewiston, Chapter 7

Kimberly M. Sullivan, Post Falls, Chapter 7

William J. Easterly aka W. Jason Easterly, Rathdrum, Chapter 7

Brian J. Winkle, Athol, and Christel J. Winkle, Coeur d’Alene, Chapter 7

Charles B. Powell and Antonia B. Powell, Coeur d’Alene, Chapter 7

Cody A. Tucker and Misty J. Tucker fka Misty Krous, Hayden, Chapter 7

Sophie Pearl Fox aka Sophie Pearl Walls, Coeur d’Alene, Chapter 13

Tammy Rae Cook, Post Falls, Chapter 7

Jean Ann Walker aka Ann Walker, Post Falls, Chapter 7

Tammy L. Wynecoop, Worley, Chapter 7

Shawndey M. Jesus and Romano Jesus fdba S & R Wood Works, Rathdrum, Chapter 7

Roy Kevin Stelljes, Lewiston, Chapter 7

Gene Ronald Gudmunson and Terri Lynn Gudmunson, Orofino, Chapter 7

Wendy Lu Gibson, Sandpoint, Chapter 7

Charles A. White and Sandra L. White, Post Falls, Chapter 7

Janice L. Matthews dba Jana’s Antiques and Christopher Matthews, Post Falls, Chapter 7

Alejandra E. Martinez fka Alejandra E. Russell fka Alejandra E. Naasz, Coeur d’Alene, Chapter 7

Kerrie L. Sherman fka Kerrie L. Onstoff fka Kerri L. Carlson, Coeur d’Alene, Chapter 7

Annette S. Winnick, Hayden, Chapter 13

Stacy J. Hanks, Hayden, Chapter 7

Ernest H. Wilcox III and Loretta N. Wilcox, Coeur d’Alene, Chapter 7

David Wayne Brown and Penny Rey Brown, Sandpoint, Chapter 7

Robert Wayne Bowles aka Wayne Bowles and Patricia Fawntina Bowles aka Patti Bowles fdba Bowles Trucking, Viola, Chapter 7

Douglas W. Lutz Jr. and Kaycee E. Lutz, Sandpoint, Chapter 7

Linda A. DeSouza, Post Falls, Chapter 13

Just For You Coffee Shop & Deli Inc., Lewiston, Chapter 7

Michael Allen Monniere aka Mike Monniere and Debra Jean Monniere aka Debbie Monniere, Kamiah, Chapter 7

Kyra J. Hill aka Kyra K. Beamis, Coeur d’Alene, Chapter 7


Airo Dental Health Care, $22,700.04

Celtic Moon, $5,012.16

Michael J. Ford, $13,574.09


Robert W. Lafleur, ang, filed Aug. 17, 1010 filed by Inland Northwest Spine & Neurosurgery P. L. L. C.

Angela R. Foster, ang, filed Aug. 18, 2010 by Kootenai County Commissioners

Thuza Hinn, ang, filed Aug. 18, 2010 by Kootenai County Commissioners

Dawne M. Irving, ang, filed Aug. 18, 2010 by Kootenai County Commissioners

Jeffrey D. Klein, ang, filed Aug. 18, 2010 by Kootenai County Commissioners

Paul M. Kowalak, ang, filed Aug. 18, 2010 by Kootenai County Commissioners

Daniel A. McCullough, ang, filed Aug. 18, 2010 by Kootenai County Commissioners

Bruce K. Murphy, ang, filed Aug. 18, 2010 by Kootenai County Commissioners

Sharon L. Randles, ang, filed Aug. 18, 2010 by Kootenai County Commissioners

Nelson J. Smith, ang, filed Aug. 18, 2010 by Kootenai County Commissioners

Nelson J. Smith, ang, filed Aug. 18, 2010 by Kootenai County Commissioners

Aaron Gardner, ang, filed Aug. 18, 2010 by Correia Fine Woodworking L. L. C.

Wesley L. Lewis, $12,622.68, filed Aug. 19, 2010 by Cavalry Investments L. L. C.

Stanley G. Strang, ang, filed Aug. 20, 1010 by Kootenai County Building & Planning

Chad Comstock, ang, filed Aug. 23, 2010 by Strawberry Fields Homeowners Association

Ken Fischer, ang, filed Aug. 23, 2010 by Strawberry Fields Homeowners Association

Tim Huber, ang, filed Aug. 23, 2010 by Strawberry Fields Homeowners Association

Jessie Spoklie, ang, filed Aug. 23, 2010 by Strawberry Fields Homeowners Association

Gary R. Counts II, ang filed Aug. 24, 2010 by Kootenai County Commissioners

Bartimaeus Butler, ang, filed Aug. 24, 2010 by Kootenai County Commissioners

Deborah L. Cooper-Anderson, ang, filed Aug. 24, 2010 by Kootenai County Commissioners

Nathan Ferguson, ang, filed Aug. 24, 2010 by Kootenai County Commissioners

Jacobson Construction Company, ang, filed Aug. 24, 2010 by Avalon Landscapes

Rockford Properties, ang, filed Aug. 25, 2010 by Donald V. Capps

William R. Payton, ang, filed Aug. 27, 1010 by Carlin Bay Property Owners Association

Gene Todhunter, ang, filed Aug. 27, 2010 by Kootenai County Commissioners

Kevin J. Story, ang, filed Aug. 27, 2010 by Kootenai County Commissioners

Charles D. Mesec, ang, filed Aug. 27, 2010 by Kootenai County Commissioners

Todd J. Holcomb, ang, filed Aug. 27, 2010 by Kootenai County Commissioners

Shelli D. Hoffman, ang, filed Aug. 27, 2010 by Kootenai County Commissioners

Peter K. Hickerson, ang, filed Aug. 27, 2010 by Kotenai County Commissioners

Daniel V. Thackray, ang, filed Aug. 27, 2010 by Kootenai County Building & Planning

Charles C. Charbonneau, ang, filed Aug. 27, 2010 by Quail Run Homeowners Association

ACB Contractors, $5,000, filed Aug. 31, 2010 by Chris Waymire

Larry D. Williams, ang, filed Aug, 31, 2010 by Kootenai County Commissioners

Fidelity National Title Group, ang, filed Aug. 31, 2010 by Frame & Smetana

Growing in real estate population

Growing in real estate population

Several buildings along the stretch of northwest Boulevard north of U.S. 95 have seen tenant turn over again and again.

Northwest Boulevard experiences an abundance of tenant turnover

In what seems like just a few years, Northwest Boulevard has grown into a commercial real estate haven. However, it seems the southwestern portion of the commercial buildings have experienced an abundance of tenant turnover compared to the growth surrounding it.

“I don’t know why there is so much tenant turn-over in that particular area,” Tony Berns, Director of the Lake City Development Co., said. “It’s not a bad location, but I don’t know how much the owners charge for rent and all that.”

The buildings have changed hands many times and may continue to do so until the economy gets better and businesses can stick.

“Those particular buildings just north of the Highway 95 overpass, along with the FedEx building, are the only older buildings left along that stretch of Northwest Boulevard,” Shawn McMahon, commercial specialist Century 21, said. “They are transition buildings and businesses moved in there for exposure; eventually they will be demolished and new buildings will be built.”

McMahon said it will take a certain business to fit into that area, which could be why so many tenants did not make it in that location. He also thinks that the older buildings will be torn down in the not-to-distant future, and new buildings, most likely office buildings, will be built as replacements.

“I haven’t been approached with any recent ideas. This is a tough economic time,” Berns said. “There is a lot of energy but people are still reluctant to make the jump.”

Overall the commercial real estate market seems to be doing much better from 2009 as far as sales and transactions go, McMahon said. There seems to be more activity in the office and light industrial buildings as opposed to retail spaces.

“In 2009 people were very unsure about the future, but now business owners are realizing that life needs to go on and there are opportunities out there,” McMahon said.

Many of these opportunities include upgrading office spaces, moving to a larger space or finally purchasing office space rather than renting. McMahon said that now is a good time for business owners to be buyers.

“Northwest Boulevard is the artery that connects Riverstone and the downtown area,” he said. “Twenty years from now it will be all one area, the growth has just been delayed.”

Another reason McMahon believes Northwest Boulevard will continue to grow is the number of businesses moving to the area from out of state.

“In five to 10 years the land on Northwest Boulevard will be built out,” he said. “As a business owner, when you look at where you want to be, you want to go to where it supports your lifestyle; by restaurants, close to main roadways, etc.”

Northwest Boulevard has high traffic rates, with more than 23,000 people traveling the road each weekday, according to the Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization. With a connection to both I-90 and Highway 95, it is certainly a main roadway.

The LCDC is always open to new ideas and overtures, but nothing has come up about that area of Northwest Boulevard in the past few years.

“Northwest Boulevard is a great corridor for mixed commercial buildings,” Berns said. “That would be a good use for that area, but that is easy to say and tough to do. There is already so much capacity, we need to wait for the available product to be absorbed before more is put on the market.”

Although there are many ideas surrounding the ever-growing Northwest Boulevard, nobody knows for sure what the area will eventually grow into.

Sweetwater Bakery opens

Sweetwater Bakery opens

Max Sharp, with Market Equipment Company, prepares to reassemble a large oven at Sweetwater Bakery in Post Falls.

Sweetwater Bakery, a retail and wholesale operation with 25 employees,  opened on Tuesday Sept. 14 at 119 E. Third Ave. in Post Falls.

The business sells pastries, bagels, cupcakes, scones, muffins and cookies from its retail storefront and to coffee stands, restaurants and other businesses. Owners Tom and Sandy Vas Dias moved the company after more than six years in Spokane.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. seven days a week.