Huckleberries hears that ... popular Hastings on Appleway may be gone. But a similar store is about to take its place. A well-placed Berry Picker tells Huckleberries that Vintage Stock, a Missouri company, will take over the store 3 weeks after Hastings closes at the end of October. Seems the company has bought 5 of the 146 Hastings stores that are to be closed, including the one in Coeur d'Alene. The Coeur d'Alene store is the only one purchased by Vintage Stock in the Northwest. Coeur d'Alene Hastings is considered to be a high-performing store.
D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.