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CDA’s Mountain Comfort Furnishings closing due to problems with lease

Mountain Comfort Furnishings and Design, based in Coeur d'Alene, will close its doors and sell off its furniture.

The press release announcing the closure also noted that the business was chosen as “Best Furniture in North Idaho” by Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine.

So, that award won't pay the rent, apparently. The press release noted that owners Andy and Heidi Jarski were not able to negotiate a new lease for their store, located on Highway 95 north of I-90. The company is a franchise location and the only one in this area.

They've been leasing a 13,000-square-foot store for a number of years.

It will close June 5-June 8 and then open for a sell-off of inventory on June 9.

Coeur d’Alene’s Hubworks launches dining-payment system with iPads

Wednesday's major local business story looks at Hubworks Interactive, a Coeur d'Alene software firm developing point-of-service ordering and payment systems using Apple iPads.

The story looks at the efforts of co-founders Rob Berger, Aaron Gabriel and Sam Winter. 

Here's a snippet of the full story, which will be on later this evening, and in the Wednesday SR print edition business section:

A Coeur d’Alene startup is developing software to let customers place their own restaurant or bar orders and pay their bills using Apple iPads.

Hubworks Interactive LLC, started in 2009 by three North Idaho friends, has begun a pilot test of its DrinkHub software with Buffalo Wild Wings, the national food chain that has several hundred North American dining locations.

Customers can order a meal or a drink with a touchscreen menu on the iPad. Once they’re finished, they use the device to pay the bill.

During the meal the customers have the option of loading Facebook, Twitter or other sites on the iPad.

“The core of this is the billing and payment option,” said Aaron Gabriel, vice president of sales and marketing. “But as the whole platform evolves, this will become more a customer entertainment experience,” Gabriel added.

Opponents of Camp Easton swap file lawsuit to block sale to developer

A group of Inland Northwest backers and supporters of the Boy Scout's popular Camp Easton have filed a lawsuit trying to halt the sale of the camp to an Arizona developer.

The suit, filed recently in Kootenai County District Court by the group Camp Easton Forever, seeks a permanent injunction that would prevent any future sale of Camp Easton. They assert that the original donation of the land restricted its use forever as a Scout camp.

Camp Easton Forever is a nonprofit group created last month in response to announced plans by the Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts of America to explore selling Camp Easton to Discover Land Co., which has also developed a residential area and golf course along Lake Coeur d'Alene.

The camp sale is not a done deal. The Inland Northwest Council has said its board will decide at some point if the option of building a new and safer Scout camp justifies selling Camp Easton.

No date has been set for that review and a board vote on the sale, said Tim McCandless, the CEO of the Inland Northwest Council. 

Discover has proposed buying 380 acres on which Camp Easton sits, then building another newer camp on 270 acres along Sunup Bay on the other side of the lake. Opponents say the new land doesn't offer the beach that Camp Easton has, and they claim the appeal of Camp Easton is its age and tradition.

McCandless and board members say they are obliged to review the offer and consider whether the new site, along with a capital improvement fund provided by Discover, are in the best interests of future Boy Scouts.

A copy of the lawsuit filed in Kootenai County District Court is here.

Why did no one buy Duane Hagadone’s almost-opulent house on the hill?

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Auction company J.P. King opened the auction of Duane Hagadone's old residence on Thursday afternoon, and 20 minutes after 2 p.m., the auction ended.

Two registered bidders were interested in the property, at 3155 E. Harrison, on 15 acres of Stanley Hill.

Neither bidder came up to the reserve price of $7.5 million. Look for a story later this evening on that fills in some of the blanks. 

Perhaps the bidders were turned off by some of the glaring inadequacies of Mr. Hagadone's home on the hill. Such as: No built-in vacuum system; no trash compactor (the shame); no air purifier (admittedly not needed in these parts); and no sauna.

No doubt this fine property has other stuff, such as a tennis court, helicopter pad, pool tables and what have you. But no sauna, no trash compactor?  It's no wonder Mr. Hagadone shut the place down and built a nice, big house along the lake. 

That was a no-brainer.

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