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Commercial Fisherman To Launch Seafood Market In Coeur D’Alene

Something’s fishy about this story. Like about 20 million pounds of it.

No kidding. Floyd Hutchens estimates his Alaskan boats have landed 20 million pounds of seafood over the 25 years he’s been in the commercial fishing business.

Now he’s bringing the business home.

A part-time North Idaho (Carlin Bay) resident for the past several years, Hutchens, his wife Cindy and daughter Emily are opening Monarch Fisheries fish market. It will be located in the former Stampede Restaurant building at Highway 95 and Cherry Lane (just south of Tidyman’s), Coeur d’Alene. The business will feature fresh halibut, salmon and crab when their shop opens May 15.

Hutchens averages about nine employees on his 48-foot Monarch and 64-foot Baltic Sea boats in Prince William Sound near Cordova, Alaska. Originally from Bellingham, Wash., he started fishing in Alaska in 1970 when he was a freshman at Washington State University.

Freshness is the key to success in the fish business, which will include retail and wholesale buyers, Hutchens said.

“You provide a better product by eliminating the time factor,” he said. “I know what ‘fresh’ is supposed to be like; we’ll fly in the product and offer a full-service seafood business.

Hutchens has been seining salmon for 15 years, averaging about a half million pounds a year. Other major catches include black cod and halibut.

The Hutchens bought the 2,800-squarefoot building from Rod and Pam Mitchell, who remain in Coeur d’Alene.

If Don Weingart can convince his family to convene in North Idaho on opening day, his new business should have a healthy start. And entertaining the crew shouldn’t be difficult.

Weingart plans to offer about 10 dart boards, five pool tables, five pinball machines and 12 video games as a 4,500-square-foot recreation room is added to Steve’s Sports Dugout on Seltice Way this spring. He hopes to open in mid-June.

Featuring top-of-the-line games, Weingart’s arcade will seat about 80 people and is being added to the west end of the building, which he owns with Steve and Jacqueline Parker.

The youngest of 15 children from Polson, Mont., Weingart came to North Idaho in 1972. He owns Weingart Construction and joined the Parkers two years ago. Steve Parker is from Coeur d’Alene and played football for the University of Idaho and the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. Jackie is from the Chicago area.

Zip Shine Car Wash will feature four self service stalls, a touchless automatic bay and six vacuum units when it opens in early May at 8685 Government Way, next to Jiffy Lube and Paul Bunyan drive-in, Hayden.

Owners are Ron Rosenberger and Jack Melom of Hayden Lake. They will have three employees in the 3,000-square-foot facility. They’ll save property to the rear for future business opportunities.

Bet a 1930 Chrysler convertible would catch many an eye. How about a 1967 Camero Pace Car convertible or a 1947 Indian motorcycle with a side-car?

These are a few of the vehicles being restored at Add-Vintage Restorations, which opened at 2215 Highway 53 (one block east of McGuire Road) between Rathdrum and Hauser. Formerly Don Marsh Restoration, the shop was sold to Reinhold Jung and Vince Lavoilette, two former employees with 36 years of experience.

Specializing in total restorations of classic automobiles, the shop also offers high performance engine repairs and auto sheet metal fabrications. The 8,000-square-foot facility holds 15 vehicles and includes an EPA-approved paint booth and complete upholstery facilities.

Christine A. Larson has started the new Lake Forest Physical Therapy business in Hillstead Plaza at E. 1602 Seltice Way, Post Falls.

Specializing in orthopedic physical therapy, Larson has 20 years’ experience in Pullman, Moscow and Spokane.

She was educated at the Army Physical Therapy School of Baylor University. Her father was Roger C. Larson, who operated Camp Easter Seal on Lake Coeur d’Alene for 30 years.

The Inland Automobile Association opened a AAA office in Evergreen Square, 13817 E. Sprague (across from Target), Spokane Valley. The move enables the company to better serve its travel and insurance customers from North Idaho, according to Stanley Miller, president.

The following fields overflowed: CREDIT = Nils Rosdahl The Spokesman-Review