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208SK8, Divers West move to Best and 13th

A commercial building that had been empty at Best Avenue and 13th Street, Coeur d’Alene, has become the home of two businesses moving from previous locations.

208SK8, a skateboard and snowboard store, opened in late August in 2,800 square feet in the east end of the building toward Auto Shack. The store carries 14 brand names of boards, apparel, shoes and accessories and services the equipment. It moved from a 1,000-square-foot space in Hayden.

Owners Tony and Jaime Brunner came to North Idaho in 2003 after discovering the area during a vacation. Originally from San Diego and Simi Valley, Calif., they moved because of the quality of people and lifestyles, Tony said. He was a NASCAR race driver and avid boarder in Southern California.

Store hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Managed by Will Crandell, the store also sponsors a skate team. Phone 819-0385.

Divers West moves there, too

Divers West will move into the adjoining space on the west side of the building by Oct. 1. Moving from 1675 W. Lee Court, the store offers scuba diving equipment, instruction, certification and excursions.

Coming from Moses Lake in 2007 owners and divers James and Melissa Flodin bought the 32-year-old business and also offer tech-diver instruction for longer duration. He was born and raised in Sunnyside, Wash., and she was from New York.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Phone 664-0751 or check

Luxe on Sherman opens in CdA

Trendy jewelry and accessories and antique furniture are the specialty of Luxe on Sherman that opened last week at 413 Sherman Ave. The 800-square-foot space previously housed ROW Adventures, which moved to Second and Sherman.

French for luxury, Luxe is owned by Matt and Rose Backs and Carlos and Marla Lopez. Brandon Jackson and Brett Lopez will manage the store. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Phone 676-8933.

Cricket Wireless adds fourth store

Cell phones, accessories and phone service with promises of no credit checks and no contracts are offered by Cricket Wireless, which opened a new store at 1323 Sherman Ave. last week. Cricket also has stores on Appleway and in Hayden and Post Falls.

Manager Matt Thurman and associates Amy Keenan and Shirley Nagrone have open hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Phone 765-4680 or check

This week’s tidbits

•Today’s the big day for “Mudgy & Millie,” a children’s book by Coeur d’Alene author Susan Nipp that follows a moose and mouse on their adventures in Coeur d’Alene. The ribbon-cutting is at 11 a.m. at the Third Street entrance to Tubbs Hill. Sculptor Terry Lee has sculptures of the characters at various places around downtown. The book is on sale from 9 to 10:45 a.m. today in the Coeur d’Alene Library Community Room, and Nipp and Lee will autograph books and merchandise at Independence Point from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds go to the Library Foundation.

•Coeur d’Alene’s sidewalk improvement emphasis should include a two-block strip on the north side of Best Avenue between Fifth and Seventh streets. School kids are forced to walk in the street or on a narrow trail to get to the Borah Elementary crosswalk.

•Last Sunday the message of a “respectfully-talk-to-people-about- their-shortcomings” sermon was 10 hours too late. The night before I was with a friend who parked in the only open space in front of a local business. It was the handicap space. Although he is completely healthy, he whipped out a handicap permit that he uses when he helps his invalid mother. I should have said something.

Contact Nils Rosdahl at 769-3228 or