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Salon franchise moving into Ward building

Sun., April 5, 2009

The grand four-level building that began as Coeur d’Alene’s Montgomery Ward store in the 1920s probably will be coming back to life. Located at Fourth Street and Lakeside Avenue, the 25,000-square-foot building most recently housed the Wiggett Antique Mall, until it moved to Fourth and Front Avenue about two years ago.

A group of investors from Mount Vernon, Wash., has purchased the Northwest franchise of Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy and the Headmasters School of Hair Design. Headmasters will change to Toni & Guy’s with the move to the Wards building in the fall. Now in about 10,000 square feet at 317 E. Coeur d’Alene Ave., Headmasters will occupy about 15,000 square feet in the new location.

Paul Ware, spokesman for the Toni & Guy franchise, said the academy would be on the main, mezzanine and basement levels, which also would have about 3,000 square feet of leaseable space that he envisions would be perfect for a coffee shop. Contact him at

The building’s upper level will have townhouses for Toni & Guy faculty and students, Ware said. Coeur d’Alene architect Mike Patano is redesigning the interior. The purchase includes the parking lot to the west.

The business expansion will accommodate 15 to 20 employees and 100 to 150 students compared to Headmasters’ current six employees and 68 students, Ware said. He and partner Phill Scott also own the new Toni & Guy Academy in Bellingham, and are planning one in Boise. Ware’s sons Jared, Adam and Levi are associated with the business.

Super 1 Foods plans Sandpoint store

Super 1 Foods has filed a site plan for a 52,960-square-foot store on the former Louisiana Pacific mill site in Sandpoint. The 5.2-acre space is at the northeast corner of Larch Street and Boyer Avenue.

The company started 14 years ago with its original store in Hayden and now has 14 stores in Western Montana, Eastern Washington and North Idaho, including Coeur d’Alene, Rathdrum, Post Falls and Hayden. It’s Web site is, not to be confused with, which is a Texas-Arkansas-Louisiana company. More on the new store later.

Executive Home Services provides security

Care and security for nonoccupied homes are provided by Executive Home Services, a new business at 1317 Biztown Loop in Hayden. The home-monitoring company serves all of North Idaho with regularly scheduled site visits and remote home environment monitors.

The company also offers contractor services for all types of construction, heating and air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, landscaping and yard maintenance. Owner is Bryan Bourne. Check or phone (208) 772-1591.

This week’s tidbits

•New population figures list Kootenai County with 137,475 people, third largest in Idaho compared to Ada County at 380,920 and Canyon County with 183,939. Kootenai’s year’s growth rate at 2.4 percent with the 2007 census of 134,211 was seventh in the state. Other North Idaho county populations are Benewah with 9,352, Bonner with 41,168, Boundary with 10,962 and Shoshone with 12,913. All were slightly up from last year.

•The Idaho Department of Labor reports unemployment reaching a 21-year high of 6.8 percent with more than 51,000 people without jobs last month. This is up from 3.9 percent a year ago and compared to 8.1 percent nationally. In North Idaho, unemployment rates are 7.4 for Kootenai County, 10.8 for Shoshone and 10.6 for Boundary, the latter two being third and fourth in the state.

•An e-mailer asked restaurants to watch their building temperatures being too cool. Employees are moving around or in the kitchen and don’t notice when it’s too cold, he said.

Contact Nils Rosdahl at (208) 769-3228 or

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