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Burned-out Gamer’s Haven moving to PF Outlet Mall

Last week we profiled the opening of the 1210 Tavern on Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. Its original building burned last year.

Next door was Gamer’s Haven, which also burned. Its former property is still vacant, but a new Gamer’s Haven will open in October in the Outlet Mall along Interstate 90 on the west side of Post Falls.

It will include 15 tables of games, workshops and Wizards of the Coast products such as Warhammer, Magic the Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons and a role-playing room. Other plans include tournaments, Friday Night Magic and a store-sponsored Magic the Gathering team.

The Kelley family of Bob, Jen, Bryce and Aedan will open the store Oct. 1.

Property owner plans motel in Rathdrum

Rathdrum may get its first motel in half a century. Kevin Randles, who owns neighboring properties, plans to build a 25-unit, L-shaped motel next to his Dashco convenience store off Highway 53.

The property currently has a used car lot and double-wide trailer that would be removed. Randles also owns the neighboring building leased by the state liquor store. The 6,840-square-foot motel would be two levels.

Amenities would include flat-screen TVs, wireless Internet, a lobby with a continental breakfast and parking for 34 cars. Construction would begin in the fall and be complete in the spring. With a name still to be chosen, the motel would employ six people.

Rathdrum had a few hotels when it was the Kootenai County seat in the early 1900s. The Mountain View Motel at Highway 41 and Wright Street closed in the 1960s. Originally from Missoula, Randles came to North Idaho in 1995.

Elk Point Enterprises on Kathleen

A combination of businesses will now be at one location, 370 E. Kathleen Ave., in Coeur d’Alene when Elk Point Enterprises centers in the commercial complex in October.

Elk Point Consulting is next door at 350 E. Kathleen Ave. With three employees, and a fourth to be added soon, it provides business owners with accounting, litigation and infrastructure services, including planning and restructuring, marketing, sales and project management.

Elk Point Events and Elk Point Environmental Resources will move from 4176 E. Potlatch Hill Road.

Although the events will remain at the Potlatch Hill facility, which overlooks Coeur d’Alene and Fernan lakes as well as the city and the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course, they will be managed from the new location. Elk Point Events employs three to eight people depending on the size of the event. With four employees, the Environmental Resources division is involved with timber, agriculture and rural site cleanup.

Elk Point’s principals are Virginia Tate, president, and Brent Lyles, vice president. Originally from Issaquah, Wash., Tate studied business at the University of Washington and in 1994 came to Coeur d’Alene where her family has been for more than 100 years. Lyles is originally from northern California and graduated in business administration from Louisiana Tech University. He joined relatives in North Idaho five years ago.

To contact the consulting division, call (208) 765-5432 or check For events and environmental resources phone (208) 666-9695 or check or

Robert Covington, who owns the building complex, has 2,200 square feet available. He can be reached at (208) 762-4545.

This week’s tidbits

•Today is the last day of business for Coeur d’Alene Garden Center on Lee Court off Appleway near Ramsey Road.

•A building permit for Capone’s Pub on Fourth Street, Coeur d’Alene, is for an interior remodel.

•Hmmm. The recession? An employee at a popular midprice Coeur d’Alene restaurant said the place had its three biggest days/nights ever this summer.

•It was interesting to talk to Kevin Randles (first item above). His brother Tim and I worked at the Missoulian in 1963. Whew!

Contact Nils Rosdahl at (208) 769-3228 or