Arrow-right Camera
News >  Features >  Idaho Voices

Music City owner passes keys to son

The ads say “Going out of business,” but they aren’t really.

Music City Coeur d’Alene employees are having a big sale (that ends today) because owner Rod Mitchell is retiring. He’s handing over the keys to his son Chad Mitchell. Chad says he is retaining most of the store’s keyboard inventory and emphasizing his guitar portion of the store. In fact, the entire 6,000-square-foot building will be named The Guitar Stop.

Rod started the original store on Sherman Avenue 43 years ago and moved it to the 7736 Government Way location in 2000. Chad added the guitar side five years ago. And he plans to add a high-end consignment clothing store in the future.

With individual instructors, the store has 12 employees. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays (and noon to 5 p.m. today for the sale). Phone (208) 762-8664. The upcoming Web site will be www.price

Santorina’s Restaurant to open

A complete Greek menu will be available at Santorina’s Restaurant when it opens in October at 4055 Government Way (across from the fairgrounds). The 44-seat facility formerly housed Mangiamo’s Pizza.

Owner Fortini Tsakarestos will manage the place with help from her husband Dino and about five employees. The restaurant is expected to serve lunch and dinner. Watch for more on this as the opening gets close.

Smitten Boutique in Post Falls opens

Trendy women’s clothing and accessories are offered at Smitten Clothing Boutique. The 1,500-square-foot store opened in the former Post Falls Press building at 318 N. Spokane St.

Owners and friends Laura Heikkila and Melissa Valdovinos also run Allstate Insurance and Leopard Lattes, respectively, in Post Falls. Valdovinos is a Silver Valley native. Originally from Chicago, Heikkila came to north Idaho from San Diego in 1995 after vacationing here.

The business includes two fitting rooms, and men’s clothing may be added later. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Phone (208) 262-4359.

Martial arts studio welcomes all ages

Taekwondo Dojang martial arts classes for ages 4 to senior citizens (low-impact emphasized) are offered at KTigers Taekwondo. The school opened this past week at 410 W. Neider Ave. (west of U.S. Highway 95).

As students progress they may join the school’s black belt club and travel to competitions. The 2,600-square-foot facility includes men’s and women’s dressing rooms, office, waiting room and a 1,700-square-foot training room.

Originally from South Korea, owner and headmaster Heungki Kim began training at age 7 and holds a fifth-degree black belt. He trained and taught in Korea and throughout the U.S. He attended Gonzaga University and decided to stay in Coeur d’Alene.

The business has three employees. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays. The grand opening is Sept. 7. Phone (208) 664-9000. Check

This week’s tidbits

•Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza is now open at 405 W. Neider Ave. (in the former Wheat Montana location) with 20 employees. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Phone (208) 930-4818. Check

•A commercial building permit for porte cochere at 702 W. Walnut Ave. is not for a French restaurant. It’s for new new covered entry to Heritage Place (senior living).

•Shabby to Chic store on Fourth Street in Coeur d’Alene has closed. Its owner Sandy Bechtold is now manager of the Women’s Center Thrift Store across the street.