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Landlords would love to see more neighbors for glasses store

Spaces gradually are filling in newer buildings drawn in by Costco at the intersection of Government Way and Neider Avenue in Coeur d’Alene.

A new business between Starbucks and T-Mobile in the northeast corner will be Best Contacts & Eyeglasses. Offering eye exams, contacts and glasses, the 20-year-old company is a division of National Vision Inc. With its headquarters at Lawrenceville, Ga., Best Contacts & Eyeglasses has about 100 stores, including one in Spokane.

Anticipating a February opening, the store’s hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 to 6 Saturdays. The Spokane store has seven employees and two optometrists. Visit

Something Special seeks vendors

Eight vendors are there and the 3,000-square-foot Something Special building has room for about 14 more at 3122 W. Seltice Way (across from ABCO Wood Recycling near McGuire Road).

Owner Deborah Wheeler and other vendors offer furniture, new and used clothing, CDs, DVDs, gifts, antiques, jewelry, artwork and photography. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (208) 704-8962.

Trendy clothes at Smitten Boutique

One-of-a-kind fashions and trendy clothing for women and juniors are sold at Smitten Boutique at 318 N. Spokane St. (the former Post Falls Press office). Brand names include Rock Revival and Miss Me jeans and NEK Denims.

Owners Laura Heikkila and Melissa Valdovinos and two employees have open hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 to 6 Saturdays. They also offer $10 off for every $100 spent, gift certificates and Women Who Wine parties monthly. Call (208) 262-4359.

This weeks’ tidbits

•Juvenile justice and specialty courts and some offices from Kootenai County will move into the former federal building next year at Fourth and Lakeside in downtown Coeur d’Alene. They’ll replace federal offices that moved into a new building on Mineral Drive off Highway 95. The 81-year-old building is being remodeled – carefully – as it is designated a national historic site.

•Using $750,000 from a levy passed in 2006, the Post Falls School District plans to buy 47 acres northwest of Prairie Avenue and McGuire Road for a site for a second high school in five to seven years.

•Rumors have risen about a new Red Robin restaurant near Cabela’s in Post Falls.

•The Paddy’s II Tavern at Highway 41 and Mullan Road will become Club 41 with a full liquor license, according to new owner Tom Fisher.

•And a beer license was granted to the Locker Room barbershop at 6055 Government Way, which now offers a beer or soft drink with a haircut.

•Mary Richardson’s Country Pot Pies has closed on Fourth Street.

Contact Nils Rosdahl at (208) 769-3228 or

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