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Blondie’s salon making move to Syringa Center

Two businesses are joining two existing places in Syringa Center in February. The new, 12,000-square -foot building is in the northwest corner at the intersection of Third Street and Locust Avenue in the north end of Midtown Coeur d’Alene. Three suites remain available. Phone Windermere Realtors Joe Fabiano at 699-0764 or Alan Lane at 651-6809.

Blondies opening in new space

Blondies: A Marie Lacroix Salon will open Monday in a 1,500-square-foot space. The salon’s 10-person staff will offer complete hair services, nail work and facials as it has for nearly 10 years in the space they’re leaving at 842 N. Fourth St.

A Wallace native, Lacroix has 35 years of salon experience, including 25 in Coeur d’Alene where her shop originally was downtown. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday by appointment. Phone 667-2505.

American Family Insurance expands

Auto, home, business and life insurance are offered by the American Family Insurance Group, which will open a 950-square-foot office in Syringa Center about Feb. 24.

With its headquarters in Madison, Wis., American Family Insurance has about 4,000 offices in 40 states. It originated in 1927.

Coeur d’Alene native Paula Bates will direct a staff of three people. Hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Phone 664-2344 or 755-5763.

A Full Life/Addus Health combines offices

The Home Health and Medicare divisions of A Full Life/Addus Health Care were combined into spaces of 4,725 square feet in Syringa Center in October. The combined staff, from the former Hayden and Ironwood offices, comprises 15 office employees and 300 caregivers in North Idaho.

The Home Health Division provides care for elderly and disabled people, and the Medical Care Division works with Medicare clients. Directors are Kelly Marang and Candie Hoven. Thirty-year-old Addus Health Care has 107 outlets in 17 states with its headquarters in Chicago.

A Full Life has been in North Idaho since 1999. Phone 762-9835.

Isola Spa offers massage, skin care

Therapeutic massage, skin care and natural nail services are offered at Isola Massage and Skin Studio in 1,134 square feet of Syringa Center.

Owner Rebeka Kilmer and associates Kerry Koerner and Jane Rogers offer appointments Monday through Saturday. Kilmer said she chose Isola for the name because it means “island” (peaceful place) in Italian. Phone 930-4696.

This week’s tidbits

•“Finally Home,” informative classes for first-time house buyers, are being offered throughout North Idaho through the Coeur d’Alene Association of Realtors and Bonner Community Housing Agency. Phone 667-0664 or 255-1443.

•Yes, the bridges over the freeway are plowed and the walkways there are cleared, but the berms between the two are a slippery pain. Someone needs to connect on clearing these.

•Even Wikipedia doesn’t know where the saying “whole nine yards” originated. Closest clues come from ribald Scottish jokes.

Contact Nils Rosdahl at 769-3228 or

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