March 22, 2009 in Idaho Voices

Storage units to accommodate boats, RVs, more

By Correspondent

Construction has begun on what is anticipated to be a 471-unit outlet of American Universal Storage at 3839 W. Prairie Ave., just west of Atlas Road. The initial phase of about 100 units should be open by May, and the remainder will depend on need.

Configurations will fit the customers’ needs from boat and RV storage to climate-controlled areas for personal belongings. The complex will include special security measures, including 24-hour, on-site management. The 10-acre parcel includes two acres of undeveloped property and a landscaped house that will serve as the office and manager’s living quarters.

The business is owned by Hayden Valley Investment Group; the managing partners are Tony and Susan Villelli. Originally from La Habra, Calif., Tony Villelli discovered North Idaho in the 1970s while driving with his father to Good Grief, Idaho, near the Canadian border. He now is with Sotheby’s International Realty in Sandpoint.

Coeur d’Alene Structures is building the complex, which was designed by Patano Architects with Frame & Smetana Civil Engineers.

Book Works moves to Hanley

An 8,000-square-foot building that had been home of the Making Room furniture store is now The Book Works accounting firm. In business for accounting and income tax services for more than 30 years, the company also offers Quick Books Pro Advisor.

Also in the building, PayCheck Connection offers payroll and benefits administration, human resources and 24-hour online access to data for clients and their employees. Clients choose the services that fit their needs and budgets.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and by appointment. Owners are Jacklyn Holovka, Carolyn Schultz, David Erickson and Fred Roh. The 11 employees moved from a location at 8191 N. Loch Haven, which is for sale or lease. Two executive suites with conference room and receptionist options also are available in the new building. Contact Rob Kannapien of Coldwell Banker Realty at (208) 704-3832.

Blue Lake Resort to reopen

New owners, new management and major renovations will be evident when Blue Lake RV Resort reopens in May. Located off Highway 95 in Naples, 22 miles north of Sandpoint, the resort will include a lakeside clubhouse and a 20-acre campground.

Projected for events such a weddings and receptions, the clubhouse will have a full kitchen and seating for 50 people indoors and 100 outside. Other options will include cabins, pole tents, a bath house, Wi-Fi, new dock, propane service, kayak and canoe rentals, and day-use fees.

Owners are Pat and Xyla Carson, Matt Carson, James Boraski and Heidi Carson. Boraski and Heidi Carson previously managed a five-star RV resort north of Seattle.

Reservations are available. Phone (208) 946-3361. Check

This week’s tidbits

•Hope you didn’t panic when you didn’t find the wine and beer at Costco. It was moved to accommodate the store’s expansion on the west side.

•Rising Star Cakes has opened at 7545 Pine St. in Rathdrum. Specializing in wedding cakes, owner Starla Barnhill’s shop is open at 8 a.m. Sunday through Friday. Phone (208) 704-3926. Check

•With lake views, an outdoor pavilion and facilities to accommodate 175 people, Elk Point Events will open in May on Potlatch Hill. Phone (208) 666-9695. Check

•Anything in automotive mechanical repair is offered by Scott Kennedy in the new Scott’s Garage at 7730 W. Boekel Road just east of Highway 41 near Rathdrum. Phone (208) 687-6871.

•Having just returned from accompanying North Idaho College journalism students to New York City for a national convention, once again I’m amazed that no drive-through coffee stands exist in that city’s suburbs. I guess the property values are too high for such a thing and they worry about robberies to a single-employee place.

Contact Nils Rosdahl at (208) 769-3228 or

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