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Santorini’s brings authentic Greek flavors to CdA

Dine in or take-out are options at Santorini’s Authentic Greek Cuisine, which opened last week in Fairgrounds Center at 4055 Government Way. The restaurant offers lunch, dinner and pastries made from scratch with family Greek recipes.

Owners Dino and Fotini Tsakarestos came to the United States from Greece in the 1970s and had previous restaurants in Missoula and Coeur d’Alene. They also have a Santorini’s in downtown Spokane. They tried to retire in 2007, but “We had to be doing something,” Fotini explained.

Seating 44 customers at tables, restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Santorini’s has seven employees. Phone (208) 676-0401.

Original Concepts moves in Hayden

Offering “anything in flooring,” Original Concepts Carpets moved to 8879 N. Hess St. (west of Highway 95 between Honeysuckle and Orchard avenues). The new location includes a 4,000-square-foot showroom.

The store and its five employees offer carpeting, wood flooring, tiles … anything that goes on a floor,” a spokesperson said. They use contractors for installation and repairs. Phone (208) 772-7408.

Art Conscious Picture Framing opens

Custom, personalized service is the focus of Art Conscious Picture Framing that opened in October at 506 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls.

Owner Shellie Mundy frames anything from posters to fabric art to shadow boxes. She also offers free consultations, installation and delivery. Artwork in the store includes work by Monte Dolack of Missoula, Tim Lord of Spokane and John Estes of Coeur d’Alene.

Originally from Philadelphia, Mundy joined family in Missoula and Spokane before coming to Post Falls. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 to 2 Saturdays. The grand opening is planned for 1-4 p.m. Dec. 5. Phone (208) 691-9317.

This week’s tidbits

•Don’t panic, downtown CdA employees who use Fourth Street to get home. It will remain one-way; however, the speed limit is now 25 mph. The street’s revamping is to help businesses and the town’s economy, not commuters. Use Government Way.

•Meanwhile, we heard several readers agree that the intersection of 15th Street and Harrison Avenue really needs a traffic light.

•The Cottage Gallery on Sherman Avenue between 15th and 16th streets has closed. And the Hofbrau Restaurant on Kathleen Avenue east of Ramsey Road has a “closed for remodeling” sign but no signs of anyone remodeling, spies say.

•Watch for information on three more new restaurants in the next three weeks.

Contact Nils Rosdahl at (208) 769-3228 or