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Porky G’s to give CdA a fresh choice of barbecue

As implied last week, here’s the second of at least four new eateries lined up for Kootenai County.

Offering Southern-style smoked barbecue, Porky G’s plans to open this week at 233 W. Dalton Ave., Coeur d’Alene. With takeout and catering services, owner-manager Gary (hence the “G”) Stinnett and four employees offer fresh barbecued meats, sides of coleslaw, smoked beans, potato salad and chips and soft drinks.

Originally from Spokane, Stinnett said he came to Coeur d’Alene “for the atmosphere and the people.”

Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 to 5 Sundays. Call (208) 772-6644.

Runway moves onto Sherman

Taking advantage of a window storefront on Coeur d’Alene’s main street, Runway this week is opening at 414 Sherman Ave.

Women’s clothing, accessories and jewelry – ranging from casual and denim to business and evening attire – are sold in the 1,800-square-foot space that formerly housed Lake City Antiques. The store moved from Coeur d’Alene Plaza Shops.

“This location allows us large window displays and a street-visible logo,” said owner Marcia Evans, who came to North Idaho from Ohio in 1976. Her daughter, Carey Liming, now in college in California, helped her start the store two years ago. Primary employee James Culp has retail experience with Nordstrom and Pottery Barn.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 Sundays. Call (208) 667-1100. The Web site is in progress.

Sweetpea Home Interiors to Plaza

Meanwhile, Sweetpea Home Interiors is moving to the former Runway space in the east end of the Plaza Shops where it plans to open Friday.

Offering décor and gifts “with whimsical delight,” owner Jennifer Rea had the store at 404 Sherman Ave. She also manages Maryjane’s Farm Store in the Plaza, and Kate Vaughn will manage Sweetpea. Rea has six employees.

Originally from Clarkston, Wash., Rea joined family in Coeur d’Alene in 2003. Her former 2,100-square-foot space at 404 Sherman is available for lease. Hours at Sweetpea are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Call (208) 667-9040.

Bounce around at Jump-A-Lot

Options for kids (and adults) to have fun exercising and playing are offered at Jump-A-Lot Indoor Party Zone at 10260 Taryne St. (off Highway 95), Hayden.

New owners Jeremy and Erin Cooper’s 5,500-square-foot building offers seven inflatable bounce houses with slides and a boxing ring. They also have a party room for special events and can provide food plates and utensils, fruit punch, a balloon bouquet, invitations and a kids’ goody bag.

“We can reserve the entire building for a private party,” said Erin, a North Idaho native. “Usually the party spends about an hour and a half in the bounce area and moves to the party room.”

Other options include open jumping, a video game area and a Wi-Fi hotspot for kids with Internet nearby for accompanying adults The Coopers also have four portable units for off-site rentals.

Jump-A-Lot hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Call (208) 762-JUMP (762-5867). Visit

This week’s tidbits

•Watch for news of two more restaurants opening in the next few weeks. Also watch for the possibility of others closing.

•While above we note two new stores in the Plaza Shops, a larger one in the northwest corner, Anna Leigh’s women’s wear, is closing at the end of the month.

•It’s cool that yesterday’s farmers market was in the “new” park in the Sherman Avenue corner of the Parkside Condos’ block. It’d be nice if the Hagadone Corp.’s empty grass area where the Wilma Theatre once was could be useable instead of being fenced off.

•A traffic light is needed where Harrison Avenue meets 15th Street. An east-bound vehicle can sit a long time at that stop sign, especially at 5 p.m.

Contact Nils Rosdahl at (208) 769-3228 or

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