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Sherman Junction delivers home-style meals

Sun., Aug. 22, 2010, midnight

Home-style made-from-scratch Idaho favorites are the promise of the Sherman Junction Restaurant.

This all-meal, 99-customer capacity place will open soon at 819 E. Sherman Ave. The building started as a Sambo’s Restaurant in 1974 and was several other eateries, most known for being the Rustler’s Roost before it moved to Hayden.

Breakfasts include several scrambles, omelets, pancakes, crepes, burritos and country sausage gravy. Lunches have deli and pannini sandwiches, burgers, salads and soups, and supper features include prime rib, steaks, seafood, chicken, pasta and liver and onions. Pastries and desserts are pies, cobblers, huckleberry cheesecake, shakes, no-sugar items and cinnamon rolls. Beverages include several types of coffees and teas and (soon) beer and wine.

“We have five types of fries and onion rings, we use sea salt in our soups, fat-free oil and can meet dietary and vegetarian needs,” said owner Leisa Wagner. Originally from Tacoma, she started with cooking classes at age 7, previously owned Down the Street in CdA and also has The Corner Cafe in Post Falls.

Sherman Junction hours will be 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Options include children’s and senior’s menus, take-out, free downtown delivery, Wi-Fi, gift cards, free off-street parking and a banquet room. Wagner has 18 employees.

Phone (208) 664-3287 or (208) 664-EATS.

Fonk’s Fabulous Finds opens

A resale shop of a wide variety of items is in Fonk’s Fabulous Finds, a new store at 518 Cedar St., Wallace. Originally a five-and-dime store, the 2,500-square-foot building was built in 1898 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Owners Shelly and Steve Thomas describe the inventory as “a treasure trove of home décor, housewares, small appliances, furniture, infant furniture and accessories, toys, jewelry, books and clothing for all ages.”

Originally from Wallace, they returned to the Silver Valley after 20 years in Coeur d’Alene so he could be close to his job with Hecla Mining.

“We opened a store that helps the budget in tight economic times and recycles items,” Shelly Thomas said.

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Phone (208) 556-1700.

Pilates Pathway now on Fourth Street

Offering mat, Pilates stick and reformer classes and lessons, Pilates Pathway has moved to 730 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, from the Mill River District.

The three certified Pilates instructors also offer classes in Nia, a form of dance movement. Owner Sally Pidskalny said Pilates helps people with every-day concerns for movement and lower back pain through strengthening, flexibility, posture and alignment.

Originally from upstate New York, she earned a bachelor’s degree in health science and came to North Idaho with her husband Paul from California in 1994.

Pilates Pathway hours start at 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday with some evening classes or lessons. Phone (208) 660-4477.

This week’s tidbits

• Businesses have had a major part in the KTEC proposal that goes before Kootenai County voters Tuesday. Businesses bought 10 acres, and the Meyer family donated 10 more for the Kootenai Technical Education Campus. The vote is for a 50,000-square-foot building to provide high school classes in construction, auto mechanics, welding and health occupations and dual-credit enrollment opportunities at North Idaho College.

• Next week this space will highlight a new eatery in Sandpoint.

• In Venice Beach, Calif., we crossed Coeur d’Alene and Montana avenues.

Contact Nils Rosdahl at (208) 769-3228 or

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