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Fri., March 26, 2010

Post Falls company’s Web site shows progress of its new home

The best way to follow the construction of Ednetics Inc.’s new building in Post Falls is to watch the movie.

The technology-services provider has made that an easy task: visit its Web site,, to view the time-lapse video shot from its current headquarters in the University of Idaho Research Park.

Ednetics also has a webcam with regular updates of the project, just south of Interstate 90.

The $6 million office project started about four months ago, with Spokane-based Leone and Keeble as the general contractor.

Ednetics was the research park’s first tenant, in 1998. The new building, at 32,000 square feet, more than quadruples the firm’s existing space.

Privately held Ednetics develops technology tools for schools across the country. One of those services is video surveillance systems, so it was a no-brainer to add a construction video and webcam to track the job’s progress, said company President Shawn Swanby.

The new building, designed by Coeur d’Alene-based Architects West, will be multifunctional, Swanby said. The amenities will include a fitness center, racquetball court, and conference area that Ednetics will use for meetings with customers.

The Post Falls staff of 25 won’t move in until January. Much of the technical innards of the building, including a data center and extensive audio-visual components, will be installed by the company’s own techs, Swanby noted.

Churchill’s reopens

Churchill’s Steakhouse, closed since July 2008 due to the fire that started next door in the Dorian’s photo building, is back in business.

Owner Bill Alles said the fire helped him convert the restaurant into a better, more enjoyable place to meet friends and dine.

“It’s rare when you get a second chance in life,” he said.

The restaurant name derived from Alles’ belief that the enjoyment of food, cigars and good conversation was personified by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Alles tried to install a cigar bar in the basement of Churchill’s two years ago but was halted by anti-smoking regulations. That bar is now a conference room and private dining area.

The eatery is at 165 S. Post St.

CdA pizzeria has moved

Coeur d’Alene pizza place Pepe Caldo Pizzeria has moved into the former location of King Pizza, 1606 N. Fourth St.

The store’s signature pies include Chipotle Southwestern and smoked salmon.

Running the business is longtime chef Mike Wixom.

For information, call (208) 765-1010.

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