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Fresh-dough pizzeria among several new businesses

Sun., March 28, 2010

Specializing in gourmet pizzas while offering the traditional flavors, Pepe Caldo Pizzeria celebrated its grand opening Saturday at 1606 N. Fourth St. The store offers dine-in, take-out and delivery.

Translated from Italian to “hot pepper pizza,” Pepe (pronounced pay-pay) Caldo’s products primarily are mild, although a few are spicy, said manager Mike Wixom. The dough and some sauces are made fresh daily while other sauces are purposefully aged to infuse and combine their ingredients, Wixom said. The store’s signature pies include Chipotle Southwestern (with a creamy sauce, chicken breast and cactus shoots) and Northwest Smoked Salmon.

Offering a casual setting with flat-screen TVs, the store is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with longer hours when needed. A long-time Coeur d’Alene pizza chef, Wixom employs six. The space formerly housed King Pizza. Phone: (208) 765-1010.

Miracle on Thrifty 4th opens

With multiple rooms, each offering different categories of sale items, and a front room with attractive displays, Miracle on Thrifty 4th Street opened earlier this month at 1130 N. Fourth St.

Several thrift stores are nearby, creating multiple options for shoppers, but the Miracle store offers special rooms for tools, dishes, toys and books and games. The building formerly housed Cd’A Floral and still has the Bookworm store.

Owners Adam and Jenna Bullion offer special sales and have a large assortment of Beanie Babies and Bunnies. The Coeur d’Alene natives shop for their inventory at garage and yard sales and offer buyouts to sales that are closing.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Phone: (208) 818-7156 or (208) 659-8191.

Showcase Resale Center in Hayden

Converting office space into a vendor and consignment store, owner and auctioneer Clint Cord will open Showcase Resale Center Thursday at 12551 N. Government Way, Hayden. The building was the site of his auction house for eight years.

Inside will be a mix of home furnishings, shop tools, sports, hunting and fishing items, antiques and collectibles. Nearly 60 percent of the space is leased, and Cord believes the rest will be leased by the time it opens. The five-acre location will include a weekend flea market and private party auto- and boat-RV sales starting in June.

Staff and volunteers will manage the resale store 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Phone: (208) 772-8101. Check photos at

M&M Boot and Shoe Repair closing

With new owners evidently doubling the rent, M&M Boot and Shoe Repair will close Wednesday at 512 E. Sherman Ave. Owner Jeff Puyleart, who has had the shop there for 12 years, is looking for a new location.

The shop repairs and does alterations on anything leather – boot, shoes, chaps, zippers, belts, holsters, bags and motorcycle seats. Puyleart bought the business 25 years ago from Mike and Madge Powers (hence the M&M) when it was in the space now occupied by Crickets Bar and Grill. He thanks his past, present and future customers. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Phone: (208) 664-5213.

This week’s tidbit

Watch next week for details of the closing of the Office Furniture Outlet and the moving of All Wood Furniture.

Contact Nils Rosdahl at (208) 769-3228 or

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