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Handle on Business: UGM plans to build women’s facility

Sun., Nov. 14, 2010

Some long empty, weedy acreage north of Dairy Queen in Coeur d’Alene will become a women’s and children’s shelter and recovery center through the Union Gospel Mission.

The Spokane-based group will build a 26,500-square-foot facility on 2.7 acres with an official address of 196 E. Haycraft Ave. The announcement came last week at a kickoff dinner at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Construction should start this spring or summer with completion in late 2011 or early 2012.

The center will include rooms for women and children in a residential recovery program, a learning center, classrooms, a children’s center, a nursery, a multipurpose room-chapel, kitchen facilities and a dining room with capacity for expansion.

There will be rooms for 25 women and children in the rescue portion of the facility and 24 to 30 individual rooms (housing singles and families) in the residential recovery portion.

The center will provide food, clothing and shelter without charge.

“We can provide these services thanks to God’s faithfulness and the caring people who support this ministry,” said Dave Wall, director of marketing and communications. Check the website at

Sherwin-Willliams to add new store

The Sherwin-Williams Co. is the largest producer of paints and coatings in the world with more than 2,700 stores.

In March it will be one store bigger.

The company will add its second Kootenai County store with a 6,000-square-foot outlet in Prairie Shopping Center. The space previously housed Re-Max Real Estate. The company offers hundreds of Sherwin-Williams and Columbia paints and coatings, including for automobiles, boats and even aerospace.

Sherwin-Williams began in 1866, one year after the Civil War, in Chicago. The first store in Kootenai County will remain on Fourth Street (phone: 208-664-5760) although the building is owned by Dave Smith Motors. The new store will have four or five employees. Check

Revitalized furniture at Renewed Consignment

With his hobby of revitalizing furniture, Scott Gittel has expanded into a business with his new REnewD Consignments store at 407 Indiana Ave., Coeur d’Alene.

Utilizing more than 3,000 square feet in two buildings, the Coeur d’Alene native offers all types of furniture and accessories that he restores in his woodworking and glass-repair shops. This includes mirrors, lamps and artwork. He obtains most of the items through clients, garage and estate sales and from advertisements. He previously managed the church-owned Thriftique store in Coeur d’Alene.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment. Phone (208) 664-2559.

This week’s tidbits

• Watch for major news next week regarding properties along Seltice Way.

• Craig Wilcox, a financial consultant with D.A. Davidson & Co. in Coeur d’Alene, received a much-deserved award for his work in spearheading a drive to secure bus stop benches in North Idaho. The Idaho Transportation honored Wilcox with its 2010 I-Leadership Award for helping find sponsors for 26 bus-stop benches at Citylink bus stops. This involved working with city codes, accessibility issues and funding through sponsors. Of course, I’m partial to Craig as he was once a journalism student of mine at North Idaho College.

Contact Nils Rosdahl at (208) 769-3228 or

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