October 31, 2010 in Idaho Voices

Thrift store Trader Tots planning grand opening

By Correspondent
Kathy Plonka photo

Stephanie Brodwater is seen on Wednesday at Trader Tots, a used children’s and maternity clothing and infant merchandise store that she owns with her mother, Becky Benson, in Post Falls.
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The grand opening for Trader Tots is this Saturday. Formerly the home of Post Falls Insurance, a consignment shop for children’s clothing, baby gear and maternity clothing opened in mid-October in Post Falls Plaza near The Dollar Tree and KC’s Breakfast Club and across from Walmart.

The consignment process gives the consignor 50 percent when the item sells, according to owner Stephanie Brodwater.

“So they make more because second-hand stores buy the items outright from consignors,” Brodwater said. “It also allows us to carry a more diverse selection of items. We have something for everyone, newborn to 16, maternity clothes, burp rags, shoes, games, books, movies, baby monitors and toddler beds. We can’t sell cribs and car seats because of the recalls and safety issues.”

Brodwater has a background in education and journalism, while her partner and mother, Becky Benson, was a manager with Kerr Oil. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 to 5:30 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. (208) 773-7506.

C & S Glass plans new building

C & S Class of Post Falls is building a new 8,500-square-foot structure for its store, warehouse and manufacturing plant at 966 N. Boulder Court in Post Falls. Precision Bilt is the general contractor, and Momentum Architecture designed it.

Construction started this month and should be complete in the spring. The 56-year-old company will move from 808 W. Mullan Ave. It sells its products to general contractors for commercial projects. Owner Mike Hlebichuk said C & S has 10 employees. (208) 777-4216.

Curwen’s Body and Paint in Hayden

Offering certified and warranted service, Curwen’s Body and Paint is a new business at 13440 N. Clovis Road in Hayden. The 6,000-square-foot facility is west of Highway 95, north of Lancaster Road and between Tobler Marina and Little Tree Storage.

Owners Jack Curwen and Holli Lafrenz offer collision repair, frame straightening, fiberglass repair, custom paint, restoration, detailing and dent, scratch and glass repairs. Originally from Alaska, he joined relatives in North Idaho in 2005 and has 18 years experience in the business. She came to North Idaho from Long Beach, Calif., in 1979.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and by appointment on Saturdays. (208) 762-1171.

This week’s tidbits

• Kootenai Lawn and Garden has moved from 174 E. Neider Ave. to its old location at 1401 E. Best Ave. (208) 676-1628.

• Interstate 90 will be widened to six lanes from Highway 41 to the Washington state line.

• Why is gas a dime more in Post Falls than in Coeur d’Alene?

Contact Nils Rosdahl at (208) 769-3228 or nhrosdahl@nic.edu.

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