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Idaho to get Hospice House

Construction continued on the new Hospice House through the frigid weather on Thursday. (Kathy Plonka)
Construction continued on the new Hospice House through the frigid weather on Thursday. (Kathy Plonka)

Idaho’s first residential Hospice House should be ready for occupancy in July, Hospice of North Idaho Executive Director Paul Weil said Thursday.

When ready, the 14,000-square-foot facility at 2212 W. Prairie Ave. in Coeur d’Alene will have 12 patient rooms, including two suites with two bedrooms that will allow family members to stay with patients, he said.

The extra bedrooms could be converted to separate patient rooms if necessary, he said.

Weil said he expects only six to eight of the rooms will be needed the first year, all of them by the end of the second year.

Each room is configured to have a corner window to admit maximum light and provide a view of exterior plantings, he said.

A garden will also be part of a meditation area for patients and family members, Weil said.

He said the facility will also have a great room for family dining, a game room, dispersed small dining areas, a spa room with a patient bath, and two kitchens, one commercial and one for family members.

The six-acre site allows for the addition of 12 rooms when needed, Weil said.

The house, land and equipment will cost $4 million, he said.

The contractor is Contractors Northwest Inc. of Coeur d’Alene. The architects are Roy Marshall and Rann Haight, also of Coeur d’Alene.

Tax service opens at Northpointe

A new Liberty Tax Service location has opened at 10100 Newport Hwy., in north Spokane. The office is in the Northpointe Plaza.

The franchisee is Mark Mahaffey; two other franchisees operate a number of other Liberty Tax locations in the area.

The service is open seven days a week during tax preparation season. In the off season it will stay open eight hours per week and by appointment. The business has four tax preparers.

Yoga center to open

Cara Wright is opening Anam Cara Yoga Center Feb. 14 in a new studio in Spokane Valley, at 1228 S. Pierce Road.

Wright has taught yoga in Spokane for more than 10 years, most of that time with Harmony Yoga.

She will offer prenatal, post-natal and gentle yoga, among other offerings.

Anam Cara will have an open house Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information go to

New home for Katze Boutique

Katze Boutique will move to a larger and more comfortable downtown space in mid-February, owner Barbara Katze said.

She’s leasing 1,500 square feet on the ground level of the Global Credit Union, 720 W. Riverside Ave. in downtown Spokane. She’s moving from North Division Street.

Katze, a Polish-born artist, creates one-of-a-kind dresses and jewelry. Her boutique also sells women’s clothing made by other designers.

Casey T. Brazil and Erik Nelson of Kiemle & Hagood represented Global Credit Union.

The shop will be open six days a week. For information call (509) 838-5724.


A Sports Clips barber shop will open at 10 N. Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley in May. Carolyn Borst is the franchise owner of the 1,340-square-foot shop.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries plans to open the chain’s second local store at that location.

Sports Clips is expected to employ six to 12 stylists and will be open daily.

Jim Quigley brokered the Sports Clips deal; Quigley and Chad Carper (both of Kiemle & Hagood) brokered the Five Guys lease.

Staff members Tom Sowa and Scott Maben contributed to this report. Here’s the Dirt is a weekly report on development and business changes in the Inland Northwest. E-mail or call (509) 459-5528.