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Groundwork continued in preparation for the construction of the Hagadone Events Center near the Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course last week in Coeur d'Alene. (Kathy Plonka)
Groundwork continued in preparation for the construction of the Hagadone Events Center near the Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course last week in Coeur d'Alene. (Kathy Plonka)

First event will be Western Governor’s Conference

Duane Hagadone likes to make big, bold, glitzy statements, and his latest development in Coeur d’Alene won’t stray from that pattern.

The man behind the Coeur d’Alene Resort and its posh golf course, as well as luxurious homes on the lake and in Palm Desert, Calif., is now building a first-class wedding and event center on the lakefront.

The 11,700-square-foot facility, set to open at the end of June, already has 11 weddings booked for later this year, said Jerry Jaeger, president and co-owner of Hagadone Hospitality.

The first event won’t be a wedding, however. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter will host the Western Governor’s Conference there June 30.

The Hagadone Events Center, located at the golf course, will have four tall fireplaces, large sliding-glass doors on three walls opening up to a panoramic lake view, white stretch of beach, tiled deck, swimming pool and landscaping punctuated by 20,000 petunias and 5,000 junipers.

Hagadone, 78, envisioned the project 20 years ago when the golf course opened. He has planned every detail of the event center, including the 57-foot-long outdoor wedding stage and speaker’s rostrum that will appear to float in the middle of a reflecting pool.

“This will be one of the finest wedding venues anywhere in the world,” Hagadone said in a news release. “Imagine the magic as the bridal party leaves their private dressing suites and goes in procession to the magnificent floating bridge in the center of a reflecting pool with an infinity edge. They will be surrounded by 20,000 multi-colored flowers and a background of beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene.”

Separate dressing suites for the bride and groom will be wired for sound with music player docks. The groom’s suite also has a flat screen TV – “just in case a big game is on,” noted publicity materials. The facility also will feature 57 spotlights and 73 ceiling speakers inside, and snow lights outside “to enhance Christmas parties and winter events.”

The facility will have banquet space for 400 people indoors, up to 600 with use of exterior decks.

As for what it will set you back to rent the place? That depends on what you want, Jaeger said. “It can be expensive or economical,” he said, adding, “but really it’s designed for first-class events.”

The company won’t reveal the project’s cost. The city building permit lists a value of $1 million.

The architect is Longwell Trapp of Hayden, and the design consultant is Guy Dreier of Palm Desert. T.W. Clark Construction of Spokane is the general contractor.

Ginger owner opens second site

Jing Sun, who is co-owner of popular South Hill sushi spot Ginger, recently opened a second site on North Division Street. It’s Wasabi Bistro and Sushi Bar, at 10208 N. Division St., just south of Hawthorne.

Sun’s Ginger business partner, Ben Sun (who’s not related), also plans to open his own “second” sushi bar later this year. His own place, Ugly Fish, will be in Coeur d’Alene.

Jing Sun said she opened the new restaurant to serve her already sizeable customer base from the North Spokane area. “They told me I should open a store there, and I thought that made sense,” she said.

True sushi cuisine avoids using baked food. Sun said Wasabi Bistro will have some baked items on rolls or sushi. For that reason she calls her cuisine French-style sushi.

Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday.

Sew Uniquely You reopening

Anna Turner, owner of Sew Uniquely You, a fiber and sewing machine store in North Spokane, is having a “grand reopening” today and Saturday.

The store, at 10220 N. Nevada St., Suite 10, has been redesigned to provide a cleaner store display and better selection of products, said Turner. Hours for the reopening are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

The shop is also hosting a fiber artists opening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

In business for 21 years, Sew Uniquely You sells hand-dyed fabrics, special threads, classes in sewing, and Elna brand sewing machines.

Columbia Medical opens office

Columbia Medical Associates has opened a Liberty Lake family medicine office at 1334 N. Whitman Lane.

The clinic will be open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The facility staff includes

Dr. Walter Balek, physician’s assistant Sherri Connerly and registered nurse Jeanette Proctor.

Staff reporter Tom Sowa 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.