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Company vows top services for surfaces you walk on

Nils Rosdahl Correspondent

Today is the grand opening for Floor Coverings International at 3930 W. Fifth Ave., Post Falls. The celebration is 4-8 p.m., and the ribbon-cutting is at 5.

The 5,000-square-foot store is in the Pleasant View Business Center, one block west of the Flying J truck stop north of Interstate 90. The inventory includes a variety of flooring materials (hardwoods, tiles, carpet and vinyl), granite and acrylic countertops, window coverings and accessories and installation materials.

Superior service and installation put Floor Coverings International above the competition, according to Mike Mullin, who owns the business with Phil Carroll. They contract through 10 installation services and formerly were installers themselves.

Both men are from Coeur d’Alene, with Mullin originally from Spokane. Store hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and Saturday by appointment. Phone 665-5773.

Classic cars here now

Many a head will turn when eyes catch the green ‘41 Mercury woodie (wood-paneled station wagon) in the front showroom window of Classic Rides & Customs. The store will open Monday at 1705 Northwest Blvd., Coeur d’Alene. Also shining in the showroom are a ‘57 Ford Fairlane and a ‘50 Studebaker pickup.

The 10,000-square-foot building formerly housed the Power Equipment store. Classic Rides buys, sells and services classic street rods, muscle cars and motorcycles and sells high-performance parts and accessories. Six other vehicles are in the store warehouse.

Owner A.J. Basile (pronounced Ba-sil-ee) and sons August and Lewis expanded to the showroom and office upstairs from their restoration center at Dakota Avenue and Highway 95 in Hayden, which they still maintain eight employees. They plan to eventually combine the business sites into one Highway 41 location.

Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., the Basiles moved to Boise in 1972 and to North Idaho in 1998 after buying vacation property here. They have 30 years’ experience in the car restoration business. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Phone (208) 676-8420.

Classic cars here later

The showing and restoration of classic cars takes room, so Q’s Customs, under construction at 119 E. Third Ave., Post Falls, will have about 14,000 square feet of space. A new 10,000-square-foot building should be done in early spring, and the purchase of the neighboring building will complete the project.

The business will include buying, selling and restoring vehicles and also doing searches for clients looking for particular cars or trucks. The business is near the old mill site off Spokane Street.

Owners are brothers Ed and Alan Quist, Spokane policemen nearing retirement, and Ed’s sons Joel and Eric. The quartet has been doing the business on a small scale for many years. The store and high-end hot rod shop will have about 10 employees.

The Quists have 26 cars in storage. The restoration shop will feature a rotisserie-type machine for rotating the vehicles for hard-to-reach surface work. Their Internet site is

Here’s this week’s tidbits

“A car in the Fourth Street Safeway parking lot had the personalized license plate “NOSPR4U.” I didn’t wait to see if the owner had the skinniest kids in town.

“A well-dressed woman pulled her Hummer into the closest-to-the-door handicapped spot at Costco. The rig had a handicap tag hanging from the rear-view mirror, but the woman by no means appeared to be handicapped. I asked her if she was picking up a disabled person. She replied that she’d only be there for a minute. I said that would give me time to turn her in. As she moved the car, she asked if I would have acted like that if she were a man. I didn’t answer, but it made me think: “It depends how big he was and how many witnesses were around.” Hmmm.

“A rumor that Powerboats Northwest was expanding to Post Falls is premature, according to a spokesman from the Tacoma company. They are thinking about it, he said, and they may “test the possibilities” by showing their products with a combined sale with Dave Smith Autos in the future.

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