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Market brings a taste of Italy to Post Falls

Prepared foods and ingredients from Italian recipes and around the world are the specialty at Rosa’s Italian Market and Deli. Located at 120 E. Fourth Ave. (across from Post Falls City Hall), the business plans to open this week. Its building is a house built in 1910 and is the only Post Falls house on the National Register of Historic Places.

The deli serves hot and cold sandwiches, soups, salads, breakfast sweets and sandwiches, pastries, desserts, candies and espresso drinks. The gift items have an international theme and include kitchen wares, cookbooks, picnic items, hand-sewn originals, imported wines and beers, and grocery items. Gift baskets are available and can be custom ordered. Frozen meals made in the store include meatballs, sausage, lasagna, stuffed peppers, chicken marsala and ravioli.

Owner Tina-Marie Schultz said the recipes were handed down from her grandmother Rosa. Schultz will use recipes to make breads that are still used at the family’s bakery and deli in Paterno, Sicily.

Originally from New Jersey, Schultz came to North Idaho 28 years ago at age 21 when “it looked good on the map.”

With indoor and outdoor seating, Rosa’s will be open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 1p.m. Sundays. Phone (208) 777-7400. Check www.rosasmarket.com.

Panhandle Escrow adds office

Expanding from its original Sandpoint location, Panhandle Escrow has moved into Coeur d’Alene. Handling owner-financed contracts, the company opened this past week in the new Global Credit Union building across from Costco on Neider Avenue. The company services private contracts between buyers and sellers. Most are real estate, but others are for vehicles, rent collection and holding funds for construction.

Jackie Fuqua started the company in 1992 and now manages both offices. Owners are Phil and Nancy Albanese of Sandpoint. Employees are Dana Albanese, Danielle Rucker, Leah Free and April Jacobson.

“Choose Panhandle Escrow if you like a personal touch,” Fuqua said. “We consider our customers our friends. We service our contracts locally, and we hold all your original documents for safekeeping. We also offer online access and use of your accounts.”

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Phone (208) 667-9200, Check www.panhandleescrow.com.

Interior design firm moves

Needing a larger space, Lake Forest Interior Design moved from Dalton Gardens to the Design Center complex at 9245 Government Way (at Orchard Avenue), Hayden. The business offers carpet, tile, natural stone, hardwood flooring, window coverings and upholstery fabrics. Bob Legasa has owned the business for 15 years.

“We needed a larger showroom to accommodate our customers’ needs,” Legasa said. “The combination of being located next door to North Idaho Masonry creates a one-stop shop for many homeowners. Our talented staff has won numerous design awards.”

Lake Forest Interior Design is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and by appointment. Phone (208) 772-5658.

This week’s tidbits

•Last weekend we visited Kirkland, Wash., for the first time. With the downtown on the east shore of Lake Washington, the city is working hard at making waterfront properties available to the public with walkways, parks, playgrounds and artwork. It’s accessible to anyone. Perhaps it’d be sensible to have one walkway on Tubbs Hill in Coeur d’Alene accessible to the elderly and disabled, not just the fit. It’d also be handy for firefighting and trash collection. Oh, I’ll make enemies of the keep-it-natural folks with that suggestion.

•Also in Kirkland, the crosswalks on major streets on both sides have tubes with orange flags handy for the safety of pedestrians. Good idea.

•And Interstate 90 on the West Side has ruts that match those in Spokane. But those cars don’t have studded tires. Could it be shoddy workmanship or materials at fault? Hmmm.

•Using the family rate on the Internet, we got a group of 16 into the Mariners game for $11 each, which included a Mariners cap. Saw a great game, too!

•Granny’s Pantry in Rathdrum has closed.

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