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Bridal business joins lineup, and another moves

’Tis the season, and we aren’t talking Christmas. For this year’s June brides, the planning should be mostly complete. But for ceremonies beyond (and maybe even the last-minute panics), two bridal businesses have blossomed here.

Affordable Elegance Bridal moved a few weeks ago to 296 W. Sunset Ave. from 1928 N. Fourth St. Erika Bates, who bought the 5-year-old business last fall, specializes in affordable wedding gowns, formal wear and flower-girl dresses. Gowns under $500 can be ready in three to five weeks. They also have formal wedding gowns.

With former owner Becky Applegate-Vetsch as a knowledgeable associate, they also offer a wedding location, the Heartland Ranch Wedding Chapel, for indoor or outdoor ceremonies near Farragut State Park. The business has an in-house seamstress and referrals for florists, photographers and ministers.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 to 4 Saturdays. Phone (208) 664-8847. Check

“Just the right dress” is the promise of Sarah Rianne Bligh, who on Friday opened Rianne’s Bridal in Hayden Creek Plaza (just northeast of the intersection of Government Way and Prairie Avenue). The 1,375-square-foot store is in the space formerly occupied by the Baby Cottage between Ciao Mambo Restaurant and Just Because.

“We have everything from traditional to ‘rock chic’ to off-the runway styles,” Bligh said. Offering designer shoes as well, she’s planning a fashion-show grand opening.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 11 to 6 Saturdays. Call (208) 635-5170. The under-construction Web site is

Velvet Hanger relocates

Contemporary designer women’s clothing is the specialty of the Velvet Hanger, which last week moved from 1508 Northwest Boulevard to 413 Sherman Ave. The downtown store formerly housed Luxe on Sherman.

Department store brands and local products are featured at the store owned by Dianne Dahlke and her mother Deborah Jacobs. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Phone (208) 664-6461.

Daisy J’s to Black Rock space

With Black Rock leaving its prime Sherman Avenue corner in the Coeur d’Alene Plaza Shoppes, Daisy J’s has moved in from its former space in the middle of the building (more on that space next week).

Owner Jennifer Rea offers home furnishings and décor, kitchenware, candles, bath and body potions and gifts. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 Sundays and Mondays. Phone (208) 765-3300. Check

This week’s tidbits

•Twelve new Double Eagle Go-Karts have arrived at Triple Play Family Fun Park at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel, 175 Orchard Ave. in Hayden. The sleek cars have safety padding and can reach 16 mph on the 860-foot track. Four of the karts have pretend steering wheels for additional little drivers. Other Triple Play additions include a black-light indoor miniature golf course and a laser-tag arena.

•A closeout auction of 36 condominiums at the Village at Riverstone will be 1 p.m. June 14 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Prices begin at $180,000 to $490,000 for condos .previously priced from $329,000 to $899,000. A “How to Buy” seminar will be noon Sunday, June 7 at the Riverstone office. Check

•Watch this space next week for more interesting changes in the CdA Resort Shoppes.

•You never stop learning. Until I wrote about the Velvet Hanger (above) I didn’t realize the difference in spelling for clothes hanger and airplane hangar.

Contact Nils Rosdahl at (208) 769-3228 or
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