Unique items at Thrux Lawrence

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Special items for sale and to see and even watch are featured at Thrux Lawrence. The new store at 206 N. Third St. features U.S.-made "heritage men's dry goods for those who work, ride, live and explore." The unique items include many options of specially made backpacks and carrying cases, jeans, belts and the hand-made hardware (buckles) for them. What makes many of these items very special is that you can "order" them as you want them and even watch them being made. This includes a workbench and anvil in the rear of the shop. The 100-year-old building was the area's first feed-and-farm store and later housed Vertical Earth bike shop (now on East Sherman).

The "masculine industrial decor" is also unique with items owner Tanden Launder has collected since he was 12 years old. You see motorcycles, an antique display case filled with his stuff and a wildebeest head on the wall. Visitors also can play pool and hit a punching bag. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. And the nestling two chairs of Bulwark Barber will open soon. Phone 661-3009. Check www.thruxlawrence.com.

Unique items at Hanksters

"Second-hand and Unique Items" originally was to be attached to what resulted as "Hanksters," a new shop at 3024 Government Way (just north of Best Tire).

Selling items they have collected for many years, owners Hank and Gwen Hanson have vintage jewelry, pin-up art, car-related collectibles, Disney toys (lots of Mickey Mouse), brass, copper and class. They also buy items.

Coming from Hot Springs, Mont., Hank is retired military and Gwen is a grant writer. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Phone 920-9048. Check "Hanksters Unique Items" on Facebook.

All About You opens Monday

Almost anything for a wedding and special occasion is offered at All About You. The store opens Monday at 5417 Government Way, moving from its year-old smaller location in Hayden.

A wedding and event planner for 15 years, owner Valerie Mesenbrink offers everything for the bridal party, prom gowns and designer jewelry. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 to 5 Saturdays. The gala opening event is 4-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27. Phone 660-9384. Check www.allaboutyouoccasions.com.

Acupuncture, massage practice opens

Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional therapy and massage therapy are offered at a new practice at 225 E. Locust Ave. Customized treatments for all patients and clients are in Urban Acupuncture and Therapeutic Massage.

Specialists are Morgan White, licensed acupuncturist, and Laurie Parker and Ty Rockwell, licensed massage therapists. Treatment packages, gift certificates and monthly specials are available.Hours vary by practitioner. Phone 665-2293. Email urbanacupunctureclinic@gmail.com.

Now for some Tidbits

- Next week - watch for news on the Well Read Moose Bookstore, Blue Dog RV and Quality Auto Marine.

- The Coeur d'Alene Dog Company closed this weekend in Harbor Plaza on Northwest Boulevard. Its Invisible Fence portion will have a new location in the spring.

- Brycie's Cheesesteaks and Subs will close Dec. 24 on Ironwood Drive.

- Still no word on The Fork on Lakeside eatery.

- The ruts on I-90 just into Washington are almost dangerous. Poor materials must have been used in the reconstruction. Officials blame tire studs. Then why doesn't I-90 have ruts in Montana where many more vehicles have studs? No pun intended.

- Contact Nils Rosdahl at nrosdahl@cdapress.com.

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