Monday, April 15, 2019

Lucy's New York Style Pizzeria moving to downtown location today

After close to 10 years on East Anderson Street, Lucy’s New York Style Pizzeria is moving to a brand new location today in The Broadway, at 560 West Broadway.

The move has been on for close to a year, as Lucy’s was announced as one of the contracted tenants in September 2017, when the permit applications were filed. The previous year, owner Geoff Padigimus told BizMojo Idaho that he was looking for a new location.

The new location on Broadway will be able to seat 114 people, twice as many as the East Anderson location. Hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. It will close at 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Padigimus opened the Anderson location (previously a Pizza Hut) in late 2009, but Lucy’s started in Roberts. They now have four restaurants — three in eastern Idaho, one in Utah. He said his original idea was to do hot-and-ready pizza part-time and keep working construction, but the slowdown in the industry made him think again. This coincided with his introduction to Rich Franco, who showed him how to make New York style pizza. In fact, Lucy's was  named after Franco's bulldog, Lucy, and the pizza ovens and equipment came from Franco's kitchen on First Street.

New York-style pizza is made with a large hand-tossed thin crust, often sold in wide slices to go. The crust is thick and crisp only along its edge, yet soft, thin, and pliable enough beneath its toppings to be folded in half to eat.

Lucy’s does indeed offer pizza by the slice. The menu at the new restaurant will include several new items, including Nutella Pie, a dessert option. Padigimus told East Idaho News they are also looking to add new sauces like Alfredo or pesto.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Crmbl Cookies set to open at Sandcreek Commons

Crumbl Cookies will be opening this week at Sandcreek Commons, 2656 East Sunnyside Road, a multi-tenant retail building in Ammon. A soft opening is planned for  6 p.m. Thursday. Free cookie day is Friday, and the grand opening will be Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight.

The menu offers chocolate chip and sugar cookies, with a rotating menu of cookie selections that change weekly. The shop’s customer-friendly location offers convenient access and ample parking, but cookie fans will also be thrilled to know Crumbl is a cookie bakery with late-night delivery options. More info on cookie specials and delivery can be found at www.crumblcookies.com.

Friday, April 5, 2019

INL celebrates 2018 accomplishments at banquet tonight

Idaho National Laboratory will celebrate tonight the achievements of some of its exceptional employees at the 23rd annual Laboratory Director Awards ceremony. The reception honors a wide range of talent among the diverse roles and responsibilities that make INL’s research possible.
The event will highlight outstanding achievements from 2018, including 21 newly issued patents, five copyright assertions and four R&D 100 Awards. INL, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, will recognize the work done over the past decades with a commemorative video, and employees will be recognized for their outstanding research and development accomplishments in support of INL’s mission.

"2018 was a great year of success at INL, thanks to our dedicated and talented staff," INL Laboratory Director Mark Peters said. "Tonight's ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate achievements and express our gratitude. Congratulations to our award winners, and to all in our workforce. This last year was truly a memorable one, and I appreciate everyone's passion and hard work."

Douglas Porter will be inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame at the five-patent level. Frederick Stewart and Mark Stone will be inducted at the 10-patent level.

The 2018 award recipients are:

• Community Award: Linda Montgomery
• Inclusive Diversity Award: Donna O’Kelly
• Leadership Award: Richard Farrar
• Mission Advancement: Partnership and Collaboration Award: High-Density Nuclear Fuel Fabrication Development Team: Steven Martinson, Adrian Wagner, Mark Borland, Blair Grover, Brett Horsburgh
• Mission Enabling Support Services Individual Award: Jana Beyerlin and Shawn Jensen
• Mission Enabling Support Services Team Award: Remote-Handled Low-Level Waste Disposal Team: Brady Orchard, Brett Welty, Stephanie Austad, Sadie Butler, Boyd Christensen, Bradley Cole, Pamela Crane, Reese Gannon, Stacy Nottestad, Abraham Romo, Jeffrey Sondrup, Steven Richards, Albert Wilcox
• Outstanding Impact Award: CyberStrike Team: Robert Smith, Daniel Noyes, John Yadon, Amanda Belloff, Ron Heaps, Joel Johnson, Trent Taylor, Timothy Conway
• Laboratory Award for Early Career Exceptional Achievement: Jeffery Aguiar
• Laboratory Award for Exceptional Engineering Achievement: Sergiy Sazhin
• Laboratory Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement: Yoshiko Fujita
• Laboratory Award for Individual Lifetime Achievement in Science and Technology: Brad Norby
• Inventor of the Year Award: Henry Chu
• Operations Technician of the Year Award: Darren Nielsen
• Research and Development Technician of the Year Award: Richard Hatch
• INL Vision Award: CES-21 Team: Robert Caliva, Rita Foster, Jed Haile, Bryce McClurg, Bryan Beckman
• INL Vision Award: Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear Team: John Jackson, Lori Braase
• INL Vision Award: Nuclear Science User Facilities Team: Dan Ogden, Collin Knight, Lindy Bean, Jeff Benson, Renae Soelberg
• INL Vision Award: Carl Stoots

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

IF Advertising Federation awards banquet set for Friday

The theme for this year's event is Film Noir, courtesy of MCS Advertising.
The Idaho Falls Advertising Federation on Friday will hold its 2019 Gem Awards at The Downtown Event Center, on Park Avenue. Hosted by KPVI Television's, Matt Davenport, the local club invites all to see what solid work eastern Idaho delivers.

The event will start at 6 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner from Diabla's Kitchen. The event will include the handing out of awards for regional creative and marketing excellence. This will be followed by a dessert bar featuring sweets from Pop's Ice Cream and La Vanilla Bean.

Winners were notified of their wins, but exactly which awards -- Opal for recognition, Ruby for place and Diamond for excellence -- will not be revealed until show night. In addition to professional awards, student awards will also be recognized. The highest award, Best In Show, will be presented to the top standout entry.

The judging took place in January, and this year's judges were: Christal Gammill, managing director of Publics North America, Boise and the District 11 governor of the American Advertising Federation; Mel Mansfield, executive creative director, Davies Moore; and Allie Hoskins, Graphic Designer, KLIM.

The Mission Award, is awarded to an individual or organization that upholds and honors the mission of the American Advertising Federation. It is decided by the president and immediate past president of the Idaho Falls Advertising Federation Club. The recipient is unknown until the award is announced at the event.

"Honoring and exemplifying the focus of the American Advertising Federation is why we come together," said Adam Bostrom, president of the Idaho Falls Advertising Federation. "The Mission Award is our way of honoring colleagues, to show them how much their dedication to the industry is an influence and that they are recognized for integrity in business, creativity and advocacy."

This year's co-sponsor is the Downtown Event Center. The dessert bar sponsor is KPVI Television. Each attendee will leave with a gift bag, sponsored by the Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel, featuring items from business partners including Blue Phoenix Branding, College of Eastern Idaho Foundation, AlphaGraphics, Bank of Idaho and the Idaho Falls Advertising Club.

Within the awards, students who enter the creative show are recognized with awards and also with tickets. Student award winners are given three tickets, for themselves and two guests, to attend the event. These tickets are sponsored by partners, so these students have the opportunity to meet and socialize. These student tickets would not be possible without the dedication of the Bank of Idaho and IE Productions.

MCS Advertising is the sponsor of the creative look and feel to this year's event. The theme is Film Noir, and the MCS Team has worked on the collateral, promotion and print for the evening.

"Planning such a fun event would not be possible without the help of our amazing partners, within and outside the creative and advertising industry," said Andrea Todd, planning committee chair.

Tickets are still available until noon Wednesday, and are available at https://bit.ly/2VdJOww. Questions regarding the event can be directed to Todd at 208-569-9498 or the club website  https://ifadfed.wordpress.com/.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Expansion planned for The Falls Apartments

Artist's rendering of The Falls Apartments
Kartchner Inc. and Snake River Landing are planning to build 96 new apartments, an expansion of The Falls Apartments. The apartment community, at Snake River Landing, opened in 2016 with 228 units, so this will expand the number to 324. Work starts in April.

"The Falls Apartments is one of the many southeast Idaho communities we have taken a fresh approach to in the design and development process in order to bring something unique to the growing market,” said Troy Kartchner, president of Kartchner Inc. “Through this expansion, we will be fulfilling the need for large two- and three-bedroom apartments. Residents of the Falls Apartments greatly value the amenities we offer, along with the conveniences Snake River Landing provides that is within walking distance of our community.”

The Falls Apartments features 1, 2 and 3-bedroom options, including a limited number of furnished corporate units. Available amenities include a premium fitness center, an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi area, a 24-hour club room for gatherings, and a playground. Onsite management and 24-hour maintenance services are also available.

In addition to The Falls Apartments, Kartchner has also developed 34 single-family homes known as Legacy Creek, the first residential community in Snake River Landing.

“It’s a pleasure to work with Kartchner once again, and see the success and growth of The Falls Apartments,” said Eric Isom, Snake River Landing's chief development officer. “People who live and work here love the amenities of Snake River Landing, like the trails, water features and well-maintained grounds. They also enjoy the short walk to restaurants, shops and the greenbelt.”

For more information, go to thefallsapts.com or 208-529-0010.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Dutch Bros plans new store near Hillcrest High School

Students at Hillcrest High School next year
 will have no excuse for sleeping in class.
The city of Ammon building department received site plans this week for a Dutch Bros Coffee shop at the corner of Eagle Drive and Sunnyside Road. In addition to Kohl's and Modern Home, this places Dutch Bros' third Idaho Falls/Ammon location in close proximity to Hillcrest High School.

Charlie Allen, Ammon's building official, said the site plans have to be reviewed and the City Council must take action before any ground can be broken. Going by the usual pace of things, he said that ought to be in May or June.

Dutch Bros (pronounced as "bros," not "brothers"), of course, is the wildly popular coffee purveyor that opened two Idaho Falls shops last year, on Woodruff Avenue and 17th Street. Based in Grants Pass, Ore., it is the country's largest privately held drive-thru coffee company, with outlets in seven states, with more than 9,000 employees.

The company announced in October 2018 it had received a minority investment from TSG Consumer Partners, a company whose food and beverage investments also include VitaminWater, PopChips, Smart Balance and Pabst Blue Ribbon. The size of the investment wasn't disclosed, but Dutch Bros said it planned to nearly triple its outlets, from 300 to 800, over the next five years.

Radio Shack returns to Idaho Falls

Reese Clawson
Radio Shack is back in Idaho Falls, in the Albertson’s shopping center on the city’s west side, west of Ace Hardware. This is great news for us geeks who like a local place to find capacitors, resistors, potentiometers, fuses, jewel lights, etc.

The store is managed by Reese Clawson, who has a history with Radio Shack dating all the way back to 1982, when it was in the Yellowstone Mall. The new Idaho Falls store is one of two franchises owned by Vern Murray. The other is in Pocatello.

The Fort Worth-based company declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2015. Once the domain of do-it-yourselfers, Radio Shack's corporate directors decided in the early 2000s to make a strategic shift toward selling cell phones and accessories. By 2014, mobile phones accounted for nearly half of the company's total sales, but this had its downside. When consumers gravitated toward buying cellphones directly from wireless operators, carriers began covering their rising costs by reducing payments to Radio Shack and other resellers. This was aggravated as well by an overabundance of stores, and the company's profit margins and sales slid disastrously. The chain emerged from the 2015 bankruptcy only to declare it again in 2017. It came out of the second bankruptcy in early 2018.

Clawson, the son of a ham radio operator, is happy to see the chain getting back to basics. There are plenty of items to make hobbyists happy, and gone are the cell phones and the DISH Network offers. “They’re not doing all the stuff that put them out of business,” he said.