Biz Bits: More merchandise at Maurices | Company

Clothes for girls aged 8 to 12 will be added to the selection at Maurices when it opens in the coming weeks at its new address.

The store is moving from the Lewiston Center Mall to 2626 Nez Perce Drive Suite A. The Nez Perce Plaza space once housed Rue21.

It will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The upgrade has a number of benefits, said Jackie Seubert, assistant store manager.

He will give Maurices about 2,000 more square feet for his inventory of tops, pants, jeans, shorts, skirts, shoes, dresses and accessories. Women’s and junior sizes start at 0 and include a selection of plus size clothing.

The new storefront will also make Maurices more visible, she said.

“Nez Perce Plaza is becoming the go-to place,” Seubert said.

Relocation of a local clothing store to Nez Perce Plaza

STB Boutique in Lewiston plans to open in a new location later this month at 2358 Nez Perce Drive by Petco.

The retailer has closed its old storefront on 16th Avenue and is serving customers through its website STBShop.com in the meantime.

The company primarily sells women’s casual wear such as jeans, tank tops, blouses, shirts, and dresses in regular and plus sizes.

Its owner, Megan Weber, has steadily grown the business since it was founded in her basement about 10 years ago.

Nez Perce Plaza will be the third and largest of its physical locations. The first was on Eighth Street in Lewiston. She also operated from a mobile fashion truck that was taken to special events.

After the merger with Lightcast, the former CEO of Emsi leaves

MOSCOW — A former CEO of what is now Lightcast in Moscow no longer has an official role with the company.

Andrew Crapuchettes has moved on to a new company, Lightcast spokesman Scott Bittle said in an email.

Chris Kibarian is the CEO of Lightcast, overseeing over 600 employees, including over 250 in Moscow and others in Boston, Europe and Asia.

Kibarian is based in Moscow.

Lightcast provides global labor market data, analytics, and strategic insights that help communities, businesses, and schools make decisions.

Crapuchettes was CEO of Emsi in Moscow just before it merged with Boston-based Burning Glass Technologies in January 2021. After that transaction, he served as a strategic advisor to the company’s board of directors.

Last year, Crapuchettes founded Red Balloon, a company that helps clients “find freedom in the workplace,” according to its website, which says it posts “no-word, no-mandate jobs” daily.

The positions are in about 40 fields, including construction, education, accounting, telecommunications and transportation.

Red Balloon’s business address is in the Moscow area, according to the Idaho Secretary of State’s office.

Vista Outdoor’s purchase of Fox Racing to be finalized in September

A motocross and mountain bike business is being acquired by Vista Outdoor in a deal expected to close by the end of September.

Vista Outdoor is buying Fox Racing of Irvine, Calif., for $540 million, plus incentives of up to $50 million if Fox Racing meets certain milestones, according to a press release from Vista Outdoor.

Fox Racing CEO Jeffrey McGuane and other company executives will run the business once the sale is final.

The deal is paid for with an “asset-based revolving credit” loan and a “secured term loan,” according to the press release.

Fox Racing will be part of a new outdoor products business to be created by the end of the year when Vista Outdoor separates into two independent, publicly traded companies.

One will include the CCI/Speer factories in Lewiston and the other ammunition factories in Vista Outdoor. The other will be made up of its outdoor brands such as Camelbak, Bell, Giro and Camp Chef.

The Nezperce Group receives money from the Avista Foundation

Cornerstone Teen Center in Nezperce is one of 26 groups honored by the Avista Foundation in its second round of quarterly awards this year.

The center received $7,500. Its mission is to provide a “safe, clean, healthy and enjoyable environment” for adolescents in order to “promote their individual development and improve well-being and morale within the community”, according to its website.

The foundation donated a total of $103,450, including $5,000 to Twin County United Way in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, $3,000 to the LC Valley Youth Resource Center, $2,500 to Palouse Pathways in Moscow and $1,750 to the Asotin County Library Foundation.

The Youth Resource Center provides a place where homeless youth can spend the night. Palouse Pathways helps high school students seeking a college degree.

The Avista Foundation was created in 2002. Its contributions help people who are vulnerable or have limited incomes, and also support activities that improve the educational, economic or cultural vitality of communities.

The foundation is a separate non-profit group created by Avista Corp. and does not receive money from Avista Utilities or Alaska Electric Light and Power customers through tariffs.

SEWEDA is looking for candidates for vacant positions

Jack Peasley is acting executive director of the Southeast Washington Economic Development Association.

The board appointed Peasley, general manager of SEWEDA in Garfield County, to this role on June 23 after the departure of Dovie Willey.

She accepted a position as coordinator of adult learning at Lewis-Clark State College after serving less than a year as executive director and general manager of SEWEDA for Asotin County.

Willey’s position is advertised with an annual salary of $55,000 to $60,000 as well as medical, dental and retirement benefits. SEWEDA is looking for someone with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration or business and at least five years of experience in the field.

Peasley is currently SEWEDA’s only employee, other than a part-time administrative assistant.

The organization is also looking for a general manager in Whitman County.

The group provides a number of services for the region. These include helping businesses retain staff, add employees, train workers, and find locations.