Franz Bakery store joins food drive

The Franz Bakery Outlet in Idaho Falls is helping the U.S. Postal Service and local mail carriers restock the shelves of the Idaho Falls Community Food Bank.

Today through Saturday, customers who bring two or more nonperishable food items to the bread store at 365 E. Anderson St. will receive a 10 percent discount on their total purchase, as well as a free loaf of bread. The discount offer began Monday.

“We just felt we wanted to do something to help the community,” store manager Marilyn Mills told Shoptalk. “We’re trying to help people help people.”

The Postal Service’s 22nd annual nationwide campaign — “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive” — is Saturday. In the drive, customers are asked to place food items in plastic bags at their mailboxes before their regular Saturday mail delivery.

Nonperishable goods include peanut butter, canned soup, canned meats, canned vegetables, fruits and juices, boxed goods such as cereals, pasta and rice. Items that have expired or are in glass containers are not acceptable.

The Franz Bakery Outlet opened last year, in the same location as the old Wonder Bread store. It offers a variety of products, including bread, gluten free offerings, muffins, cookies, donuts, granola bars, pastries and bagels — not to mention a variety of spice, soup, sauce and gravy mixes, potato chips and cheese puffs.

Since it’s an outlet store, Mills said the food items it offers often are priced below supermarket prices.

Mills, who worked for Hostess Brands for nearly 21 years before joining Franz, said planning is underway for a June event to celebrate the new store’s one-year anniversary.

And yes, she once worked at the old Wonder Bread store.

“Please don’t say I came with the building,” she joked.

Mills and her staff — two full-time and one part-time employee — decided to get involved with the Postal Service food drive as a way to give back to the community.

“A lot of people still don’t realize we’re here. We want them to know … we really can help them stretch their dollar,” Mills said. “We try to do what we can.”

Last year, the Postal Service food drive collected 74 million pounds of food nationwide — 350,000 pounds in Idaho.

According to a Postal Service news release, 49 million Americans — or one in six — are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Of that number, 16 million are children “who feel hunger’s impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school.”

Additionally, nearly 5 million people 60 and older are food insecure.

With food banks often receiving the bulk of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons, many food banks and pantries are depleted as summer approaches, the release said.

“This is a great opportunity to help those in our community who are struggling to put food on the table,” U.S. Postal Service District Manager Jimmy Wolf said in the release.

Franz Bakery Outlet is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 524-2508.

“Franz is a good company,” Mills said. “We really want to be part of the community.”

‘Cowboy Bike’ wins honors in Nevada

When Mike Martinez — owner of Bonneville County Choppers, 401 Northgate Mile — recently entered his custom-built “Cowboy Bike” in one of the West’s largest motorcycle shows, he didn’t expect to walk away with one of the top honors. But he did just that.

“It’s a pretty big honor,” Martinez told Shoptalk.

The Martinez creation won third-place honors in the 32nd annual River Run held last month in Laughlin, Nev. The custom-built Yamaha 650 features a roping saddle and handlebars crafted from Clydesdale horseshoes.

“We made the bike fit around the saddle,” Martinez said. “Basically, it was built from junk I had laying around.”

C P Saddlery of Idaho Falls did the leather work and East Idaho HydroGraphics was responsible for the wood grain, he said.

At his shop, Martinez, a former Harley-Davidson employee, specializes in custom-built bikes, as well as Harley-Davidson service and repair. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 524-1054.

Anyone who wants to see the Cowboy Bike is welcome to stop by, Martinez said.

SHOE DEPT. to open at Grand Teton Mall

Grand Teton Mall recently announced it will welcome “first-to-market” shoe retailer, SHOE DEPT., to its mix of stores this fall.

According to a news release, SHOE DEPT. will occupy a 5,854-square-foot space located between Gymboree and Aeropostale.

SHOE DEPT. carries an extensive selection of brands, including Aerosoles, Clarks, Columbia, Easy Spirit, Florsheim, Liz Claiborne, Nine West, Rockport, Rocky Boots, Skechers, Steve Madden, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, as well as branded athletic shoes such as Reebok, Nike, New Balance, Keds and K Swiss. The store also features women’s and men’s accessories.

The store is a division of SHOE SHOW INC. owned by Robert B. Tucker, the release said. The company features 634 stores and 9,500 employees at locations in 38 states.

“The addition of SHOE DEPT. to our mix of fashion stores is the perfect accent to Grand Teton Mall,” Senior General Manager Valerie Worthen said in the release. “Our Idaho Falls shoppers will appreciate additional shoe collections that speak to their favorite brands and personal style.”

Smith &Banks hosts open house

Smith &Banks PLLC has moved to a new location at 2010 Jennie Lee Drive in Idaho Falls. An open house will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday to introduce the public to its new facility and new attorneys that have joined the firm.

According to its website, Smith &Banks is a litigation-oriented law firm founded on the principles of professional excellence, personalized service, and efficient case management. Based in Idaho Falls, the law firm also serves clients in Pocatello, Blackfoot, Rexburg and throughout Idaho.

“We treat client legal matters with great care and confidentiality,” the website said.

Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 529-3005.

Voting for Readers’ Choice underway

It’s that time again. Time to start voting for the best of what Idaho Falls has to offer.

Every year, the Post Register hosts a contest to recognize the best businesses in the city. From the best restaurants to the best mechanics, it’s up to Post Register readers to decide which businesses are the best of 2014.

This year, several new categories have been added, including best cultural attraction, best place for a children’s party and more.

Cast your vote at www Just click on the “Best of 2014” medal and select your favorite business in each category. Be sure to pick up a copy of the June 22 Post Register to find out which businesses won.