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New venue gives locals a space to play America’s ‘fastest-growing sport’ year-round

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Spitfire Pickleball opened in December at 3130 Spitfire Street in Idaho Falls. See what it’s like in the video above. | Rett Nelson,

Do you want to know what’s happening in the eastern Idaho business scene? We’ve got you covered. Here is a rundown of this week’s business news across the valley.



New indoor pickleball venue open year-round for patrons

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Justin Fullmer is one of six partners who owns Spitfire Pickleball in Idaho Falls. | Rett Nelson,

IDAHO FALLS – During the COVID-19 lockdown, when many people were stuck inside, Justin Fullmer started playing pickleball to break up the monotony.

Today, the 26-year-old Idaho Falls man is part-owner of a pickleball gym. Spitfire Pickleball opened in December at 3130 Spitfire Street in Idaho Falls. For a monthly fee, customers have access to any of the business’s five courts to play a game with family and friends. Patrons can also schedule a one-time three-hour session.

Fullmer tells the community response has been tremendous during the last six months.

“We’ve had tons of good feedback. We’re growing. Six months seems like a long time, but it’s gone super fast. We’ve made a lot of improvements, and we’re hoping to keep growing like we are,” Fullmer says.

Other owners in the business are Jalen Fuhriman, Taylor Hale, Jordan Hale, Luke Hale and Robbie Owens.

Fullmer started playing tennis years ago. Pickleball is similar, so it was an easy sell for him. He was thrilled with the chance to be involved in the business after working construction for several years.

Earlier this year, CNN reported pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in America. The number of people playing it has grown by 159% in the last three years, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.

When asked why it’s so popular, Fullmer’s simple response was “because it’s fun.”

This trend was part of the reason why his partners wanted to open an indoor pickleball complex.

“People wanted a place to play in Idaho Falls indoor during the winter. The courts (in town) were full during the summer, and there was no place to play after that,” Fullmer says. “The main goal was to create a community where people could play a sport they loved (year-round).”

The venue’s popularity continues to soar, and Fullmer and his partners are looking to expand sometime in the future. They’re discussing whether to open a second location somewhere else or move to a larger space.

Whatever happens, the goal is to accommodate more people and host larger events and tournaments.

Youth camps are available for the summer. To sign up or learn more, call (208) 593-7372, or visit the website.

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First clinic of its kind in the US opens in eastern Idaho

IDAHO FALLS — Leavitt Women’s Healthcare Express opened its doors in the new strip off Sunnyside Road and Valencia Drive in Idaho Falls.

The new clinic provides a variety of urgent care services for women five days a week. It provides treatment on anything from infections to birth control and bleeding issues.

Dr. Glenn Leavitt tells this is the first clinic nationwide that specifically provides walk-in care for women. is working on a more in-depth story that will be posted soon.


Restoration and insurance companies swamped with calls after storm floods basements

New hotel to be built in Blackfoot

Idaho Falls Chamber’s new CEO outlines goals for the future

Idaho Falls Residence Inn named Hotel of the Year by Marriott

New RV dump station opens in Blackfoot; old location closes

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