Photo courtesy Robert Millage: Kamiah Real Estate agent/realtor at Idaho Land and Home and owner of Robert Millage Photography, Millage took his sons on river adventures on the Salmon this summer. This photo was taken through a Go-Pro camera attached to his son, William. Robert has an entrepreneurial spirit and thoroughly enjoys spending time in Idaho’s nature with his sons; Contributed photo: Cottonwood’s The Habit serves beverages as well as homemade pastry items.
Hopefully, you are looking at this section and noticing the Free Press has changed from the Women In Business special section to this new section: It’s Your Business. This section is modeled after the It’s Your Business column that appears weekly in the Free Press. This concept a
llows us to open up the section to more businesses and encompass a wider variety of the people who help make our county great.
This year, we’re focusing on family-owned businesses, specifically those that are long-term, or who have owners with long-term ties to the area. We hope you enjoy reading about some of these locals.
In the meantime, here’s some business news from throughout Idaho County, because, after all, It’s Your Business!
In case you missed the news, Riggins Whitewater Market owner John Llewelyn is constructing a new grocery store on Riggins’ Main Street. The 12,000-square-foot store is planned to be open in December.
“This is something I wanted to do for the residents of Riggins – they deserve it and have been very supportive of it,” Llewelyn said.
Project manager is Phil Ruhnke. Look for more news as the project progresses.
Cottonwood recently got a new attraction: The Habit. Located at 406 King Street, across from The Tire Guy, the business is owned by Ryan and Heather Uhlenkott and managed by Laurie Chapman. The coffee and artists’ gift gallery offers not only beverages of one’s choice, but also pastries and other sweets made by Hearthstone Bakery in Kamiah. Meeting space, a place to work and study, or just hang out and visit are available in the comfy, chic setting.
And don’t forget Cottonwood’s The Bent Hinge, which opened earlier this year at 402 King Street, Suite A. It opened this spring and has been a popular place to go to make some incredible wooden signs and other artsy projects. Register online for workshops at www.facebook.com/TheBentHingeDIYworkshop/
Speaking of coffee, Sunrise Espresso, a drive-through coffee shop in Grangeville, is now open. This is located behind the Free Press and Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union at 914 West Main Street, across from Zip Trip.
How have you been doing with the new area code dialing? Since Aug. 5, we have had to start using the 10-digit dialing system in Idaho, making sure to add the “208” area code to our calls. This is because Idaho has too many phone numbers for just one area code now. This has resulted in the need for an area code overlay. This new code, “986,” will be given out to new telephone lines or services starting Sept. 5. Don’t worry — an overlay does not require customers to change their existing area code. You could say those of us who have the 208 area code are kind of grandfathered in. This does speak to the fact that Idaho is growing!
The big thing is now, we need to ask people what their area code is so we have the correct numbers!
The Idaho Department of Labor has moved! The Grangeville office, which has been located at 305 North State Street, has moved (or is still in the process of moving since their lease has about a month left in the State Street building) will now be located on Grangeville’s East Main Street at the mini-mall area where Camas Prairie Eye Clinic was formerly located (Images is located in the back part). For questions, call 208-983-0440.
Did you hear the Harpster RV Park has new owners? Will and Michelle Sherriffs are the new owners, taking over from longtime owners Monty and Brenda Spears. There’s a restaurant, store, park by the river – if you haven’t been, stop in!
Another place to take a little drive to and stop in and visit? The White Bird General Store, right on the main drag, where you can welcome new owners Marty and Kate Buck. While you’re there, check out White Bird Antiques and Red’s River Café. Go down the road a short stretch and you’ll run into Swiftwater RV Park and then Hoot’s Café. There’s more to do in little White Bird than you may think!
Did you know in the United States in 2016, there were 662 million vacation days that were unused? Wow. What a waste. (See page 3 for story). If you have kids, check out the State of Idaho Department of Tourism’s 18 Summers (#18summers) campaign. Go to visitIdaho.org for some great in-state vacation ideas. Maybe you cannot afford a trip to Hawaii, but you can make memories with your family that include camping, day trips and stay-cations. Our state is pretty amazing and I have had the privilege to traveling quite a bit of it.
This year, my youngest daughter, Hailey, and I toured the state capitol in Boise as well as Freak Alley Art (close to the capitol) for the first time. She is 17! Why did we wait so long? It was great! My oldest daughter, Avery, and I went to McCall this summer and took a boat cruise on Payette Lake. It was great! Throughout the years we have ridden the train in Cascade, viewed the petroglyphs via a jet boat in Hells Canyon (then took a subsequent trip with Killgore Adventures in White Bird and rode all the way to the dam), looked for grave markings in Sandpoint and fed the geese at Lake Pend Orielle. Lots of small trips across our state and so much more to discover!
Of course, we have amazing things to offer in our own county and great places to stay, play and eat. Invite your family and friends for some great getaways. You can also use those vacation days to discover your own backyard!