Monday, March 21, 2011

Chamber has Ribbon Cutting for “Greasy Fingers Bikes n Repair”

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce welcomes “Greasy Fingers Bikes n Repair” to the Greater Sandpoint area. They provide a full service bike shop which includes the sale of new and used bicycles, parts, and accessories. They also offer professional bike repair and maintenance to keep bicycles in top condition for an afternoon ride on a North Idaho summer day.

Anderson intends to promote biking in the Sandpoint community and will offer mechanical support for local rides and events. He will also lead weekly rides and organize group rides throughout the summer giving area residents a chance to get out and enjoy the scenery of the surrounding area. Offering clinics to increase biker’s general and mechanical knowledge, Anderson strives to keep bicyclists safe and their equipment at optimum performance. Check their website for clinic dates and upcoming rides.

“Our goal is to help you get the most out of your bike,” says Anderson, a 4th generation Sandpoint native. Brian holds several certifications and has completed formal bicycle training in all areas ranging from professional repair to Bicycle Fitting.

Anderson joined the Marines out of high school, traveled the world and then pursued a double major at UCLA. After moving back to Sandpoint where he missed the hiking, biking and snowboarding he grew up with, Anderson became involved with the Pend Oreille Pedalers. He was soon elected Treasurer and has served on the board ever since. As the club’s current President, the Pend Oreille Pedalers has blossomed into over 150 members. Anderson has graciously volunteered in events such as 24 Hours for Hank and ChaFe 150 and is passionate about promoting biking in the community.

Hours of operation are 10:00 am to 6:00pm Tuesday through Friday and 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturdays. There is a convenient parking lot on the premise for easy loading and unloading of bicycles. Shop offers a friendly environment, cup of coffee and a place to relax as bicycles are being repaired or maintenanced.

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce wishes Greasy Fingers Bikes n Repair success in our community. For more information, contact them at (208) 255-4496 or visit their website at

Chamber Welcomes "At Your Service Nails & Beauty Supplies"

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce welcomes “At Your Service Nails & Beauty Supplies” to the Greater Sandpoint area. Providing professional beauty supplies and equipment to licensees and select items to the general public, At Your Service Nails & Beauty Supplies offers area professionals convenient access to supplies they use on a daily basis.

Located at 503 Cedar St. (near corner of 5th Avenue and Cedar) in Sandpoint, Owner Roberta Wellmaker brings a much needed service to licensed professionals in the beauty industry. Roberta continues to grow her inventory, but some of the items you can expect to find in her shop are nail lacquers, hair extensions, hair products, shears, perms and rods, fashion jewelry and more. Although selling at retail prices, the licensed professional receives a price discount upon showing their license at the time of purchase.

“I research my prices very carefully in order to be competitive with the Coeur d’alene and Spokane stores so local customers do not waste time and money driving out of the area. They can shop locally,” says Roberta.

Roberta met her husband, Gary, while living in Coeur d’alene and moved to Sandpoint to create a life together. After being in the real estate industry for 10 years and experiencing a difficult housing and job market, Roberta decided to go to cosmetology school where she received four licenses. You can visit “At Your Service Nails & Beauty Supplies between 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday and on occasional Saturdays.

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce wishes At Your Service Nails & Beauty Supplies continued success in our community. For more information, contact Roberta at (208) 263-7620.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Chamber Welcomes Air Idaho Charters with Ribbon Cutting

Sandpoint - The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome Air Idaho Charters to the Greater Sandpoint area. Providing on-demand flights to destinations throughout the lower 48 states, Air Idaho Charters gives area residents a viable alternative to traditional air transportation.

They operate a pressurized, multi-engine aircraft capable of accommodating up to 5 passengers comfortably with personalized service to the destination of choice. "If you are flying to Seattle, Portland or Boise, we can probably have you at your destination before you would have even pulled into the Spokane Airport parking lot. With us there are no security lines, or lost baggage," states owner, Andrew Berrey.

Business has started out brisk for the charter aircraft with winter bringing a greater demand than expected. A number of their flights have accommodated the major airlines delivering both parts and crew to their aircraft. Air Idaho Charters has a Beechcraft Baron 58P piloted by veteran Airline Transport pilot, Aaron Roark. The aircraft can fly above the weather at speeds in excess of 270 mph.

For convenience and peace of mind, Air Idaho Charters is also available for emergency flights 24 hours a day. Pet owners have the added luxury of being able to keep their pets with them on board at no extra charge.

They have some spring promotional specials coming up that are worth noting. Treat mom and join Air Idaho Charters for a Mother's Day Wine Tasting which includes round trip airfare from Sandpoint to Walla Walla for up to five people and a limo vineyard tour.

For Father's Day grab the golf clubs and take dad to a Fathers Day Golf Outing. Outing includes round trip airfare from Sandpoint to Anaconda for up to four golfers. Play the Jack Nicklaus designed Old Works Golf Course in Anaconda, Montana.

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce wishes Air Idaho Charters continued success in our community. For more information or to book a flight, contact Air Idaho Charters at (208) 304-0883

Chamber Awards Holiday Inn Express and Suites "Business of the Month"

Sandpoint – The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce congratulates The Holiday Inn Express and Suites as the Business of the Month for their generosity in the community. Holiday Inn Express and Suites, located at 477326 Hwy 95 in Ponderay opened their doors in July 2009. In the short time they have been a part of the Greater Sandpoint community, they have offered conference rooms for meetings and made generous donations to area events.

They sponsor events such as the Scenic Half which brings in runners from across the region to Sandpoint. They host a conference room for the monthly TGIF workshop series sponsored by the Sandpoint Chamber and Bonner Business Center. Business professionals and entrepreneurs attend these workshops to sharpen their marketing and business skills.

Manager Joyce Baker actively participates in Chamber Committees and events. She helps promote area tourism as a member of the Sandpoint Area Lodging and Tourism (SALT) and sits on the Chamber’s Recreation and Tourism Board.

The Holiday Inn Express and Suites have 83 rooms, an indoor pool and hot tub and fitness room for guests. For business travelers and local area businesses, they feature a Business Center that includes 1200 square ft of meeting space. They employ approximately 20 employees.

“If you have not had the chance to visit our facility, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to come and take a look around the building. The Front Desk Staff would love the chance to show you our rooms, meeting room, pool room and the beautiful view from the back deck,” says Joyce.

The Chamber congratulates Joyce and the staff of Holiday Inn Express and Suites and wishes them continued success.

Chamber Honors Ruth Wimberly as Volunteer of the Month

Sandpoint - The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize Ruth Wimberly as the Volunteer of the Month for donating countless hours of time to make our community a better place to live.

With over 20 years experience as a human resource consultant, Ruth has shared her expertise and astonishing stories of typical, and not so typical, workplace behavior with many local businesses. She has helped to guide businesses with employee relations and make the workplace enjoyable for all. She is high energy, knowledgeable and a pleasure to be around.

Ruth is not afraid to jump in when there is a job to do. When she is not consulting, she gives generously of her time to various local organizations including the Angels Over Sandpoint, Community Assistance League, Chamber of Commerce committees, and the St. Joseph's Soup Kitchen.
Currently she is the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Kinderhaven, an organization dedicated to supporting children in crisis by providing a safe environment.

We are fortunate to have Ruth as part of our community. Please join the Chamber in acknowledging her as the deserving recipient of the Volunteer of the Month. You can contact Ruth at Wimberly Human Resource Consulting
(208) 255-2590.