Friday, June 21, 2013

Chamber Welcomes Caribou Chiropractic and Massage

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome Caribou Chiropractic and Massage. Dr. Todd Richards and his wife Kimberly Richards opened Caribou Chiropractic and Massage in February at 513 N Fourth Avenue in Sandpoint, next to the K2 Inn. They offer chiropractic adjustments through various methods including electric stimulation, ultrasound, drop table and diversified techniques and massage therapy.

After traveling through North Idaho going to rodeos as a young adult, Dr. Richards longed to settle down and call this area home. Last fall, the Richards’ visited Sandpoint and returned two months later with all of their belongings. Their focus was to bring affordable care to the area so locals could enjoy their services. The outdoors allows them to do all the things they love: camping, biking, fishing and hunting.

‘Everyone in Sandpoint is so welcoming and friendly,’ said Kimberly. ‘We have enjoyed meeting community members, getting involved in the Chamber, and I’ve joined the Chamber’s Women In Business and Sandpoint Rotary.’

Caribou Chiropractic and Massage’s philosophy is to start slow by analyzing the patients’ pain, explaining their body and customizing a treatment plan. They use gentle adjustments and empathize with patients during the treatment. They promote their emphasis on working with doctors and other health care professionals when developing a patient’s treatment plan to maximize the patient’s success.

First time visits to Dr. Richards cost $60 and all subsequent visits are only $40. They do not require x-rays and do not bill or accept health insurance to keep it more affordable for their patients. Their staff will happily deal directly with your auto insurance company in the case of auto accident claims. Massage therapy includes full body, sport and deep tissue massage and brief clinical massages which focus on certain areas of pain or tension which Dr. Richards will work on. The cost for massages is very affordable: $25 half hr. They make it easy to add them onto your adjustment to focus on the treatment area.

Dr. Richards started his own practice in 2010 in Lockhart, Texas after graduating from Parker Chiropractic College in Dallas, Texas. Kimberly left the banking world as an auditor and joined her husband in the office. She’s recently completed her schooling and received her license and certification for massage therapy. She’s also nationally certified in equine massage, since 2011, which made massage therapy a natural fit.

Please help the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce welcome Caribou Chiropractic and Massage to the Chamber and wish them success. Their office hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am-noon and 2pm-5pm, Tuesdays from 9am-noon and Saturday by appointment only. For more information, visit them at their office 513 N Fourth Avenue, at their website or call them at 877-633-2695.

Photo: left to right Unknown Community Member, Carol Warren, Clem Hackworthy, Dr. Todd Richards, Kimberly Richards, Kate McAlister, Peggy Shadel, Clif Warren, Tyler Tennison. 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Sandpoint Summer Sampler Kicking Us Off For Summer

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce would like to invite the community to the 8th Annual Sandpoint Summer Sampler at Farmin Park Thursday, June 27th, from 5:30-8PM. This event is regarded as the local’s kick-off to summer by dishing up Sandpoint’s favorite restaurants and featuring our award winning breweries and winery. The Summer Sampler is your chance to sample many of Sandpoint’s best eateries and check out the Litehouse Foods Cooking Competition with local chefs battling for the ‘Best Of’ title.

Since the positive feedback of last year, once again the food and beer and wine garden will be all together so you can eat and drink all in the same place with family and friends. Wear your Sandpoint Suit; flip flops, shorts and a t-shirt because dress is casual at this outdoor event. As always, the event is free to attend and you should bring the whole family. Food tickets are on sale at the event for $1 each. Food and beverage samples range from $3-7.

This year’s attendees include but are not limited to: Chimney Rock Grill, Connie’s Café, Eichardt’s Pub, Grill & Coffee House, Forty One South, Joe’s Philly Cheesesteak, Jupiter Jane Traveling Café, Laughing Dog Brewing Co., MickDuff’s Brewing Co., Pend d’Oreille Winery, Pend Oreille Pasta & Wine, Sweet Lou’s, Trinity at City Beach, and Skeyes the Limit Catering.

Show up early for the Farmin Park Bandshell dedication with the Sandpoint Rotary, Sandpoint Urban Renewal Agency and the City of Sandpoint. The keys are being passed to the City of Sandpoint at 5:15PM since construction is complete and project was a success. After the dedication, the Litehouse Foods Chef Cook-Off will take place under the bandshell!

Please join the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce at the Sandpoint Summer Sampler this Thursday, June 27, from 5:30-8PM, at Farmin Park in downtown Sandpoint. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors Litehouse Foods, Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Bonner County Daily Bee & KPND 95.3. Farmin Park is between 3rd and 4th Avenue on Oak and Main Street. For more information, call or the Chamber at (208) 263-2161 or visit

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Chamber Welcomes Talus Rock Retreat

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome Talus Rock Retreat and owners, Heather and Bruce Pedersen. The ribbon cutting ceremony with the Chamber, commissioners and local friends, neighbors and family members on Monday, June 10th, marked the official opening of their bed and breakfast, Talus Rock Retreat

Primarily catering to couples’ luxurious romantic escapes, small & intimate wedding gatherings, and unconventional corporate retreats, the new meeting space/B&B will offer a refined option for Sandpoint sojourners - a posh escape one mile from downtown Sandpoint eloquently nestled into a forested 18-acre playground with stunning views of the Cabinet Mountains. Guests will enjoy the experience of staying close to the many amenities and advantages of downtown Sandpoint, while still connecting with nature. Unique features of Talus Rock Retreat include striking mosaics, copper tin ceilings, Parisian balconies, and a tree shower, home theater, hot tub, pool, waterfall, and fish-stocked pond. Each of the six, exclusive, bed/bath suites are uniquely decorated in the warm, rich colors of an earth palette and are furnished with a blend of antique and collected treasures from around the world. Great care has been taken in the details to make Talus Rock Retreat a one-of-a-kind architectural gem, and a fantastic lodging and meeting space morphing function with elegance.

“We hope our guests will feel they’ve discovered an oasis of tranquility. Their relaxation and rejuvenation are our ultimate goals,” says Heather Pedersen. “Talus Rock guests will spend generously downtown which is great for the local economy; when they’re ready to explore, we’ll make sure they know about all the great options available in Sandpoint and the surrounding areas. We are thrilled to share Sandpoint and steward this place,” she adds.

When Bruce and Heather built Talus Rock Retreat in 2008, their essential vision was to raise their 3 children (now teenagers) and share their abundance with family, friends, and others seeking a place of solace, refuge, and reprieve from life’s hardships or fast-paced, energy draining occupations; they sought to build a place and share it with people who need to rejuvenate and renew themselves; they opened their home accordingly. When the nest started emptying compounded with the economic downturn, they pursued a bed and breakfast as a natural sequence. Bruce Pedersen figured, “After all, the infrastructure was in place; why not make the asset work to pay for itself?  We can still share, and, at the same time provide discerning Sandpoint tourists with a unique lodging option.” Bruce continues, “Heather and I discovered we thoroughly enjoyed hosting, serving, and meeting new people.”

The Pedersen’s have not forgotten their core vision of ‘serving those who serve others’, and in keeping with it, they continue to do both - give open-handedly and play host to tourists. Part of the dollars spent at Talus Rock Retreat goes to local and international humanitarian efforts.  As an unconventional social venture, Talus Rock allows guests to become extraordinary patrons of work in India, Uganda, Swaziland, Peru and the Philippines. “We are thrilled that we have the opportunity to serve our guests, our community, and destitute children overseas.” says Heather Pedersen (who also happens to be the Asia Director for International Children’s Network, the mission behind the Matsiko World Orphan Choir).  

Private, chic, and eclectically elegant with six, bed-bath suites, this Tuscan-style, timber frame lodge is described as a “hidden treasure” and “rare find” evidenced by rave reviews on Trip Advisor. Talus Rock Retreat can be enjoyed by the room for a couple’s secluded refuge, or reserve the entire retreat to enjoy the peaceful paradise exclusively for a memorable friends-and-family or business gathering. The Retreat is a total of 18 rooms including living rooms, lofts and other ancillary spaces great for futons, pull-outs, bunks, etc. to comfortably sleep a maximum of 24 guests, one mile from downtown Sandpoint. Rates range $185-$350.

Please join the Chamber and welcome Talus Rock Retreat to the Chamber and celebrate their grand opening. For more information or to make reservations, please visit or call 208-255-8458.

In photo: The Pederson’s cut the ribbon with community members.  

Friday, June 7, 2013

Chamber Welcomes Woodlands Family Medicine

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome Woodlands Family Medicine (WFM). Their same day appointments, experience working with everyone from infants to geriatrics and onsite resources makes WFM a great choice as a medical office.

Dr. Joan Bloom has been practicing in Sandpoint since 2002.  She was previously with North Idaho Medical Care Center and started Woodlands Family Medicine in 2011.  In May of 2012, they welcomed Dr. Volney Willett to their practice.  Both doctors are Board Certified and have many years experience treating patients.  At the doctors disposal is their on-site laboratory, on-site x-ray, on-site orthopedic practice and nutritional therapy.

‘You will enjoy outstanding care for the entire family at Woodlands Family Medicine,’ explained Katie Fisher, Practice Manager. ‘Our wonderfully trained and compassionate team of physicians, nurses and family-oriented support staff have dedicated themselves to providing you with the finest health care available.’

They specialties and coverage area is extensive. They offer women’s health and pediatric care, as well as management for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease and musculoskeletal disorders. Also, they provide general proactive healthcare such as well-child exams, sports physicals, annual physicals, employment physicals, holistic nutrition programs, diet and exercise counseling, cancer screening, geriatric exams.

‘We have Board certified doctors with specialties in Family Medicine and complementing areas of expertise assure a full range of care for injuries, illnesses, preventative care and routine checkups,’ added Fisher.

Please help the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce welcome The Woodlands Family Medicine to the Chamber and wish them continued success. For more information, visit them at their location on in Ponderay at 30544 Hwy 200, Suite 101, across from the Bonner Mall, call them at 208-263-6300, online at, and connect with them on Facebook

Photo:  Woodlands Family Medicine Employees cut the ribbon with Chamber Ambassadors. 

Chamber Welcomes North Idaho Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome North Idaho Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. The quality of care is outstanding and it is no wonder why so many refer friends and family to North Idaho Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Their wonderfully trained and compassionate team of physicians and family-oriented support staff has dedicated themselves to providing you with the finest orthopedic care available.

‘We are orthopedic surgeons with specialists in sports medicine, hand repair and ankle and foot injuries’ explained Dr. DiBennedetto. ‘We can recognize, diagnose, treat, and help rehabilitate you in the best way possible to get you back on the mountain, golf course, lake or even back to work quickly.’

Dr. Michael DiBenedetto started North Idaho Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in 2002. In 2008 Dr. Jonathan Fisher joined the practice. Recently North Idaho Orthopedics & Sports Medicine partnered up with Dr. Joan Bloom’s practice Woodlands Family Medicine and has since hired a new family physician Dr. Volney Willett. 

‘Our physicians operate at the beautiful outpatient Pend Oreille Surgery Center & Bonner General Hospital,’ explained Dr. DiBenedetto. ‘We have Board certified and fellowship trained doctors with specialties in all orthopedic fields. Our complementing areas of expertise assure a full range of treatments for every fracture, sprain, or sports injury.’

Their specialties and main services provide arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery, foot and ankle surgery and reconstruction, hand surgery, fracture management, joint replacement, lumbar surgery, heel and achilles pain, customized orthotics, foot pain diagnosis and treatment and Laser for toenail fungus. If you are experience any orthopedic pain, they suggest going to them to relieve yourself and to get back doing the things you love. Now, they even have a safe, painless & effective laser treatment for nail fungus. For more information on their new nail treatment, visit 

Please help the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce welcome North Idaho Orthopedics and Sports Medicine to the Chamber and wish them continued success. For more information, visit them at their location on in Ponderay at 30544 Hwy 200, Suite 102, across from the Bonner Mall, call them at 208-265-9817, online at, and connect with them on Facebook

Photo:  North Idaho Orthopedics and Sports Medicine employees cut the ribbon with Chamber Ambassadors.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Chamber Welcomes Jupiter Jane Traveling Café

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome Laura Calvert-Peitz. Laura, the original Dish Home Cooking, is now pursuing her latest cooking passion with Jupiter Jane Traveling Café, since 2011. Their motto is ‘curbside cooking at its finest.’

Jupiter Jane Traveling Café is currently curbside at 513 Oak St next to the Eureka Institute for the summer season and is open Monday through Saturday, 10am-4ish. They are happy to stay open for parties of 6 or more and open for other reservations in the evening. Also, the café is mobile and ready to cater your business, event, party or reunion at any time!

Customer service and hospitality are Laura’s background and it is also what brought her to Sandpoint from San Francisco. She managed the Coit House Bed & Breakfast and the K2 Inn. Her goal is to serve and feed people. Her easy access, very relaxed atmosphere, and affordable, healthy food options make Jupiter Jane Traveling Café a good option for lunch or dinner. Patrons can enjoy outside dining and eat while they watch their kids play, or dine inside with seating for more than ten people.

There are food options for everyone and every age group, including Gluten Free options. They have a wonderful kale salad and a Jersey sandwich which is grilled chicken, onions, peppers, provolone and basil pesto.

Please help the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce welcome Jupiter Jane Traveling Café to the Chamber and wish them success. Get the good food while you can because they are seasonal! See them at the Saturday Market! For more information, find them on Facebook, visit the website at, email at, or call 408-759-2033.

In the Photo: Laura Calvert-Peitz and Chamber Ambassadors.