Clarkston Garden Center expands | Business
The shrinking Lewiston-Clarkston Valley retail sector has created an opportunity for a local business.
Patt’s Garden Center in Clarkston is doubling the size of its indoor merchandise showroom in an expansion set to begin this summer, said Kate Patterson, a member of the limited liability company that owns the retailer.
Indoor plants, gourmet foods and yard décor are some of the items that will be sold in the 1,200 square foot addition to the north side of Patt’s current building.
Known for its flowers, vegetables and landscape plants, Patt’s started with a small selection of gifts and added to them largely based on customer feedback about things people were buying in the area and can no longer find. , Patterson said.
Kiln-dried pine plaques with nature scenes based on original works by established artists, which start at $30, have been big sellers, she said.
“The wood will age naturally and the ink should stay nice,” Patterson said.
Patt’s is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 1280 Port Drive in Clarkston.
Clarkston Harbor Commission is looking for a new agent
Wayne Tippett is retiring from his seat on the Clarkston Harbor Commission on February 11 after 16 years.
The 79-year-old retired Clearwater Power equipment operator is modest about his accomplishments on the harbor commission.
“I just tried to do my best for the Port of Clarkston, the voters and the county,” he said.
One of the reasons for his departure is that he now spends his winters in Arizona, Tippett said. His current six-year term would have expired on December 31, 2023.
Tippett’s replacement will be chosen by the two remaining commissioners, Mark Brigham and Dayna Weatherly-Wilson. The deadline to apply is 10 a.m. on February 7 through an application available on the port’s website, portofclarkston.com.
Tippett’s replacement will face an election in Asotin County in 2023 to retain the seat.
Commissioners earn $128 each day they attend meetings on behalf of the port, regardless of the number of meetings or the length of the meetings.
They also receive $550 per month for a tax-free medical reimbursement account that can be used for insurance premiums as well as eligible medical expenses for Commissioners, their spouses and any dependents.
North-Central Idaho Winery Gains Recognition
JULIAETTA – A Juliaetta business was named Winery to Watch in 2022 by Sip Magazine in its 10th annual awards issue.
Rivaura Estate Vineyards and Winery is described as one of the “youngest and most promising projects” in the Pacific Northwest wine industry, in Sip’s article on the honor.
The company increased its annual production from 1,200 cases in 2018 to 4,000 cases in 2020 after following the recommendations of “two important Walla Walla personalities, Billo Naravane, a wine master, and Kevin Pogue, the famous geologist centered on wine at Whitman. College,” according to the article.
Two members of Rivaura’s founding family, Lane Hewett, Assistant Winemaker and Sales and Events Coordinator, and Vince Hewett, Assistant Winemaker and Wine Operations, are gradually taking on more responsibility with the wines.
“It’s been a great relationship with (Naravane),” Lane Hewett said in the story. “I don’t see it ending anytime soon. He shows us all the tricks of the trade and it’s really cool to see him with the mix.
Former Clearwater Paper executive takes on new responsibilities
A former senior Clearwater Paper executive, Linda Massman, has joined two boards after retiring from her position with the Spokane-headquartered wood products company.
Massman, who is in his 50s, now sits on the board of Darigold, the Seattle-based marketing and processing arm of the Northwest Dairy Association. This group belongs to more than 350 dairy farming families in Idaho, Washington state, Oregon and Montana, according to a press release from Darigold.
Darigold processes approximately 10 billion pounds of milk per year and is one of the largest US dairy processors.
She is also an independent director of Caliber Collision. This private company repairs cars to their pre-crash condition, according to its website.
In 2016, while serving as president and CEO of Clearwater Paper, Massman joined the board of Treehouse Foods.
Massman received $120,000 in 2020 as a director of Treehouse, including a retainer of $90,000, $5,000 for serving on the nominating and corporate governance committee and $25,000 for serving on the committee audit, according to Treehouse’s 2021 proxy statement.
Additionally, in 2020, Treehouse paid stock compensation worth $172,226 to Massman and all nonemployee directors who served a full year, according to the proxy.
Treehouse, a publicly traded company, manufactures a wide variety of food products sold under store brands such as crackers, cookies, dry drink mixes, dry dinners, pastas, jams and pickles.
Massman served as president and CEO of Clearwater Paper for just over seven years, ending in 2020 when she was replaced by Arsen Kitch, who remains in that role.
Clearwater Paper is one of the largest employers in the area and has its largest manufacturing complex in Lewiston where it manufactures pulp, toilet paper, paper napkins, paper towels and tissues as well as cardboard for packaging and paper tableware.
Lewis Clark Valley Chamber gives the honors
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories is among the recipients of the 2021 Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce Awards.
SEL, the region’s largest private employer, was named the organization’s Large Company of the Year.
The company’s headquarters and largest manufacturing site are in Pullman. The company also manufactures in Lewiston and is building a 160,000 square foot circuit board factory in Moscow.
SEL designs, invents and manufactures digital products that protect power grids around the world.
Lewis Clark Credit Union was named Medium Business of the Year and Homes of Hope won in the Small Business category. LCCU opened a new branch on Bryden Avenue in 2021.
Homes of Hope offers a number of services such as training, coaching and support for foster, adoptive and biological families. Resources for foster families include clothing and car seats, according to its website.
Three of the chamber’s top board officers in 2021 received the President’s Award. They are Senior Vice President Don Montgomery, a financial planner at Waddell & Reed in Clarkston; second vice-president Kayeloni Scott, spokesperson for the Nez Percé tribe; and Past President Jason Halstead, Community Development Specialist at P1FCU in Lewiston.
Christy Armstrong, head of customer service at Weibler Financial and Retirement in Lewiston, was named board member of the year while Sam Earle, loan officer at Twin River Bank in Clarkston, was recognized as the volunteer of the year.
The President’s Award was given to all members who renewed in 2021.
Window opens for DeAtley grant applications
The DeAtley Foundation will begin accepting applications for its 2022 grants on Tuesday.
Grants are available for capital projects and community programs and projects.
Last year, the foundation donated more than $1 million.
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