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Time to Take On the Backyard

Your local guide on where

to stay, what to do, seasonal

activities and more

We Are in a Building Boom

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JALAPEÑOS

11 28 YEARS OF SERVING SANDPOINT

SANDPOINT’S

MONTHLY

LOCAL

GUIDE

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FINANCIAL FOCUS

Which retirement plan is right for

your business?

28 YEARS OF SERVING SANDPOINT

Friendliness, great food and almost three

decades of service from Jalapeños

TIME TO TAKE ON THE BACKYARD

Create your outdoor dream space for the

spring and summer season

18 SANDPOINT REAL ESTATE

20-22 We Are in a Building Boom

24-26 Market Report

29-30 Feature Listings

34 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Calendar of great local events, arts

and entertainment

36 FUN FACT

The most beautiful small town in America

LOCAL GUIDE

38 Places to Stay

38 Real Estate

40 Venues

40 Health & Beauty

40 Services

42 Things To Do

42 Top 10 Things To Do

44 Local Eats

CITY MAP

Get to know the places within

Sandpoint’s city limits

47 LAKE PEND OREILLE MAP

Explore all of the awesome places along

the shores of Lake Pend Oreille

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ABOUT THE COVER

Jalapeños has been serving the community for

nearly three decades. Most of us know and love

Sandpoint’s oldest Mexican restaurant, defined by

its kind staff, great food and friendly fish Mango. But

there’s so much more behind the scenes that makes

this local spot a true one-of-a-kind Sandpoint

staple. Read Jalapeños’ story on page 11.

Cover Photo By Annie Zasadny Photography

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28 YEARS OF

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SANDPOINT

FRIENDLINESS, GREAT FOOD AND

ALMOST THREE DECADES OF SERVICE

FROM JALAPEÑOS

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

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Walk inside the double doors of Jalapeños on 2nd Avenue in downtown

Sandpoint and you’re immediately greeted by a color-splashed dining

room, a fish tank that’s home to a local legend named Mango, and a

bar where Bing Crosby once sat. At Jalapeños, employees are like family, and

customers are like close friends.

Chances are if you live in Sandpoint you’ve stopped in the local favorite Mexican

eatery, sampled some of their authentic California-Mexican cuisine, and maybe

even had a signature margarita or two served up by Kari the bartender, who’s

been there for 15 years and creates all of the traditional favorites—including a

fun twist here and there, like house-infused habanero vodka and tequila.

What many people may not know is that Jalapeños’ history goes back almost

three decades, and the building it occupies carries around a century of memories

and character, some of which still remain to this day. Wander through the

main dining area of Jalapeños and glance down at the wooden floor—once

a basketball court for the old Elks Club that originally occupied the building.

in what was formerly the old

bootery and Fabulous 50s

Fountain. It was one of the first

Mexican restaurants to pop up

on Sandpoint’s food scene, and

it was packed every single day

with a line out the door.

“I was a customer back then.

It was like something new

Sandpoint had never seen

before,” remembers Dave

Vermeer, who now co-owns

Jalapeños with local Justin

Dick, but at the time was the

manager of the Coldwater

Creek wine bar.

“We put more

emphasis on

caring for our

employees and

the relationship we

have with them,

because it’s more

than just a job here

for us. That’s how

it’s always been.”

As you round the corner into the bar you’ll catch a glimpse of the restaurant

mascot, Mango, an 18-year-old blood parrot cichlid that many mistake for a

large goldfish. She’s been around practically since Jalapeños moved into the

space over 20 years ago, and a lot of love, pampering and recently a diet of frozen

peas have kept her delighting guests much past the average life expectancy for a

blood parrot, which is seven to 10 years.

Chet and Shari French first opened Jalapeños on April 15, 1993, on Cedar Street

“We were packed from open to close every day, people lined up out the door and

down the sidewalk. It was so fun!” laughs Chelsea Page, the current manager of

Jalapeños who started when the restaurant first opened.

If there’s anybody who knows everything about Jalapeños, it’s Chelsea. For

28 years, through two moves and new ownership, she’s stuck with Jalapeños,

because it is family for her.

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Dave and Justin took over the reigns in 2014. From the start they were set on

keeping the entire staff and preserving the beloved character of the restaurant,

something Chet and Shari were careful about when they sold the place. They

didn’t want to just sell it to anyone.

“We took every single person on as they were. We knew nothing about them,

but we just felt in good faith that was the good thing to do,” explains Dave. To

this day, their mentality remains the same. “We put more emphasis on caring

for our employees and the relationship we have with them, because it’s more

than just a job here for us. That’s how it’s always been.”

Besides Chelsea, three of Jalapeños’ staff go back almost 20 years, and the

majority have been there for more than four years. When it comes time for a

new hire, they are careful to find someone who’s a good fit for the restaurant

family, but they are always willing to give people a chance.

Calvin used to come in each week and sit at the bar for a drink and dinner. After

some conversation, Chelsea found out he wasn’t getting the hours he needed at

Jack in the Box, and was living in a tent out by the frisbee golf course, riding his

bike in the snow to and from work. He used a portion of his limited earnings

each week for that meal at Jalapeños and some time in the warmth with friendly

service. It was the middle of winter, and Jalapeños offered him a job. Shortly

after, they helped him find a rental house, paying the money for him to get in,

and letting him slowly pay it off from his paycheck little by little.

He started as a dishwasher, and now he washes dishes, busses tables and prep

cooks. For Dave and Chelsea it’s an incredible success story and example of the

good people who sometimes just need a break. “We feel like it comes back,”

explains Dave. If the restaurant ever needs anything, Calvin is there without

question. “Being in a position where you can do something like that—you can

give people that just need a change, give them a chance—makes us feel really

good,” adds Chelsea.

Jalapeños also frequently gives back to the community in different ways—

it’s hard to find some cause they haven’t supported. In 2019, Dave and Justin

received 167 donation requests—over three a week. They offer their support to

as many as possible, in whatever way they can.

Like the staff, Jalapeños’ customers are very loyal and return every week for

their favorite item on the menu. A woman and her two sons make the trek out

from Deer Park religiously three times a week to eat there, and last Christmas

she brought in an envelope of money with $30 for each employee. It’s a caring

attitude that defines many of Jalapeños’ customers.

“So many of us have worked here for so long and we have so many regular

customers—I mean we have people that come in here every single day—that

they feel so comfortable with us. It’s not like they’re just our customers anymore,

they’re our friends,” says Chelsea.

Head into Jalapeños, and chances are you’ll leave happy and experience great

service. From the bussers’ and servers’ smiling faces to Mango’s friendly

greeting, it’s a convivial space where everyone feels welcome. Even the resident

ghost is friendly.

Yes … ghost. There’s not an employee who hasn’t had some strange interaction

with the spirit. From random buckets toppling over, to faucets being turned off,

doors swinging when no one is around and the paper towel dispensers in the

bathroom motion activating during the dark, closed hours when they’re not in

use, it’s obvious it’s not only the guests who love Jalapeños.

So next time you find yourself on 2nd Avenue, head on in, say hello to Mango,

saunter up to the bar that Bing Crosby once sat at when it was the Elks, and

enjoy some first-class service, delicious eats and a house favorite—the Mexican

Painkiller.

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CREATE YOUR OUTDOOR

DREAM SPACE FOR THE SPRING

AND SUMMER SEASON

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

Warmer days, bright sunshine and longer daylight hours

have us all longing for T-shirt weather and some time

spent outdoors. As the sun starts to shine brighter and

the lake begins to rise, we’re all eagerly looking for the days we can

decamp to our backyard for some relaxing hours spent out of doors.

But if your space is looking a bit worn from the winter, you just

moved into a new space, or you haven’t had the time to create an

outdoor space for your spring and summer enjoyment, now is the

perfect time to tackle some outdoor projects to create that perfect

front or backyard.

So while you’re dusting off the patio set and pondering a spring

garden, here are some other ways to help make the most of your

space—from some small improvements to more large-scale projects.

And if you’re in the market to sell, some outdoor improvements

matter when it comes to helping you get the most for your home—

even in a market as hot as this one.

Take the Living Outdoors

These days, we’re spending more and more time at home, and

when it comes to spring and summer (and even sometimes the

colder months), most people want to spend as many of those hours

outdoors as possible. According to an NKBA membership survey,

there’s been a 65 percent increase in overall outdoor living project

interest in recent years.

People are looking to update their outdoor spaces to more

functionality, and for many that means outdoor kitchens. While

this is a large project when it comes to improving your backyard,

76 percent of those surveyed were planning outdoor kitchen areas.

Patios and decks, screened-in porches and three-season rooms are

also popular, especially in places like Sandpoint, where we want a

little added protection from the seasonal weather while enjoying

the sun and view of the outdoors.

Some of the most requested features for outdoor living spaces—and

ones that are relatively simple yet transform your space to an all

(or most) season extension of your living space—include expanded

and upgraded seating options like outdoor sofas and lounge chairs,

fireplaces and firepits, and additional weather protection like

overhead coverings.

Something as simple as adding a firepit can extend your outdoor

use well into the autumn months (and even winter and spring), and

anchor your seating area for an inviting space that doubles as the

perfect entertaining spot.

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Easy, Small Improvements

Improving your backyard space doesn’t need to involve

adding a kitchen or pool. Sometimes it’s the simplest

improvements that go the furthest in creating a space you

love and want to spend your time in.

Creative planter ideas are a fun way to spruce up a dull yard

and can be quite useful if you’re dealing with a small space.

Look to items you may not usually consider for planters:

baskets, buckets, antique pieces and even old furniture. Just

make sure it has proper drainage in the bottom for your

plants to thrive. You can even add a little paint here and

there to creative planters to make them your own and add a

little splash of color to your space.

Think vertical when you’re planning your space. Hanging

plants, hanging chairs and lighting will transform your space

and create a backyard paradise you won’t want to leave. If

you have older cushions that still work, but you want a little

refresh, consider recovering instead of replacing them. And

don’t forget rugs aren’t only for the indoors. An outdoor rug

will add the final touch to complete your space and extend

that indoor feeling of comfort outside.

Finally, put your outdoor space to use. Besides creating a

space to entertain and relax, use raised beds, or even pots

and planters, to grow some items that will save you a trip to

the store. Herbs, veggies and flowers are a great use of space,

and often don’t require a lot of room or work. If you have the

space, some fruit trees provide a beautiful backdrop and a

homegrown treat during the right season, and can fill some

of that empty space to create a picturesque landscape.

Add on to Your Space

Cottages or accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are becoming

more and more popular, particularly as available living

space in our small town seems to become more and more

expensive and difficult to find. If your space and zoning

allow, building a small ADU on your extra land is a great

way to make the most of your space.

Backyard cottages or ADUs can serve as additional

functional space to extend the living area, as a guest house, or

temporarily as a home for elderly relatives or adult children

living with you. They also are in hot demand as rentals

and can serve as a side source of income, easily paying for

themselves.

If a backyard cottage or ADU isn’t in the cards, even

something like a pergola or outdoor covered or semicovered

space can double as an outdoor living space where

you can entertain, relax and soak up the warmer months.

Ready for Resale

The current housing market is intense, and it’s no secret

that homes don’t stay on the market long, but even in a hot

market like the current one, your outdoor space matters

when it comes to the resale value of your home.

Whether you’re looking to sell or you’re just throwing the

idea around, now is the perfect time to get a jump start on

IMPROVING YOUR BACKYARD SPACE DOESN’T

NEED TO INVOLVE ADDING A KITCHEN

OR POOL. SOMETIMES IT’S THE SIMPLEST

IMPROVEMENTS THAT GO THE FURTHEST IN

CREATING A SPACE YOU LOVE AND WANT TO

SPEND YOUR TIME IN.

WHETHER YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A COMPLETE

OVERHAUL OF YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE,

OR SIMPLY READY TO MAKE A FEW SIMPLE

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THE PERFECT TIME TO START.

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making your front and backyards show their best. If you decide

not to sell, then you’ll have a new and improved space to enjoy

yourself!

When it comes to resale, curb appeal is everything. Make your

first impression count by cleaning up the yard, trimming any

trees or bushes, planting some flowers, and making sure your

lawn is green if you have one—even if that means replacing it! If

your front door is less than inviting, paint, repair or replace it—it

matters more than you think.

Some simple things can make a big difference and really catch

the eye, like spreading fresh mulch, cleaning up and tidying the

yard and the outside of your home (cleaning or painting dirty

or old siding will really freshen a place up), and adding a few

vibrant annuals to catch the eye.

Focus on upgrades that aren’t too costly but make the space feel

inviting and livable, and increase the perception of more living

space. Set up your outdoor space to feel like a true entertainment

area with seating, lighting and enough privacy to enjoy the space

without being noticed by all of your neighbors.

One of the more costly items that you might consider is adding

or repairing a deck or patio. The return on investment is often

worth it, and you’ll be able to enjoy your outdoor space even

more in the meantime.

Whether you’re looking for a complete overhaul of your outdoor

space, or simply ready to make a few simple changes to update

your yard and enjoy it over the spring and summer, now is the

perfect time to start, so when the temperatures start to hit the

70s, you’ll be ready and waiting to head outdoors and enjoy the

season while it lasts.

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STATE

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Area builders are dealing with a large spike in the

cost of building materials, everything from lumber

to metal to PVC. A high demand from consumers

combined with pandemic shutdowns and other

factors has created a perfect storm in pricing.

“As a result, not only are the mills struggling to

keep up with the demand, the tariffs between

the U.S. and Canada have had an impact (with

and without COVID). And, to add fuel to the fire,

a couple of our distributors disclosed that many

smaller suppliers are having a hard time getting

materials since several of the big box stores are

buying up inventory.”

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we are in a

BUILDING

BOOM

Materials price increase adding to wild market

By Colin Anderson

It’s no secret that Idaho is one of the fastest growing states in the country. People

are coming here for a myriad of reasons, but whatever the reason, the influx of new

residents is having a dynamic impact on the real estate market. “Right now, we are

in a seller’s market,” explained Jackie Suarez, an Associate Broker with Century21

Riverstone. “Low interest rates, people retiring or working remotely, and folks seeking

more rural settings continue to create more demand than our market can supply.”

With such a tight market, and such low inventory, some are turning to a custom build as

an alternative. Many are finding, however, that this segment is also proving very costly

due to a number of factors. “As is true of any industry, the economic reality of supply

and demand is a huge factor,” said Ramey Construction Assistant Project Manager and

Marketing Director Doug Lutz. “The housing shortage in areas like our own, combined

with the flight of folks leaving big cities, has contributed to this demand in a big way.”

Ramey Construction builds commercial properties as well as custom homes and

remodels. Doug describes the demand as intense and at a frenetic pace, especially

since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Area builders are dealing with a large

spike in the cost of building materials, everything from lumber to metal to PVC. A

high demand from consumers combined with pandemic shutdowns and other factors

has created a perfect storm in pricing. “As a result, not only are the mills struggling to

keep up with the demand, the tariffs between the U.S. and Canada have had an impact

(with and without COVID). And, to add fuel to the fire, a couple of our distributors

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“The housing shortage in areas like our own, combined with the flight of folks

leaving big cities, has contributed to this demand in a big way.”

disclosed that many smaller suppliers are having a hard time getting materials

since several of the big box stores are buying up inventory,” added Doug.

While some potential homebuyers are finding builders booked out often

months in advance, many are deciding to take out equity in their home to

pursue remodel projects themselves. There are all kinds of instructional videos

available online for those wanting to add new flooring or tiling, a backsplash,

a backyard patio or landscape. In response to these DIYers, big box chains are

using their massive purchasing power to move to the front of the supply chain

line, which in turn drives up material costs for smaller construction outfits.

Jackie keeps in close communications with several of these local contractors and

doesn’t expect to see this markup change soon. “I’ve been told to expect higher

pricing and delays not only in building supplies but appliances, generators

and furnishings as well,” she said. “Some of our friends in the financial and

construction industry have indicated that it may be a while before we see a

reversal, but, as with all things, this can’t last forever,” added Doug. “Something’s

got to give, whether folks get priced out, costs come down, or both.

If you are considering a custom build, be prepared to be in a near equally

competitive market as existing home sales and also for a longer wait time than

you might expect. It’s important to do a lot of information gathering before

making this type of commitment. “If you’re just beginning the process of finding

the perfect land to build on, it’s important to understand accessibility, available

utilities, zoning, wetlands and geography, and, of course, identify your budget

and timeline to see if this is the right place and time,” recommended Jackie.

Doug agrees and is hopeful that people don’t get caught up in the rush and stuck

with overpaying for inferior quality. “Any builder worth his or her salt will help

their clients set realistic expectations, be transparent about costs and offer what

help they can to value-engineer costs in a way that benefits the client, not the

pocketbook of the contractor.”

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MARKET REPORT

All across Northern Idaho, the real estate market remains in favor of the seller. With historically

low interest rates, an influx of people moving to the area, and very low inventory, competition for

homes at all price levels is fierce.

If you are considering a move, a new build, or perhaps using the equity in your home to make

improvements, it’s important to seek out the advice of local professionals. Whether it’s a licensed

Realtor, certified lender, or licensed and bonded contractor; be sure to gather all the professional

opinions and expertise you can before making these important decisions.

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MEDIAN PRICE PER SQ FT

$375

$350

$325

$300

$275

$250

Oct 2020

Nov 2020

Dec 2020

Jan 2021

Feb 2021

INVENTORY

100

80

60

40

20

0

Oct 2020

Nov 2020

Dec 2020

Jan 2021

Feb 2021

MEDIAN HOUSE SIZE FOR SALE

2.2K

2.1K

2K

1.9K

1.8K

1.7K

Oct 2020

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FEATURED LISTING: MLS 21-1109 | $2,450,000

LOCATION: Kingston, Idaho | SQUARE FOOTAGE: 5,108 sq. ft. | LOT SIZE: 8.55 Acres

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Placed right in the middle of grand forests, this is a home for every leisurely activity and for every conceivable guest. Isolation

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Kingston, Idaho. Whether you use it for vacation, an Airbnb or live in it full time, this beauty that sleeps 28 guests needs to be

experienced. Climb the rock wall, shoot hoops on your very own basketball court, ski the ski mountain that is virtually next door,

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ENTERTAINMENT

APRIL 2021

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APRIL-

MAY

CLOSING DAY AT SCHWEITZER

APRIL 10 & 11

Get ready for the last weekend of the ski season up on the mountain! Closing day for Schweitzer is April 11, so if you

haven’t gotten your last runs in for the season, purchase your tickets in advance to get one last chance to shine on the

slopes. The weekend of April 10 and 11 is also the last chance to join the Schweitzer Social Media Costume Party.

Each weekend until closing, the mountain will be hosting a costume party with chances to win prizes from Smith,

Rossignol, Oakley and more. Keep an eye out on Tuesday for the announcement of the coming weekend’s theme, then

put together your best costume and head up the mountain to join the party. To join the competition, take a picture

of yourself in costume at Schweitzer, and post between Saturday morning and Sunday at midnight to any of the

following social media accounts with the hashtag #schweitzerstyle. Instagram: @Schweitzer_Mountain; Facebook: @

Schweitzer Mountain Resort; Twitter: @SchweitzerID. To learn more, visit Schweitzer.com

SHORELINE CLEAN UP

APRIL 24

The Saturday after Earth Day marks the annual return of the Shoreline Clean Up hosted by the Lake Pend Oreille

Waterkeeper and the City of Sandpoint. Head on out to join together and keep our beautiful lake and surrounding

watershed beautiful and healthy. From 10am until 1pm, anyone is welcome to join in the effort to pick up trash

and litter along Sand Creek and City Beach shorelines to prevent it from washing into our watershed. It’s a great

opportunity to give back while enjoying time with friends and family, and there is no time requirement. Stop in

at any time between 10am and 1pm at the City Beach pavilion, and you’ll receive free gloves and bags to join in

the cleanup efforts. To help keep you energized and full, the hosts will offer local coffee and treats to enjoy while

you work. Head on out and join the community in supporting the health of our waterways. To learn more, visit

LakePendOreilleWaterkeeper.org.

NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE FOUNDATION’S 28TH

ANNUAL REALLY BIG RAFFLE

APRIL & MAY

2021 marks North Idaho College Foundation’s 28th annual Really BIG Raffle, their largest annual public fundraiser,

with proceeds going to support student success and educational excellence. Items to be raffled include: Home Grand

Prize (estimated value of $400,000), 2021 New Car ($32,000 value), Home Furnishings Gift Card ($2,000 value) and

Smoker/BBQ Meat Package ($1,500 value). This year’s drawing, which will be held virtually, will take place July 14—

and the winners will be called immediately after the drawing. A total of 5,500 tickets will be sold at $100 each, with sales

ending once tickets are sold out. Tickets can be purchased online (NIC.edu/RBR) or with cash or check at the customer

services areas of community ticket outlets: North Idaho Super 1 Foods (Coeur d’Alene, Hayden, Post Falls, Rathdrum,

Athol, Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry and Oldtown), Stein’s Family Foods (Osburn), Buck Knives (Post Falls), Yoke’s (Post

Falls), NIC Foundation Office (Coeur d’Alene) and NIC Workforce Training Center (Post Falls).

*Please note, as of press time, these events were still scheduled to take place as planned. Due to the

current health crisis, there is the possibility that event schedules may change or events canceled

completely. Be sure to visit event websites to stay up to date with current information.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENT ONLINE!

Want your event to appear on the largest event site in the Northwest? Submit your events to us

online at Events.DirectoryNorthwest.com 24/7, 365 days a year!

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APRIL

fun fact

The Most Beautiful

Small Town in America

Most people who have found their

way to Sandpoint know the city’s

most recent claim to fame ... it’s the

reason many first heard about Sandpoint

and decided to visit or move here in the

first place. In 2011, our small town on the

lake made national news by being named

America’s Most Beautiful Small Town by

Rand McNally and USA Today.

The decision came after “The McNavigators”

stopped in Sandpoint on their trip to six

cities across the U.S. that had been voted in

by readers and followers across the country

for their exceptional beauty and offerings.

The team duo came, they explored, and

Sandpoint won them over. To those of us

who live here, it’s no surprise. Nothing is

more beautiful than a sunrise or sunset

over the lake in our small town, or swishing

down the slopes with the view of Lake Pend

Oreille below.

Curious which cities we were up against?

Baker City, Oregon; Coral Gables, Florida;

Franklin, Tennessee; Marco Island, Florida;

and Pacific, California, joined Sandpoint in

the top six.

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L O C A L E X P E R T

WORLD - CLASS REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL

REAL Market Update - Brought to you by Jackie Suarez, Associate Broker

What is the current real estate market climate in North Idaho?

Our market continues to favor Sellers. Good news for Buyers – Spring is here, and more properties are entering the

market. Mortgage lenders are still offering extremely low rates.

Is now a good time to buy or sell?

I always say when the time is right for you, the time is right.

Sellers, you currently have the advantage of high demand and relatively low supply. Rely on professionals, price

your home or land accordingly and know your next step.

Buyers be ready. Cash offers tend to take priority in this market. Approach your home search with proof of your purchasing

ability and keep an open mind to a property’s long-term potential.

One thing is certain - our market is constantly changing. What is important to me remains the same. God, Family

and Relationships.

Contact Jackie Suarez, your local expert for help with your real estate needs.

What Jackie’s clients are saying

“Jackie is a pro hands down. Very clear and good communicaaon. A wealth of

knowledge that makes a difference! We highly recommend Jackie for any real estate

transaccon. You will not be disappointed!

Steve and Kim R., Sandpoint

“Buying a vacaaon property in a different state from where we reside was a new experience

for us, and Jackie Suarez made it so easy! From her expert local knowledge

to realism on melines, recommendaaon on mortgage broker, and responsiveness

to all of our quessons, her help was invaluable. I would recommend her to anyone

looking to buy in beauuful Sandpoint, ID.”

Pam R., Dover, ID

"Jackie Suarez with Century 21 RiverStone provided excellent, professional service in

choosing and purchasing our new home. Jackie is knowledgeable, friendly and

always ready to help in any way possible. With the ‘paaence of Job’, Jackie was willing

to show us anything and everything that we were interested in seeing. She’s also

a preey good counselor as well - haha! I wouldn’t think of using anyone other than

Jackie Suarez for our next real estate transaccon - she did a fabulous job for us and

she’ll do the same for you!”

Steve and Gloria S., Sandpoint, ID

“Thank you for everything and all your awesome work.”

Scoo K., Clark Fork, ID

Honored to be voted “Sandpoint’s Finest REALTOR®” 2017, 2018, 2019

Jackie Suarez, Associate Broker | 208-290-5888 | JackieSuarez.com

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VENUES

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Sandpoint’s hometown lounge and live music venue for over 87 years featuring 20 beers on tap, wine and classic

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A small group and private training studio for women only, Missi Balison Fitness provides certified personal trainers who will keep you exercising

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Idaho Pain Clinic Medical Clinic 208.263.9757 DrSorin@IdahoPainClinic.com IdahoPainClinic.com

Sandpoint Super Drug Pharmacy 208.263.1408 SPTSuperDrug@Gmail.com SandpointSuperDrug.com

SERVICES

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company. Specializing in both professional and residential services, with 100 percent green cleaning available, their experienced team offers

carpet cleaning, window cleaning, pressure washing, gutter and downspout cleaning, stripping and waxing, and more.

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RENT EVERYTHING

UNDER THE SUN

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equipment and reasonable rates! There are no hidden charges

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THINGS TO DO

Arts & Crafts Fair Art / Music Event Summer 208.263.6139 ArtinSandpoint.org/arts-crafts-fair

Art Walk Art / Music Event Summer 208.263.6139 ArtinSandpoint.org/artwalk

Festival at Sandpoint Art / Music Event Summer 208.265.4554 FestivalatSandpoint.com

Sandpoint SummerFest Art / Music Event Summer 208.263.2217

Schweitzer Fall Fest

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Experience some of North Idaho’s most scenic views along this

33.4-mile drive. VisitIdaho.org/things-to-do/scenic-bywaysbackcountry-drives/pend-oreille-scenic-byway

Eureka-Institute.org/sandpointsummerfest.html

Fall 208.263.9555 Schweitzer.com

The Idaho Club

Sandpoint Elks Golf Course

Geo Hali Sandpoint Helicopter Charters

Golf Courses

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Go Fish! Charters Tours / Charters Summer 208.597.5020 GoFishCharters.org

Lake Pend Oreille Cruises Tours / Charters Summer 208.255.5253 LakePendOreilleCruises.com

Bottle Bay Resort & Marina

Dover Bay Resort

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Sandpoint Marina Marina

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Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO

Sandpoint is home to four great breweries. Bike to each, or

take a walking tour: Matchood Brewing Co., Utara BrewingCo.,

MickDuff’s Brewing Co., Laughing Dog Brewing

Catch a Show at the Panida Theater

Stop in the historic theater for an independent feature or short

film. Panida.org

Enjoy fun in the sun at the sandy, grassy downtown public

beach on the lake. SandpointIdaho.gov

Visit Schweitzer Mountain

Explore the village dining and shopping and enjoy the

adventures in summer and winter. Schweitzer.com

Shop the Sandpoint Shopping District

Explore the many unique shops in charming downtown.

DowntownSandpoint.com

Explore Local Galleries

Walk the downtown and stop in at several local galleries to

enjoy local and regional art.

Drive The Pend Oreille Scenic Byway

Relax with a Spa Day

Visit the Wildflower Spa at Seasons Resort or Highlands North

Day Spa for a day of rejuvenation.TheWildflowerDaySpa.com |

HighlandsNorthDaySpa.com

Stop in Cedar Street Bridge

Explore various shops and restaurants in the downtown

bridge spanning Sand Creek. CedarStreetBridge.com

Do a Tasting at the Local Winery

Enjoy local sips from Pend d’Oreille Winery. POWine.com

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At Bradley Insurance, we provide insurance for those things that matter most — your health, your life and your financial

security. As our lives change, our insurance needs change as well. After navigating an unpredictable year, it’s a great time

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Our insurance advisors can help you evaluate your insurance and get you in the plans that will best protect you, your

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All new firearms purchased directly from Wrenco Arms

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TRINITY AT CITY BEACH SWEET LOU’S JALAPENOS

LOCAL EATS

BREAKFAST

LUNCH

DINNER

LOUNGE

WATERFRONT

KIDS’ MENU

PARTIES

CATERING

PRICING

219 Lounge Sandpoint

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Bar

$$

Arlo’s Ristorante

Sandpoint

208.255.4186

Italian

$$

Baxter’s on Cedar

Sandpoint

208.229.8377

New American

$$

Beet and Basil

Sandpoint

208.920.6144

Fusion

$$

City Beach Organics

Sandpoint

208.265.9919

Organic / Vegan

$$

Dish at Dover Bay

Dover Bay

208.265.6467

American /

Seafood

$$

Chimney Rock Grill

Schweitzer

208.255.3071

American

$$

Eichardt’s

Sandpoint

208.263.4005

Pub

$-$$

Fat Bass Bar & Grill Priest River 208.265.8854

Forty One South

Sagle

208.265.2000

Steakhouse /

American

Fine Dining

$$

$$

Hoot Owl Cafe

Ponderay

208.265.9348

Cafe

$-$$

Ivano’s Ristorante Sandpoint 208.263.0211 Italian

$$

Jalapenos Mexican Restuarant

Sandpoint

208.263.2995

Mexican

$-$$

Joel’s

Sandpoint

208.265.8991

Mexican

$-$$

MickDuff’s Brewpub

Sandpoint

208.255.4351

Pub / American

$$

Panhandler Pies

Sandpoint

208.263.2912

American

$-$$

Pend d’Oreille Winery

Sandpoint

208.265.8545

Modern Cuisine

$$

Second Avenue Pizza

Sandpoint

208.263.9321

Pizza

$-$$

Secret Thai

Sandpoint

208.263.9960

Thai

$$

Shoga Sushi

Sagle

208.265.2001

Seafood

$$

Sky House Schweitzer 208.263.9555 American

$$

Spuds Waterfront Grill

Sandpoint

208.265.4311

American

$$

Sweet Lou’s

Ponderay

208.263.1381

American

$$

Thai Nigiri

Sandpoint

208.265.2587

Thai/Sushi

$$

The Hydra

Sandpoint

208.263.7123

Steakhouse

$$

Trinity at City Beach Sandpoint 208.255.7558 Seafood

$$

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Andy’s

Frameshop

We have been open for business

for over 40 years!

Open Monday-Saturday, 8:30am-6pm

501 Oak Street | Sandpoint, Idaho | 208.263.7331

- Ready-Made -

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- Pre-Cut Mats -

Festival Ready

and Barn Wood

Frames in Stock!

10% OFF Sandpoint

Panoramas

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*Expires April 30, 2021

Tues-Fri 9:30-4:30 | Sat 10-3 | Sun-Mon Closed

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208.255.2686

337 Olive Ave. in Sandpoint

$

20 OFF

ROCK CHIP REPAIR & AUTO GLASS REPLACEMENT*

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*Excludes firearms, ammunition and sale

items. Expires April 30, 2021.

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SPRING IS HERE

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Get on the schedule soon; call today!

Spring Cleaning

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Let Us Help!

Self-Serve Wash proceeds are donated to build the

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Commercial Janitorial Services

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DIVISON

200

Ponderosa Park

farmin stidwell

Chestnut

lake pend oreille

high school

2

sand creek

bike path

Sand Cree k Byway

Spruce

Larch

Hickory

MAIN

hickory street park

Larch

Fir

dover bike path

visitor center

sand creek

pend oreille

bay trail

Poplar

Madison

Haley

Monroe

library

sandpoint middle

school

playing fields

Richland

Washington

CEDAR

Elliot

Jefferson

Garden

Lake

Ella

park

Ruth

Florence

Forest

PINE

pine st. park

Oak

park

Alder

Superior

6th

Euclid

Farmin park

cedar street bridge

panida theater

4th

3rd

Church

NIC &

Events Center

2nd

1st

Bridge

Dearborn

marina

city beach

marina

sandpoint high

school

Madison

Monroe

Ontario

Olive

Ella

Erie

Michigan

Marion

Florence

Lavina

Boyer

St. Claire

Lakeview Blvd

Antoine

Huron

memorial field

Pacific

Idaho

3rd ave. pier

95

Lily

Lake Pend Oreille Dr.

Northshore Dr.

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Lakeview park

SANDPOINT

on Lake Pend Oreille


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Pend Oreille River

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Point

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Bay

Windy

Point

Indian

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Deadman

Point

Clark

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Whisker Rock Bay

Lake

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Cape Horn

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Idlewilde

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Echo Bay

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