Business of the Month


SANDPOINT – Please join The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Litehouse Inc. as the January Business of the Month.

Most everyone knows the story behind Litehouse dressing.  Ed Hawkins, Sr. had created his own recipe of Creamy Blue Cheese dressing, featured in their Litehouse Restaurant out in Hope in the 1950’s.  Patrons loved it so much they would bring empty jars to be filled with the delicious treat.  In 1963, the Hawkins scrounged up enough money to buy 12 cases of jars and started bottling their blue cheese and thousand island dressing, mainly selling it at Rogers Thrift Market in Sandpoint.

In the 1970’s, Doug and Ed Jr. and their trusty Datsun pickup truck would drive around the Northwest selling their products.  They saw a need for expansion and moved the operation to Sandpoint.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Currently Litehouse employs 1,200 people across their manufacturing sites in Idaho, Michigan, and Utah, with their Corporate offices in Ponderay.

They support many organizations in the community including the Festival at Sandpoint, Kinderhaven, Panhandle Alliance for Education and most recently the Litehouse YMCA.

The Chamber would like to thank Litehouse for all their support.  They have generously sponsored the Summer Sampler and Scenic Half Marathon.  They recently covered the shipping costs of the Chambers T-shirt campaign to send new shirts from previous events to the survivors of the Paradise, CA fires by using their own truck to transport the goods to California, saving $2500.  They donated 3,000 of their tote bags to this effort as well.

Thank you, Litehouse, for always stepping up to support our community.  Congratulations to the January Business of the Month, Litehouse Inc. For more information visit


Chamber Ambassador and Board Member Bob Witte, presents Litehouse Inc. President Kelly Prior and VP of Operations, Rob Tyrrell with the January Business of the Month award.




BOM 2017-2018

December 2018:  Schweitzer Mountain | November 2018: Keokee Media + Marketing | October 2018:  Bonner County Fair Grounds | September 2018:  Pend Oreille Arts Council | August 2018:  East Bonner County Library District | July 2018: Rotary Club of Sandpoint | June 2018:  Super 1 Foods | May 2018:  Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant | April 2018:  Laughing Dog Brewing | January 2018:  Idaho Pour Authority | September 2017: Pierce Auto Center | August 2017: Jacey’s Race |  July 2017: Sandpoint Furniture | June 2017: Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters | May 2017: Washington Trust Bank | April 2017: Sandpoint Reader | February 2017: Sandpoint Title Insurance | January 2017: Blue Sky Broadcasting

BOM 2016

May: Washington Trust Bank April: Sandpoint Reader September: Miller’s Country Store August: MickDuff’s Brewing Company July: Evergreen Realty June: Bonner County Historical Society & Museum | May: Eichardt’s Pub Grill & Coffee House | April: Trinity at City Beach | February: Idaho Pour Authority | January: The Shed, INC

BOM 2015

December:  Sandpoint Elks Lodge #1376 | November:  Pend Oreille Surgery Center | October:  Skeyes the Limit | September:  Goodwill Ponderay | August:  Petal Talk | July:  Sandpoint West Athletic Club | June:  Northland Communicaions | May:  Friends of Scotchman Peaks | April:  Eve’s Leaves | March:  Selkirk Association of Realtors | February:  Festival at Sandpoint | January:  North County Electric

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