Business of the Month



SANDPOINT – Please join The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Finan McDonald as the May Business of the Month.

A long-standing business in the heart of downtown Sandpoint, Finan McDonald Clothing Co. was started in 1987 by Ben Tate as a 900 square foot men’s clothing store.  Ben named the store after a colorful Scottish trapper and explorer who first came to the area in 1807 and started many trading posts.

Ben married Rhonda a few years later, and soon after they added women’s clothing and footwear to their inventory.  After growing out of numerous locations downtown, Finan McDonald Clothing Co. now occupies almost 5,000 square feet on the corner of 1st Avenue and Main Street.

Most of their employees have worked there for years and are considered family.  Sandy Hughes-Rose has worked at Finan McDonald for 22 years.  The office manager, Susan Haynes has been there 16 years, Kim Walby, over 14 years, Brittany Smith, nearly 10 years, and Leslie Wahlin, 5 years.  They have recently added Kay Reifsnyder and Charann Briot to their staff and feel very lucky to have each one as a part of the Finan McDonald family.

The Tate’s have been long-time supporters of the community and local non-profit organizations.  Rhonda is an 11-year volunteer CASA Advocate – Court Appointed Special Advocate – helping numerous children and their families as they navigate the court systems and giving these children a voice in court.   “I was tasked with developing partnerships in the Sandpoint area.  Looking back at the history of event sponsors and donors, one was consistent year after year – Finan McDonald and the Tate’s,” said the Director of Development for CASA, Kristin Ludwig.

They are also generous supporters of Kinderhaven, Bonner Community Food Bank, PAFE, the Festival at Sandpoint, Bonner General Health, the Panhandle Animal Shelter, Community Cancer Services, Angels Over Sandpoint, and the Pend Oreille Bay Trail.

Ben and Rhonda are proud to live in Sandpoint and to be part of this extraordinary community.  They are the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce May Business of the Month.  For more information about Finan McDonald visit them at 301 N. First Ave, find them on Facebook, Instagram or on their website at


Chamber President & CEO Kate McAlister presents Finan McDonald owners Ben and Rhonda Tate with the Business of the Month Honor at the General Membership Luncheon on May 10th.




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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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