Business of the Month


SANDPOINT – Congratulations go out to the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce October Business of the Month, Community Assistance League (CAL).

In the summer of 1979, four women sat on a beach in Sandpoint.  They were discussing ways in which they might become more involved in local projects and issues, especially education, as they all had young children.  By the end of the year, the Community Assistance League (CAL) was born.

The mission of CAL was, and still is, to support community through education, service, and philanthropy.  For the first twenty years, CAL’s main role was to assist other entities with projects, principally in education.  After year twenty, CAL observed the need for more money to better assist even more projects.  The result:  CAL’s annual rummage sale “Bizarre Bazaar” grew into Bizarre Bazaar, an Upscale Resale store now located on Church Street in Sandpoint.

CAL has grown from four women to 260 women and one man.  The members, all of whom are volunteers, manage and work in B.B. (as they call it), which is open six days a week, with all proceeds going directly back into the community.  “When I was told we were being honored as the Chamber Business of the Month, it was a surprise.  I had never considered us a business; just a group of volunteers trying to make a difference.”  But I guess we have grown into a business and we are honored to receive this recognition,” said CAL President Sherry Ennis, when receiving the award at the Chamber’s General Membership Luncheon on October 10th.

Since its start, CAL has given close to $2,000,000 in Grants, Scholarships and other aid in Bonner County. This year CAL is celebrating 40 years of service, proving C-A-L does not stand for Coffee and Lunch!  CAL members are proud of their accomplishments and to be part of a community as active and caring as Sandpoint.

You can find out more information about the Community Assistance League by visiting their website:, or by visiting Bizarre Bizaar at 520 Church Street in Sandpoint.  Please join the Chamber in congratulating Community Assistance League as the October Business of the Month.



Toni Sommer and Sherry Ennis of CAL accept the Business of the Month Honor at the Chamber’s General Membership Luncheon on October 10th.

BOM 2019

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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