Skip to content

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator for Idaho Jim Risch, senior member and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, announced the selection of local businesses in Twin Falls and Idaho Falls to be honored as Idaho Small Businesses of the Month for May 2022 in conjunction with the Support Local Gems initiative, set to take place on Friday, May 6 th. The businesses will be recognized for their contributions to Idaho in the Congressional Record of the U.S. Senate.

Founded by Derek Cooper in 2014, Poppy and Pout has garnered national recognition for its all-natural, handmade, 100 percent recyclable lip balm. Within the last year, demand has soared, leading Derek to open a brick-and-mortar store and production facility in downtown Idaho Falls. Poppy and Pout’s 40 employees now supply their lip products to boutiques, salons, and stores worldwide, giving everyone a little taste of Idaho.

Fifteen years ago, Twin Falls Sandwich Company and Koto Brewing Company owner Shane Cook visited downtown Twin Falls and embraced its potential to be a lively gathering place for the community. The Sandwich Company has become a mainstay for many after opening in 2012 and serving a menu almost entirely sourced from local farmers and producers. Koto Brewing Co. has been serving gourmet pub food, a full dinner menu, and an eclectic beer list since 2018, donates $10 from every barrel of beer brewed to local charities, and hosts musicians and comedians weekly.

“Congratulations to the owner and employees of Poppy and Pout for being selected as an Idaho Small Business of the Month for May 2022,” Risch said. “You exemplify what it means to be one of Idaho’s local gems, and I look forward to your continued growth and success.”

“To the owner and employees of Twin Falls Sandwich Company and Koto Brewing Company, I commend your dedication to the Magic Valley community,” Risch continued. “Your selection as Idaho Small Businesses of the Month for May 2022, is well deserved.”

Background: This week, Senator Risch announced the launch of the third annual Support Local Gems initiative to encourage Idahoans to support local businesses on Friday, May 6 th. In coordination with the effort, Senator Risch selected Idaho small businesses for the month of May that exemplify Idaho values of hard work, entrepreneurial spirit, and exceptional commitment to community.

# # #