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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), senior member and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, announced the selection of six local businesses to be honored as Idaho Small Businesses of the Month for May 2021.

The decision to highlight a small business from each of Idaho’s six geographic regions comes in conjunction with the Support Local Gems initiative, set to take place on Friday, May 21st. The businesses will be recognized for their contributions to their respective regions in the Congressional Record of the U.S. Senate. 

TLC for Tots in Nampa is a childcare and preschool learning center owned by Dave and Elizabeth Fetzer. Throughout the pandemic, the Fetzers have kept TLC for Tots open to the community by implementing daily temperature checks for students and teachers, requiring masks throughout the day, and conducting daily cleanings throughout the facility.

Abracadabra's in Twin Falls is a breakfast-style bistro owned by brothers Josh and Jonathan Swain and Nikki Bourne. In the early days of the pandemic, Abracadabra’s adapted its supply chain to provide wholesale products like bacon, eggs, flour, and sanitizing products in bulk to local residents. 

Sandpiper Restaurant in Pocatello has been a community mainstay since 1975. In response to the effects of COVID-19, Sandpiper owners Rod and Kathleen Russell partnered with the Idaho State Police to offer free meals to truck drivers stretched thin by disrupted supply chains. 

Great Harvest in Idaho Falls, owned by Tiffani and John Van Orman, is known for its vast selection of artisan breads and sweets. The bakery regularly donates money and baked goods to school fundraisers, church gatherings, and local charitable causes. Even through the pandemic, the bakery has maintained its charitable operations, donating food to the local school district to support Idaho Falls families.

Mountain Madness Soap in Coeur d'Alene is a specialty handmade soap and bath products company that began as a hobby and has since blossomed into a local success. Owners Jennifer and Andy Morsell kept Mountain Madness open throughout the pandemic by implementing health and safety measures to protect employees and customers, and have supported the Coeur d’Alene business community by buying materials from locally-owned businesses.

Happy Day Restaurants in Lewison is an Idaho-based restaurant holding company that’s served up high-quality food since owners Bruce and Joy Finch opened their first restaurant in 1969. With over a dozen restaurants, Happy Day Restaurants takes pride in supplying food to wildland firefighters each fire season and offering generous discounts to local veterans. Even during the pandemic, the business has not wavered in its service.

“Each of these small businesses has adapted to the challenges caused by COVID-19,” said Risch. “Their ingenuity and commitment to providing relief to the community during these challenging times is nothing short of admirable.”

“Congratulations to the owners and employees of TLC for Tots, Abracadabra’s, Sandpiper, Great Harvest, Mountain Madness Soap, and Happy Day Restaurants on being selected as Idaho Small Businesses of the Month for May 2021,” Risch continued. “You all exemplify what it means to be one of Idaho’s local gems, and I look forward to your continued growth and success.”

Background: This week, Senator Risch and the Idaho Department of Commerce announced the launch of the second annual Support Local Gems initiative to encourage Idahoans to support local businesses on Friday, May 21st. In coordination with the effort, Senator Risch selected six Idaho small businesses for the month of May that exemplify Idaho values of hard work, entrepreneurial spirit, and exceptional commitment to community.

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