What’s new? pt. 3

By Cameron Rasmusson
Reader Staff

Editor’s Note: New businesses are springing up all over Sandpoint this summer, and here at the Reader, we’re making an effort to introduce them to the community. Are you a new business owner in the greater Sandpoint area? Contact Cameron Rasmusson at [email protected] to be included in future articles.


Not all pickles are created equal.

Like many other goods, there’s a world of difference between mass-produced brands and hand-crafted, artisanal products. That’s what customers get at The Pickled Kitchen, which serves up pickles, olives and other hors d’oeuvres that anyone would be proud to serve at a dinner party. Check out its location on the second floor of Cedar Street Bridge to find all the pickles, olives, dips and kitchenware you’ll need to liven up the next family holiday.

The Pickled Kitchen stocks goods made by artisanal suppliers from around the country. Customers are welcome to stop by and try free samples before selecting what delicious goods they’ll be purchasing. And it’s no easy decision. The spicy garlic pickle chips have a sharp, hot kick tempered by a rich sweetness. The bleu cheese olives balance flavor and texture between its two central ingredients. And the habanero-stuffed olives pack serious flavor for those who need a spicy snack in their lives.

For owner Clarita Thrall, the jump into business ownership is a dream come true.

“I wanted to be an entrepreneur like my parents,” she said. “It’s nerve-wracking when you’re running your own business, though.”

As one of the newcomers to the Cedar Street Bridge, she’s excited for what the summer season will bring. After all, pickles and other hor d’oeuvres are delicious and make great gifts for tourists and locals alike.  

“I just fell in love with this place,” Thrall said. “I can’t wait for other places to open up (in Cedar Street Bridge).”


Overcoming pain, whether it’s acute or chronic, can be an exhausting journey.

Finding the right therapy for the problem, on the other hand, can change lives. And that’s what keeps the crew at Kauai Therapy and Wellness doing what they do. According to owner Mindy Murray, it’s an inspiration when a client is finally free from pain.

“It’s wonderful to see how it really helps people,” she said. “They come to you literally crying from pain, and so quickly they’re feeling 100% better.”

Murray and the staff and Kauai Therapy and Wellness use medically-proven therapy techniques, including massage and dry needling, to help clients of all kinds. Sometimes patients are individuals suffering lingering effects from an old injury. Other times they’re not sure of the problem’s source. Getting to the root of the issue is what Kauai Therapy and Wellness is all about.

“It might be as simple as a pillow you use at night, or maybe it’s how you’re on your cell phone,” Murray said. “It’s about finding what the damaging behavior is and getting to the bottom of it.”

Located at 30544 Hwy 200 in Ponderay near other medical offices, the Ponderay clinic represents a new life for Murray. After starting her practice in Hawaii, she welcomes the chance to return to her roots here in North Idaho and raise her family.   

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