Total loan: $5,000
Challis, ID, United States / Food
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A loan helped us upgrade equipment to grow our small, rural Idaho business.
My husband is a 5th generation East Fork Baker from Custer County. His great-great-grandfather homesteaded here right after the Civil War. I was a teacher for 15 years in Washington State. When my husband moved us back to his hometown of Challis, Idaho, (population 1,000 where the nearest Walmart, Costco, or Home Depot is 3 hours away) I decided to give up my teaching career and go into business for myself. I purchased a restaurant and changed it into the Challis Roadhouse. We partner with a local rancher to raise our beef. We help work the cattle, and we haul them ourselves to the butcher 3 hours away every three weeks. We are involved in every aspect of finishing the cattle to make sure that our beef is the very best. We provide lots of fun cultural community activities like dance lessons, live local music, karaoke, trivia nights, homecoming celebrations, horseshoe tournaments, and rodeo tournaments, as well as auctions, and scholarships to help anyone who needs help in our community. We are proud to say that we employ 23 workers at fair wages in a community that has been economically depressed since the mining industry left 15 years ago. We are a family establishment, closing at 11 pm each day, and we try to create a clean, fun, family-friendly gathering place for people in our community. We bring the ranchers of this community together in a way that highlights local beef and the local ranching industry to promote a way of life that we wish to honor and protect. We want to add an automatic car wash, as our community doesn't have one. Currently, we just have a self-serve car wash on-site at our restaurant/motel. We have purchased the equipment to install but still need funds for installation.