Dave Hanna moved to Tonasket from western Washington 33 yrs. ago, just like so many others. After 5 years of various small businesses and employments, he decided
to get into real estate. “I’m the realtor who's there helping do pump tests, gravel roads, remove brush and move furniture. I am a big fan and promoter of the area
and want to see it grow and prosper. We want more businesses with like-minded people who appreciate this lifestyle choice of living in a rural community. We need
to have jobs for locals and families. We’ve got a number of successful small businesses who have moved here, and we’re looking for more. When I first moved here, I
just felt so welcome, and I’ve met so many other people who have said the same.” Dave’s free-time passion is in aviation. He helped start an aviation club to help
passionate individuals get their licenses and owns several planes himself.
Dave was a CPA for many years and a stockbroker after that, he became tired of sitting behind a desk, and tired of the bigger city so he pursued looking for opportunities in smaller
communities, happened to run into a business here in Tonasket and the individual who owned it had been wanting to sell it. They got together and made the arrangements,
it just fell together. Dave chose to keep the business name the same in order to keep the name recognition for the local communtiy. "It is important to people in a small
community that you don’t have somebody come in and change everything and tell them how to run their life. It won’t happen". Dave chose to stay with what works, and has been
here for years and years. This is the 100th anniversary for the store. It was started in 1920 by Lee Frank.
Dave suggests "if somebody wanted to move in here and become involved in retail, I would say don’t come in and expect to change the world, but do expect to come in and provide
good service and good products to the local community". They didn’t do anything different from the previous owners except for expanding. They expanded sporting goods
simply because there was a need. They expanded appliances because there was a need. They expanded canning, because there was a need. They just kind of figured out what the
community was looking for and what they could offer them, and they expanded in to those areas that were beneficial.
In Dave's spare time he enjoys recreating with his grand kids (he recently built them a go-cart), fishing, canning and working on community projects. Dave was highly
involved in a community of 150k-250k where he used to live and was highly involved in the chamber of commerce and group there, and brought that experience here,
"I don’t like going to meetings I'd rather be doing the physical part of that, let the group go and raise the money, organize it, and I’ll go do it".
"If you’re unhappy where you are, we welcome you here, but please don’t bring the ideas here that made you unhappy where you came from.
Give us a shot. Come look at us. Come recreate. Give one of us a call. Come take a look around".
Roger, a retired attorney from 42 years of practice in Tonasket and served as a Municipal Court Judge for 18 years. Roger is a Retired Military Combat Veteran,
and is currently looking to help bring new businesses into Tonasket. Roger is the co-founder of the US Armed Forces Legacy Association.
Jeff has worked in the Fruit Industry in Tonasket since 1980 and is a current Tonasket City Council member.
George is a retired longtime Tonasket business owner and a Tonasket Business Pioneer as the original owner of Lee Franks Mercantile.
It’s a lifestyle choice
“You only get to do this life once, so let’s make it count”
Opportunity Tonasket can:
Help you find a home, land and office space
Plug you into the right connections to aid in a smooth relocation
People can purchase everything they would ordinarily use from Tonasket without having to travel out of town, unless they want something more elaborate or
fancy, they may need to travel or go online, but Tonasket provides a great number of services or products for the population here in a small community setting.
Help you with integration into the community
If your business is planning to service the locals, you
will find a great deal of support and loyalty from local people who love to spend their money locally.
In Tonasket you can park in town; get your prescription drugs, your groceries, you can walk half a block to get your mail, your banking, you can go grab lunch
and not have to find another parking spot for that day.
Accelerate new and existing small business
Community members stand by to assist and expedite new businesses wanting to relocate through the planning and permitting processess and working with the local goverment. Tonasket has a substantial workforce available.
Guide you through the available infrastructure
If you are shipping out of the area, we have UPS and FedEx on a daily basis. We also have a shipping truck service that comes out of Spokane/Wenatchee for larger items or pallets.
Connect you with local government agencies and small businesses to help you with your needs
A special committee is set up consisting of various community members having experience in real estate, law, agriculture and business ownership to
assist with a new business or relocation.
Let you relax
All roads lead to Tonasket. Tonasket is laid back easy living,
with activity from the schools, sports, swimming pool, and small town stuff for people to do.
You can fill your time with rural activities like fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, etc... We can help people who want to vacation. There’s some traffic down the middle of town, that’s by design,
so people stop; and we have recently paved our airport
which is 5 minutes away.
Our primary mission is to promote economic development and growth in the city of Tonasket and surrounding area.
We are a group of local citizens sharing a common goal. We wish to assist and promote existing businesses wishing to relocate,
local businesses wishing to expand, and local individuals wanting to start a business.
Preserving and enhancing the small town and rural lifestyle in a way which benefits everybody and maintains a healthy lifestyle.
Opportunity Tonasket was created to be a hub for information and contacts with local city and county agencies, as well as local businesses and real estate
connections. Their goal is to connect current and newly relocated individuals and businesses and “plug them in” with the best services, advice and experts
in the area. Opportunity Tonasket is like a leg-up, as if one already has a foothold in the community.
Together with several lifetimes of experience and family roots in the area, Opportunity Tonasket was formed as a result of local individuals and business
professionals passionate to preserve and improve Tonasket and the surrounding areas. We are a non-government entity and are not tied to any particular
city or county government or chamber of commerce. We pride ourselves as a civic-minded bunch, not hard-core business people, at the heart of the community, who want to see it grow and thrive.
In Tonsket our economy is stable, we create our own economic environment. If you want to have a place to grow up or raise your kids, this would be a good community, a good strong community, a healthy community,
active in the schools, wrestling, basketball, and football. A lot of close towns that we compete with on a friendly basis, include Oroville, Brewster, Bridgeport, it is just a very tight-knit community. If you want to become active in the agricultural, we have FFA programs, so that even a city kid can
learn a little bit about agriculture in farming/orchards and ranching. There are numerous branches of churches and religious services available.
Tonasket has a strong spiritual communty.
In Tonasket you can go to Canada for dinner and be home the same night; you can go to the coast for the weekend and come back. You can stay here and go
fishing, boating, waterskiing, you can go to Canada skiing in the winter time, you can go to Idaho snow skiing and be home that night, or that
weekend make a 2 day trip out of it, we are very close to a lot of recreational opportunities. Tonasket serves a resource based economy, which if your
familiar with how they classify businesses with would be called a primary, Tonasket derives its income from natural resources. Which includes mining,
forestry agriculture, fishing and the like. And that’s our base.
People come to Tonasket to enjoy a more sustainable lifestyle.
Current Business Listings:
Tonasket is a great place for P1FCU to be because it is a rural, small, and close knit community. When the community has a need or a tragedy everyone works together for the best interests of the town. Members of the community in Tonasket genuinely care about each other much like P1FCU cares about its members.
Owner: Beanadiction, LLC
Hello, My name is Korie Johansen and I am the owner/operator of Beanadiction, LLC, a quaint little coffee shop. I was recently asked why I chose to open a business here in Tonasket. Here is our story.
My husband and I moved here about ten years ago. We both work in the medical field and that is what brought us to the area. We didn’t come from far….just south, down the road a bit. I grew up in a small town in Washington State not far from here and love the small community aspect. I think there is something to be said for knowing your neighbor and watching out for one another. And your children growing up with friends they can play with in the dirt.
We plan on being here for the duration. We love our home and space. We have younger children that are in this school system. They are involved in sports and activities. And we want to see them grow up with a tight knit community and friends. The saying goes-It takes a village to raise a child.
We chose to open a business here in Tonasket because we want our roots here. We want to see our town thrive but in keeping the small town charm. It’s like the old show Cheers….’you wanna go where everyone knows your name’. We wanted to be a part of our community and know one another as individuals, not just a car driving by. We wanted to have a place for people to come and enjoy one another or have quiet reflexion time. We wanted it to be a safe place for children and comfortable for the elderly. And we wanted to be able to give back to our community as much as possible.
So, by opening a business locally, we can support locally. We shop here and support other small business here, so that helps keep revenue in our own town. I think that it is important for local businesses to support one another and help each other out. When times get tough, I feel it’s easier if we can all lean on one another and not deal with things by ourselves.
Owner: Lee Franks Merchantile
My name is Dave Kester. I pursued locating a hardware store to purchase in early 1990’s. Some of the criteria was a small agricultural town. I preferred one 25 to 50 miles from larger communities that may have box stores. I wanted an area rich in small town closeness with a strong community commitment. The community had a number of parks, a swimming pool, little league and soccer fields. The high school athletic department had all the major sport teams. The community boasted of many local activities and groups such as the FFA, rodeo club and arena, demolition derby, and the founder day activities to name a few. It took little time to find someone willing to talk about this community. Everyone that opened up to me had an extremely high regard for Tonasket, Washington.
I took a drive around the area admiring the scenery. Agriculture appeared to be strong. There were many lakes and I enjoy fishing. The area appeared as if there was abundant game for hunting. What was I missing? It didn’t take long to grow on me.
The hardware business appealed to me. This business had done well for the Frank family. It fit the mold I had in my head. After 25 years now I don’t regret moving here. That business has served me and my family well. You have to enjoy the positive aspects of a small town and learn to live with its slower pace of life.
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