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Avoid the mess, stay in the neighborhood

The election is over, the holidays are over and it already seems like it’s been a long, hard winter.

The shoveling, snowblowing and lack of road plowing has all been a bit much. Whether there is too much snow or melting slush, it all makes for horrible driving conditions. There are plenty of businesses in the Elk-Chattaroy area without having to fight that drive to Spokane. Most of them are on or just off Highway 2.

Starting at the south end of Chattaroy just east of Highway 2 on Chattaroy Road is Chattaroy Rentals and Repair, renting and servicing small equipment. Next on Highway 2 at Dennison-Chattaroy Road is the Chattaroy Hills Restaurant. It serves good, home-style cooking daily for breakfast and lunch, as well as dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings, and there’s a quaint little lounge in the back.

Heading north on Highway 2 is an area of businesses at Westwood Road. If you have any computer problems, the folks at Computer Repair are knowledgeable and helpful. If you need a hot drink to warm you up, the Coffee Hut has a drive-through or an inside area to relax. Peppi’s Pizza is on the same corner and, of course, serves pizza. Eat in or delivery is available in the area.

Across Westwood Road is the Prime Tyme Lounge. It offers libations and has several pool tables. Next door is Sienna Studio for all your hair and nails needs. Folks in the area were happy to see the gas station and mini-mart in the same complex reopen recently.

The next business area going north is Riverside Community. At Highway 2 and Laurel Road is Lady-in-the-Woods, a pleasant gallery to shop for local artisans’ work. On the southeast corner of Highway 2 and Deer Park-Milan Road is the Ram Drive-In with a full menu of burgers, sandwiches, sides and ice cream. On that same corner is Riverside Service, a full service station (debit/credit or they pump) with auto repair, parts and accessories.

On the northeast corner is the invaluable Riverside Family Foods. RFF is a full-service grocery store with a great deli and cheaper gas than in town. On the northwest corner is Riverside Medical and Dental Clinic. Just past the clinic is Jessica’s Barber and Salon and Northern Brew drive-through espresso. In the north end of Riverside Village Mobile Home Park is Carol’s Family Hair Care. About 1 1/2 miles north on Highway 2, in Toner’s Sand and Gravel building, is Rosha’s Remedies which offers a full array of fresh herbs, spices, supplements, natural make-up and some gift items.

Farther north on Highway 2, just before the flashing light at Elk-to-Highway Road, is All Around Rentals. It has U-Haul rentals, propane, notary service, hunting and fishing licenses, equipment rental, Half Moon feeds and video rentals. Across the highway is Miller’s One Stop, a gas station, mini-mart with hardware and a deli. Just north of Miller’s across the highway is Country Garden Farms. This Elk business has U-Bake Pizza with generous amounts of fresh toppings, a Mexican menu, espresso, fruit smoothies and ice cream.

Downtown Elk, about three miles east on Elk-to-Highway Road is where you’ll find the Elk VFW Post and the Elk Sentinel. The Elk VFW Post sponsors fun activities and good services for the people of the community including a free food bank on Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. (Information for membership at 292-8252 or 292-8250). The Sunday morning breakfast downstairs from 8 to 11 a.m. is open to the public.

For information and phone numbers of these and many other local services, pick up an Elk Sentinel newspaper at its office Tuesday through Thursday. Check out some area artifacts and pictures while you’re there.

So, you see, just about anything you need is available right in the neighborhood without driving very far or dealing with traffic on those messy roads.

Contact correspondent Billie Martin by e-mail at elkites@peoplepc.com.


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