At The Gathering Place in Bonners Ferry, you will discover a place where locals are treated to a unique country store, delicious bakery and restaurant, and produce stand. Home to Sharon’s Country Store, The Bread Basket and 3-Mile Produce, The Gathering Place offers a variety of goods for those in the community, and they are ready to serve you.
Sharon’s Country Store has been a staple in the community since 2006. Owners Norv and Sharon Skrivseth purchased The Bread Basket bakery in 2014, and just last year, they added the 3-Mile Produce stand to their family of businesses.
When you walk through the door to Sharon’s Country Store, you will discover all-natural wholesome products, local specialty goods and handmade gifts all at a great value. Food items include everything from bulk foods, deli meats and cheeses, farm-fresh eggs and raw cow’s and goat’s milk from trusted local farmers, huckleberry products, honey, jams and jellies, coffee and teas, non-GMO and organic products, and gluten-free mixes and grains.
In addition, Sharon’s carries quality home and furniture items. You’ll find all-natural soaps, lotions and body care as well as fair-trade Bolga Baskets from Ghana, Africa. There are wooden toys, puzzles, train sets and old-fashion toys for the kids. Beautifully crafted Amish-made hickory gliders, rockers and additional old-world handmade products can also be found in the store. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, Sharon and Norv will be happy to special order it.
The enticing smells as you walk into the bakery, where they offer from-scratch baked goods and serve breakfast and lunch, are sure to arouse your appetite. At The Bread Basket bakery and restaurant, enjoy homemade breads, sweet pastries and cookies, including gluten-free options. Stop by for breakfast featuring breakfast sandwiches and burritos, scratch-made biscuits and sausage and more. Complement your meal with a specialty beverage including locally roasted coffee, lattes, frappes and smoothies.
Lunch offers seasonal daily specials with selections ranging from hot ham-and-cheese sandwiches, taco bowls, pulled-pork and grilled chicken sandwiches and grilled burgers to veggie sandwiches and wraps, salads and homemade soups If you haven’t tried one yet, stop in for the Full Nelson, The Bread Basket’s famously huge sandwich with meat and cheese and all the sides you can pile on! If you’re looking for something to take home and enjoy for dinner, they offer pre-made salads, take-and-bake lasagna, and individual and large homemade pizzas.
May through October, 3-Mile Produce offers a plethora of seasonally available fruits and vegetables direct from Washington growers. Right now you can still choose from a variety of freshly picked summer favorites, from kale and lettuce, blueberries and pears, to tomatoes and cucumbers and everything in between. With fall almost here, don’t miss out on the deliciously fresh selections still available for your enjoyment.
When it comes to what the Skrivseths find most rewarding about their business, Sharon says, “We love meeting new people and serving our loyal customers, who are there, day after day.”
The couple attributes the success of The Gathering Place to their customers. As Sharon says, “If they would not show up, we couldn't do what we do! We also have excellent employees who care about their jobs and serving others with a smile.” She adds, “We believe in treating our customers like friends, just like we like to be treated, giving them good customer service and great food with a smile.”
It is important to Norv and Sharon to give back to the community which has embraced them and their businesses and supported them year after year. The couple donates to various causes around the community including the Mt. Hall Auction, Ducks Unlimited, The Restorium and a number of local school events.
Gather together in Boundary County at The Bread Basket, Sharon's Country Store and 3-Mile Produce—The Gathering Place. They invite you to come, sit and stay awhile.
The Gathering Place
510752 Highway 95
Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805
Bread Basket: 208.267.4100
3-Mile Produce: 208.267.4241