The graveyard of businesses

After a long spring, summer, and fall of business restrictions and additional costs, and now facing more drastic restrictions as we enter the critical holiday season, there's no doubt that many of our local businesses won't be able to make it through the slow winter season in an even more constricted manner. 

While many aspects of the spread and impact of COVID-19 are carefully tracked and analyzed, the consequences and fallout from the Governor's reckless executive actions in response, are not paid nearly so much attention. Therefore, we find that we must track this metric of consequence to our local communities ourselves.

As Governor Inslee has taken full executive control of the COVID-19 response in the state, with no input from the legislature and other checks and balances in our system of government, it is then very fair to pin the full consequences of his irresponsible actions solely on him. Hence the reason why this list is named "Inslee's List - The Dead Business Log".

If you know of a business or large event that should be on this list, please leave a comment with the details, or send a message via the Contact form on the top menu.

List Updated: August 25th, 2021


 Dead Businesses:

  • Agni Yoga Studio - Twisp
  • J.C Penny - Omak Omache Shopping Center
  • Judy's Trading Post - Okanogan
  • Roadhouse 97 - Omak
  • Sixknot Cider Taphouse - Winthrop
  • Twisp Movement Studio


Major events are also a type of business, and often plan and prepare for their events throughout the year. If they can't actually hold the event, which is what brings in the revenue for the year, then there's a major impact to the organizers, as well as to the individuals who would have attended.


Canceled Major Events for 2021: 

  • Methow Valley Arts Festival - Twisp
  • Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival - Winthrop
  • Winthrop Kiwanis Bite of the Methow
  • Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival 
  • Methow Valley Labor Day Rodeo - Winthrop


Canceled Major Events for 2020:

  • Chelan Ridge Hawkwatch - Pateros
  • Christmas at the End of the Road annual Santa Claus appearance and related events - Winthrop
  • Confluence Gallery and Art Center summer events including the annual Home Tour - Twisp
  • Halloween 2020 - many individual events canceled - Twisp/Winthrop
  • Okanogan Family Faire aka Barter Faire - Tonasket
  • Okanogan County Fair - 73rd annual
  • Omak Stampede
  • The Merc Playhouse production of “Fantastic Mr. Fox” - Twisp
  • The Merc Playhouse’s summer productions - Twisp
  • Methow Arts 2020 Arts Festival - Twisp
  • Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival - Winthrop
  • Methow Valley Memorial Day Rodeo - Winthrop
  • Methow Valley Labor Day Rodeo - Winthrop
  • The Methow Valley Theater production of “The Wizard of Oz” - Twisp
  • Mistletoe Madness & Winter Market - Twisp
  • North Central Regional Library events and programs - Winthrop & Twisp
  • Northwest Outward Bound School spring/summer/fall programs - Mazama
  • Trashion Show - Twisp
  • Twisp Fourth of July parade
  • Winterfest - Tonasket
  • Winthrop ’49er Days
  • Winthrop Holiday Shopping Bazaar
  • Winthrop Kiwanis Bite of the Methow
  • Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival
  • Winthrop Vintage Wheels Show
  • Zumiez sales staff annual gathering - Winthrop
  • and numerous smaller meetings, productions, and events


Inspiration and some excerpts from Inslee's List - The Dead Business Log group on Facebook, which is attempting to track some of the COVID-19 response impact on small and local businesses statewide.


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