Stevenson distillery ‘excited’ to begin welcoming tourists back


Businesses in Skamania County are ready to reopen

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Skamania County has been approved to reopen more businesses under Phase Two of Washington’s reopening plan. Businesses in the town of Stevenson are getting ready to welcome customers back once again.

Dan “Skunk” Donoho, co-owner of Skunk Brothers Spirits in Stevenson, Wash. May 17, 2020 (KOIN)

Those business owners are excited to open their doors. KOIN 6 News spoke with the owner of Skunk Brothers Spirits about their plans. Co-owner Dan “Skunk” Donoho said they have been making hand sanitizer and working on their online sales while the distillery has been closed. He said they have also used the time to get some maintenance done. But they are hoping to reopen the doors of their tasting room to the public very soon.

“We have very few employees so the six-foot distance does not bother us,” said Donoho. “Our tasting room is set up. Even if they do relax the rules, we can still maintain six feet, so we’ve been doing that all along.”

Governor Jay Inslee’s office has provided some industry-specific guidance for businesses that want to reopen. Donoho said he’s getting everything in place to be ready.

Washington state officials said business activities are not authorized to resume until a number of safety criteria are met. Some of those guidelines include placing hand sanitizer at the entries for all staff and patrons, limiting guest capacity to 50% of the maximum building occupancy, and placing tables six feet apart when measures from occupies chair to chair.

“We want your employees and business’s owner to go through this once—we don’t want to go through this twice,” said Inslee during a press briefing last week.

Donoho said he was keeping a close eye on the business climate. He said he’s already seen kite-boarders and wind-surfers slowly starting to return to the river that the distillery looks out on.

“To get the tourists back, get them in here—we are in a beautiful location for them and we need them to hell support our business,” said Donoho. “So, we are excited.”

While Skunk Brothers Spirits gets ready to reopen, you can still support the distillery by buying liquor and hand sanitizer online.

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