Co-op Business Partner Profile: Little Green Guesthouse

Sharon Dunn, owner of the Little Green Guesthouse, began renting her lovely house in 2008. The Little Green Guesthouse was one of the first guesthouses to open in Moscow. It is located on a quiet shady street close to downtown Moscow. It can sleep four people with one bedroom and a full-sized hide-a-bed couch. Guests choose their own numbers for the lock box on the house so they can arrive any time after 2 pm and let themselves in.

When Sharon purchased the house, it was a shell with no flooring or kitchen, so she was able to choose materials with a nightly rental in mind. The pretty kitchen has a large farm-style porcelain sink and is fully stocked with dishes, utensils and cooking pans. An outdoor barbecue grill is also available. Guests appreciate being able to cook their own food, especially those with special diet restrictions. Her guests enjoy being close to downtown where they can walk to the Co-op and buy healthy food or to restaurants like the Breakfast Club and Bloom for a tasty breakfast. The house has cable TV and a supply of games to play. Sharon even created a Moscowopoly game for her guests.

Sharon and other owners of guesthouses in Moscow, Pullman, Uniontown, and Palouse have formed a union and work together to bring people to our beautiful part of the country. They offered a tour of guesthouses in spring 2016, and they recently set up a group website: stayonthepalouse.com

Sharon has stayed in many other guest houses and picked up ideas for her own place while doing so. She enjoys placing things in the guesthouse to make it pretty for her guests. She puts out comment cards for guest to fill in and has made improvements based on their suggestions – such as offering a selection of teas, providing a DVD player and cable, faster Wi-Fi, and putting in a full length mirror.

Sharon is a big fan of living green. Her Little Green Guesthouse offers a green lodging alternative. Shampoo and conditioner are supplied in non-disposable packaging, paper products are all 100% pcc (post-consumer content), reusable shopping bags are provided for use during your stay, and recycling and composting are offered. The house is also equipped with a dual flush toilet, an on-demand water heater, and a water filter installed on the kitchen sink, eliminating the need for bottled water.

Sharon has two children and one grandchild. She and her son live right next door to the Little Green Guesthouse so she is readily available to attend to the needs of her guests. She also works half-time at Gritman Medical Center doing payroll. This allows her to spend 20 hours a week working with the guesthouse and spending time on her new business venture of helping other guesthouse owners out with their web design, bookkeeping and caretaking needs. When Sharon finds a bit of extra time, she enjoys camping, traveling, kayaking on lakes, reading, and home improvement.

Sharon has lived all over the country, but is originally from the mid-west: Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in Health Policy and Administration. After college she had been living in California and decided to move back east. As she traveled through Idaho, she fell in love with the state and has now lived in Moscow longer than any other place.

To learn more about Sharon and her lovely guesthouse, check out her website: littlegreenguesthouse.com

LITTLE GREEN GUESTHOUSE IS A MOSCOW FOOD CO-OP BUSINESS PARTNER

  • Through our Business Partner Program, Co-op owners receive a discount on locally-owned businesses that partner with the Co-op, and the Co-op promotes our locally-owned partners.
  • Co-op members who book guests at the Little Green Guesthouse receive a complimentary Little Green Guesthouse mug
  • Little Green Guesthouse can be contacted at 208-669-1654 or sharon@littlegreenguesthouse
  • For more information about the Co-op's Business Partner Program, please ask for a brochure and/or an application at the Customer Service Desk or click here