Business Bites: Double Barrel reincarnated in former Pickle Barrel; Allure Aesthetics wins national award

The Double Barrel Coffee House Cafe is getting ready to open in early November in the space formerly occupied by the Pickle Barrel at 1500 9th Ave. S.

Nathaniel and Reba Cunningham have been working to clean up the space that’s been vacant for about seven years and are bringing back some of the favorites from the old Double Barrel that was on the westside of the city.

But they’re also adding their own style with a full coffee bar, breakfast and lunch, homemade biscuits with a wide range of rotating flavors as well as homemade pies. They’re hoping to use as many local ingredients as possible and everything will be homemade.

They’ll be serving Black Rifle Coffee Company coffee and said they’ll be the first in the state to do so, though Scheel’s recently started carrying bulk Black Rifle Coffee.

The Cunninghams are from Kansas and had lived in Great Falls when Nathaniel was stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base several years ago. Now in their 30s, they said they made great friends here and loved the landscape. So they decided to move back and are now open a business with Christian undertones and plans to use the business to help serve the community. One of their goals is to take 10 percent of profits each month and reinvest it into the community in some fashion, whether it be through a customer, employee or some other avenue. They’re still working out those details but both said they wanted to find ways to serve this community beyond breakfast, lunch and coffee.

The Cunninghams are opening the Double Barrel with their friend Lucas Cyr, who’s lived in Great Falls since 1994. The idea has morphed over the last year or so and they happened on a former owner of the Double Barrel who allowed the trio to use some of the favorite recipes and the name of the former restaurant. They’re also bringing on a cook from the former Double Barrel.

The upstairs seating area is small, but they’ve also added comfy chairs and side tables to the lower levels in the hopes of creating a cozy coffeehouse atmosphere for people to gather and linger whether for meetings, reading or Bible studies.

Rice in D.C.

Sheila Rice, former executive director of NeighborWorks Great Falls, has been named interim chief operating officer for NeighborWorks America. The job is in D.C. for about six months.

Allure Aesthetics

The locally owned Allure Aesthetics Med Spa in downtown Great Falls is undergoing a complete exterior renovation at 525 1st Ave. N. The project includes a new roof, siding and fresh paint and should be finished by the end of the week. They also did an indoor renovation in 2017.

In honor of the remodel, Allure is offering “Liquid Lifts” for $999, a service that’s normally $2,000.

Allure Aesthetics Med Spa in Great Falls was recently awarded the highest level of accomplishment available to CoolSculpting practices in the U.S. They received the Diamond Crystal Award, which is based on achieving the highest level in Crystal Rewards, a multi-tiered customer rewards program recognizing the most successful practices within the elite network of CoolSculpting Centers.

Allure’s CoolSculpting technicians are experts in performing the procedure. Their office is equipped with multiple CoolSculpting devices and CoolSculpting treatment rooms. They are one of few centers in the country that offers “DualSculpting,” which allows them to treat two areas at the same time. This cuts the treatment time for many patients in half.

“We are so honored and excited to receive CoolSculpting’s Diamond Crystal Award,” Kimberly Heck, NP and Allure Aesthetics’ medical director, said in a release. “It is a testament to the hard work of our staff and to the benefit of our patients to be working with a company that has achieved the highest honor offered by CoolSculpting. We look forward to helping clients in Montana reduce stubborn fat with this amazing new technology.”

Gogo opens downtown real estate office

Joann Gogo has opened a new real estate office for Corder and Associates at 5th Street North, No. 6 in downtown.

Krista Smith honored

Krista Smith, a member of the Home Builders Association of Great Falls, was honored with the Montana Building Industry Association Associate of the Year Award. This award is given to a member who is an outstanding advocate for the building industry.

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