Downtown Dice expanding; The Block opening soon; CHCC rebrands as Alluvion
The owners of Downtown Dice and Games had considered buying Amazing Toys before it went out of business but are instead expanding their own business into the space next door and adding a specialty toy shop.
Nicole Wiegand said Friday that they’re hoping to open the new space this spring.
The expansion will also come with rebranding and a new name, she said during Great Falls Development Authority’s Ignite Great Falls event on Friday.
The space will have a new store front with large windows and the space has original hardwood floors that date to the early 1900s, she said.
Wiegand said the interior will have pass throughs so customers can move between each side easily and the specialty toy side will have games, puzzles, toys, arts and crafts and more.
It will be a “one stop shop for play, games and fun,” she said.
The Block sandwhich shop on 5th Street should be opening in the next month or so, Scott Reasoner said during Fridays’ event.
They’ll have an open kitchen concept and elevated sandwhiches, to include grilled cheese.
Reasoner said that much like the partner’s operation next door at Enbar, The Block source ingredients locally as much as possible.
He said the menu will probably be posted to their social media sites late next week.
They’ve also struck a deal with Blue Truck Bread for an exclusive bread that will only be available at The Block. The bakery out of Power will continue to sell their other bread varieties at the farmer’s market and other local shops.
Reasoner said The Block will also have 24 beer taps.
The Community Health Care Center has split from Cascade County and is now Alluvion.
The health provider is rebranding and will launch the new logos and colors in the near future, Melissa Darko said during Friday’s event.
The company is in the process of purchasing the Rocky Mountain Building and that deal is scheduled to close Feb. 1.
Trista Besich, chief executive officer, said that they plan to put construction out to bid this summer and it’s a two-year phased plan to move staff into the building that has been vacant since a 2009 fire.
They’ll eventually have about 200 employees in the building, she said, and about 60 percent of those will be professional positions.
Alluvion is also expanding school based clinics into Belt, with a site that will open next week and they acquired The Family Practice at 601 1st Ave. N. and will be expanding services into that space, Besich said Friday.
Opportunity Bank has moved into its new space on River Drive and will also be operating in the former Wells Fargo building downtown.
Dutton State Bank has a branch in Wells Fargo currently, but Dutton’s parent company, Bank of Townsend is being merged into Opportunity Bank.