Business Bites: Yes, Little Athens is coming downtown, eventually

Little Athens

Nicholas Geranios has purchased the former Bert and Ernie’s location at 300 1st Ave. S.

The Geranios family operates Little Athens in Holiday Village Mall and will be opening a restaurant in the former Bert and Ernie’s space though details are in flux.

Bert and Ernie’s closed suddenly in August and has been vacant since.

Bert and Ernie’s has officially closed

Dragon Well Acupuncture

Barbara Good, owner of Dragon Well Acupuncture in Great Falls, received a $14,000 Indian Equity Fund (IEF) grant from the Montana Department of Commerce to expand her practice. The grant assisted with equipment purchases and marketing allowing her to now offer Vibrational Sound Therapy in a newly remodeled space at 1415 Northwest Bypass.

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Blackfeet Outfitters

Alger Swingley, owner of Blackfeet Outfitters in Craig, was awarded a 10-year permit by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to the Great Falls Development Authority. The 10-year permit allows outfitting and guiding trips in the Badger Two-Medicine National Forest south of Glacier National Park.

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Montana Sheep Company

Montana Sheep Company of Fort Shaw, was awarded a Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) grant from the Montana Department of Agriculture, according to GFDA. Owner Tracie Roeder will use the $8,500 award to build a website and promote her Montana Wool branded blankets across the U.S. Montana Sheep Company grows and utilizes Targhee wool in their products.

Downtown Dice expanding; The Block opening soon; CHCC rebrands as Alluvion

The Party Place and Kids Fun Zone

The Party Place and Kids Zone has reopened in its new location at 901 9th St. N. The facility includes laser tag, bounce houses and more.

Fun Zone planning move into former Pacific Galleries building

Five Loaves

Five Loaves Coffeehouse and Bakery is closing.

After 14 years, Jonathan Martin has decided to retire, according to a Facebook post.

In the post, the owners wrote that they’re looking for a buyer for the Five Loaves Too shop on Smelter Avenue but the main shop on 2nd Avenue North will be remodeled and an American Sign Language community center will be opening.

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“Conservatory ASL Northwest (C.A.N.) is looking to ‘Connect, cultivate, and empower deaf and hearing signers of all ages by facilitating knowledge sharing and social interactions in American Sign Language,'” according to their post.

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