Business Bites: Pizazz expanding; Tracy’s opening soon; Kelley Aline and GFPS win awards; Title 17 revisions

Pizazz Expansion

Pizazz is expanding into the former Fox’s jewelry space on the corner of Central Avenue and 4th Street.

The grand opening is scheduled for July 31.

In the space, they’re opening a gourmet market, take-n-go deli, selling local and international foods and spices plus wine, beer, spirits, even a few beers on tap.

“We are committed to being “green” and reducing our plastic use. So we’ll serve salads in Mason jars, etc.,” according to Rhonda Atkins, chief cook at Pizazz.

Like their oil and vinegar, there will be an initial $3 bottle/jar fee that will discounted when you come back for a refill.

The corner market will include:

  • Exotic spices
  • Oil and vinegars
  • Wine, with a wine tasting room; beer and spirits; $5 glasses of wine or beer on tap
  • $2 cups of coffee of the month;
  • mini deli with select charcuterie, cheese and olives;
  • market flower bunches by My Viola;
  • and take-n-go food, including gourmet sandwiches, mason jar salads, homemade ravioli, pesto, quiches, lasagna, bone broth and more (selection will vary depending on what the kitchen has got cooking); as well as Indian foods from Saibeen’s Kitchen.

Tracy’s Opening

Tracy’s Family Diner is preparing to reopen, under new ownership. They’re hoping to open in the next week or so.

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Kelley Aline Receives Edward Jones Award for Exceptional Achievement in Building Client Relationships

Kelley Aline of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Great Falls recently won the firm’s Ed Armstrong Award for her exceptional achievement in building client relationships.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the investments its financial advisors offer to the location of its branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm’s 18,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients and care for $1 trillion in assets under management. Visit our website at and recruiting website at Member SIPC.

Great Falls Public School wins National Award for their Community Public Relations and Business Goes to School Event

GFPS was recently awarded the Golden Achievement Award from the National Public School Relations Association for their Business Goes to School event.

Business Goes to School was a partnership with the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and the Great Falls Public School Foundation held in November with business leaders and GFPS principals.

The business leaders experienced what it was like to ‘manage’ a school as well as shadow the principal and/or assistant principal, visit classrooms, visit with parents, bus drivers and students. They experienced the challenges and issues educators face in today’s learning environment. After ‘shadowing’ the principals in 21 schools, they gathered to exchange their own experiences.

This annual event is planned again for 2019 in hopes to engage more community members to share challenges and success stories of our students, according to GFPS.

Title 17 Revisions

On July 9, the city planning board will consider proposed changes to  Title 17, the city’s land development code.

Most of the proposed changes are non-substantive. These changes include establishing and reserving Chapters 9 through 11 of Title 17. Other non-substantive changes include correcting typographical, grammatical, formatting, and referencing deficiencies in Title 17, Chapter 12.

The ordinance under consideration has minor substantive changes. The first change amends articles 1 and 2 to move zoning approval provisions from the Planning Advisory Board provisions to the Zoning Commission provisions. This amendment will be consistent with state law and current practice.

The second proposed substantive change is to eliminate repetitive election membership and officer regulations in the Zoning Commission regulations. The Zoning Commission is comprised of the same membership, term limits, and elected officers as the Planning Advisory Board. By simply cross referencing the PAB provisions in the ZC Article, a large amount of unnecessary language will be eliminated.

The final substantive change is removing Airport Zoning and Hazard Board designations from the Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment. These designations are not required under Montana Law and would be consistent with current practice.