Business Bites: Enbar, Hempl’s, Sip ‘n Dip make best of lists; Five Loaves Too has new owner; The Barn, Calico Rodeo closing

Three local establishments recently made best of lists from Big 7 Travel.


Enbar was named the best cocktail bar in Montana.

“Enbar is a stylish yet riotously fun bar that serves up handcrafted cocktails made with Montana spirits. Cocktails change with the seasons and there’s often specials, but there are a few highlights to look out for. We love the Whiskey Hillz: Dry Hills Distillery Bin7 Wheat Whiskey, fresh squeezed orange juice and chai syrup.”


Hempl’s was named the best donut shop in Montana.

“Hempl’s has been the go-to place for Great Falls locals for generations and is still a favourite spot for donuts. Trying to choose just one donut will be your only problem here, as they’re all so good. Stop by and take a donut (or a dozen of them) home with you – you won’t regret it.”

Sip ‘n Dip

The Sip ‘n Dip made the list of 50 best bars in the world.

“The Sip ‘n Dip Lounge is a Montana legend, with tiki cocktails, Piano Pat playing the keys and mermaids – yep, mermaids – swimming behind the bar. The most unique feature of this bizarre dive bar lounge is the glass wall between the bar and the swimming pool.”

Five Loaves Too

Beth McKinney is the new owner of Five Loaves Too.

McKinney told The Electric that she’d always wanted to do something of her own and was heartbroken when she heard the Five Loaves locations were closing.

“When I saw that the Riverview location was for sale, I knew I couldn’t let such a loved local business die,” she said.

The shop is currently open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. In November, McKinney said hours will expand to 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

McKinney said the most loved of the Five Loaves recipes will remain but she’ll work in some of her mother’s recipes as well as her own.

She said they’ll expand offerings to include daily lunch specials and plans to serve Wilcoxson’s ice cream.

McKinney said that after losing her mother this year she realized there’s no time like the present.

“My mama taught me to cook and bake and I know she’s still with me in this adventure,” McKinney said. “I will rebrand the cafe in her honor at the end of January.”

The Barn Vintage Treasures

The Barn Vintage Treasures is closing after 11 years.

There will be a liquidation auction on Nov. 2 at 9 a.m. at 816 15 St. N.

On the website, owner Julie Knight, posted that “It’s been a wonderful ride with lots of twists and turns. I had hoped that our Monthly Market would be a great hit. The fact is that Great Falls is just not ready for such fabulousness. I gave it a shot, it didn’t work. Now it’s time to move on. I’m not sure what the future will hold for me but I can promise you that you have not seen the last of me.”

Calico Rodeo

Calico Rodeo on the corner of 8th Avenue North and 9th Street is closing Dec. 23.

The store had closing sale signs in the windows on Oct. 14 and posted over the weekend on their Facebook page that “all good things must come to an end…furniture and fixtures for sale, discounts throughout the store.”