Business Bites: ArtsFest needs sponsors; Craft Beer Week needs volunteers; LifeStyle Building grand opening; Rise Athletics places at world championships; free Voyagers tickets for healthcare workers; Pickwick’s and 360 Office Solutions merge; Ballantyne joins Spark Architecture; urgent care clinic coming to 609 10th Avenue South

ArtsFest Montana

ArtsFest Montana is coming back this summer with more murals planned in the downtown area.

Going into the event’s third year, the Business Improvement District is looking for sponsors to help fund more murals.

The event is organized by the Business Improvement District and began in 2019 with four new murals and the creation of the Electric City ArtWalk in the 5th Street South alley; and in 2020 added 11 new murals.

Cameron Moberg has lead the team of artists both years and will be returning in August.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the event should contact Joan Redeen at or 406-727-5430.

LifeStyle Building

The LifeStyle Building, with its Haute Hive co-working space, at 721 Central Ave., is hosting a grand opening 4-7 p.m. June 4.

The building previously housed Rod’s Music and has been renovated into “high end office space for professionals looking to network and establish community,” according to the building owners.

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The building will have more than 15,000 square feet of renovated space with 16 executive suites, two presidential suites, two closing rooms, two conference rooms and a training center, with a parking lot.

LifeStyle Real Estate Firm will occupy the first floor of the building. The company was launched in January 2017 by Great Falls natives Trevor and Candra Niswanger and partner Madyson Oakes.

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The second floor will have executive officers, presidential suits and open concept workstations that are available to the community for daily rates, monthly memberships and yearly leases, Oakes told The Electric in September.

Craft Beer Week

Great Falls Craft Beer Week is set for June 6-12. Organizers are planning tap takeovers, trivia night, dinner pairings, olympics, golf scramble, and Brewfest is scheduled for June 12.

Lots of volunteers are needed for events June 10-12 and you can sign up here.

Rise Athletics compete at world championship

Rise Athletics at the 2021 world championship in Florida. Photo courtesy Lani McCarthy.

Great Falls’ only all-star competitive cheer team, Elevation, won a full paid bid to the invitation-only inaugural All Star Worlds competition in May at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. where they took first on the first day of competition out of 32 teams, sending them through to the second day of competition where they placed sixth, according to Lani McCarthy, Rise’s director.

“They were the only team from Montana at the coveted world championship,” McCarthy said.

Rise Athletics is an All Star Cheerleading, which is competitive cheerleading, facility. The athletes train all year to compete. In a March competition, the senior team Atmosphere took third. The junior team, Elevation, took Grand Champs, earning them a spot at the world championship.

Free Voyagers tickers for healthcare workers

The University of Providence is sponsoring the Great Falls Voyagers game June 4 to honor caregivers and will be giving out free tickets to healthcare workers who show their badge at the stadium gate. The university will have a booth highlighting their variety of healthcare programs offered both online and in-person. The game starts at 7 p.m. against Billings. 

Pickwick’s merger

Pickwick’s Office City has merged with 360 Office Solutions and the latter has moved into the Pickwick’s building at 601 9th St. S.

“The merger brings greater opportunities to make the customer experience even stronger with greater product selections, customized solution options that work for your business, delivery beyond the door and exceptional customer service that is a phone call away,” according to the company.

They can be reached at 406-727-9465 or 406-761-3449.

Spark Architecture and Ballantyne Design Associates merge

Spark Architecture, a woman-owned B-Corp owned by Sophia Sparklin has joined forces with Keith Ballantyne, founder of Ballantyne Design Associates LLC and Pique Architecture. Ballantyne is joining Spark Architecture as a shareholder and chief design officer and is bringing projects such as the new Gibson Hotel (formerly Greystone Inn) to the Spark portfolio, according to Sparklin.

Urgent Care

Nova Health and EIG14T have been issued a permit to renovate the former insurance office at 609 10th Ave. S. into an urgent care clinic.

Nova has recently opened a clinic in Butte and entered Montana in 2019 by acquiring former Zip Clinic locations in Belgrade and Bozeman.