Business Bites: Ulmers closing; Anderson ZurMuehlen merging; first marijuana dispensary moving forward in city limits; The Wild Hare launching brunch; Colored Snow closing downtown location; apartments completed; spas coming


Ulmers Auto and Truck Service is closing Dec. 30 as the owners are retiring.

They stopped taking new work on Dec. 15 to allow time to finish existing work.

Owner Greg Ulmer said his dad opened the shop in 1945 with the goal of providing “professional, full-service repair and maintenance with consistent and friendly service. We have fulfilled that dream and had the good fortune of providing mechanical services to generations of customers.”

Business Bites: Klover going online; MT Pints potentially closing; Let’s Play moving; Ignite Great Falls; Carnivorium for sale; apartment redevelopment planned; new event center open

Anderson ZurMuehlen

Anderson ZurMuehlen is merging with Pinion, a Colorado firm, effective Jan. 1.

Top Shelf Botanicals

The city planning office issued the building permit for the proposed Top Shelf Botanicals marijuana dispensary to renovate space in the Wheat Building at 750 6th St. S.W.

They company also submitted their sign permit application.

First legal marijuana dispensary planned for west side of Great Falls

The city hasn’t received their Safety Inspection Certificate application yet as they’re still going through the state licensing process.

The Wild Hare

The Wild Hare and Harvest Craft Kitchen are launching their new brunch on Jan. 1.

The menu includes handcrafted benedict’s, farmhouse specials to tasty stuffed French toast.

Brunch includes the option for $12 bottomless mimosas that must be purchased with a breakfast entrée, as well as Caesars.

Brunch is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Colored Snow

Colored Snow is closing their brick and mortar location at the corner of Central Avenue and 5th Street, effective immediately.

But they’ll still be serving shaved ice, and hopefully waffles, at events throughout the city during the summer of 2023.


The city planning office had received a building permit application to renovate the building located at 1908 10th Ave. S. for a business selling hot tubs spas and massage chairs.

Business Bites: Belles and Lace, Bed Bath and Beyond closing; first Arc Apartments getting ready to open; Phoenix Tea open; second Al Banco spot open; permits for new restaurants including Highway 55; Montana Credit Union expanding; Wendy’s still looking for second location

Arc Apartments

The city planning office has issued a temporary occupancy permit for another apartment building at the Arc Apartments complex on Division Road. The contractor is planning to have the third building ready for occupancy by February, according to the city.

Swains Spring Service

The owners of Swains Spring Service, which has operated in Great Falls since 1912, are retiring. Jeff Carlisle and Jim Blunn have owned the company since 1992 and were employed there prior.

They have sold the business to Mike and Lori Kite.

Got a business bite? Email it to and put business bite in the subject line.