Category Archives: Food and Agriculture

Farmers’ Market vendor meeting is April 17

The Great Falls Farmers’ Market is planning to have a season this summer, but things will be different. For vendors or those interested in being vendors, an informational meeting is scheduled for April 17 in the Gibson Room at the Civic Center. Pre-registration is required for the meeting and there will be sessions at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1

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Business Bites: New Starbucks location; Child Bridge office; Greystone Inn construction; Big Sky Cheese/Silver Falls Distillery update; Rise Athletics gets bid to world championships; Voyagers add military tickets; Foothills students place at video competition

Starbucks Starbucks is planning another location on the west side. The city planning office received a permit application from the company on Feb. 17 and staff is reviewing the application. The project would involve demolition of the former Rogers Jewelers building at 1205 3rd St. N.W. and construction of a 2,018-square-foot store, according the permit application. Access Fitness Access Fitness

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Business Bites: Maria’s Mexican Restaurant is moving; Colored Snow moving into downtown; GF Craft Beer Week is on; Russell is retiring from Lewis and Clark Foundation; Chamber holding Ag Celebration Week

Maria’s Mexican Restaurant Maria’s Mexican Restaurant is moving to the former Rikki’s location at 1220 9th St. S. The last day in the current location on Central Avenue is March 20 and they hope to open in the new location on April 6. Colored Snow Colored Snow, a shaved ice vending unit that has operated as a food truck but

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Business Bites: St. Patrick’s Day Parade canceled; Spark Architecture now a B-Corp; Rocky Mountain BiometRX opens in Great Falls; NeighborWorks kicks off fund drive; Howard’s Pizza opening downtown dining room; Park and Rec office reopening; Corder donates to Toby’s House

St. Patrick’s Day Parade “Friends, It is with great regret we inform you once again, the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade has been canceled due to Covid-19 and our concern for the public’s health and safety. We look forward to next year when we can all celebrate our Heritage on March 17.” –Great Falls Division, Ancient Order of Hibernians Howard’s

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Feasting in the Falls: Great Falls Restaurant Week 2021

Everybody has to eat. And Great Falls has an abundance of local restaurants, many of which are holding their own through COVID-19. It’s been a bit since we had a community-wide restaurant week and the pandemic certainly complicates our lives, but as things are improving, it felt like a good time to celebrate all the local eateries and watering holes.

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County fair board, commissioners at odds over role, relationship with staff

Tensions between County Commissioners, county staff and the Montana ExpoPark/Montana State Fair Advisory Board are high. In December, the fair board sent a letter to the County Commission requesting information about ExpoPark operations, particularly financials, and expressed frustration over previous requests that had been rebuffed and they’d been told that “the advisory board does not need to know” or “the

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County health board votes to change COVID-19 regulations effective Jan. 22

The Cascade County City-County Board of Health has adjusted the COVID-19 restrictions in the county. During a special Jan. 20 meeting, the board voted to expand operating capacity to 75 percent for restaurants, cafes, coffee houses, bars, casinos, gyms, movie theatres, etc. and they may stay open until 12:30 a.m. Those changes go into effect at 5 a.m. Jan. 22

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Business in Profile: Sandra Johnson-Thares

Sandra Thares runs Big Sky Development Enterprises Inc. doing business as the O’Haire Inn, Sip n’ Dip Lounge, and Clark and Lewie’s Pub and Grill. The Great Falls native moved to Spokane in the 5th grade and completed junior high, high school and college in Billings. Thares moved back to Great Falls in 1992. “I swore I’d never run the family

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