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Great Falls Greats 2023 voting open

The Electric is celebrating what makes Great Falls Great and unique with its local businesses and places. The focus is on local businesses, but we know some chains have locally owned franchises. It’s the fourth annual Great Falls Greats contest and we’ve kept many of the same categories, with a few new ones. This year, we made the categories multiple

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The Living Room celebrates one year with new owner

Throughout the fall and winter months, we’ll be featuring local businesses who were selected as winners in The Electric’s annual Great Falls Greats contest, which is held in June. This week, Michelle Bebbington celebrated the one year anniversary of ownership at The Living Room. The salon is two-time winner of The Electric’s Great Falls Greats contest. She closed on the

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Great Falls readers: Silver linings from COVID

For this year’s Great Falls Greats contest, our wild card question asked about silver linings from COVID-19. Some of you shared meaningful answers and we’ve rounded up many of them here. “Appreciating the little things.” “Great Falls Take Down group bringing Great Falls together.” “Sparse population and access to the outdoors so we could stay more free than other states.”

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What makes a community? A look at what’s great about Great Falls

What makes a community? What makes it tick, what excites its residents, what brings them out for fun or civic engagement? What makes them upset, what inspires them to work toward improvement? Every town has things to celebrate and things to improve. All towns have their own character, a unique vibe or community fabric that defines them in some way.

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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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