Winter seems to be the time when contractors can tackle remodeling jobs and many businesses are in the process of spiffing up their places.

The Money Train Casino has done a remodel and invites you to stop by and check out their inviting lounge and casino areas. They are located at 1110 West Custer Ave. and work hard to provide ongoing training for their staff to provide the best service possible.

Melaque Restaurant also recently added new flooring, new booths, new tables and repainted their restaurant for a fresh look. They are still cooking up your favorite dishes and hope you will stop by to enjoy good food in a great atmosphere. They are located at 1827 Prospect Ave. and you can contact them at 422-1695.

We recently enjoyed a great chamber event at Montana Radio Company in their new building on Airport Road. What a great group of people and nice that they are locally owned. They are featuring Montana musicians on their stations for the month of February.

Crowley Dental has changed their name to Montana Roots Dental Care. They are located at 2744 Colonial Drive. Dr. Crowley practiced in Helena for many years and has retired, selling the practice to Dr. Heidi Browne. Dr. Browne has been an associate in the practice since 2011. You can contact them at 406-442-0282.

The Cutting Edge Laser Works is a new company locally owned right here in Helena. This laser engraving company has 3 state of the art lasers, including a fiber laser that engraves on just about anything from wood, rock, anodized aluminum, brass, platinum, silver, titanium, stainless steel, and much more. They customize gifts for any occasion and also items for companies wanting their logos engraved. Owners are Steve Utick and Jennifer Utick and they are located at 2940 Fantasy Road. Contact them at 406-351-0393 or email at .

We have heard that the Home 2 Suites by Hilton hotel being completed north of Lowe's has plans to open in April and will have a grand opening in early summer. The hotel has 95 rooms that are fully equipped suites. The hotel, located at 3325 N. Sanders St., will have standard studio suites and one-bedroom suites that will offer Hilton quality stays. They are already booking rooms for May and the summer. Call 1-406-996-1051.

Happy Birthday to the Montana Historical Society — 153 years young this year!!! Hard to believe that the pioneers of Montana had the foresight to start this organization so early in our history to ensure that Montana’s beginnings and past were preserved for generations to come. We are very lucky to have this world class collection of artifacts plus all of the services of the MHS in Helena. Congratulations MHS and thanks for all you do! They recently launched an online exhibit that you can check out at .

Not far behind the Montana Historical Society, the Helena Chamber also has a long history! We officially became a chamber in 1890 — the first in Montana — however our roots started with the Helena Board of Trade in 1873. Pretty cool to think how progressive Helena business owners were back then!

For those of you wanting to get in touch with your artist-within, the Holter Museum is starting Corks and Canvas, their first Friday painting party! It will be this coming Friday, Feb. 9, and will have an instructor to help you step-by-step through re-creating a selected painting. They provide all the materials but you bring your own style and inspiration! It costs $35 for Holter members and $40 for non-members per evening. Cost includes your first glass of wine or beer plus the materials to create your masterpiece! Space is limited so register early. Visit or call 442-6400 Extension 115.

Cathy Burwell is president/CEO of the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce.