The Chamber reminds you to “Think Before You Click” this holiday season! It is so important to support the Helena Area Businesses! They support your sports teams, school groups and local causes, and pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Helena economy.

They need your support in order to continue that support for Helena. Online purchases send dollars out of town that will never help Helena or local causes. This year, shop local and “Think before you click”! Your support will make a difference!

As you strive to “shop local,”consider giving a Downtown Helena Gift Card -- available at its offices at 318 Fuller Ave. (across the street from the Valley Bank downtown). Remember, the gift cards are only available at this location, NOT at the Chamber Building on Cruse Ave.

Saturdays with Santa

Downtown Helena also reminds you that Saturdays with Santa coming up are: Dec. 9 at JMAC’s Pottery; Dec. 16 at Ten Mile Creek Brewery; and Dec. 23rd at Prickly Pear Quilts. All events are from 1-4 p.m. and Santa will be available for photos (no photographer; you take your own photo).

New businesses

New to Helena is Triple Tree Engineering. They are currently at 3102 Old Broadwater Lane, but they will be moving soon, possibly to the downtown area. Owners are Brad Koon and Jason Crawford, who have a combined 30+ years of engineering expertise with a focus on civil site design and grading, utilities, municipal systems, roadways, private development and more. They have working relationships with federal, state, and local regulatory and funding agencies and understand their systems and their requirements. You can contact them at 461-0692 or check out their website at

Copperleaf Design Center, located at 1018 Custer Avenue #9, is your store for repurposed furniture, rust-enhanced décor, Rewind Candles, and many other things. They offer design services, staging, and can also teach you how to redo your cabinets or furniture in fun classes of 6-8 people max. Their classes are varied such as basic furniture painting, decorative bottle, wall, or photo transfers onto wood – give them a call to see about upcoming classes. It is owned by Carla Martens, whom you can contact at 451-1024. The center is Montana’s Premier Dealer of Fusion Mineral Paint.

The espresso place near the Overland Express has been purchased by the Overland. Look for great drinks and options -- congratulations to them on their expansion!

Montana Lifestyle Real Estate LLP is located at 1205 Butte Ave. Suite 3 and is owned by Karen Goldsberry, an owner/ broker/Realtor®. Karen has been a Realtor in the Helena area since 2013 and loves helping people find the home that fits their needs and their dreams. Karen can help you, too: Call her at 406-438-2557 or email at

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Moves and milestones

Administrators announced that the Commissioner of Higher Education’s office and its 45 employees are moving to the fourth floor of the former Blue Cross building at 560 N. Park Ave. The commissioner’s office has downsized since the federal government’s direct student loan program eliminated the need of about 50 employees in Montana’s guaranteed student loan office. (They have been in the building with Student Assistance on Broadway near the hospital.) St. Peter’s Hospital has purchased their former building for future expansion.

Congratulations to Exploration Works, which celebrated its 10 year anniversary recently! With the holidays coming up and the kids out of school (or grandkids/friends visiting), it is the perfect place to visit and check out their ever-changing displays and interactive science displays & learning opportunities.

Kudos to Mike Mergenthaler of the Helena Chamber and Spook Stang of the Montana Motor Carriers Association for their work to put together a wonderful event at the Capitol on Nov. 17 when the nation’s Christmas tree stopped in Helena on its way from the Kootenai Forest of northwestern Montana to Washington, D.C. Over a thousand people checked out the tree on its large trailer and enjoyed cookies and cocoa that were sponsored and handed out by Opportunity Bank. Gov. Steve Bullock, Mayor Jim Smith and Attorney General Tim Fox addressed the crowd as did the U.S. Forest Service. Christmas carols from the Helena High School Ambience Choir made the event even more special.

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


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