As this column will appear on Christmas Eve, I would like to extend a happy holiday greeting to everyone from myself and the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce. May you all have a blessed holiday with your family and friends. I am so thankful to live in this wonderful city of Helena and noticed so many people being generous this year with gifts, money, and time for all the worthy causes in our community.

I am hopeful that you supported our local businesses as you shopped this season. I know the businesses appreciate your support. I noticed on social media that Capital Sports had such great support that it was able to recently donate nice sized checks to five local non-profits. This is the perfect example of why we need to support local businesses — so they can give back to our community!

We do have some new businesses to note. Deaton Chaps LLC, owned and operated by Sydney and Dennis Deaton, is a business producing high-quality western chaps and chinks. They originally started their business as a wholesaler for western stores but have decided to open to the public with the goal of producing their quality products at a price everyone can afford. You can check out their website at or call them at (406) 461-2844. They work out of their home on Sharptail Drive.

Keeping in line with national and statewide trends, Helena is getting another microbrewery. The Crooked Furrow will be coming in the spring of 2018 at 2801 N. Roberts Street. The owners are Montana natives coming from two farm families plus a Butte boy who are putting their passion into creating cutting edge beer that people love into this business. David McKeever, Nick Diehl, and Mick Mondloch are in the process of focusing on classic brews plus some fresh, dynamically cultivated recipes. You can check it out at

Also new to Helena is Can-Do Ideas owned by Anthony Butler. Can-Do Ideas is one of the leading Inbound Marketing agencies in the country. His expertise is in digital marketing and he is also the author of “Cracking the IT Code.” Anthony is a professional speaker and his talks on leadership, Inbound Marketing and technology have garnered rave reviews. He is also a decorated combat veteran and a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point. You can contact him at 406-404-6334 or his email is . Office location is temporarily at 48 N. Last Chance Gulch, Suite B.

RB Drive-in (now R&B Restaurant) and under new management — Ray and Ann Norton, who are making some great changes. They will offer the traditional menu favorites but have added some new ones, and a Montana favorite — huckleberry milkshakes made with real ice cream! Always great to see new energy come in and work to keep a Helena icon going for all to enjoy!

New to Helena is Seven Devils Crossfit located off of McHugh Drive at 3370 Colton Drive Suite B. The three local owners are Alex Tubbs, Kyle Cicero, and Krista Boutilier. They can tailor a program specifically for you and your needs. You can check them out at or on their facebook page

Peak Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab announced they have expanded into additional space and are now offering women’s health at their clinic. They offer non-surgical approach to rehabilitate problems with bladder dysfunction, sexual health, pain during and after pregnancy, pelvic pain/numbness/tingling to mention a few. Their women’s health physical therapists hold doctorate degrees in PT and have specialized pelvic floor rehabilitation training. They are located at 1302 Prospect Avenue Suite C and you can also contact at (406)502-1900. Their website is

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