I’m hoping you are ready for all the little ghosts and goblins that will be visiting neighborhoods all over and the downtown district on Tuesday. What a fun holiday! Kudos to all the businesses downtown that participate in the afternoon event — it is a considerably labor-intense few hours of handing out candy and a big cost for the many pieces of candy they hand out. I look forward to all of the kids that come to our door! If you are too old for Trick or Treating but love to celebrate Halloween, make sure you have a designated driver or someone to call if you need a ride home after the festivities.

The west side of Helena seems to be having some business growth. In past columns, I’ve mentioned the expansion at the Broadwater Hot Springs and the new Wassweiler Dinner House and Pub. Now, Route 12 Diner has completed their move into the east end of the Sunset Casino at 908 Euclid Ave. The staff and I had an excellent lunch there last week and it is very nice. They have 20 more tables and have options of sitting at high tops or regular tables or by the bar or by the fireplace! Colleen Nickerson and her staff are excited for their new location and remind you they are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stop by and have a great meal. Phone 996-1124 for take out.

Also on the west side, we have a new saddlery. Sting Saddlery is located at 2121 Euclid Avenue and is owned by Sterling “Sting” Campbell. Sting was raised in Vaughn, Montana and has been building saddles and doing leather projects and repair since 2007. He just moved to Helena and is open and ready to serve all of your leather needs. Stop by the shop, call him at 406-899-3029 or email him at sterling@stingsaddlery.com. The website is www.stingsaddlery.com.

Coming soon, Homecrafters Furniture and Mattresses (currently at 1115 Euclid) is hoping to be in their new location in the Lundy Center before the end of the year. The space (also on the Westside) formerly occupied by Ben Franklin is being renovated into a very nice showroom that will give them more space and also afford shoppers a one-level shopping experience. Homecrafters has been owned and operated for 47 years by Remi Lancette and they are known for offering excellent quality, great service and value for customers — even after the sale. Check out their website at www.homecraftersfurniture.com or call them at 443-3800. We will keep you posted on their opening date.

On the north side of Helena in the Partridge Place, The Tannery is under new ownership. Stacey Dorrington is the new owner and is working on new and improved services including installation of a new infrared sauna. This type of sauna is known to have great health benefits for your skin especially for some skin conditions. They are open new hours — Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Like them on Facebook under The Tannery. The address 1040 Partridge Place #4 and the new phone number 996-1400.

New on the south side of Helena, well ok, quite a bit south in our good neighbor city of Boulder is Arctic Heat. They are a new heating and air conditioning with full service — not just in Boulder — but all of the Helena area. They service any make or model of furnaces or air conditioners, including boilers, plus they do residential and commercial installations as well as commercial preventative maintenance. Their regular hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. but they offer emergency service for no heat after hours. Look for their new truck around town. Call Carey Burnside, co-owner and office manager, at 406-202-3460.

Downtown Helena has launched their new website and they encourage you to check it out. Still the same web address at www.downtownhelena.com. All of their upcoming events and activities can be found and much more!

A big reminder to all — be sure to vote! The city election and the jail bond levy election are so very important to the Greater Helena area. Every vote counts — be sure to exercise your right and either send in your ballot or go to the polls.

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