We made it through the holiday season – crazy how fast that week flew by. Hope you were able to do most of your shopping right here at home to keep our local businesses “in business.”

With our family here, they found so many fun things to do with their kids including a swim at The Broadwater Hot Springs & Spa, rides on the Carousel in the Great Northern, and much more.

Angel Care is a Home Care Service Provider, established in 2016, that specializes in senior and elderly care. Angel Care provides respite care, home care and personal care services. Angel Care is based in Havre and growing throughout several Montana communities, including Helena. Angel Care is a licensed VA provider as well as a Medicaid waiver provider. It is accepting new clients in the Helena area and will be opening a second office here in the spring. Angel Care has 15 plus caregivers, all insured and bonded. For more information, please call their headquarters at (406) 262-7892.

LaPa Grill is a health-conscious fast-casual Mexican-style restaurant with “A Twist.” The twist? It serves what you already love about burritos, tacos, salads and bowls, but offer you the ability to blend in bold and delicious flavors from around the world creating amazing flavor combinations. If you’re looking for vegetarian or gluten-reduced options, LaPa has you covered. It’s all about serving healthy, high-quality food at a price that makes sense, but in a style and atmosphere that is fun, laid-back, adventurous and inviting. They cook, prep, grill and prepare your food in an open-kitchen, so you know their food is fresh and you know their food is good. They also have happy-hour serving $1.50 microbrews from 5 – 6 p.m. every weekday. They have a weekend promotion on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. where kids eat free and also have an amazing loyalty program you won't find anywhere else. Sign up, buy 10 meals with them, and your next is on the house. So, stop in and see what the buzz is about. You’ll be glad you did.

The Helena Chamber is just going to press with our vacation and relocation guides for 2019. We increased the section on relocation considerably to help with recruiting efforts of businesses to attract skilled workers to Helena. There seems to be a lot of interest in Helena as the chamber sent out and distributed a record number of guides in 2018, running out in mid-fall (our first time we’ve run out). We will be printing more guides for 2019 to accommodate demand.

It is a great time to consider joining the Helena Chamber if you aren’t a member. We have signed up nearly 40 new members in the last quarter of 2018 alone. Give Joey Berndt a call at the Helena Chamber to find out how the chamber can help your business – 406-447-1945. Several members have offered great incentives for new members that will make joining even more beneficial to your business.

Coming up from noon- to 1:15 p.m. Jan. 17, the Helena Chamber will be holding its annual awards luncheon to honor excellence among chamber member businesses for the 2018 year. If you’d like to attend, call the chamber at 406-442-4120.

A reminder for all youth basketball teams in the area – sign up for the SWISH Tournament soon to assure your spot at Montana’s longest running youth basketball tournament. Set for March 2 3, there is bracketing for boys and girls teams from third-grade through eighth-grade. The past few years have seen 120-130 teams in this tournament. We also have great need for volunteers for the gates, score clock keepers, gym supervisors and more. Give Mike Mergenthaler a call at 406-447-1941 for more information or check it out online at www.helenachamber.com .

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