Business Bites: Belles and Lace Closing; the first Arc Apartments are preparing to open; permits for new restaurants; Montana Credit Union expands

Beauties and Lace Bride

Belles and Lace Bridal Downtown is closing January 30th.

“This decision has not been an easy one for us after almost 10 years in business and many factors played into our decision to close our doors. and not all are negative. Sue is ready to enjoy retirement so congratulations to her and the next step in her life. And having started this business at 24, Courteney is ready for the next adventure too,” wrote owners Courteney and Sue Ferrin.

“Words cannot express exactly how much each and every one of our brides means to us, all of our friends and family who make business ownership possible. You are the world to us and that is a huge thank you to all of you,” they wrote. “But it is difficult. And it’s your whole life. When it’s time to move on…it’s time.”

Business Bites: Açai Bowls; Belles and Lace reopens in a new space; Knicker Biker has moved; Craft Beer Week events; downtown night market; ginger day; Central Avenue Meats now sells McCafferty Ranch Beef in bulk [2020]

Brides with incoming dresses will be contacted and all dresses in the shop are discounted by 25 percent plus there is a clearance sale.

Business Bites: Les Schwab site; flying S; ax throwing broken; Chrysalis flowers expand; Ladies night downtown

Arc apartments

The City Planning Department has granted a temporary occupancy permit for the first eight units of the Arc Apartments on Division Road.

The 216-unit apartment complex was approved in 2016 at the corner of Division and Smelter Avenues Northwest.

The developer, Farran Realty Partners, the same company that built the Talus Apartments south of the Benefis Health System, received approval for the plan in 2016 but went back to the Design Review Board in 2017 due to a major change in layout and building configuration.

Business Bites: Bright Eyes Cafe For Sale; precision pilates and yoga moves; Alluvion Adds Office Space, Plans Rocky Mountain Building Project; Mental Health Partnership created; City Approves CDBG Funds; Habitat opens up; NeighborWorks Earns $500,000 Towards Affordable; leadership Great Falls accepting applications; apartments under construction [2021]

Ignite 2021 highlights local business and development

Updated design of 216 unit apartment complex approved by city government [2017]


The City Planning Department granted a shell permit for the newly proposed Chipotle at 10th Ave. S. 1900, the former Cartwheel property.

Business Bites: Cartwheel Demolition Planned for Chipotle; Fiesta En Jalisco Manager Go; Demolition of Emerald City Casino Planned; The Electric 5th Anniversary Party; downtown night market; new Panda Express location planned

The tenant development permit for the same restaurant is being examined according to the city plan.

highway 55

The city has received a planning permit application for a Burgers and Fries location off Highway 55 on a vacant lot behind Kobe on West Bank One. The staff is now reviewing the application.

Landing in the West Bank

The city received a building permit application for a new 8,000 square foot mixed-use commercial building on West Bank Landing. Staff said it was proposed for the vacant lot where Wendy’s was interested in building and tenants have not yet been identified, but one is likely a restaurant.

TIF request from the OK Municipality in the West Bank; Restaurant, hotel planned

Wendy’s franchise files complain about real estate business [2021]

Montana Credit Union

In June 2022, Montana Credit Union was granted an expansion of its membership area by the National Credit Union Administration, expanding its membership area to 44 counties throughout the state of Montana.

Steve King, President/CEO of Montana recognition Union, will retire at the end of 2022 after 45 years in the credit union industry.

Business Bites: Apartments Proposed for Dick’s RV Park; Crooked Tree Opens Second Location; mise-en-place open; closure of Great Falls Clinic optical center; Construction of Gibson, Milwaukee Station, Alluvion in progress; Malmstrom Contract; Prewett Creek RV Park winterized

He will be succeeded by Executive Vice President John Hageman on January 1, 2023. Hageman has been with the MCU since 2015.