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Cutters Barber Shop welcomes customers Cutters Barber Shop welcomes customers

POLSON — Both Cutters Barber Shop chairs were full, with one gentleman getting a haircut and the other a straight shave with hot towels.  Curtains with a mustache motif set the tone in the barbershop, completed by vintage barber chairs, warm lighting, clippers buzzing and the smells of warm, foamy shave cream and Clubman aftershave.  Suzanne Rosenleaf and Kelly Garcia are the barbers in residence and have operated the shop for five months although they’ve been certified barbers for two years. They moved to Polson from Superior.  Located at 222 B Main Street, Polson, Cutters is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. They provide haircuts for men, wom...


Town of Circle is Black Mountain Software’s 300th Montana Client

To the sales team, it was a casual observation, but the marketing team saw it as the impetus for celebration: Montana-based Black Mountain Software recently sold its fund accounting and utility billing software to its 300th Montana client. That client happened to be the Town of Circle, and Black Mountain for...


Safety grants offered

HELENA — AAA MountainWest is seeking applications for its 5th annual Rural Fire Department Grant program. Ten $1,000 grants are available and will be awarded in December.  Applications must be postmarked by Friday, Nov. 14.  To apply for the grants, rural and volunteer fire departments mus...


Ad campaign brings $6.9 million to Montana, wins prestigious award

News from the Montana  Office of Tourism  HELENA – The Montana Office of Tourism has won an award for an ad campaign it ran this winter credited with bringing $6.9 million to the state from a $25,000 investment.  MTOT won a Travel Weekly Silver Magellan Award for the Travel Dest...


Lee retires from Lake County Community Development Lee retires from Lake County Community Development

 RONAN – Billie Lee’s ability to dream is one of the qualities she and those who know her well say is one of her greatest assets. But the retiring executive director of Lake County Community Development Corporation could scarce have guessed two decades ago the dividends her ambitious nature ...


Café serves fresh, homemade food and baked goods Café serves fresh, homemade food and baked goods

POLSON — Rounds of homemade rustic Italian bread, a tray of cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven, smells of coffee brewing and soup simmering greet customers at Mrs. Wonderful’s Marmalade Café.  Owners Mary Frances and Gino Caselli opened the café, located at 325 Main Street, ...


Business community worries about Highway 93 access Business community worries about Highway 93 access

RONAN — Local business owners are concerned a proposed plan for the expansion of Highway 93 has the potential to gut accessibility to many of the stores that drive Ronan’s economy.  In a town meeting last week, designers for the KLJ Engineering explained the proposed access control plan f...


New cell phone business opens in Polson New cell phone business opens in Polson

POLSON — A new cell phone business described by an owner as “a one-stop shop for everything cell phone” opened in Polson this month.  MT Wireless, located at 223 Main Street between Navigator Travel and The First Resort is owned and run by Mack Mackwani and Eric Delphy, with help fr...


NLRB deals another blow to small business

President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board recently announced that due to complaints against a McDonald’s franchise, it will expand its definition of employer to make one company an employer of another company’s employees. The impact of the NLRB’s alarming decision to find &l...


Pasta maker wins Family Business Day award

POLSON — Located north of Polson, Country Pasta produces 2.5 million pounds of pasta per year. That’s a lot of semolina, fresh eggs, sea salt and water. Next year will be its 25th year in existence.  Started by Dean and Linda Knutson and their family, the business was purchased by Amy and...


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