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Downtown Polson business district sees changes Downtown Polson business district sees changes

POLSON – Polson’s downtown is undergoing some changes. Two longtime businesses, Gull Printing and Jackie M’s, have either closed or will be closing soon, while another business, The Rack, is just getting started and a restaurant looks to open soon as well.  Gull Printing’s last day was May 25, although owner Chip Kurzenbaum will continue with his on-call mobile sign business, Montana Sign & Banner. He worked in the printing business along with his parents, Jerry and Carolyn Kurzenbaum, for 32 years.  Jackie M’s is currently in the midst of a closeout sale and will keep their doors open until everything is sold or until the lease runs out at ...

Mission Fitness expands Mission Fitness expands

POLSON – A year and a half ago, Karla Gallatin saw an opportunity and decided to take advantage of it. She bought a company and transformed it into Mission Fitness.  “I just didn’t want it to close because I saw that it had great potential,” said Gallatin, who had worked at Po...

Revive Coffee opens in Ronan Revive Coffee opens in Ronan

RONAN — Two brothers who have traveled across the U.S. working in construction recently fulfilled their dream of opening a coffee shop.  Aaron and Clarence Wayman are Utah natives who came to the area a couple of years ago to work on the Polson Walmart building and decided to stay.  &ld...

Support local businesses during Small Business Week

News from the Better Business Bureau In honor of National Small Business Week, April 30 - May 6, the Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest encourages consumers to support local businesses. Small businesses may seem small, but they have an enormous impact in local communities as well as the U.S...

New fitness center opens in Polson New fitness center opens in Polson

POLSON – Area residents have some additional exercise options since Polson Medical Fitness Center opened May 1.  The business, which is located in the Ridgewater development, is owned and operated by Kalispell Regional Medical Center and The Summit.  One unique feature of the business i...

Copper Mountain Coffee opens in Polson Copper Mountain  Coffee opens in Polson

POLSON — Polson has a new coffee shop. Copper Mountain Coffee, which opened Jan. 20 in the Ridgewater development, is the company’s ninth location in Northwest Montana. Five of the company’s stores are in Kalispell with two in Missoula and one in Libby. Most of the Copper Mountain Cof...

Clubhouse theater on lake gets upgrades Clubhouse theater on lake gets upgrades

By Carmine Mowbray, President, Mission Valley Friends of the Arts It is my pleasure to take on the presidency of the Mission Valley Friends of the Arts all-volunteer board of directors, following the long tenure of Dennis Anderson. This local non-profit was organized in 1989 to preserve and improve the ...

Local ‘Employers of Choice’ recognized

News from Lake County Job Service The Lake County Job Service Employer Committee (JSEC) recognized this year’s “Employers of Choice” at the 2017 JSEC Spring Workshop. This award recognizes a small, medium, and large-scale business that demonstrates a high level of commitment to their e...

30-year-old business comes to an end 30-year-old business comes to an end

DIXON – About a thousand people packed in like sardines in the lot next to Dixon Welding and Machine on U.S. Highway 200 for a grand auction full of treasures. Jerry Kohne owned the shop for just about three decades. He died late last year at the age of 82. Many of the people at the event came out t...

Workshop offers tools for workplace

POLSON — Colleen Rudio will present “Build Performance Capacity in your Organization: Effective Communication & Leadership; Communicating Up; and Workplace Habits” during the Lake County JSEC Spring Workshop from 8 a.m.-noon Thursday, April 20, at the Red Lion in Polson. The cost is $65...

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