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406 Bar & Grill

406 Bar and GrillIn early 2015, just when Brian and Lorraine Scotti-Belli were looking for a new challenge, the former North Bay Grille went up for sale. North Bay, located on the corner of 1st Ave. and 2nd Street, was a longtime Kalispell staple with a respected name and a beautiful building, but the previous owners wanted to focus their time elsewhere.

Sage & Cedar

Sage And Cedar Nicole Jameson’s new Sage & Cedar location on Main Street in Kalispell has no shortage of familiar faces walking through the door. Nicole’s business has been a Whitefish staple since it opened in the early 1990s, but the bath and body product store has always attracted customers from across the valley and beyond.

“People kept asking us, ‘I wish you were closer,’ Nicole said. “So when we saw the building in downtown Kalispell, it all fell in line.”

 

 

Sweet Peaks

Sweet Peaks

Two years after Marissa Keenan opened her first Sweet Peaks ice cream location in Whitefish, she decided to take her cold treats south.

“We really believe in Kalispell’s downtown,” Marissa said. “We wanted to be a part of it. Downtown has a sense of identity.”

Marissa, who first started making ice cream with her husband, Sam, for friends and family, said they decided to get into the ice cream business because she wanted to contribute something to the community.

“We wanted to start something ourselves,” she said. “We felt that entrepreneurial spirit.”

 

Montana Spa & Boutique

Montana Spa and Boutique

Suzanne Lucas’ memories of visiting Kalispell’s Main Street go back to her early childhood. The owner of Montana Spa & Boutique grew up visiting Kalispell with her family during the winter and has loved its cute, quaint downtown since she was young.

“I remember walking up and down Main Street,” she said. “I want this to be the kind of town where everything is on Main Street, where friends come to hang out. That’s what I remember growing up.”

So when it came time to finding a location for her business, previously known as Essentials Day Spa, she knew she wanted to be on Main Street. The company, which is 16 years old, offers massages, body contouring, manicures and pedicures, waxing, and makeup.

Desoto Grill

Desoto Grill InteriorFor Shawnna and Willie Steele, the question of why they would hope to open a business in downtown Kalispell is a bit of a red herring. In the Steeles' case, it was only a matter of when. It happened for them earlier this summer, when Shawnna discovered the historic Forge building on First Street West was up for lease. Catering a wedding using a Traeger grill had them thinking about starting a restaurant, but they needed the right spot.

 

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