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Friday, January 29, 2016

Shalon Hastings

Taco Del Sol & HUB Coffee

Author: cg0137 STATE

Having spent her early years in Lewistown, Roundup, and Helena, Montana, Shalon Hastings became familiar with Big Sky Country’s incredibly diverse landscapes and community cultures.  She cites a deep pride in the fact that both sets of grandparents homesteaded in Montana (Utica and Grass Range), and a “huge feeling of gratitude my family chose Montana - and that I have that legacy behind me.” As time goes by, Shalon’s affection for this place and its people only grow stronger, and inform her decisions as a community-centric entrepreneur.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Rachel Anderson

Markouture

Author: cg0137 STATE

Rachel Anderson grew up in Minnesota, but her parents’ roots in Circle, Montana allowed her to spend a great deal of time in Big Sky Country during her formative years.  With every family visit, Rachel fell deeper in love with Montana’s wide open spaces, vibrant communities, and welcoming people.  By the time Rachel was a senior in high school, her affection for Montana was so strong that she only applied to one college - Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

New owners, new twists: Grand Bakery reopens in Uptown Butte

Montana Standard

Author: cg0137 STATE

Every venture deserves a second chance – even homey, small-town bakeries.

Grand Bakery, 120 W. Broadway St., has reopened with new owners who have a style all their own.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Starting up a new business in a small town

Great Falls Tribune

Author: cg0137 STATE

During her career, economic development expert Della Rucker worked both in large and small towns. While she says community-driven development can happen anywhere, rural towns face unique challenges.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

John & Snezhi Grahlert

Stonehouse Distillery

Author: cg0137 STATE

John and Snezhi Grahlert likely never envisioned themselves as pioneers in the artisan distillery world. As John notes “we’re not even really drinkers” - but they certainly are savvy business people.  As the owners of Montana’s newest craft distillery they’re joining an emerging industry that’s grown by 700% over five years. Like many entrepreneurs, their path to starting the Stonehouse Distillery in the small, rural town of Winston, Montana started with a recognition that they could make an existing product better.  John recalls the moment during the vacation he and Snezhi took in 2010 when it became clear the market needed higher quality, tastier spirits:

“We ordered a couple of supposedly high-end tropical drinks to celebrate our vacation, and were disappointed by the lack of a distinct flavor profile in the liquor - it was all lost to the fruit juices and other mixers.  We knew we could do better.” 

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