Have you heard?: Something fishy on West End

2014-03-02T00:00:00Z 2014-03-14T17:34:08Z Have you heard?: Something fishy on West EndBy JAN FALSTAD jfalstad@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Work will begin this week to install a giant aquarium at the Scheels store at Shiloh Crossing.

The work will be done by International Concept Management of Grand Junction, Colo., which specializes in designing and installing aquariums around the world, including Moscow, Morocco and Las Vegas.

“They come in and set the aquarium in place,” said Tobin “Toby” Basta, senior project manager for general contractor Q&D Construction. “They have about six weeks worth of piping and electrical and equipment settings to support the 16,000-gallon saltwater aquarium.”

The tank, which could be used as a lap pool, is 13-feet high, 7-feet-wide and 45-feet long.

The saltwater fish will be released into the aquarium a few weeks before the grand opening, Basta said.

The 220,000-square-foot building also will have an indoor Ferris wheel. Installation on that ride will begin in July. Scheels will open Sept. 6.

Out and about

Jason Corbridge, the chef and co-owner at the former Café DeCamp, is looking for a location along Montana Avenue to open another restaurant to serve locally sourced food. He is getting financing help from Billings businessman Greg Oliphant.

The cramped kitchen and café at his former 1404 Sixth Ave. N. location, wouldn’t allow Corbridge to expand his menu much. But he’ll have more freedom in a larger commercial kitchen.

“The food won’t necessarily change. I’d love to be open next week,” he said.

His former Sixth Avenue site is now Crazy Mary’s Fish & Chips.

Northern Seed LLC has purchased the assets of Montana Seed and Grain at 1400 Minnesota Ave. Former owner Lynnette Downs said that while it wasn’t an easy decision to sell the family business, the customers are in good hands. Northern Seed of Butte also recently invested in Westfeeds, which has operations in Billings and four other Montana cities.

Snelling Staffing Services is moving from the McBride building at 2120 Grand Ave., to 323 24th St. W., Suite B by Cellular City.

Technology by Design is expanding into Snelling’s Grand Avenue space.

Scams du jour

An active and dangerous credit-card scam is spreading from the Midwest into Montana.

John Chapman and his wife said they got a call last week at their Billings home from someone claiming to work for the security fraud department at VISA. (This scam is also hitting Mastercard holders.)

The caller provided a “badge number,” said he had spotted an unusual purchase pattern and needed to verify their information. The caller already had their card number and name of the issuing bank.

The Chapmans hung up at this point.

But the scam works like this: The caller asks if the cardholder has bought an “Anti-Telemarketing Device for $497.99 from a marketing company in Arizona.”

If the answer is no, and the caller says he’ll credit that money back to the account.

He then tries to get them to read the 3-digit PIN number on the back of the card, which is the last key needed for scammers to make fraudulent charges.

Remember, legitimate security personnel already have all your card numbers.

Don’t fall for this scam and watch out for phony charges ranging from the anti-telemarketing device to $3,000 for tickets to Spain.

By the numbers

40 percent: Percentage of personal spending during 2012 accounted for by the top 5 percent of Americans with the highest incomes. In 1992, that group accounted for 27 percent of personal expenditures.

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