Business reporter for The Billings Gazette.

Ebon Coffee Collective

The Ebon Coffee Collective is coming to downtown Billings, bringing a new multi-roaster and bakery with a focus on sustainability.

According to its website, the business has signed a deal to move into the vacant spot at 2712 Second Ave. N., best known as the former home of Paula’s Edibles.

The most recent tenant, Mad Cupcakes, moved out at the end of the year, according to broker Bill Hanaker.

The owners are working on the interior but have not announced an opening date. They did not immediately respond to a message last week.

According to the website, www.eboncoffeecollective.com, the shop is aiming to serve coffee from multiple roasters and use jars instead of disposable cups.

Ebon will join Rock Creek Roasters at 124 Broadway downtown. Another coffee shop, MoAv, is opening in the next few months in the Carlin Hotel on Montana Avenue.

Edgar Bar for sale

The historic Edgar Bar in Carbon County will soon be sold, the owners posted on Facebook last week.

According to owners Brenda and Brian Helzer, the decision to sell after 13 years was difficult, but the new owners have experience and passion. She did not identify the new owners, and the deal has not closed.

The bar is at 105 Elwel St. in the unincorporated community of Edgar, about five miles south of Rockvale on Highway 310. The Edgar Bar is an off-the-road destination spot, known for its steaks.

The bar is planning a farewell last call Feb. 20.

Heights repair shop closes

Haws Automotive and Radiator Repair at 1907 Main St. in Billings has closed.

The signs at the business have been removed, and an online Google search indicates it’s permanently closed.

The auto shop opened in 1954 in downtown Billings and moved to the Heights 22 years later.

Home-building workshop set

Area real estate and finance professionals are hosting a free custom homebuilding clinic noon Feb. 17 at Stockman Bank at 2700 King Ave. W. in Billings.

The hour-long event will include talks from Dana Lich of Century 21, Stockman Bank President Wayne Nelson and homebuilder Mark Ventling.

Interested attendees can email Lich at danaventling@gmail.com or call 591-1885. An RSVP should be sent by Feb. 16. Lunch will be provided.

Tester hosting forum

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is hosting a financing workshop for small businesses 8 am. to noon Feb. 16 at Petro Hall at Montana State University-Billings.

Diane Smith, founder and CEO of American Rural, and Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the federal Small Business Administration, will be keynote speakers.

Panelists will also walk businesses owners through traditional financing and newer strategies, such crowd-sourcing or peer-to-peer lending.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Visit Tester’s website at www.tester.senate.gov for more information.

Great Falls-based D.A. Davidson Companies announced recently that Chet Helck was elected to a three-year term on the firm’s 12-member board of directors.

Helck is a former executive for Raymond James Financial Inc. and has spent 30 years in finance and securities.

D.A. Davidson is the nation’s largest brokerage firm based outside of Wall Street. The company has a Billings office at 208 N. Broadway in the Hart-Albin building.

Columbus native featured on "Shark Tank"

Columbus native Lisa Bradley appeared on the ABC reality TV show "Shark Tank" Friday to pitch her military-themed business, R. Riveter.

Bradley, who co-founded the business with fellow military wife Cameron Cruse in Georgia, makes hand bags and totes out of canvas and leather and sells them online. R. Riveter refers to Rosie the Riveter, the name for women who worked in factories during World War II.

"Shark Tank" depicts real pitches from entrepreneurs to a group of angel investors, known as the sharks.

We couldn't find out Bradley got a deal before press time, but she may have found a connection with one shark. Daymond John, founder of clothing brand FUBU, visited Montana last year as keynote speaker for a Billings Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

Haikus from the valley

Hey, what are you doing still reading this column? The Super Bowl is today!

On Madison Ave.,

the real game is played. Five mil

for thirty seconds.

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