The owners of a gluten-free bakery have moved from Billings Heights to the West End, expanded their space and added a lunch menu.
RaeRae’s Bakery moved in April into an 1,800-square-foot space at 1502 Rehberg Lane after two years at 1310 Main St.
“All of our customers are on this side of town,” owner Krista Stetson said.
Stetson, 29, and her mother, Tina Stetson, opened the first RaeRae’s Bakery in Whitefish in 2012 and expanded to Billings two years later.
The two women, who now live in Bridger, started the business after Krista Stetson discovered she was intolerant to wheat gluten and changed her diet.
In the new location at the corner of Grand Avenue, the Stetsons have about double the space and installed a small dining area that can seat about a dozen people.
Stetson said awareness is growing in Billings about gluten-free products, which are particularly sought by sufferers of celiac disease. For them, wheat gluten causes irritation in the stomach and intestines.
“We saw the need that celiac people need somewhere to eat lunch,” Stetson said.
RaeRae’s is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call 406-212-0328 for more information.
Granite Fitness buys gym
Fitness 19 at 15 Avanta Way suite A closed temporarily today and will reopen July 1 under new ownership as Granite Fitness Express.
Billings-based Granite Fitness and Health announced last week it was buying the rival gym, adding a third facility in Billings.
Granite Fitness owners said they’re planning to remodel and install new equipment during the remodel. During this time, former Fitness 19 members who choose to join Granite Fitness Express can use the gym’s other two facilities at 3838 Ave. B and 1323 Main St.
The new Granite Express location will have secure, 24-hour access with new equipment and classes, the owner said in a written statement.
Visit the website at www.granitefitness.com for more information and class schedules.
Town Pump construction starts
Construction is underway for a new Town Pump restaurant and lounge at 261 E. Airport Road in the Heights, according to city permits.
The $1.15 million building is being built by Cucancic Construction.
The owners of Town Pump are also planning to buy the Reiter’s Marina building at 450 Main St. nearby and build a new gas station, convenience store and casino. The Billings City Council approved a special permit for beer, wine and gaming at that site in January.
Turley staying downtown
Turley Dental is expanding to Shiloh Crossing but keeping its downtown office open in the Rocky Mountain Professional Building at 315 N. 25th St.
The practice is owned by Drs. James Turley and Chris Hirt. The two will be the main tenants in a new, 6,400-square-foot building next to Taco Bell at Shiloh Crossing.
Coffee shop opens in downtown Billings
MoAv Coffee has opened at 2510 Montana Ave.
The shop is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. inside the Carlin Hotel in downtown Billings.
Nonprofits must file soon
For tax-exempt organizations in Montana, Monday is the deadline for annual returns, IRS officials announced last week.
Montana has about 10,104 nonprofit and other groups who need to file a form 990 to maintain their tax-exempt status, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
Check www.IRS.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits for more information.
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