Business reporter for The Billings Gazette.

Mazevo Coffee

The owners of Mazevo Coffee bought the former Off the Leaf coffee shop at 819 Grand Ave.

A popular Billings West End coffee shop is under new ownership and a new brand, Mazevo Coffee.

Mazevo’s owners, Damion Taylor and Tyler Nash, bought the former Off The Leaf shop at 819 Grand Ave. and converted the brand at the beginning of this month. The previous owners had recently changed the name to Beyond the Cup.

Taylor and Nash added a small stage and are planning more events, but expect few changes for a place that’s running well, the two said.

“We want to keep the vibe,” Taylor said.

Brian and DeAnn Carpenter opened the coffee shop in 2008 with the goal of creating a hang out with a mindset of helping the community. About two years ago, Greg Switzer and Ethan Kanning took over management of the company.

The sales price to Mazevo was not disclosed.

Taylor and Nash opened the first Mazevo in January at 2719 First Ave. N. It’s in a small retail space, but with room to roast the beans through a separate business, Live His Love.

“Mazevo” is a Greek word that means gather. It’s a philosophy that Taylor and Nash instilled at their original location, and they feel it’s already there at the West End spot.

All of the roughly 10 employees are staying in place, and the shop will continue to serve pastries and other baked goods.

“Same baristas. Same friendly faces,” Nash said.

Customers can order online at www.mazevocoffee.com. Call 894-2734 for more information.

Hardin truck stop opens

Montana’s first Love’s truck stop opened Thursday along Interstate 90 in Hardin.

The 11,000-square-foot space has six diesel islands, 70 truck parking spaces, six fuel islands for motorists, a convenience stores and a Hardee’s restaurant.

The $10 million truck stop is Love’s first in Montana.

“This location gives drivers in Montana another purchasing option in an area lacking a variety of travel stop services and the competitive pricing it spurs,” Greg Love, the company’s co-chief executive officer, said in a written statement.

A grand opening is planned for June 20.

Oklahoma City based Love’s has 421 locations in 41 states.

The Hardee’s restaurant is owned by franchisee Lund Brown Group, which also owns Hardee’s restaurants in Billings and other places in Montana. Hours for the Hardee’s are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

The truck stop is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Hardee’s and its sister restaurant, Carl’s Jr., are owned by CKE Restaurants Holdings. The two brands comprise 3,800 restaurants worldwide.

Out and About

A new bakery is coming to downtown Billings.

A sign for Veronika's Pastries is hanging at 2513 Montana Ave., indicating it will be "opening soon."

The sign says the business will serve French, Eastern European and Russian pastries.

Deals at Great Harvest

Dillon-based Great Harvest Bread is bringing back its Sandwich of the Week Club for Father’s Day, June 18.

The program, first launched before Mother’s Day, allows people to buy a $43 coupon that will be emailed or texted to the recipient six times every other week. Each code is valid for three weeks.

The gift is redeemable at any Great Harvest location and is available at www.greatharvest.com/dad .

Great Harvest has two Billings stores at 907 Poly Dr. and the corner of 32nd Street West and Central Avenue.

Networking group to meet

A public-lands advocacy group is holding a gathering for Billings-area entrepreneurs 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Thirsty Street Brewing Co. at 3008 First Ave. N.

Business for Montana’s Outdoors is celebrating its fifth year of work advocating for greater access to public lands. The event is an opportunity for networking and updates on other work.

Haikus from the valley

As retail transforms

Big box is out; online in

The strongest survive.

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