The owners of a popular Billings lunch spot are expanding into Bozeman.

Mike and Antonia Craighill will open next month a third Soup and Such restaurant at a 3,000-square-foot store in Gallatin Mall at 2825 Main St.

It will be in a prominent spot: 30,000 square feet, off the food court, with an outside entrance next to Barnes & Noble and the 11-screen Regal Cinemas movie theater.

“We really pair well with the movie theater,” said Mike Craighill, noting how his Shiloh Crossing store in Billings is popular with movie patrons.

Soup and Such serves a buffet of soup, salad and breadsticks.

Soup and Such first opened in 2006 in Billings Heights, then expanded into downtown at 2716 Second Ave. N. two years later.

The Craighills then closed their original Heights location in 2012 so Antonia Craighill could open a bakery, Velvet Cupcakes, downtown. The Shiloh Crossing store opened in the fall of 2014.

Mike Craighill said the couple had explored returning to their roots and opening another Heights store, but the opportunity never worked out.

Bozeman is a good fit for the brand, with a growing culture for healthy eating and the Montana State University population, Craighill said.

He added that he will likely float among all three locations as a district manager, and he has a short-term lease on a Bozeman cabin. The Billings West End and Bozeman stores will have their own manager, he said.

Soup and Such will hire about 15 to 20 new employees in Gallatin County. Little will be different for customers, but workers will have a walk-in cooler and freezer in the back of the Bozeman store, Craighill said.

The Bozeman store will have the same hours as the one at Shiloh Crossing: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Light store owner buys out partner

Lauri Patterson of One Source Lighting in Billings announced last week she bought out her partner for an undisclosed price and is now the sole owner of the business.

Patterson said last week the move gives her more control of the store, where she sells lighting products for residential and commercial construction and retail customers. She said she remains on good terms with her former partner, Matt Thesing of North Dakota, and can lean on him for ideas and tips.

“This has kind of been my baby, and I wanted to be able to have that flexibility to run it as I saw,” Patterson said.

Patterson worked for Thesing at the first One Source in Bismarck, N.D., while in college. A Billings native, she moved back home and managed the new store in 2003, she said. Four years later, she and Thesing became partners in the business.

Patterson is a certified lighting specialist and has a full showroom in the Central Avenue Plaza at 100 24th St. W. suite 3.

Dental franchise opens 

Comfort Dental, a large franchise dentist, recently opened its first Billings practice at 918 Grand Ave., the former home of Let’s Party.

The owners are Drs. Katerina Robinson, Andrew Johnson and Josh Erekson.

The practice is advertising $19 for new patients, including an exam and X-rays. Comfort Dental also accepts Medicaid patients.

Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Comfort Dental was founded by Dr. Rick A. Kushner in 1977. He launched the first practice at the Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisc., and more than 150 franchises have since opened in 13 states.

Chamber forming new advocacy committee

The Billings Chamber of Commerce is seeking applications for two new committees aimed at boosting its business advocacy.

One group is aimed at local government, and the other is for state and federal government. Nine members will comprise each committee.

The business advocacy committees are designed to build upon the chamber’s former government program, chamber officials said.

Applications should be sent to daniel@billingschamber.com or dropped off at the chamber’s main office at 815 S. 27th St.

Haikus from the valley

Here’s what I’ve gleaned from casual viewings of the (mostly negative) campaign ads I’m seeing now.

Quist, Gianforte

One can’t pay his bills and one

is from New Jersey.

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Business reporter for The Billings Gazette.