Bath & Body Works is expanding into a larger space at Rimrock Mall and is opening a store-within-a-store, the White Barn candle shop.
The retailer, owned by L Brands, is moving across the hallway in May on the mall’s north end into a 4,500-square-foot space that was previously part of Gap, which closed in September 2015, according to Daron Olson, a mall spokesman.
White Barn sells branded candles made in the company’s New Albany, Ohio, headquarters and other home décor, according to the company’s website. It will occupy about one-third of the total new Bath & Body Works spot.
The new store will be next to H&M at the mall’s north end. Bath & Body Works is currently operating in a 3,448 square-foot space, which it will vacate for the new spot, Olson said.
Bath & Body Works’ move mirrors a similar expansion last year by Victoria’s Secret, which is also owned by L Brands.
The women’s clothing chain also expanded in size and added a store-within-a-store, in this case its PINK brand, inside the main footprint.
Indian crafts coming downtown
A new retailer selling Native American crafts and jewelry is moving into the former Bead Depot location in downtown Billings.
Straight’N Arrow Indian Arts & Crafts will open at 2715 First Ave. N. in early April and sell items from all over the West, co-owner Sue Pistorius of Laurel said.
Pistorius and her co-owner husband, Darrel Pistorius, don’t have Indian blood themselves but have hired a member of the Sioux tribe, David Correa, as general manager.
Sue Pistorius said she grew to love Native American artwork while attending New Mexico State University, and she’s been collecting since 1970.
The new shop is a chance to sell from that collection, and Pistorius said she’ll have items from all over the West.
Pistorius said she owned several business with her late husband, but this is her first venture with her current spouse.
Previously, she’d operated businesses in beverage distribution, car dealerships and retail.
Out and about
Workers were seen last week inside the former Hastings store at West Park Promenade, moving things and appearing to start renovations.
Preparing for a new tenant? Not yet, according to MK Properties, which is marketing the property, but the ownership group is working to fill the space.
Nonprofit help Lewistown mason open
Benchmark Masonry Inc. opened recently in Lewistown with financial help from Montana & Idaho Community Development Corp., the agency announced this month.
Owner CJ Bailey has worked 15 years in the masonry business and opened the business after his former employer retired, leaving a hole in the area, according to a news release from the development corporation.
Benchmark sells tile, stone, brick, concrete block, fireplace construction and historic restoration services in central Montana.
Montana & Idaho Development gave Bailey a $55,000 loan for equipment and start-up costs. The Missoula-based group will also help with marketing and accounting.
Benchmark Masonry may be reached at 406-366-6257. The website is www.benchmarkmasonryinc.com .
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