Damion Taylor and Tyler Nash

Damion Taylor, left, and Tyler Nash opened Mazevo coffee in downtown Billings.

Mazevo Coffee Roasters and Espresso Bar is downtown Billings’ newest place to hang out and sate your caffeine crave.

Owners Damion Taylor and Tyler Nash opened Mazevo in early January at 2719 First Ave. N., the former site of a cupcake shop, and they’re hoping to stand out in a growing downtown market.

“We wanted to have a place where people can gather, have a community,” Taylor, 22, said.

That’s the thinking behind the name “Mazevo,” a Greek word that means gather. The 250-square-foot space is tight but welcoming, with chairs at the window and a table with a hand-carved chess set.

In back is the roasting business, Live His Love, which has a Christian philosophy and donates profits to humanitarian causes.

Taylor said he’s selling Live His Love coffee at the shop, but Mazevo is a separate business.

Mazevo serves the traditional caffeinated drinks — espresso, lattes, machiatos — with a couple twists. An affagato, for example, is an ice cream espresso and is popular with customers, Taylor said.

Mazevo joins a growing group of coffee shops downtown, including Rock Creek Roasters, Moav Coffee, Ebon Coffee Collective, Coffee Tavern and Starbucks.

Because of the competition, Taylor said the pair had originally looked on the West End. However, the downtown spot turned out to be ideal, a cozy, affordable space across the street from the Northern Hotel.

“People coming from the hotel, this place reminds them of the city,” said Taylor, who lived in Hawaii and New York City after graduating high school.

Taylor and Nash grew up together in Glendive.

“We’ve been friends for a long time, doing business ventures and projects together,” Nash, 23, said.

The two spent about $50,000 to launch the business, financed mostly from their parents.

Mazevo is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The phone number is 534-6625.

New gym in Glendive

A new gym, Momentum Fitness, opened Jan. 2 in Glendive.

Owners Jodee Lantis and husband Bart Lantis have six employees in the new 6,125-square-foot facility at 1515 West Bell St.

The gym’s goal is to help members improve overall fitness and adopt healthy lifestyle changes, the owners say.

The phone number is 891-0017.

Tech firms honored

Billings-based GTUIT was recently named one of Montana’s 15 companies to watch this year by a state high-tech business group.

The Montana High Tech Business Alliance named GTUIT No. 8 on the list, which is designed to raise the profile of the Treasure State’s growing high-tech and manufacturing businesses.

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According to the alliance, GTUIT was Montana’s fastest growing business last year. It was founded in 2011 by three engineers and recently developed a process to help oil drillers cut emissions and use flare gas instead of burning it from the derricks.

Other area companies on the list include Lewistown-based Spika Design and Manufacturing at 14 and Livingston-based PFL.com, a printing firm, at 13.

Five decades of flowers

Billings-based Gainan's sent off long-time employee Doug Asleson in style last week.

Friday evening, the florist held a gathering to celebrate Asleson's 48 years at the shop downtown at 502 N. 30th St. 

Gainan's is the area's largest locally owned flower shop, with stores downtown, on the West End and in the Heights.

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