In an industry known for change, Lisa Wyss is making a big one at her Billings West End shop.
Wyss has changed the name of her fashion boutique, Meridian Ltd., to Roc House, a reflection of its Rocky Mountain roots blended with a classic fashion-house style at 1025 Shiloh Crossing Blvd., between Bottega and Neecee’s.
“I felt like it was a time of new beginnings and a fresh start,” Wyss said last week.
She added, “We wanted a name that sounded a little edgy, sounded like a fun place to go.”
The switch came about after Wyss’ contract with Meridian expired, ending an 18-year relationship.
Wyss first opened Meridian downtown and later operated two stores at the same time. She opened at Shiloh Crossing in November 2014 and shut down her downtown store a few months later.
Meridian sold women’s apparel aimed at “fashion-forward” shoppers looking for trendy wear, according to Wyss. At Roc House, the focus will be the same, but the store will have an expanded selection and brands, she said.
All Meridian gift cards will be honored at Roc House, Wyss said.
Wyss said she travels to fashion shows on both coasts and has built relationships with designers to select all clothes on her shelves.
Roc House is open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 652-9999 for more information.
A new website, www.shoprochouse.com , is coming online soon.
Brewer expanding distribution
Red Lodge Ales Brewing Co. has signed an agreement with Intermountain Distributing to distribute its beers in the Billings market.
Sam Hoffmann, president of the Carbon County brewery, said the agreement will take effect Monday.
“This partnership allows me to focus on making great beer and cider, and Intermountain to focus on distribution, which is their area of expertise,” Hoffmann wrote in an email.
Last November, Hoffmann opened the Last Chance Pub and Cider Mill in downtown Billings, the first of its kind in the city. He said he’s self-distributed his beer brewed in Red Lodge for about two decades.
Intermountain will distribute in 10 counties: Yellowstone, Big Horn, Golden Valley, Musselshell, Rosebud, Fergus, Petroleum, Judith Basin, Wheatland and Meagher. The firm will also handle Park City.
Red Lodge Ales will continue to distribute its own beers in Carbon County and Stillwater County outside of Park City.
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Spiked Olive moves
Spiked Olive shop has moved to 1216 16th St. W. #37, inside the Alpine Village complex.
The shop opened at 1313 Grand Ave. in the spring of 2017. The Spiked Olive sells premium olive oils, vinegars and pasta products.
According to its Facebook page, the Spiked Olive moved from its old location March 24 and reopened March 28.
Business ethics course
Associated Employers of Billings is hosting an hour-long webinar on business ethics at noon Wednesday.
The course will define workplace ethics, outline potential pitfalls and cover decision-making with an eye on ethics.
The cost is $50 for Associated Employers members and $85 for non-members.
Call 406-248-6178 or visit www.associatedemployers.org for more information.
Montana distillers, brewers head to Japan
Seven Montana distillers and brewers are traveling to Japan this month to explore export markets, the state’s Department of Commerce announced last week.
The producers will be at a Montana-branded booth at Wine and Gourmet Japan, a trade show in Tokyo, from April 12-14.
There, they will meet with distributors to get products into Japanese restaurants and stores, according to Commerce.
The businesses attending are Lewis and Clark Brewing Co. and Gulch Distilleries of Helena, Headframe Spirits of Butte, Bozeman Spirits, Montana Malting and Wildrye Distilling of Bozeman and Whistling Andy Distilling of Bigfork.
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