Helena has been growing fairly rapidly in the last several years, which is bringing more and more shopping in. For many years people would travel to Missoula, Bozeman, or Great Falls for shopping, but we're starting to compete with them. Shopping local is big and helps support the businesses and employees that live and work in our area.
We've seen an expansion in the area where Power Townsend nearly stood alone as a lumber and building store. They're now surrounded by some of the big boys. Lowe’s is across from them and on the other side of the overpass is Home Depot. Just a short distance from Power Townsend going the other direction, on Montana Avenue, is Rock Hand Hardware if you're looking for a hardware store with some cool things. Power Townsend and Rock Hand are the local places. But they all employ locals.
Just a couple years ago they widened the overpass to accommodate the incredible amount of traffic that was traveling back and forth in that area. Custer Avenue is a pretty major connection for the central,
east, and west sides of Helena.
Some of the other larger stores in that area are CostCo, which seems to always be busy, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Hobby Lobby. In the mix of things you have some other great stores such as Ulta, Carnival Shoes, Maurice's, some other clothing stores, a couple of banks, Super One, and some wonderful locally owned stores. There's also some great restaurants in the area for your dining pleasure.
Over near Power Townsend you have Sportsman Warehouse, Batteries Plus, a coffee shop, and some other local specialty stores. There's something for just about everyone.
All up and down Montana Avenue you'll find shopping centers, some big, some small. Target, ShopKo, Famous Footware, Game Stop, Ashley Furniture, Bob Ward and Sons, Albertson's, Natural Grocer and further south you'll find the Real Food Store, another locally owned shop. There's lots of locally owned stores along the way.
On the west side of town you have Vann's, which is a hometown grocery store, some other furniture shops, and more great places to eat. The west side isn't far from the historic downtown Helena, where you can find some fabulous specialty stores, such as 406, named after our great state of course, the famous Parrot and they're awesome candy, the Panhandler with their specialty kitchen items, a very cool toy store, and oh so many more fun places to shop and eat. And don't forget about Reeder's Alley where you'll find even more!
The bottom line is, you don't need to go out of town to shop. We have everything you need here. Shop local and support our wonderful town.
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