SHOP THE BLOCK – Locally owned stores in Downtown Helena

SHOP THE BLOCK

locally owned stores in Downtown Helena

Downtown Helena has so much to offer when it comes to finding gifts for all of the special people in your life. Plus, it feels so good to support our community’s small business owners. They are all wonderful people and show up everyday with passion and heart. When you are shopping from block to block you’ll find thoughtful gifts, yes, but also warmth, personal connection and stellar customer service.

The 100 Block 

  • Lasso the Moon Toys

    • Not just your average toy store, Lasso the Moon Toys is carefully curated to bring you the most high-quality, sturdy, engaging toys, books, puzzles, games and more! This shop is all heart and you’ll feel the love as you shop, purchase and give gifts that light up the imagination and engage the kiddos in your life!

  • Eureka

    • Eureka is one of Helena’s go to spots for gifts of all kinds! Step inside this charming shop and you’ll find unique and quality presents for many of those on your list: babies and kids, pets, guys and gals, even dads (arguably the toughest to shop for). Most of the items offered are locally made which means everyone wins! Fair warning, it can be quite hard not to shop for yourself here but we say why not?! You deserve a victory gift – shopping is hard work!

  • Birds & Beasley’s 

    • Birds & Beasleys is a great place to shop for the nature lover in your life. Whether you choose a new bird feeder for them to post in their yard and enjoy their beloved feathered friends for years to come, or a locally crafted work of art featuring their favorite Montana creature, scene or element, you’ll be sure to warm their heart with a unique and personal gift. 

100 Block Adjacent 

  • The Base Camp

    • The Base Camp has all you need and more when it comes to embracing the elements. You’ll find adventure gear, jewelry and accessories, trail maps and books, and clothing that is quality, comfortable, and sure to let those you love walk through town with full Montana swagger. If you’re looking for style and function, head to The Basecamp and pick up the perfect gift for those who like to live each season to the fullest! 

  • Park Avenue Bakery

    • Park Avenue is Helena’s European Style Bakery and Eatery and one of the most beloved spots in town. Stop in and enjoy the aroma of freshly baked bread while you shop their selection of exquisite dips, sauces, cheeses and pastas. Choose from an assortment of artistically made treats to bring home and share with those you love. Some are almost too pretty to eat and the Earl Grey Chocolate Cake is to die for!

The 200 Block 

  • Hawthorn Wine & Tasting Room 
    • The Hawthorn is easily one of the hottest spots in town and because it’s both a bottle shop and tasting room you could choose to give the gift of a night out with friends or a special date night or a beautiful bottle of wine along with specialty meats and cheeses, olives, nuts and tin fish for a cozy night in. Or, you could even do both! Plus, this would be a perfect place to take a little shopping break, if you know what we mean.
  • Ten Mile
    • You could say that Ten Mile Creek Brewery is a lot like the Cheers of Helena, “where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came.” Whether you choose a gift card, some sweet merch, or a delicious batch of fresh beer you’ll be giving a gift that satisfies and honors one of the most caring and invested businesses in all of downtown.
  • The Parrot Confectionery
    • The Parrot is a true Helena gem. This family-owned business has been located downtown since 1922. Unwrapping a box of their hand-dipped chocolates or made from scratch chewy caramels is a special feeling and evokes a sense of history and tradition. Other favorites include a turtle like confection called a parrot, almond butter toffee and other delectable creams, nuts and chews.

       

  • Ho Co 
    • Heavenly Occasions (H + O) Co. is brand new to town and they are bringing the goods! Shop here for stylish Montana boho options in several categories: home goods and decor, clothing, shoes and accessories, and even beauty and perfume. Check it out!
  • Bella Roma Market
    • This market is small but mighty and unlike any other you’ll find downtown. Shop here for the foodie in your life and pick out a gift (or give them a gift card) that will light up their senses! Choose from made-from-scratch Italian goodies like ricotta and chocolate pie, Tartufo al pistacchio, lasagna or canneloni and other sauces, meats and cheeses.
  • Martin’s Wines 
    • The most special thing about Martin’s wines is, well, Martin. With decades of experience tasting, serving, selling and studying wine, his help in selecting the perfect bottle for every wine lover on your list is invaluable. This would also be a lovely spot for a gift card so that whoever you’re gifting can experience Martin’s expertise for themselves

The 300 Block

  • fourOsix
    • fourOsix has you covered in so many ways. In fact, you could probably cross a whole slew of folks off your list by stopping into this shop. Here you’ll find men’s, women’s and kiddo clothing that is printed in house with original Montana-inspired designs. FourOsix is also a go-to spot for winter gear and accessories and even local art! Plus, the owner and staff are so helpful and personable that, by the time you leave, you’ll have made a few new friends!

       

  • Sole Sisters
    • Stop into Sole Sisters for high-fashion women’s clothing, accessories and shoes. This boutique is a well-known spot for stylish seasonal items and hard to find outfits for special occasions. Shopping here is always a pleasant experience and the fashionistas in your life will appreciate a lovely item or gift card so they can pick out their new favorite wardrobe staples!
  • Montana Book Co 
    • Shop the incredible selection of books (and records!) at Montana Book Co. You’ll also find high quality journals, pens, markers and other art supplies. Because the owners and their staff are avid readers themselves, they stock the shelves with hot off the press books as well as timeless classics. If someone you love loves to curl up with a good book or embrace the art of creative writing and journaling, head straight to MT Book Co.
  • The Painted Pot
    • Want to give the kids in your life an experience rather than another toy? Get on down to The Painted Pot and grab them a gift card. They’ll be able to choose their own project, spend time creating a special keepsake and tap into their innate artistic talent. Plus, it’s something the whole family can do together!
  • Cobblestone Clothing Co.
    • Cobblestone has a great mix of stylish seasonal favorites and cozy casual options. With great winter accessories and elegant but understated jewelry there’s so much to choose from. Cobblestone even has exquisite bath and body products that would be great under the tree or in a stocking!
  • Creep Skate Co
    • Don’t know what to get for the teens in your life? Stop by Creep, Helena’s new skate shop, and the two owners will point you in the right direction not only because they sell great products and merchandise but also because they’re still teens themselves. Show some support for Helena’s youngest downtown business owners!

300 Block Adjacent – Jackson Street 

  • Great Divide Cyclery & The Garage
    • Here’s the thing with Great Divide Cyclery, these people know their stuff and they LOVE to help their customers find just the right thing to enhance any biking experience (even if that thing is a whole new bike!) A gift card to the garage for a tune-up would also make an amazing gift for your favorite adventurers!
  • Cross Currents Fly Shop
    • Cross Currents Fly Shop is downtown Helena’s friendly and full-service fly shop where you’ll find a complete line of rods, reels, flies, accessories, and clothing. If you have someone in your life who loves to fish, stop by and ask the staff to help you choose something special for them and encourage their passion to get out on the water!

The 400 Block 

  • J Macs
    • Jmacs Pottery is a gallery and studio which is a place for artists to take the next step and market their items. We also have a fully functional studio which can be used by the public. Jmacs Pottery is produced in Downtown Helena, MT by Jeremy and Allie McFarlane. We also have over 20 other artists with work for sale in the gallery. Our studio is set up for classes and we offer studio time an hourly rate plus clay and firing fees. We have classes which run in 8 week cycles.
  • The General Mercantile
    • Ask anyone in town and they’ll tell you that the General Mercantile is an absolute must when shopping for gifts. They have classy glassware and awesome mugs, teapots and pourover set-ups, extravagant chocolate bars, bath and body products, toys, hilarious socks and magnets and some of the sweetest merch in town. Honestly, this list could go on for a while. Just check it out for yourself and grab a delicious coffee or tea while you’re at it!
  • Bear Grass Trading Co 
    • Sometimes, just surrounding yourself with beautiful old things is good for the soul. At Beargrass Trading Co you’ll feel a sense of calm as you browse through a beautiful array of vintage and repurposed furniture, salvaged treasures, unique seasonal decor, and quality handmade items from artists across Montana. If you have a savvy salvager in your life, you might find just the thing!
  • Boxwoods Fine Homes & Lifestyles 
    • Boxwoods is a feast for the senses. Stylish lamps, candles and natural light work together to illuminate gorgeous furniture, textiles and wall decor. Specialty laundry soaps, candles and diffusers are available to shop and sniff and you’ll appreciate their beautiful selection of jewelry and accessories. The owner and her team are style experts and would be happy to help you choose an extraordinary gift!
  • Sage & Oats Trading Post
    • So many cool collections in this one place! Sage & Oats is Helena’s only Native owned store and it is such a colorful celebration of culture. Not only do they feature the work of Native American artists but also include products and creations from Asian, Celtic, European, and Scandinavian cultures as well. Whether you pick out something cozy and stylish to wear, something delicious and new to cook with, a piece of art or jewelry, or even a musical instrument you’ll be eager to wrap up whatever treasure you land on.
  • 1+1=1 Gallery 
    • This gallery is really special. It is a welcoming place that features local and regional artists who do exceptional work with heaps of passion and it shows. Stopping to take in the beauty that 1+1=1 Gallery offers is a good idea in every season but right now, until the end of December, they invite customers and art appreciators to browse their 2022 Holiday Show where you’ll find many masterpieces of all shapes, sizes and price points. Giving the gift of an origins, hand-made piece of art will mean so much for years to come.
  • Wild Child 
    • Wild Child Collective is bursting at the seams with cute, stylish and fun gifts! You’ll find hip Montana-representing clothing, sweet home decor, the cutest little gifts for the littles in your life and much more! Plus, they have great holiday items like their gondola advent calendar, glacier fir scented candles, gingerbread simple syrup and peppermint drinking chocolate. Shhh, did somebody say classy stocking stuffers?
  • Aunt Bonnie’s Books 
    • Aunt Bonnie’s Books & Gifts has been opening their doors to booklovers for decades. It is a charming bookstore with unique gifts and new and secondhand books for sale. Let yourself get a little lost in there for a bit and be curious about what catches your eye.
  • Funky Trunk
    • Shop the Funky Trunk to find the perfect gently used clothing, vintage score or a great new accessory to make any outfit POP! Shopping here is WAY fun so this would be an excellent place to grab a gift card!

400 Block Adjacent 

  • The Holter
    • Ho-Ho-Holter show at the Holter Museum of Art is a community tradition. When you buy local, handmade works of art you are supporting the talented artists in and around Montana. Every piece is made with intention and infused with creativity. When someone one receives a gift like that, they can really feel the love.
  • Golden Girls Antique Mall
    • With over 50 well cared for booths, this antique mall never disappoints. It’s one of those places where you might not know what you’re looking for until it reveals itself and you have a major “aha” moment. Shopping here is like having the chance to travel through time so, whether you do it yourself or pick up a gift certificate, the magic of the past will enhance your holiday cheer. 

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