Find gold in these hills with your last chance at getting that perfect gift for a family, friend, or random acquaintance with our brand new Downtown Helena Nuggets. They’re the best way to not only shop for your family and friends but also support local downtown businesses while doing so.
WHAT ARE DOWNTOWN HELENA NUGGETS?
Nuggets are cash-for-cash bills that come in $10 and $25 denominations. Think of them as a gift card in the form of Monopoly money that you can use at participating businesses. Designed by Helena’s very own David Goodson, and printed in-town at Allegra Marketing, these bills make a great gift to family and friends looking to support local businesses.
WHERE AND HOW CAN I PURCHASE NUGGETS?
You can purchase Nuggets at our office at 330 N Jackson Street, right between CrossCurrents and Great Divide Cyclery. We’re open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 8 to noon.
You can also purchase nuggets at the downtown Valley Bank branch at 321 Fuller Ave, the First Interstate Bank branch at 25 E Lyndale Ave, or at Birds & Beasleys at 2 S Last Chance Gulch (credit cards accepted).
WHICH BUSINESSES ACCEPT NUGGETS?
The following businesses currently accept Downtown Helena Nuggets:
- Allegra Marketing, Print, Mail (40 W Lawrence St E)
- Aunt Bonnie’s Books (419 N Last Chance Gulch)
- Beargrass Trading Company (417 N Last Chance Gulch)
- Bert & Ernie’s Restaurant (361 N Last Chance Gulch)
- Big Dipper Ice Cream (58 N Last Chance Gulch)
- Big Sky Cyclery (801 N Last Chance Gulch)
- Birds & Beasleys (2 S Last Chance Gulch St)
- Blackfoot River Brewing Co (66 S Park Ave)
- Boxwoods Fine Homes & Lifestyle (426 N Last Chance Gulch)
- Capital Sports (1092 Helena Ave)
- Carroll Saintes Shoppe (1601 N Benton Ave)
- Cobblestone Clothing (337 N Last Chance Gulch)
- Eureka! (38 S Last Chance Gulch)
- Ghost Art Gallery (21 S Last Chance Gulch)
- Golden Girls Antiques Mall (505 N Last Chance Gulch)
- Grandstreet Theatre (325 N Park Ave)
- Great Divide Cyclery (336 N Jackson St)
- Gulch Distillers (790 Front Street)
- The Hawthorn Bottle Shop & Tasting Room (46 N Last Chance Gulch)
- Helena Hokkaido Ramen & Izakaya (825 Great Northern Blvd, Suite #101)
- HUB Coffee (314 N Last Chance Gulch)
- JMAC’s Pottery (411 N Last Chance Gulch)
- Lasso The Moon Toys (25 S Last Chance Gulch)
- Lucca’s Fine Italian Restaurant (56 N Last Chance Gulch)
- Martin’s Wines (21 N Last Chance Gulch #101)
- Mediterranean Grill (42 S Park Ave)
- Montana Book Company (331 N Last Chance Gulch)
- Montana Outdoor Sports (708 N Last Chance Gulch)
- The Painted Pot (333 N Last Chance Gulch)
- PanHandler Plus (40 S Last Chance Gulch St)
- RC Jewelry MT (11 W Placer)
- Silver Star Steak Company (833 Great Northern Blvd)
- Sole Sisters (327 N Last Chance Gulch)
- Taco Del Sol (21 N Last Chance Gulch #103)
- Ten Mile Creek Brewery (48 N Last Chance Gulch)
- Vigilante Shuttles & Tours (330 N Jackson Street)
- Wild Child Collective (429 N Last Chance Gulch)
- Windbag Saloon & Grill (19 S Last Chance Gulch St)
If your business wants to accept Nuggets, please let us know and we can add you to the list.
HOW DO NUGGETS HELP LOCAL BUSINESSES?
We wanted this program to be hyper-local, from the design to the printing to how they’re used downtown. We also wanted to avoid another type of gift card that has too many rules attached to it. So we created these Nuggets in order to keep money circulated downtown and thereby support our local businesses. It ensures that the support of our local businesses stays downtown and keeps this part of town, the heart of Helena, vibrant and thriving.
Every dollar spent on Nuggets is another dollar going towards our local downtown businesses. It ensures that our downtown area continues to be accessible, walkable, and open to both visitors and locals alike.
For participating businesses, you can give change in the form of your own gift cards to ensure that the money continues to stay downtown.
PAYMENT FOR PARKING TICKETS
Finally, we’re excited to announce that you can even use Nuggets to pay for parking tickets.
Yes, you read that correctly. Thanks to support from the City of Helena, the parking commission will now accept Nuggets as a form of payment for parking tickets. So hold onto $10 bills if you ever forget to extend your parking time!
We also want to thank Northwestern Energy for their gracious donation towards printing the Downtown Helena Nuggets.