56 Counties: New Helena store offers unique sampling of Montana products

Phil Drake

For years, Megan Martin’s job as an auditor with the Department of Justice took her all over Montana.

And on those trips she said she met some real creative people. So when she hit the “doldrums” of her current job, she thought why not create a shop in Helena where she could showcase these artists and their talents?

And so, the store 56 Counties was born.

“I wanted to give smaller producers a way to get their name out there,” Martin said.

Doggie Style Gourmet Treats out of Billings are among the items on sale at 56 Counties.

Phil Drake, Independent Record

The shop, which had a Sept. 10 grand opening at 1420 Gallatin Ave. in Helena’s Sixth Ward, has products from many, but not all, of Montana’s 56 counties. But Martin hopes it will grow.

There are wine bottle stoppers from Blue Moose Metals in Missoula, and Montana TShirt Co. sweaters and Pulpable Experience Dog Treats from Flathead County, as well as Montana Scene clothing and Wool Pouches.

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