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Dealing with the Ceiling

We know the white drop ceiling doesn’t fit that 1920’s Montana look that we’re after. We also know that we don’t have the budget to remove it, paint all of the exposed ductwork, and replace the lights. So we came up with a compromise: paint that ceiling dark brown, which practically makes it disappear.

Out With the Old Floor

As you can see in the “before” picture, the future home of This House of Books looks very much like what it used to be: an MSU-Billings extension facility. Since we’re going for a historic prohibition-era Montana look, that blue carpet was the first thing to go!

We have a building!

This House of Books, a new Billings community-owned bookstore, has signed a lease on a 2,800 square foot space in downtown Billings. The building, originally the Billings Masonic Temple, is located at 224 North Broadway at the corner of 3rd Avenue North across the street from the Alberta Bair Theater.

With a Cup of Tea – Podcast episode zero

Welcome to the first installment of our new podcast, “With a Cup of Tea.” In episode zero, we introduce This House of Books; our host, then general manager, Gary Robson; and our first guest, member-owner, author, and board member Precious McKenzie.

Great meeting at the Billings Library

We had a great crowd last night at the Billings Library for the rollout of the new name, along with investor information, updates on the space, and more. For those who missed the meeting, fear not! There will be plenty more of them around town. Watch this website or our Facebook page for details. Also, all of the handouts from the meeting are available on our Invest page as printable PDF files.