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Minnesota Avenue: Businesses work to build street with rich legacy into a destination (Billings Gazette)

Mar 18, 2015

Tammy and Melody Fletcher take old pieces of furniture and make them new again, and they’ve found the perfect place for their shop, For the Funk of It, in downtown Billings.

The Billings couple are artists and veterans of auctions and estate sales, hunting through forgotten items that could become treasures in their new shop at 2702 Minnesota Ave.

With upholstery and creativity, they can flip discarded $10 dining room chairs for more than a hundred dollars. An old bicycle could be a fountain — just replace the seat with a basin and run a water line past the spokes to create a funky conversation piece for the home.

“We like to introduce a lot of colors into people’s homes and make it fun,” said Tammy.

The Fletchers opened For the Funk of It in February, the newest business to pop up on one of Billings’ oldest streets. They have big plans to boost foot traffic, like parking their Flaming Ladies food truck out front during warm weather and holding a street fair, and they want to honor their neighborhood’s history. Minnesota Avenue dates back to the founding of Billings and was once a bustling, raucous cultural center.

Read the complete story in the Billings Gazette here.