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12 | SignatureMT HAVRE, MONTANA Urban Affairs NEIGHBORHOODS A Cultural Showcase MT S Text by Holly Matkin • Photography by Eric Visocan q Custom Collision Repair, 1710 1st St. NE High Quality, Quick Fix When "accidents happen," you want the keys to your good-as-new vehicle back in your hands quickly and hassle-free. Since 2005, Custom Collision Repair (CCR) owner Chris Preputin made positive customer experiences his priority – and his innovative techniques are working. In fact, CCR makes vehicle repair so simple, you may not realize that other places do it differently. Margaret Standing Bear knows her purpose. "I always wondered why there wasn't a store in Havre that featured Native American culture and heritage, especially being within 40 miles of two reservation communities," she says. "I wanted to boost Native artists' economic opportunities because there is so much talent, and it deserves respect." In 2012, Margaret unveiled her retail store, Sundogs, A Native Touch. Today, her expanded showroom features a staggering variety of exquisite Native items – many of which are one-of-a-kind. From beadwork to star quilts, pottery to jewelry, and apparel to sculptures, Sundogs immerses visitors in genuine Native culture. In addition to local artisans, Margaret has procured items from Native craftspeople throughout the continental United States, Canada and Alaska. "They educate me about their pieces, and I enjoy telling customers about the meaning and significance behind these items," she explains. "Customers say that it means so much more to them because it has a story." Sundogs, A Native Touch is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 to 5:30, Saturday from 9:30 to 5:00 and Sunday by appointment. Learn more at Montana's archery season is underway, and residents across the Hi-line are turning to the crew at Havre's HR Archery for all of their equipment and skill-building needs. Proprietors Derrick Hucke and Clarissa Martin started their business with a vision, but bow service and repair was only the beginning. "We have a 30-yard indoor archery range," Clarissa explains, "so people can shoot anytime. Plus, kids under 12 shoot free with an adult." As certified archery coaches, Derrick and Clarissa also offer lessons to enthusiasts of any age. HR Archery hosts birthday parties, a ten-week long league beginning in January, and offers a variety of memberships for 24-hour access to the range. In their retail store, customers can stock up on gear by brands including Hoyt, Easton, Carbon Express and Gold Tip. And they aren't finished yet. "Brian Dugan of D6 Guns is coming on board, so we're really excited to have a gunsmith in the shop," Clarissa says. "Retail, range and repair – we have it all!" The retail and repair shop at HR Archery is open Monday through Friday from 5pm to 8pm, and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Hitting the Bullseye q HR Archery 137 2nd Street "We work with the insurance company throughout the whole process so you don't have to," Chris says. In the garage, the CCR crew is structured for swift, high-quality results. "Using an assembly-line process, we get a vehicle back to the customer about twice as fast, while still doing an immaculate job." Chris believes that CCR's greatest success is being able to give back to the Havre community. "For the past four years, we have been giving cars away to people in need," he explains. "We are able to give two this year, thanks to other Havre businesses. Honestly though, my goal is to do 10 every year." CCR is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. Learn more at p A Native Touch, 48 Second Avenue MT S MT S

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