Welcome to the ‘new’ Calvert

By: 
CHARLIE DENISON
Reporter
Friday, July 13, 2018

Calvert General Manager KellyAnne Terry stands in the upgraded lobby as employees Tressa LaFromboise, far left, and Caleb Uhler look on. 

Photo by Charlie Denison

Terry and staff have upgraded the rooms at the Calvert. 

Photo by Charlie Denison

Photo by Charlie Denison

 

 

For the last month, Calvert general manager KellyAnne Terry feels like she has practically lived at the hotel.

But it’s all been worth it, she said. 

“We performed a makeover in three weeks that usually takes about 10 months,” she said, shaking her head. “It took a lot of long hours.”

Terry and her staff of 19 upgraded all 27 rooms. They also modernized the lobby with new furniture, new art and a flat screen. 

“It’s been fast and furious,” Terry said. “We’ve had to do a lot of organizing and have made a lot of changes.”

The Calvert opened its doors June 22, and business has been non-stop ever since.

“It’s all coming together,” Terry said. “We hope to become a Top 10 hotel in the state. We want it to feel welcoming — like home away from home. We want our guests to love Lewistown as much as we do.”

A lot of work goes into the hospitality business, Terry said, and she’s up for the challenge.

“I love hospitality,” she said. “It’s super rewarding to spoil the guests.”

Fortunately, Terry found others who share this passion.

“I have really good help,” she said, “including four to five college kids, some teachers and many who are working other jobs. We’re a good team, and we pride ourselves on good service.”

Terry said she’s especially grateful for her front desk supervisor, Tressa LaFromboise, a Lewistown native who recently returned to the area from California.

“She’s very knowledgeable with customer service and is great with managing people,” Terry said.

LaFromboise is glad to be back in Lewistown and is enjoying this opportunity to work at the Calvert, a place she believes stands out in town.

“It’s nice to see this kind of establishment in my hometown,” she said. “I love the art deco feel. It reminds me of 1930s Los Angeles.”

LaFromboise also added it’s a little ironic for her to work at the Calvert.

“My grandmother used to live near the Calvert, and she’d joke that if I were to misbehave I’d have to move here,” she said, laughing. “She would be very surprised…”

 

Out with the old, in with the new

Terry and her staff have made it a priority to make the Calvert as comfortable as possible.

“We have luxury bedding, ironing boards and irons, smart TVs and a hot deluxe breakfast,” she said. “The breakfast includes eggs, scones, sausage, bacon, potatoes, juices, tea and the Calvert’s own coffee blend courtesy of the Rising Trout. The breakfast is included in the room rate, but, for a fee, people staying here can also invite friends to eat with them.”

Terry said she’s received a lot of positive feedback about the breakfast, which is served from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the basement of the Calvert, also known as the Onyx bar. 

Terry said she has no current plans to restore the Onyx  restaurant, as Calvert owners Jeff Southworth and Julie Walsh have their hands full with the food and beverage industry, considering they also own Big Spring Brewing and Central Feed Grilling Company.

“It’s not feasible to open two restaurants,” Terry said.

However, the Onyx space will be utilized, as Terry plans to use the area for conference rooms come fall.

“We want to promote businesses in town,” she said. “We want to give back to the community and make our community better.”

For more information, call the Calvert at (406) 535-5411.

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