The love of ice cream and the desire to get into business is what drove Brian and Kelly Ackerman to purchase The Parrot Confectionery, a Helena Landmark.
The Parrot is currently celebrating it’s 87th year in Helena and is saying goodbye to longtime owners the Duensing’s. The Parrot has been part of the Duensing family for over half a century and they are now ready to turn over the business to new owners the Ackerman’s.
Brian and Kelly were looking for a way to return to their home state of Montana, when discussing over a bowl of ice cream in their home in Maryland, brought them to the idea of going into the candy and ice cream business. And that was the beginning of the journey that brought the Ackerman’s home to Montana and into the world of candy making.
The Ackerman’s were able to purchase The Parrot only by way of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). When Brian first contacted lenders looking for financing it was difficult if not impossible... Read More