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Butte's 5518 Designs raises over $30,000 for rebuilding the M&M bar

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Posted at 1:42 PM, May 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-01 08:15:20-04

BUTTE — 5518 Designs have finally caught up with pre-orders and expanded their base of operations to meet high demand -- the largest order to ever come through the doors of the Butte business is in support of rebuilding the M&M Bar.

"The sales have been going amazingly; I’ve been blown away. I hope Selina feels the encouragement and support of this community, I really hope she does," said Jon Wick, Owner of 5518 Designs.

The M&M bar burned down leaving a gaping hole in Uptown Butte.

Sales have reached 25 states. The farthest sale came from Switzerland! With so many orders to pack and ship, Wick ran out of room in his store, so he decided to expand.

"I talked to J.J. [Adams], the owner of the Finlen Hotel, and he has been generous enough to lend the Treasure State ballroom within the hotel. He lent us that space, just gave it to us so that we can organize all these items." Wick said.

Adams said it was the least he could do to help bring back the M&M bar.

"To lose such an important and iconic building when that’s the thing that makes uptown so magical is the historic buildings right? And it’s just -- it's very very difficult to have that loss in our community and any way we’re just thrilled that we could do anything to help." Adams said.

5518 Designs has sold 1269 t-shirts, 799 hoodies, and well over 600 stickers and has so far raised over $30,000 in support of rebuilding the M&M bar.

"We’re all caught up with the pre-orders so we are now kind of shifting into selling these items directly out of the store," Wick said.

Click here to visit the "M&M Collection" on the 5518 website.

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m. — The amount raised for the M&M has been corrected from $70,000 to $30,000.