When You Love Somebody

The leather rein has a familiar feel when I grasp it. The sound of the horse’s hooves on the grass reminds me of my childhood riding horses in Arizona. I can smell the hay and envision the hoof-pick that I still have from days long gone.

Taking a Stab at it

In Nathan Thomas’s shop, simple strips of steel are forged into works of art. He makes knives, and while they cut, chop and slice, their piercing beauty is most notable.

Rugged & Refined: Whiskey Leatherworks

Inspired by life in the Rocky Mountain region, Whiskey Leatherworks weaves authentic old-style craftsmanship into each handmade product. 

NATURA is Natural

Naturopathic medicine is the practice of healing and health based on nature. Though it is sometimes thought of as a form of alternative medicine, history shows this path of healing is thousands of years in practice, providing a comprehensive approach to the best of traditional medicine. Natural medicine was the original and primary form of medicinal help, even in western…

Security for the Road Ahead

One of the most difficult things in life is watching your parent age, as they find it more difficult to do the things they once did with ease. 

February 2019 Around Town

Heart Throb 5K Do you love your heart and love your sweetie? Do you love to run in red outfits? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these, then you need to be at the Heart Throb 5K. Beat the winter doldrums and get your heart beating with a fun, mid-winter 5K for American Heart Month. … Continued

Tea Party at Old Flynn Ranch

Delicate, dainty, and delicious! Old Flynn Ranch served numerous guests who gathered for tea and homemade goods. All proceeds from the Tea Party went to the historical preservation of the ranch. Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish

The Horse, of Course.

My wild mustang Kodiak was my inspiration for this issue, which celebrates the makers of Missoula. No, he doesn’t have a knack for holding a paintbrush between his teeth but he does remind me of the passion where all art is born, and to keep that place accessible.  As he slung mud and paraded around a small paddock … Continued

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

Those Who Wander Will Wag

Loyal companion, family member, adventure buddy—no matter what name rings true, one thing is for certain: dogs are Missoula’s best friend. 

Mind Over Matter

Please stand, place your hand on your heart, and join me in reciting the Oath of the Holiday Hangover: 

The Front Seat Life

If you’re idling at the crossroads of this new year, don’t fret. Jessica Butts is riding shotgun. She knows how to navigate the map to our greatest aspirations. However, she may turn off your car, put it in park and take away your keys. 

Healing Touch

Flash back to nearly six years ago: I’m sitting across from a cardiologist just three days after losing my father. I am a shattered version of myself, stripped of my otherwise tidy outward appearance. No mascara, chapped lips, shadows loom stubbornly under my eyes. 

Perspective.

We all know the glass is half full just as well as we know that it’s all uphill from here. Or is it half empty and downhill? Fact of the matter is, it’s all perspective (and I still don’t know which idiom I favor).  For me, January is half full and half empty. It’s a crisp new … Continued

January 2019 Around Town

Harold Schlotzhauer: Living in a Good Dream Harold Schlotzhauer is an accomplished artist of 50 years. His exhibition, running through February 9, highlights a diverse array of works from the late 1960s to present, showcasing the continual progression of his unique vision of abstraction. Throughout the course of his career, Schlotzhauer has worked to refine … Continued

The Root & its Remedy

Western medical remedies often bring limited aid that offers temporary relief. It’s easy—for every physical problem there is a solution, until that solution comes with its own baggage and decides to overstay its welcome. 

A Wild Night for Wildlife

Missoula Ladies Night Out hosted a night of laughter, prizes, and camaraderie at the Barn on Mullan in an effort to join like-minded ladies who care about wildlife and the outdoors. Dinner, games, drawings, live and silent auctions raised funds that directly support the Rocky Mountain Elf Foundation. Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish 

Flavor & Fizz

It’s hard not to think of kombucha-maker Heath Carey as a modern-day mad scientist. He doesn’t sport the wild hair of Albert Einstein, though he does have a short mohawk and a mountains-and-sun landscape shaved into the side of his head. But when he talks about the process of creating kombucha, that’s when you really get the sense he’s not…

Your Journey to New Health

Feeling frustrated over your health or weight as another calendar year comes into focus? Confused by trendy diets and health fads that seem to swing to the extremes and ultimately leave you gaining more weight or impacting your health negatively? 

Hunting and Fishing and Camping, Oh My!

It’s probably safe to say that unwrapping new gear is an outdoorsman’s jackpot. Whether it be a new jacket that will block the blow of wind while on the ski lift or boots that will keep your feet warm and dry, these items are (with no exaggeration!) survival items. This sport and outdoors store knows a thing or two about…

Bearing Witness

Always reveling in the world around him, Thoreau once wrote, “Every leaf and twig was this morning covered with a sparkling ice armor; even the grasses in exposed fields were hung with innumerable diamond pendants, which jingled merrily when brushed by the foot of the traveler. It was literally the wreck of jewels and the crash of gems…”

This Old House

You see it all over Missoula—modern technology intersects with old memories to bring together a 21st century community. It’s the new nostalgia. One example: The Roxy Theater. This 1930s Art Deco revival movie house hosts thoughtful cinema, film festivals, and community gatherings.

Winter’s portrait.

At last, here we are at year’s end. Like a critter who’s readied a nest, I’ve prepared for this season when our world goes white and the fever of long, busy days is hushed. I’ve picked up the yard and mended what needed mending before the ground turns solid cold. I’ve even coaxed my senses … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

Financial Fitness Class Budget, savings, and credit building—it’s never a bad time to revisit these important financial conversations. Aimed for those who are interested in gaining more control of their money, this free financial fitness class will teach you how. In class, you will learn to create a budget that works for you, how to … Continued

Love birds wed at White Raven

Congratulations to Melanie and Blake, who said "I do" to happily ever after! Local event planner Champagne + Linen and local florist Melissa Lafontaine of Earth Within Flowers provided the perfect backdrop for a new love story to unfold into forever at White Raven Venue and Retreat. Photography Bianca Sciotto Photography

Family is Spelled F-O-S-T-E-R

There is an innate, grand desire to effect positive change in our world. It dwells within us, and however small or insignificant our efforts may seem, real change begins at home with how we love our families. 

The Gift of Gratitude

Home. Health. Family. These are the bedrock gifts to which we drill down this time of year. Whether we’re sharing food and conversation around our Thanksgiving table or struggling through some hard times, gratitude remains. So, how does that work exactly? Three Missoulians pry open their gratitude so we can see what it’s made of: 

Being Brave, Going Bald

The firefighters at Missoula Rural Fire District know a thing or two about coming together as a team to perform an important deed. When there's a fire, they rush in. But earlier this year, one of those fires looked like a friend in need. 

The Room in Your Heart

A red heart is at the center of the logo for the capital campaign of the planned expansion at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Montana.

Letters of gratitude.

Blessed, for me, is the feeling of gratitude. Being grateful for something doesn’t have to mean that that something is perfect or ready, especially when it comes to loving ourselves or others. Gratitude is the white-knuckle work of being, despite everything.  This year I’m particularly grateful for stories. I’ve always been an avid reader, sometimes … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Angel Flight Pilots Needed Are you a pilot who wants to give back? Angel Flight West is looking for you!  This nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization arranges free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults who have serious medical conditions or other compelling needs. Currently, there is a network of more than 1,400 pilots throughout the 13 states who donate their aircraft, … Continued

The Blood of Business

Traditionally, in terms of the definition, a “peg” is used for holding things together, hanging things on, or marking a position. But to the family at Wagner’s Home Furnishings, Peg was the name of the woman who started everything, taking hold of a too-big dream and barreling into an unknown future regarding her family and business. 

The Grateful Glass

Western Cider made donations to the Montana Film Festival thanks to community members who purchased cider on special fundraising days. Emergent talent was celebrated by raising a glass, raising awareness, and raising money for the yearly event that enriches festival goers through the art and craft of independent narrative film. Photography Amy Donovan Photography

Candied Ginger Gingerbread

I’ve always been a bit spicy. Sure, sugar is sweet and it’d be downright sacrilegious to not have some decadent pie on a tow line behind a savory meal, but spice—particularly ginger—is nostalgic. 

Out to lunch.

I’ve always known how to lunch. That’s right, lunch being a verb. I love the empty table waiting for my arrival, the just-right temperature of a gorgeous plate of food, the perfect marriage of seasoning, and the conversation of good company. Perhaps my love affair with dining out is partially derived from my not-so-stellar duties in the kitchen at home (why … Continued

Life Is Like a Bowl of Berries

You never know what you're going to get! At least, that's how it went for Jared and Lindley Lynch when they decided to take a chance on the mighty acai berry. Adventurers at heart, the proud owners of this funky food truck begin and complete each bowl with the inspiration of our beloved scenery, and they serve up some seriously delicious (and healthy) bowls of goodness. 

Get Your Grub!

Dining out—a tidy table, a perfectly cooked and artfully designed meal, and of course no dishes or cleaning up...all for you. What's not to love about treating yourself to a meal? Even with the vast spread of choices available, it's easy to scurry off to your favorite place for the same thing, every time. Let's venture out and meet three Missoula chefs who…

Carpet Brokers of Missoula

"We had a detached garage for a showroom and a separate shop for storing product."

October 2018 Around Town

Step by Step Did you know that the Missoula Children’s Theatre offers a six-week program called Next Step Prep? It’s a high school student program offered to students from anywhere in the world who are serious about furthering their skills in the disciplines of acting, singing, and dancing. Accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission, MCT’s … Continued

Know Your Roots!

Downtown Missoula vibrated with the energy of the River City Roots Festival as Missoulians enjoyed live music performances, a fine art show, and fresh eats from local food vendors. This free festival continues to be a major must-see for our community and visitors alike. Photography Chelsea Lyn Agro

A Spirit for Spirits

If an out-of-state guest arrives and proclaims, "I want a real Montana steak," you might head for Lolo Creek Steak House so they can get a bite of Montana. And that would be good. Another good comes in what you can now treat them and yourself to: a sip of our surroundings. Lolo Creek Distillery, just up the hill from the steakhouse, completes this…

The brim of style.

So, there’s this hat—tan, wide-brimmed, complete with a neat bow on its band. In its own way, it rescued me from being inadvertently devoid of style. It’s not lost on me that practical is my closest form of fashion—old leather boots, blue jeans, a top that won’t show the dog hair that is surely embedded … Continued

All in the Stitch

 Article Chelsea Lyn Agro | Photography Jeremy Haas and Mark Cluney  The inimitable intricacy and style of Jeremy Haas is hard not to notice when it comes to his manufacturing technique. His deliciously different leather goods are simple, sleek, and they’re stitched using the toughest, timeless stitching method possible—the saddle stitch, meant to never unravel or fail.   Pinch Flat Manufacturing…

The Offbeat Accessory

Article Chelsea Lyn Agro | Photography Chelsea Lyn Agro, Leigh Caroppoli, Madeleine Ford, Cassie Taylor

September 2018 Around Town

The Griz Are Back The season opener against the University of Northern Iowa Panthers kicks off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 1 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Get your (season) tickets at GrizTix.com. Did you know that the Northern Iowa Panthers last visited Missoula at the 2011 FCS Playoffs? The Griz beat them 48-10. Later in the month, … Continued

Still Shopping at 60

Trempers Shopping Center, Missoula's only locally owned mall, celebrated 60 years of business with live music, ice cream, hot dogs, and 60 gift card giveaways. Happy Anniversary, Trempers! Photography Chelsea Lyn Agro

Not the Norm

 Article Chelsea Lyn Agro | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish  Saturday, September 29  Westside Lanes & Fun Center

May Your Mind Be Your Crown

 Article Chelsea Lyn Agro | Photography Provided by Pageant NW  Although we are all raised with a certain set of values and beliefs, and often stand firm with our personal beliefs, my idea of a perfect world is one with more open mindedness.   I am a systematic stylist. From dresses to jeans, sweats to workout clothes, I am always organized,…

A Portrait of Paw-fection

Article Chelsea Lyn Agro | Photography McKenna Cramer, Krystle Downing, Shannon Edney Photography, Jennifer Greenwood

A Gem Revealed

 Article Carole Davenport | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish  Oro y Plata, meaning gold and silver, respectively, in Spanish, was chosen by Montana legislators back in 1865, based on the mineral wealth our state was producing. Mineral County, just 20 miles west of the Missoula airport, is home to RiverView Ranch, an exquisite new jewel in the land of luxury ranches.  I…