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.

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

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

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. 

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 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: 

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.

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

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

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. 

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…

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

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

Carpet Brokers of Missoula

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

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…

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

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

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

Not the Norm

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

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

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…

No Drama, Just Ella

 Article Corina S. Ambrose | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish  Ella McMillion’s smile is a contagious one. Her energy swells to reach every corner of any room, which is probably the reason why audiences love to see her on stage.   Ella has been performing in Missoula Community Theatre productions since she was eight years old. Now at age 17, a soon-to-be senior at…

Oh Baby!

 Article Chelsea Lyn Agro | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish  Congratulations, Remington, on being the 501st baby to be born at the Birth Center of Missoula!  “This is my baby,” said Jeanne Hebl, lovingly looking up and around at the walls of the Birth Center of Missoula. The little, unassuming building on 39th avenue with the alternating blue and pink balloons at…

The fur in family.

I was finally, technically, able to refer to having ‘kids’ the evening that my goat had twin boys, even though I’d been calling each of my animals baby for years.  They were still damp from their welcome into the world when I scooped both of them into my arms and breathed in their warmth. Their … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

Chicks N Chaps Want to get a little dirt on your boots? Get ready to have a good country time all while raising money to benefit local individuals and families who are impacted by breast cancer on Friday, August 10 at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. This yearly event is best known for its immediate camaraderie and belly-aching laughter … Continued

A big heart goes a long way

Katy Davis, devoted supporter for those fighting cancer, raised over $30,000 for Relay for Life within her ten years of involvement within the organization. A community birthday party celebration was held to honor her friends and family who were lost to cancer and to celebrate survivors at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. Photography provided by Katy Davis.

Play the Part

What You Need to Create Unique Play Areas Perfect for Your Kiddos’ Unique Interests Nicolette Martin What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question we were all asked as kids—one that was so innocently answered with whatever our obsession of the week was. Maybe today your child wants to be … Continued

That’s the Spot!

Article Susie Wall | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish, Nancy Hafner, KettleHouse Amphitheater & Neubauer Media

The Summer Sip

 Article Corina Ambrose | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish  Muddled mint, the pop of carbonation, the cheeky tartness of lemon and huckleberry. This mouth-watering combination can only mean one thing—okay, two things: Summer is here, and we need this mojito from Montana Distillery.   406 Mojito by the Montana Distillery

Always Faithful

 Article and Photography  Semper Fidelis. By definition, it means "always faithful," and it's the phrase U.S. Marines always say. Susan, being a daughter to a Marine, lives a life in his honor. She's a Daughter of the American Revolution and enjoys working to enrich the lives of our veterans. Here, she shares with us the memory of the men in…

July 2018 Around Town

MAM Welcomes New Art Ed Team The Missoula Art Museum recently welcomed two new faces to its Art Education team. Kay Grissom-Kiely comes to MAM as the Curator of Education to lead the educational vision for the museum, and Jenny Bevill takes on the position of educator/coordinator. “Jenny and I are a dynamic duo in museum … Continued

All her glory.

One of my favorite summertime memories is of my late father and I, back in the countryside of New York State, skirting through traffic on our way to a firework show. We’d do the same thing year after year on this particular day—July Fourth.  His police officer badge and his sparse gray hair helped us … Continued

Here’s the Glitch

The Wilma was buzzing with young energy when Glitch Mob with Elohim and Anomalie played a live performance as part of their See Without Eyes tour. Photography Neubauer Media & LogJam Presents

Game On

Have Some Outdoor Fun this Summer with Lawn Games Perfect for any Get-Together, then Cool Off with a Couple Sweet Treats. Article Nicolette Martin Mölkky Throwing Game Dick’s Sporting Goods, $29.99 Playing Mölkky: In this Finnish throwing game, use a wooden pin (mölkky) to knock over wooden pins (skittles). Be the first to reach exactly 50 points to win! … Continued

Swim, Bike, Run

 Article and Photography Addie Melvin  Mark Your Calendar  When: Sunday, July 22

Out of the Box

 Article Chelsea Lyn Agro | Photography Susan Campbell Reneau  Dating back to 1890, Daughters of the American Revolution was formed through a blaze of patriotism to honor the memory of the men and women who were involved in the American Revolution. Their mission? To perpetuate the memory and spirit of our veterans, to educate future generations, and to cherish, maintain,…

Favorites from Matz Family Chiropractic

 Article Hiram Mariner | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish, CPP  Dr. Scott Matz Jr., Black Labrador Retriever named Tucker  In the fields or by his side, Priceless

The Missing Link in Fitness: Trunk Training

 Article Shelby Humphreys | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish, CPP  No matter how many crunches you bust out, if you’re not training your entire trunk, then your neck, back, and hamstrings remain prone to injury. Trunk training strengthens those vulnerable areas by activating more muscle groups at once, from neck to knees. This workout, from Coach Stephanio Mizell, MS.Ed., at Missoula’s YMCA,…

Blessed to be a father.

For me, being a man is pretty equatable to being a father. So many of life’s lessons that teach you how to be a good man have come to me through caring for, worrying about, and being there for my children.   Everything about being a father scares me. I’m scared every day—for their health … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

The BIG Event Big Brothers Big Sisters of Missoula is hosting their annual spring fundraiser, The Big Event, on Friday, June 8. The Big Event is, well, big in every way! All proceeds from the event will stay in Missoula and go to Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program and allow them to match “littles” … Continued