Angels in the Sky

 Eighty-nine.   At six years old, Kanynn Vanisko has made 89 trips to Seattle—40 of those trips by airplane. Her mother, Jamie, says Kanynn loves to fly. She even sleeps right through the turbulence, which is amazing considering she flies on a private plane, not a commercial jet.   Kanynn fights a disease so rare it doesn’t have a name. 

A time to marvel.

December feels like the finish line. I’ve started the year with a bright spirit, I’ve put in the work with the wind at my back (and sometimes howling in my face). I’ve ridden countless miles on my horses right here at the Big Sky Horse Park in Missoula, and I’ve seen multiple successes and failures. I’ve … Continued

December 2019 Around Town

Denim & Diamonds Beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, the 7th annual Denim & Diamonds gala takes off! Indulge in an evening of dinner, drinks, socializing, karaoke, dancing, and more as we come together to raise money for two deserving local nonprofits. All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit MOR4Kids and … Continued

Happiness Gold Mine!

Many members of the RCKN Outdoor Sisterhood gathered on a joyous trip known as the Happiness Gold Mine Fall Retreat. These ladies enjoyed ATV excursions, kayaking, hiking, and seasonal projects by the fire. Photography Open Lens by Pamela

The Hip Strip Baby

We’ve all heard it said, “It takes a village to raise a child” and that’s exactly what you get when you walk into Hazel & Fawn—a village. Located next to Clyde Coffee on the Hip Strip, this baby boutique is women-owned and operated. Previously known as La Stella Blu, the shop specializes in chic and eco-friendly gear for the whole family.

Healthy in Helsinki

Massage bliss. Those were the words running through my mind as my therapist, Carol, kneaded the gold-infused oil into my tight muscles. I was in the midst of my 110-minute Holistic Luxury Treatment at Hotel St. George Care, and felt like I was in Helsinki heaven.

Wild About Wonder

 Whatever blows your skirt up.  Judith Fraser has some stories—funny ones, hellish ones, heart-wrenching ones.  For this comical line, she’s referring to what somebody once told her when she was about to do something a little adventurous, off the beaten path, just like her father—the man she inherited her curiosity for the natural world from. 

A Decadent History

Chain restaurants come and go but The Keep is, well, for keeps. 

Protecting our Native Plants

It seems a bit odd to be talking about seeds and blooms in November, doesn’t it? While that might be true, it also gives us something to hope and plan for, which is what winter is for most gardeners. 


Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came…

November 2019 Around Town

Missoula Children’s Theatre: Act Up! Did you know that the Missoula Children’s Theatre is excited to host your student onstage and in the audience for a season of spectacular productions and classes? Production classes will explore the 100 Acre Woods of Disney’s Winnie the Pooh, the Wildwoods of MCT’s Hansel and Gretel, the Kingdom of … Continued

Small things.

November stirs up all sorts of emotions, mainly those where I’m sitting at a decorated dinner table watching a golden turkey be carved down into juicy slabs. Thanksgiving, for me, is a warm home full of guests. It’s the blonde stairs of my sister’s home back in New York and the leather chair my father … Continued

Missoula loves their pets!

Exhibitors, participants, and the pet-loving community made for another successful Petfest. This annual event promotes responsible pet ownership with education through entertainment. Photography Chelsea Lyn Agro

Some Dreams are Delicious

 Haniah Sweeney drinks her morning coffee in the afternoon.   She’s not a party-all-night-sleep-until-noon kind of gal, she’s more of a bake-vegan-donuts-all-night gal.   Haniah’s business, Veera Donuts, started as a wild idea to peddle vegan donuts at the farmers’ market. She made 100 donuts for that first Saturday. 

Nothing to Wine About

With the holidays and winter nipping at our heels, taking a quick trip to Missoula Wine Merchants is appropriate. Whether it’s something in hand to bring to a party or just for yourself, wine is the ultimate gift to share among friends or luxury to slowly sip from the comforts of home.

A Progressive Downtown Dinner

 Everything old is new again, yes?   Following a popular trend in the United Kingdom, the idea of “safari supper” or the more western phrase, “progressive dinner,” is a dinner party with successive courses prepared and consumed at the residences of different hosts. Typically, the traveling dinner party will enjoy one course at each location.  It was an ideal evening to…

Instrumental to our Community

The great Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said, “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” Nobody demonstrates this philosophy better than Gary Bowman, owner of Morgenroth Music Centers. Yes, he owns a store that sells music and instruments, but in no way is that music confined to a brick-and-mortar business. 

A Recipe for October

October calls for the bare necessities. The chill in the air brings us home and reminds us that there's much to be enjoyed within our own walls. From homemade pies to the warmth of a fire, autumn is welcomed with open arms. 

Pull up a chair.

The inspiration for this issue came by way of a softly lit room on a weekday. I was sitting at a bar counter with a good friend meeting the passersby of the evening, most of whom had just got off work. As the last rays of daylight sunk onto the streets outside, the bars’ chairs were topped and … Continued

Digesting Our City

 Ever wonder how Missoula's streets were named?   Missoula street names follow conventions used across the country, mostly. Early leaders often plucked surnames from local dignitaries and businesspeople, until that well ran dry. Like elsewhere, they turned to national politicians, entertainers, and even woody perennial plants.  But this isn’t true everywhere. Northeast of here, founders named Montana railroad towns by throwing…

October 2019 Around Town

Happy Publication Day, Ednor! Ednor Therriault’s newest book, “Seven Montanas: A Journey in Search of the Soul of the Treasure State” releases this month. Through interviews, photos, history, and personal observations, Ednor profiles each region and in the process gives a more complete view of the state as a whole. He’s spent more than 20 years … Continued

Pet Picnic!

Denny Menholt University Honda sponsored the annual Pet Picnic at the Humane Society of Western Montana. Dozens of HSWM alumni reunited with their loving families and all enjoyed aerial arts and food truck cuisine. Photography Chelsea Lyn Agro

There’s a New Bar(re) in Town

There’s a strong pulse here in Missoula. From the streaming cars and bicyclists to the energy of thriving businesses and local arts scene, Missoula is thumping to the beat of its own drum. But as of late, that rhythm radiates from a new space on Washburn Avenue called Barre 406.  

Flavor & Flair

Reggae beats evenly from the sound system. The Cubbies and the Phillies are tied at 1 in the fourth inning. Soft August light filters down from the skylights, illuminating the bar with a natural glow. When we walked into The Still Room, located within the Broadway Inn, I immediately noticed the flower-adorned horned skull perched over 22 beer taps that…

Made in Missoula

For the most part, Missoula Valley hasn’t paid much mind to the fashion runways of big cities. Who cares if velvet is back? Who even knows what new summer colors are all the rage in New York City? Beyond the newest Chaco design or the ripped-jean-Converse-All-Star look, we’ve prided ourselves on not being too fashion aware. But in the past…

That Dirty Back-to-School Word: Lice

It should come with its own dramatic soundtrack, like the intense melody of a shark making its way toward a crowded shore. 

Style is Permanent

Getting a tattoo is a big investment in the world of permanency. They're costly, time intensive, and they can be painful but yet we all know someone who has been "inked."

September 2019 Around Town

Prairie Sisters Vintage Market The Prairie Sisters Vintage Market has been a staple in our Missoula community for almost a decade, inviting us to browse the hard-to-resist treasures of all things home and beauty. On Saturday, September 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, shop local businesses for … Continued

Loyal & local.

When I look back on my “style” history I see light-up shoes with pink tights. Adidas slides with socks. Glitter and rhinestones. Black, more black, then gray. Then color. I see pencil skirts and silk shirts. Those red heels that I cussed every step of the way. The horse show outfit. The leather bag that … Continued

Communicating with Animals

Inner Peace Reiki held an animal Reiki class for Reiki practitioners, led by Jane Sparks—a certified teacher through the Shelter Animal Reiki Association. Photography Neil Chaput de Saintonge of Rocky Mountain School of Photography

A New Way to Pay

She doesn’t make house calls but many other facets of Lesley Von Eschen’s CostCare practice hearken back to old days of medicine—doctors who know you by name and diagnose what ails you, no muss and no fuss.

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Your Passport to Adventure

The 2019 Honda Passport Elite AWD is made for Western Montana. Ok, maybe not officially, but its versatility is unmatched in this region.

The Ultimate Rise

To embark on new waters is the meaning of the Lakota word: Watanopa. It’s also the third chosen name for the camp that lies snug in the shadows of the Pintler Mountains and on the shore of Georgetown Lake. 

My Tiny Pet by Jessie Hartland

Most parents are familiar with the negotiations involved in choosing a new pet, but Jessie Hartland puts a clever spin on the situation with a child’s very unique pet choice. When one girl’s personal pet menagerie grows out of control (6 poodles, 10 cats, a tarantula, 2 snakes, 3 hedgehogs, 10 mice, countless birds, hundreds of fish, an octopus, 3…

An Exotic Education

At a recent birthday party in a quiet Missoula neighborhood, more than a dozen 5- to 7-year-olds gathered in front of a table on which a very old porcupine named Kemosabe sat eating a banana.

Lint Roller Productions

In a recent nationwide survey, 7 out of 10 pet owners admitted that their favorite family member is the dog. Given our immense (and totally justified) love for dogs and the fact that Americans are spending more money than ever on our pets, it should come as no surprise that professional pet photography is a growing niche. 

For Pet’s Sake.

As I write this letter to you (and most likely as you’re reading it), an English Toy Terrier named Piper is snuggled up next to me, paws twitching in harmony with her slow, sleepy breaths. Her other notable position in life is racing across her farm at full speed, legs crossed beneath her, dust billowing … Continued

August 2019 Around Town

Tell Us Something! Youth Edition Monday, August 5 through Friday, August 9 between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m., Missoula’s expert story curator Marc Moss will guide youth campers in putting on their own Tell Us Something event. Campers will select a theme for their Tell Us Something event, do stage prep, and workshop … Continued

Bar(re)’s Open for Business

Barre 406 celebrated their grand opening at 2404 Washburn Avenue with their first class led by Barretender Neiman. A fueling mix of ballet, dance, pilates, yoga, and functional training. What could be more fun for staying fit? Photography Mary Kanter

The Cure is Care

 Karyn Moltzen loves cats.  You’re thinking it and she’ll say it: She’s a crazy cat lady.  When she talks about the cats she’s known and loved, her eyes twinkle. She might tell you about Tiger, once aggressive, who now lives a “happy, happy life” or introduce you to Chunk, a (you guessed it) chubby yellow cat who drapes himself over a…

Just Ask the Genie

The Wrinklegenie™ has come to Missoula and unlike the genie of Aladdin fame, she grants more than three wishes. 

Fueled by Family

Missoula has grown up at the center of five valleys. Its rivers empty into the bowl that’s our city. Head west of town, to Muralt’s Travel Plaza, and you can trace those waters on a giant, hand-painted mural. Like the pin of a compass, this family-owned truck stop has served customers, who are on their way to somewhere else, for…

Behind the Words & Photography

 Michael Tucker, Owner & Publisher  I was born right here in Montana and though many opportunities have come and gone to leave, I never have because the people who live here are the best and most supportive people in the world. My wife Mysta and I are thrilled to be residents here along with our daughters Amanda and Jessica, and our son…

Home in Time

Tom and Nancy Malikie want you to feel at home at The Gibson Mansion, despite the obvious and enchanting Victorian style of a historic icon within our city limits. But somehow, they’ve found the perfect balance of preserving a rich history while welcoming guests of the modern world. It’s a dance, really, between old world and new.

Picture this

Whether it's the Grizzly Encounter (right outside Yellowstone National Park) or driving the ever-scenic Going to the Sun road inside Glacier National Park, you're bound to be reminded of all the beauty that nature bestows upon us. 

A little sweat equity.

July always smells like leather and feels like sweat, or at least that’s how it is in my little world. It’s the summit of the yearly climb for my husband and I—the season we bust our tails for. A few months ago, we headed north in a rainstorm to pick up a new-to-us horse trailer. It … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

Northwest Margarita Fest On Saturday, July 13, Caras Park will be salted at the rim! Don’t miss out on the first-ever Northwest Margarita Fest where you’ll indulge in the sweet nectar of tequila and mezcal from all across Latin America. Throughout the day you can vote on your favorite margarita designed from local Montana watering … Continued

Missoula Strong

Positive vibes came from all Missoulians in support of wounded Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer during the 301 Strong Benefit that took place at Neptune Aviation. Businesses, community members, and fellow police officers band together to raise funds for Wade's family while he recovers from his injuries. Welcome back home, Wade! Photography Mike Tucker

A Walk Through Greenough Park

Morgan Valliant peered into the stone bear cage, his stubbled face flattened against the rusted steel door. He nodded toward the back of the structure, built 15 feet wide of Rattlesnake Creek cobbles, some as big as watermelons, where two dens had been bored into the hill. His eyes adjusted to the darkness inside. They roamed, searching for details to…