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

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…

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. 

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…

The Offbeat Accessory

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

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 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…

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…

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…

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

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

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

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

Hero in the Air

Dr. Peter Rork was the recipient of the 2018 Ken Shughart Award, given by the Humane Society of Western Montana, for his selfless love and dedication to saving the lives of homeless animals by flying them to new beginnings. Thank you, Peter, for flying nearly 10,000 dogs to safety! Photography Chelsea Lyn Agro

All About That Rack

 Article Danielle M. Antonetti | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish, CPP  Antler Chandeliers & Lighting Co.  4486 Rathbun Lane, Stevensville

June Is for Gentlemen

 Article Chelsea Lyn Agro | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish, CPP  Marc Moss, Director of Tell Us Something  Tell Us Something is a quarterly live storytelling event and Marc loves being at the helm. Tell Us Something inspires more understanding, acceptance, and empathy within our community. Each event features eight storytellers from the community sharing their stories. The next event is June 13 at…

Women Who Move & Shake Missoula

 Article Chelsea Lyn Agro | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish  Wild Wisdom  Melissa Lafontaine

Two Girls, Two Days, Too Much Fun

 Article Carole Davenport | Photography Suzan Muldown  Suzan and I are old friends who take great delight in meeting up at various times throughout the year for a girls trip adventure. We especially enjoy the road trips we take exploring Western Montana. So, when I received an invite from Fairmont Hot Springs Resort to preview their facility for two nights, naturally…

Envisioning Your Space

 Article Hiram Mariner | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish  She’s a wife and a mother with a degree in interior architecture and design. Shannon Callaghan is a true Montana girl, born in Havre and allowing the Missoula community and beyond a chance to reap the rewards of her trained eye.  She combines inspiration from the Treasure State with what she discovers while…

Local Mom & Daughter Share Missoula Favorites

 Article Shelby Humphreys | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish  1991 Schwinn mountain bike  $300 at ebay.com – originally $200 from Big Sky Cyclery

A Little Fun Goes A Long Way

 Article Chelsea Lyn Agro | Photography Amy Donovan Photography  Compassion is usually a later realized trait, but not for Kat Donovan, owner of Kaboba Designs. At only 11 years old, Kat runs a dog and cat toy business and donates ten percent of its earnings to the Humane Society of Western Montana each month to better the lives of our…

Leave her wild.

In pulling this issue together I kept coming back to this idea of filling up. I was sitting in Wendy Lofthouse’s kitchen when she shared some hard truths with me that were sewn into her reasons for becoming a body builder. The first truth was about her sibling who had drown when she was a … Continued

May 2018 Around Town

May Is Marvel-ous There is much to marvel at during the month of May, and the Roxy Theater is giving us another reason to do so: a Marvel movie marathon. This month, the Roxy will be screening a few of our favorite Marvel superhero movies: Iron Man, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: … Continued

Together, We Rise

Women gathered at Western Cider on International Women’s Day to celebrate the launch of Wild Rising Girls, a feminine wisdom educational program for girls. There were flower crown and arrangement stations, ethical chocolates and feminine history with the Jeanneatte Rankin Peace Center, and fun word collages through the affirmation station with Turning the Wheel Missoula. … Continued

A Meal for the Heart

The 2018 Go Red for Women luncheon was a striking success dressed in red. Our community gathered to support the American Heart Association's aim to advocate for more research and swifter action for women's heart health. Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish

A Pristine Paradise.

A few months ago, I attended the International Fly Fishing Film Festival. It was a vivid dream of clear rivers and vibrantly colored fish set to modern, rhythmic tunes, and it had me all sorts of emotional over the thought of spring and the mere beauty it ushers back into our lives. 

April 2018 Around Town

Did you know that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month? Let's band together to acknowledge the importance of how families and communities work together to prevent child abuse of any form. The Parenting Place and CASA of Missoula work tirelessly alongside many businesses and organizations within our community to highlight this month as a time to promote the social and…

Farming a Better Tomorrow

Since the moment those first shoots poked through the ground at the PEAS Farm in 2002, the 10 acres of productive farm land have been providing the Missoula community with sustenance for the heart, body, and mind.