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…

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.

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: 

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. 

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. 

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."

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

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…

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…

That’s the Spot!

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

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,…

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

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…

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…

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. 

For the Love of MUD

Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD) is our handy-dandy hub for the do-it-yourself crowd with sustainability in mind. The group has offered workshops, classes, and demonstrations on everything from home brewing to home blacksmithing, but MUD might be better known for having one of the best tool libraries around. Before I built up my own tool library, MUD was near and…

A Home that Builds

Home isn't just a roof overhead. It’s the place where our humble beginning blooms, where we learn the basics of eating and walking and helping out with daily chores. It’s the place where we learn bigger things, like how to love, how to provide, and how to find purpose in the simplest duties to ourselves, to others, and to our surroundings—qualities…

Momma Stella Risotto

Knowing that spring is right around the corner after our marathon of wintery days brings comfort to more than our sandal-yearning toes. Transitioning into springtime lends a tendency toward cooking lighter meals, opening our windows despite the chill lingering in the breeze, and letting our creations in the kitchen mingle with the scents of the thawing earth—an aroma that has been sorely…

The Perseverance Behind Permanence

Steve Boyce, the co-owner of Boyce Lumber & Design Center, remembers what it was like to look out across Missoula and see the fairgrounds clear from Russell Street. The fields were freckled with pops of pink—bitterroot flowers drawing Native Americans in year after year for harvesting.

Fire & Wax

Montanans love beeswax. We seek it out in our salve products for the endless effects it has on our skin, protecting it against irritants while remaining breathable. It’s antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory, and now, thanks to Washington-based artist, Theresa Stirling, beeswax is the art on our walls. 

It’s Greener on the Green

Ten minutes away from the well-trodden path of downtown Missoula sits a home on the 10th hole green of Canyon River Golf Club. Trusses and stone base pillars are the framework of a dreamy portrait—elegant outdoor space, 
rustic and charming exterior walls, and windows to lend every season. 

Tone + Texture

Decorate your space with handmade textures such as the modern, maker revival of 1970s macramé and year-round tropical feel of wicker. MACRAMÉ Made through knotting instead of weaving, macramé can add a unique touch in many various ways. Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill suggests incorporating it as nursery decor, plant hangers, wall hangings and modern fiber arts. WICKER According to Houzz…

Raking in the Dough(nuts)

The words vegan and doughnut aren’t likely neighbors in the same sentence. For some, they’re hardly a pair, but for Beth Gherlein they’re a necessity—one that Missoula was without before she and her husband, David Tyson, brought Tandem Doughnuts, a wholesale vegan and gluten-free bakery, into existence in 2011.

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Old-Fashioned Goodness: 
Huckleberry Bark

If Candyland were a real place, The Sweets Barn in Lolo would be it. It calls to us from childhood’s past, beckoning us to step into its dreamy aroma of chocolates and teas and old-fashioned candies. And with our arrival, we’re introduced to not one, but both, of its owners—Bonnie and Dave Aicher, along with Huck L. Berry, the beloved…

Resolution 365

Let’s face it, keeping to our New Year’s resolutions isn’t a walk in the park. It’s an uphill both ways climb through heaps of snow with the wind at our face. We’re hitting the gym and we’re seeing less and less of our workout buddies, and we start to demote our fitness goals until they eventually fall off completely. The…

Fitness on Fleek

B eing an athlete calls for physical fitness—strength in our limbs, in our core, in our breathing, in our bellies, and without question, in our dedication. It’s no wonder that our local athletes have these qualities, and use them to not only fuel their passion but to maintain a healthy lifestyle, too. 

Studio COWBOY

As a Montana ranch manager, I’m probably not your typical Pilates practitioner. I would wager that there aren’t many people in the ranching community who prioritize a weekly Pilates workout, but I do. 

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

Light It Up

It's Christmas Day and the neighborhood where Marv Horne lives is frozen deep within winter's quiet. Only the occasional crack of river ice popping under the morning sun can be heard. Neighbors stay cozy inside to celebrate, but Marv balances atop his chilled ladder, trying to stay clear of pesky pine needles.

Missoula’s Y

We’re a community who values interacting with one another, sharing great conversation over a local brew, and supporting each other in our various endeavors. It’s no surprise that once we love something, we can expect that thing to defy naysayers and stay in motion forever, like the YMCA celebrating 50 years of business. 

Charitable Giving Tips

As we near the end of 2017, you're surely considering Christmas wishes and a big meal to prep, but you may also be thinking about your year-end charitable giving. After all, charitable giving is a powerful financial tool. You can support a worthy cause of your choice, possibly lower your tax bill at the same time, and end the year on a…

The Bison Wrangler

It sounds like the noise a dinosaur might make. Or maybe the mix between a walrus and lion, a guttural growling that comes deep from the belly of the animal. It is the warning sound a bull bison makes when it’s breeding season and he sees another bull closing in on the cow the former’s been courting. The bulls exchange…

Always Honor Yourself

You might recognize her wide red-lipped smile from the fountain drink- and popcorn-laden bleachers of a Saturday night rodeo. She’s the one waving at you while she sits the rhythmic pattern of a galloping horse, carrying the flag of our nation high overhead with its colors like a jet stream steady above. It’s a moment that Sarai McCollaum, Miss Rodeo…

A Meal to Be Thankful For

It’s not intentional, being without our families for the holidays. It’s just something that happens to transplants—the rocketing of flight prices that come complimentary with that pull we feel to be with them. Andrew Martin, executive chef at Finn & Porter, has cured this hunger with a meal to be desired, devoured, and possibly kept secret so we all don’t…

Love of My Life

Paige Devlin and Nick Littman met eight years ago in spring, among the green wheat fields of Walla Walla, Washington. He was in his last semester of college, she was a sophomore, and they were both on the cycling team. Paige had her eye on him from the time he helped load her bike into the van at the end…

Something Blue

Clarity, color, cut, carat—these four C words meant little to me as a single woman. They didn’t shine or sparkle or mesmerize me the way the movies or fancy ring shops always let on. I hadn’t known the real, raw beauty of a stone until I held an uncut sapphire in my hand. Its shape and color—the way it looked…

A Gown to Clothe Our Heart

In 2011, my wife and I endured the unthinkable. She was 18 weeks pregnant with our first child and an ultrasound came back with some curious results. Within 36 hours we found out that our unborn baby was not well, and the prognosis was bleak. The following 18 weeks were filled with doctors we didn’t know existed, tests we had…