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. 

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. 

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…

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…

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…

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.

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. 

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…

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…

Take a Stroll in Our Shoes

The history of Hide and Sole is as unique as the downtown this iconic Missoula business has called home for the last 40 years.  In 1972, owner Scott Sproull was 19 and on a break from school at Western Illinois University following the trail of Lewis and Clark out west.

It’s all Child’s Play

Andrew Hunt is known around town as “Cowboy Andy.” He’s the frontman for a fun-loving band called The Salamanders, whose songs, like “Pirate Santa” and “Matt Damon Magnetized Me,” have that special allure of simultaneously entertaining both kids and adults. 

Man on Air

For twenty-two years, The Craig and Al Morning Show was as reliable as tap water. Then, in 2009, the Missoula radio institution that had called three different stations home finished its run at KYSS-FM. Allen K was retiring, but Craig had no plans to hang up his headphones any time soon. He’d just inked a five-year extension with the pop…

Lost (and found) in the Details

Local clay artist Ben Jordan believes that fingerprints are the evidence of culture. They are our mark, our symbol that tells the tale, we were here. And they’re of equal value to our turbulent journey to self-discovery.

Hired to Hack

Missoula-based author Jeremy Smith provides a funny and telling anecdote about how he came to know cybersecurity expert Sherri Davidoff. A few years ago, they ran into each other at a playground in Missoula and realized they’d met briefly 15 years earlier, when Jeremy was a student at Harvard and Sherri was at MIT. 

Lift Me Up

At any number of Missoula’s outdoor events, you may find a graceful woman dancing in mid-air with a giant ribbon of crimson fabric. Entwined with the cloth, she twirls and unfurls from one shape to another. You crane your neck, both worrying and watching for what she’ll do next. This is the graceful art and athleticism of Raven Summer, aerial…

A Bottled-Up Idea

One of the most shocking things that Jürgen Knöller, master brewer and CEO of Bayern Brewing, encountered upon moving to the United States in the summer of 1987 was trash. 

Doing Her (P)art

Large paper bags filled with empty wine and liquor bottles line the porch of Holliday Jeremiassen’s home. Sure, she may have a glass or two as an indulgence from time to time but that’s not the reason for her population of porch-sitters. 

The Structure of Green

Going green isn’t always easy. In most instances it goes head-to-head with comfort and convenience. It’s the typical (usually hindsight) thought: should’ve used the air dryer instead of reaching for the paper towel dispenser. Luckily, the team at Tamarack Construction found a way to successfully merge environmentally friendly living with luxury comfort—no sacrifice necessary. 

Canyon River: A Vision Come To Life

Marty and Betz Judd’s house is tilted, by design. Principal architect Nicolas Cole explains, “if you look closely, the front of the house appears slightly rotated relative to the street so as to prioritize a more scenic view parallel to the river.”

Green with Envy

From the outside, Nichole Stolin’s home blends into the landscape--an unassuming duplex on the edge of Missoula among pastures and quiet roads. But walk inside and you’ll feel like you stepped into a catalogue home, the kind you find yourself pining over but never quite knowing how to obtain. 

Against the Grain

Craig Rigdon has spent his life among the trees. As a child, his imagination was cradled by the forest and that same wonder has persisted into his adulthood. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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…

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

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Not the Norm

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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,…