Let it Last a Little Longer

Shortly after Allison Reaves launched her clothing line, she started flying to New York for Market Week. It was 2017, and she had just moved back to her hometown of Missoula after working with fashion in Portland, Oregon for two years. The New York-based design and retail consortium allowed her to promote her clothing to larger markets beyond the Garden…

Making, Doing, Dreaming in Missoula

Testing my brain in ways that are new and unfamiliar brings me so much joy, and frustration. I’m convinced that pushing myself to do things that I know will be a challenge (and that I may even fail at), keeps my ego at bay and overall creates a bigger canvas to exceed goals.

Hitting a (Bench)mark

Ryan Hollingsworth is as Missoula as they come, meaning he’s done it all. It isn’t uncommon in this city for a person to love and respect the work they do and then, moments later, come to find that they have several other gigs or hobbies. It leaves the rest of us wondering—how do they do it all?

Start here.

The cover image of this issue is so representative of the arts, for me.  This image was captured right after Pamela Dunn-Parrish and I got lovingly attacked by Ryan’s (Missoula Bench Builder page XX) very lovable dogs. The big one was a fury of hair and slobber and just downright excited to finally meet the … Continued

February 2020 Around Town

Spinning Babies Workshop This course introduces the Spinning Babies® approach to pregnancy comfort, labor progress, and easier birth. Participants learn fresh solutions for long and/or posterior labor, labor dystocia and labor pain. Spinning Babies presents a new perspective on the anatomy of fetal positioning and birth, and applies stretch and jiggle techniques for body balancing. … Continued

Fun at a Hearts Afire Pottery workshop!

Participants of the stoneware workshop got to experiment with reactive, specialty glazes on pieces that were made from high fire stoneware clay. Photography Open Lens by Pamela

Missoula Meets Italiano

Every Western Meadowlark on a Montana Bag Works bag has migrated 10,368 miles from Missoula, Montana to Bergamo, Italy, and back. So has every horse, wolf, trout, and bumble bee. 

Home on Higgins

Janis Heinrich Yaswa grew up in her grandparents’ jewelry shop on South Higgins Avenue. In the fall of 2018, Janis learned that the space that housed so many of her childhood memories was up for lease. She took a leap, returning to her hometown of Missoula. 

Hot & Steamy

Getting away sometimes feels like coming back to myself. Or at least that’s how it felt to visit Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort—a multifaceted mountain-dwelling paradise located in (you guessed it!) Paradise, Montana, just a stone’s throw away from Missoula. 

Making Self Care a Priority

I learned how to cultivate the art of self-care the hard way. A painful and chronic nerve condition called CRPS, that I contracted after sustaining an injury when I was 26 years old, taught me that self-care is a crucial component in my ability to function optimally in a body racked with pain and limited mobility. But it took me…

January 2020 Around Town

Missoula Wedding Fair Congratulations, you’re engaged! If you’re planning a wedding, the Missoula Wedding Fair is a one-stop shop to calm all your nerves about finding the right fit for you and your soon-to-be husband or wife. Browse dozens of vendors in every avenue of the wedding world and see what calls out to your … Continued

Green juice.

The secret to life is balance, right? So if I have the arugula salad from Bridge Pizza with its pillowy goat cheese and pickled peppers and then I cross the street and eat a loaded donut from Veera Donuts, does that count? Do I get an “A” for effort? January has this way of making … Continued

A Hearty Type of Healing

Eileen McGurty has chronic fatigue syndrome and was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, but those two things shouldn’t define her. 

Holiday Open House at Fort Missoula!

The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula celebrated the "Return of the Light" at their annual holiday exhibit extravaganza. There were games, crafts, and fun activities for all ages and a visit from Santa! Photography Open Lens by Pamela

The Art of Aging in Missoula

Walk into Tracee Gianchetta’s office and you’re immediately welcomed. First, with a sincere, two-handed handshake; second, with the sweet and comforting aroma of lemongrass wafting from an essential oil diffuser. You’ll smile at her whimsical collection of trinkets and rubber duckies; you’ll agree that, yes, her view of Mount Jumbo provides for inspirational moments. A salt crystal lamp glows beside…

Breakfast of (Montana) Champions: Huckleberry Pancakes

Picturesque mornings over Flathead Lake, Whitefish Mountain, or the Swan Valley have been constants in our family’s life. With a love of adventuring through travel and skiing, we have experienced a plethora of what Montana offers. And, in the midst of raising our three growing gentlemen with an appreciation of the outdoors, we have been huckleberry picking in many hard…

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

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.

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

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…

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

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

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

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. 

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…

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

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…

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."

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. 

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.

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…