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May 09, 2014

Mother's Day Profile - Kate From Great Falls

As we approach Mother's Day we will profile 5 different Montana Mom's. We asked each Montana Mom four questions. These are their answers, unedited.

Today we meet Kate.  Thank you Kate for telling us about yourself and your piece of Montana!


 


Where are you from? How did you come to be where you are?  
I am originally from Bend Oregon. I moved to Montana about 4 years ago. I have wanted to move to MT since I was very young. Im a huge outdoors person and thought it was beautiful!  My husband and I thought it was a now or never move. We applied for jobs, He got a job in Wildland firefighting and I got a job as a flight paramedic.  We LOVE MT!

How has Montana shaped the way you are raising your kids?  
As stated before we are huge outdoors people from hiking to horseback riding, hunting ect. We want our child (Colton) to love it as well. Enjoying life to the fullest. I was a teacher and believe that exercise and hard work are important to a persons character! 

Where is your favorite place in Montana? 
We love the Bitterroot valley and Whitefish. The area is so beautiful!  So much country to explore. 

What do you think of our partners who have turned their hobby into their living? 
I love how you have incorporated this state into your dream. We are proud MT people. 
May 08, 2014

Mother's Day Profile - Chayleen From Cascade

As we approach Mother's Day we will profile 5 different Montana Mom's. We asked each Montana Mom four questions. These are their answers, unedited.

Today we meet Chayleen.  Thank you Chayleen for telling us about yourself and your piece of Montana!


 


Where are you from? How did you come to be where you are?  
I am originally from Cascade, MT.  I moved back to my hometown of Cascade to raise my son in the community that I was raised in two years ago.  We moved from St. Paul, Minnesota and were beyond excited to get back to the simple way of life in God's country!

How has Montana shaped the way you are raising your kids?  
Once I became a mom I knew I needed to get back to Montana. The way of life and the people make it amazing.  I have always felt that appreciation and strong work ethic is something that Montana people possess.  I also wanted my son to grow up with the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors the way I did.  From family camping trips to Seely Lake, annual hunting trips with siblings, fishing the Missouri River every night after work with my dad, to being able to walk to Nana and Papa's for a daily visit.  

Where is your favorite place in Montana?  
My favorite place in Montana is on the Smith River not too far from where I grew up.  Growing up, my family and I would go camping here.  The location is private property, so never having to worry about neighbors at a camp ground and being completely secluded with no television or cell phone service is the perfect get away.  

What do you think of our partners who have turned their hobby into their living? 
I think it is absolutely amazing!! I feel like they took the love for our wonderful state of Montana and made items available to represent it.  This is reflection of the wonderful people in this great state we are fortunate to call home and the driven individuals that live in it! 
May 07, 2014

Mother's Day Profile - Hylarie from Helena

As we approach Mother's Day we will profile 5 different Montana Mom's. We asked each Montana Mom four questions. These are their answers, unedited.

Today we meet Hylarie. Thank you Hylarie for telling us about yourself and your piece of Montana!


Where are you from? How did you come to be where you are?  
So I was born and raised in Missoula, and several generations were from and lived there.  I grew up with all my cousins since all the family lived in Missoula.  Went to Lewis and Clark, Washington Middle school and Sentinel.  Then I went to UM and got a BS in chemistry and a BA in Sociology with a minor in criminology.  I met my husband my freshman year at UM and we got married my junior year.  My senior year he joined the Highway Patrol and got stationed in Big Fork so when I graduated I moved to Kalispell with him.  While there I went to Flathead Valley Community College and became an X-ray tech.  My husband has joked that if I could I would be a professional student.  We lived there for six years having our first son, Derrick, in 2006 at Kalispell Regional Medical Center and our second son, Wyatt, in 2010 at North Valley Hospital in Whitefish.  In 2010 my husband got a promotion and we moved to Helena where we currently live.  I worked at the hospital here until I managed to talk my husband into a third baby and we were completely surprised with not only twins but twin boys in 2013!  So now I am a mostly stay at home mom who works occasionally at an orthopedist office.  That's my long answer to #1!

How has Montana shaped the way you are raising your kids?  
Montana is an amazing place to raise kids!  Where we live now we are 30 minutes from a family cabin on Stemple Pass and the kids love going up there!  The woods, the creek and walking up to meadows where we try to catch a glimpse of elk or deer!  Wyatt is already saying he wants to go hunting when he is big like Daddy and Derrick is counting down the years until he can take hunters safety!  They also love to go to the lakes!  In the summer we'll go to local lakes here occasionally and sometimes Seeley or Swan Lake!  We love to go camping but don't get out as much as we would like.  I would like to get the boys outside more right now but I'm waiting for the weather to get a little bit nicer so it's easier with the twins!  I have always wanted my kids to be a great example of the people of Montana when they grow up!  Respectful, always there to lend a helping hand to others, and be able to enjoy the outdoors while being mindful of the wildlife and land!  

Where is your favorite place in Montana?  
It's difficult to pick my favorite place in Montana.  There are so many places that I love!  But I think my very favorite place in Montana is the cabin on Stemple Pass!  Even just driving up there I can feel my stress level going down!  Maybe it's the combination of the memories, family and wilderness but it is amazing!  Warm fires in the wood stove, a cool fresh breeze coming in through the windows, the quiet afternoons reading books with my grandma.  We have a family reunion up there every summer, set up a folf course in the woods, play horseshoes, eat good food and play games!  There is no better place and I love sharing that love with my kids!!

What do you think of our partners who have turned their hobby into their living? 
I am so amazed and impressed with people who have been able to turn their hobby into their living!  And a little jealous!   I have some amazing friends here in Helena who have done that.  One has a jewelry business, one makes amazing cake pops and another has started a fantastic specialty backing business making allergen friendly treats!  It just seems to embody the Montana way of life, making a living doing something you love!!  
May 06, 2014

Mother's Day Profile - Megan from Helena

As we approach Mother's Day we will profile 5 different Montana Mom's. We asked each Montana Mom four questions. These are their answers, unedited.

Today we meet Megan.  Thank you Megan for telling us about yourself and your piece of Montana!

Where are you from? How did you come to be where you are?  
I was born and raised in Eastern Montana.  After graduating from Sidney High School in 2000, I headed to Missoula and spent over ten years there.  I met my husband in the dish pit of a downtown Missoula pub, and we have moved over a dozen times since our 2008 marriage!  We bounced around from Missoula to Bozeman, Butte, Sidney, Ennis and Manhattan before finally settling in Helena in 2012 and buying our first home last summer.  Part of our nomadic lifestyle was due to college (switching  majors, etc.), and some of the choices we made were based on my husband’s military service.  He is with the 1-189 (Aviation Unit based out of Helena) and that’s what really drew us to the capital.  We had never considered Helena before, but it’s the perfect blend of Butte’s architecture, Missoula’s community spirit and Bozeman’s polished downtown.  It’s teeming with young professionals with families, so it’s a great fit for us.  Plus the job market here is fantastic!

How has Montana shaped the way you are raising your kids?  
Since my husband and I were both born and raised in Montana, we felt that raising our kids anyplace else would deprive them of the experiences that shaped our lives.  Our children will benefit from all that Montana has to offer:  countless outdoor activities, plenty of room to roam, access to great museums and local artists, strong community roots and great educational opportunities.  It can be tough to make ends meet while raising a family, and we have both made sacrifices where our careers are concerned.  In the grand scheme of things, our sacrifices pale in comparison to what we’d sacrifice by moving away from our beloved Montana! 

Where is your favorite place in Montana?  
Choosing a favorite place in Montana is pretty tough, but I would say Missoula tops my list.  So much of my adult life was spent there that I will always think of it as home in many ways.  I met my husband there, got my education there, and forged lifelong friendships with people who came into my life there.  I got my start as a photographer in Missoula, shooting local and touring bands and taking advantage of all that the arts community has to offer.  My mother recently sold her longtime home in Sidney and bought a place outside Missoula, so now we have an excuse to visit more often! 

What do you think of our partners who have turned their hobby into their living? 
I am so proud of the entrepreneurial spirit of my fellow Montanans.  The quality and variety of the art produced here is unsurpassed.  I’ve been lucky enough to work with some incredibly talented clothing and jewelry designers, artists, musicians, photographers and stylists during my career and I’m always blown away by the sheer prowess and dedication I encounter.  It’s inspiring to see people like myself, juggling family and work and everything else, bootstrapping and becoming successful in their endeavors.  Honestly, it’s a huge driving force in my own life and I’m more motivated than ever to put every ounce of energy into my business of art.
May 05, 2014

Mother's Day Profile - Autumn Badovinac

As we approach Mother's Day we will profile 5 different Montana Mom's. We asked each Montana Mom four questions. These are their answers, unedited.

We begin the week with Autumn Badovinac from Butte.  Thank you Autumn for answering our call!


Where are you from? How did you come to be where you are?
I am currently in Butte, have been my whole life. 4 generations strong! I lived in Missoula for a couple years, but it seems so crazy compared to Butte. I like the slow pace small town lifestyle.

How has Montana shaped the way you are raising your kids?
I love raising my kids here. I feel they can walk down the street and I don't have to worry about their well being. Being outdoors is huge part of our winters, summers and spring. There is so much to offer, great activities I hope my children pass on to theirs. I also love that life is somewhat sheltered here.

Where is your favorite place in Montana?
I absolutely love the Big Hole Valley. I love Glacier, and Discovery Ski Basin. But the whole state has my heart. 

What do you think of our partners who have turned their hobby into their living?
I love it! I love all the MT products and I love to support local businesses!it also helps  me keep my dream of owning a business alive!
April 22, 2014

Five Essential Montana Mother's Day Gifts Mom Will Love

We've asked around, and the people have spoken.  Without further ado, here they are in no particular order:

Mint Patina Leaf Earrings - Gypsy Moon Designs

Hand applied patina is labor intensive and it is hard to find a more beautiful example than these earrings from Gypsy Moon. Typically, our most popular products have some clear association with Montana, like the state outline for example, but these earrings show off a different take on Montana.  Made in Missoula, these earrings show off our style and love of hard work.

Big Sky Love Necklace - Poisonberry Jewelry

No surprise here, these have been sought after ever since they first arrived in our shop in 2012.  Handcrafted in Big Fork, each piece has a little personality all of its own.

LOVE Tee - Montana Shirt Co

Exploding out of Whitefish last year, these shirts say all they need to say. The simple design has been very popular. We've even seen Montanan's sporting this in Florida! Every Montana closet could use a little love.

Vanilla Peach Organic Lip Butter - DAYSPA Body Basics

It is so hard to talk yourself out of eating this delicious lip balm. Located here in Missoula, Body Basics makes natural health and beauty products that are sure to put a smile on your face.

SOPE - Amalgamated Sope Company

Seriously good smelling soap, that's what SOPE makes.  Washing your hands has never felt so wonderful.  Herbal scents and old school techniques combine to create a rich lather that feels good and smells great.

 

BONUS SUGGESTION!!

Montana Shop Gift Card

Give her the gift of choice! Our gift cards can be delivered online to Mom so that she can shop from the comfort of home.

March 31, 2014

Friday Links For March 28th, 2014 - The News Around Montana

So, we didn't quite make it on Friday, but never late than never, right? Here's the news!

Front Grizzlies Stirring - Great Falls Tribune
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014303280051
There is still snow on the ground in a lot of Montana, but the bears hungry! We wait every year for this article.  It is just as much a part of a Montana Spring as Punxsutawney Phil is to Pennsylvania.

$4.6M Gift Will Fund Effort To Improve Heart-Attack Treatment In Rural Montana - Missoulian
http://missoulian.com/news/local/m-gift-will-fund-effort-to-improve-heart-attack-treatment/article_61e5506e-b8fc-11e3-a683-0019bb2963f4.html
One of the biggest factors to choosing to live in rural Montana is health care.  The big cities have great hospitals, and gifts like this one will help those of us who like a more peaceful home get similar care. Great news indeed!

As Delays Persist, Amtrak Modifies Empire Builder Schedule - Flathead Beacon
http://www.flatheadbeacon.com/articles/article/amtrak_modifies_empire_builder_schedule_as_delays_persist/38624/
News like this is sad to see. Commerce is very important to our state, but there is a soft spot in our heart for passenger trains.  Those wonderful pictures from long ago with a handful of people on dusty Montana train platforms are iconic. 

Billings Gets 100 Inches Of Snow This Winter - Billings Gazette
http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/billings-gets-inches-of-snow-this-winter/article_38318afb-6dcc-5ffd-bd51-e4b5febf4419.html
Holy cow, thats a lot of snow. The most since records have been kept, if you can believe it. It’s been a long Winter, but we hope it makes for a smoke free Summer.

Red Ants Pants Music Festival Lineup Party Is April 5 - Helen Air
http://helenair.com/entertainment/yourtime/red-ants-pants-music-festival-lineup-party-is-april/article_307c51d0-b645-11e3-a116-0019bb2963f4.html
We’ve never been, but we hear Red Ants Pants is a blast.  Who’s going? Tell us about it on Twitter, @TheMontanaShop.

Magnitude 4.8 Earthquake Shakes Yellowstone Park - Bozeman Daily Chronicle
http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/yellowstone_national_park/article_94b12c5c-b8e3-11e3-8fa4-001a4bcf887a.html
Did you feel it? When Yellowstone rumbles, it is hard not to wonder.  We just chalk it up to living in a wild part of the country. Florida get’s hurricanes, we live on a super-volcano.  No big deal. 
March 21, 2014

Friday Links For March 21st, 2014 - The News Around Montana

Each Friday we will try to provide some links to news in Montana.  We would love to hear your feedback!

 

St. Patricks Day Photo Gallery - Montana Standard

Nobody celebrates St. Patrick’s like Butte America.  If you’ve never been, you are missing out on a great celebration of more than just Irish heritage.  In Butte, it seems to go deeper.  This is a celebration of Butte’s past and seemingly more so with every year, Butte’s future.  Here’s to you, Mining City!



Wester Art Week Guide In Great Falls - Great Falls Tribune
One of Montana’s crown jewels is our artistic heritage. It certainly runs deep in each product in our shop. This weekend sounds like a pretty great time to be in Great Falls!
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/section/lifestyle21


A Post-Apocolyptic Great Falls? - Great Falls Tribune
A little fun from the folks at Google.  Try it on your street!
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20140319/NEWS01/303190026/Google-Street-View-modification-shows-what-post-apocalyse-Great-Falls-might-look-like


State Employees to Help Fight Cancer During Hoops Tourney - Helena Air
We’ve got a little March Madness running through us this week, and they are putting the madness to work in Helena. What a great idea to turn a fun event into a charitable one too.  
http://helenair.com/news/local/state-employees-to-help-fight-cancer-during-hoops-tourney/article_5dc0b018-af2a-11e3-a020-001a4bcf887a.html


Old School Revival - Flathead Beacon
Find your passion, turn it into your livelihood. Thats what Connor Crevier is doing, and that’s what we celebrate.  Good luck Connor!
http://www.flatheadbeacon.com/articles/article/old_school_revival/38399/

Flying off the shelves: Library scrambles to keep pace with its success - Billings Gazette
You’ve heard it before, “if you build it, they will come”. Many congratulations to Billings’ success, and may it inspire all of our towns to build great public spaces.

 

February 11, 2014

Welcome To The NEW Montana Shop

We are proud of our partners and we are proud of their creations.  This was our motivation to make a better store.  Just like the physical space of The Montana Shop in The Bookstore at UM, we want this space to provide the best setting possible for Montana's craftspeople. View full article →