Fort Benton – More Charming Than Ever

Several years ago the community of Fort Benton started a Charm Trail with individual businesses selling a charm that identified their building, what they sold, or a local attraction. It’s a great way to encourage people to visit the different stores and businesses. I have a Fort Benton charm bracelet with eight local charms – one in the shape of Montana with Fort Benton written on it, a canoe, a tepee, the Grand Union Hotel, … Read more

Made In Montana Marketplace Held In Great Falls

I look forward to the end of March each year when many Montana entrepreneurs head to Great Falls for the Made In Montana Marketplace. First of all, I am so impressed with the talent living in Montana! I saw everything from food – teas, jerky, cereal, spices, gluten free products…to CDs from local musicians, everything from cowboy yodeling to classical and blues. And, the list goes on. I stopped first at the Cream of the West … Read more

Putting On The Glitz

I drove downtown in Great Falls the other day to see if I could catch the crew hanging greens, lights and lightpole decorations. It was mid afternoon and there were a fair amount of cars, probably doing last minute errands before Thanksgiving. I finally spotted the crew but had to circle the block before I found a parking space. The weather was absolutely beautiful for November – very little wind and mild temps which, in … Read more

Unique Shopping at Big Sky Grocery

I was traveling back to Great Falls yesterday from Harlowton and decided to make a quick (or so I thought) stop at Big Sky Grocery. The grocery store sits in a field about a half mile or so west of Eddie’s Corner (junction of US 191 and 200/MT 3). There are a couple of wooden gazebo structures outside in the gravel parking lot and a large sign giving hours of operation for the grocery store. I … Read more

Farmers Market – More Than Veggies

OK, let’s set the record straight. I went to the Farmers Market in Great Falls tonight and I DID buy vegetables. But, the Fudge Lady was there and well, you know the rest of the story! This platter is what Alma Winberry, The Fudge Lady, calls fudge shooters. I didn’t sample them but gosh, they sure looked yummy. And, what a colorful photo! Farmers markets are held every Saturday morning in downtown Great Falls and … Read more

Unique Products at Montana Marketplace

This morning I attended the Montana Marketplace at the convention center in the Mansfield Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Great Falls. I woke up to snow, a hint that we may have winter this year after all! But, that little bit of moisture with our warm temps didn’t even slow down the excited exhibitors at the Montana Marketplace. I’ve attended the Montana Marketplace before but I visited with three people who were first-time attendees. All of them said, … Read more

Mecca for Antique Collectors

Today I was driving on US Hwy 87 between Great Falls and Havre to visit family. I’ve driven this road so many times I almost have it memorized. Last fall there was a change though – in Big Sandy, MT. The highway goes right through this town of nearly 1,000 people and you slow down to about 30 mph. Across from the rest area and city park there was a new business sign. I’ve been … Read more

Designer – Entrepreneur – Seamstress

The First Friday Artwalk in Great Falls is spread throughout the downtown area and also to the Four West Art League on 16th Street and 2nd Avenue North. The artwalk happens the first Friday evening of each month. Four West Art League is housed on the fourth floor of what used to be the area’s hospital. Individual rooms have become artists’ studios and showrooms. Hallways are decorated leading visitors from one room to the next. … Read more

Made In Montana Marketplace Opens

This morning the Made In Montana Marketplace, held at the Great Falls Civic Center, opened their doors to wholesale buyers. I attended the opening ceremony where Lt. Governor John Bollinger, Great Falls Mayor Michael Winters, and several other dignitaries touted the success of small businesses in the state. Nearly 100 vendor booths filled the Civic Center and what an amazing variety of Montana made goods they have. The brightest colored booth there had to have been Montana … Read more

Visit to The Quilting Hen

For those who don’t know, The Quilting Hen is an incredibly unique quilt shop located one mile north of Carter, MT. The location is…well…in the middle of a grain farm, and very easy to find. When I stopped in the other day there were several customers and the staff was scurrying. Once they took care of business we sat and talked about what makes this quilting shop unique. Certainly, the location, a mile off the highway. … Read more