Holiday Dreaming

Do you ever find yourself daydreaming about that perfect gift, the item you would love to unwrap on Christmas morning? We asked three local influencers to spill their ideal holiday wish lists, filled with items to suit their individual passions. This compilation of handpicked local goods, tailored to the Billings lifestyle, will inspire even the naughtiest among us to be nice this season. 

Hot Spot

The curtains are closing on 2018, and the promise of a new year shines bright. Welcoming 2019 is cause for celebration, and many choose to venture out on the town for New Year's Eve festivities. The Windmill & Bar 51 provides patrons with a destination of casual elegance, complete with fine dining options and a refined yet fun atmosphere. Long regarded as one of…

The Bucky Beaver Ground Grippers

It all began on a golf course. While hitting the links at Pryor Creek in 1992, Joe Link and George Devries were inspired to create a musical group with a unique (and now well-known) band name. Johnny Link, the original drummer, slipped while taking a shot. The golf pro at Pryor Creek, Johnny Walker, exclaimed, “You should have had your ‘Bucky Beaver…

Renovate and Refine

A flair for home decor runs in Kelsey Meier's family. Her grandparents founded Wagner's Home Furnishings in Missoula 65 years ago, a business that specializes in making "houses into homes." Her own interest in decorating flourished from an early age.

(Not) Home for the Holidays

At their heart, holiday celebrations are built upon two fundamental ideas: tradition and togetherness. Though we may honor them in different ways, we all share the desire to be surrounded by family and friends on those sacred days. For people who serve and protect the community, the privilege of being home is not guaranteed. First responders are often asked to sacrifice…

Give by Number

Rez Dog Rescue of Montana helps strays, abandoned, injured and ill dogs from the Crow Nation and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations. All rescued dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and properly cared for until they are ready for adoption by a qualified family. The organization is an all-volunteer, foster-based nonprofit dog rescue. Due to the high cost of veterinary care, monetary donations are its greatest…

Small Business Saturday

Tired of the same old big box stores for your Christmas shopping? Skip the early wake-up on Black Friday, and embrace the beauty of shopping local on Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24 this year. We've compiled a list of five amazing, locally owned and operated retailers that are dedicated to serving the community and meeting all of your holiday checklist…

Service to Others

A man’s character is not measured by the obstacles he faces but by the actions he takes to overcome them. Stories of success, in which persistence and hard work triumph over bad fortune, inspire us. We crave someone to root for, an underdog. Bill Simmons, the founder and chairman of MasterLube, believes in the underdog. He believes in persistence and hard work…

Where Chefs Eat

In order to run a successful kitchen, head chefs must commit themselves to long hours and a sometimes hectic environment. Their life is dedicated to food: creating, cooking, catering to others. But, what about when it is their turn to indulge? Where do these culinary masters go to treat themselves? Head Chefs from three of the areas best restaurants divulge…

Farm to Table

Nestled between the towns of Bridger and Belfry, on the outskirts of Red Lodge, you will find Boja Farm. Spanning over 60 acres, the land was purchased in September 1995 by Bonnie Martinell and her husband, Jack. The Martinells built their home in 1996 and began planting the orchard in spring of 1997. The pair have transformed the original bare…