Check out these five stories from across Montana that highlight entrepreneurship, the high tech sector, and everything else that makes Montana a great place!
1. Montana Made: Shelter Designs of Missoula
Are you looking for a non-traditional home in Montana? Consider a yurt from Shelter Designs of Missoula.
Yurts, which are portable, year-round tents traditionally used as dwellings in Central Asia, have been popping up around the U.S. for years. In Montana, yurts have become common occurrences at ski lodges or as another option besides cabins. The owners of Shelter Designs, Vince Godby and Hays Daniel, began building yurts 10 years ago.
”We’ve definitely seen yurts go from being on the fringe and misunderstood,” Daniel said in a KPAX TV article. “Maybe you saw one at a ski area and are not really sure about it. And now [yurts are] more towards the mainstream of being accepted.”
Click here to watch more about Shelter Designs.
2. Big Sky Brewery Releases Non-Alcoholic Seltzer Water
Montana’s largest brewery, Big Sky Brewing Co. in Missoula, has launched a line of flavored seltzer waters according to a story from the Missoula Current.
The company began in 1995 and is known for its popular beers like Moose Drool and Big Sky IPA. The seltzers launched two weeks and has flavors in cherry and huckleberry. The seltzer is called Virga, which refers to rain appearing to hang under a cloud and evaporating before reaching the ground, something that occurs in a very few places across the world, one being the western United States.
“I think it’s a matter of just looking and finding your different niches. We’re an established brew. We’re Montana’s largest brew, but I think that just makes it that much more important that we innovate and have fun with this,” co-founder Bjorn Nabozney said in the article.
The drink contains all-natural flavors, with no sweeteners and zero calories.
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3. Ronan Brothers Turn Dobson Creek into Community Hub
Twelve years ago the Yost brothers, Trent and Troy, moved with their families from eastern South Dakota 12 years ago to Ronan. When they moved to Montana, the brothers hoped they could find top-notch coffee without having to go to Missoula or Kalispell. They couldn’t find what they wanted, so the duo began roasting and experimenting with coffee flavors at home.
The Yost brothers attended coffee conventions and festivals to dive even deeper into the world of coffee. They began roasting with an old-fashioned popcorn popper and eventually graduated to larger roasting equipment. In 2010, the two brothers brought the Dobson Creek Coffee Co. to Ronan.
Click here to read more about the Yost brothers’ journey here.
4. Cheese, Chocolate, Charcuterie: Specialty Food Market Opens on West Main Street
After traveling around the world, Bozeman’s Brie Schaeffer Thompson decided to she wanted to bring a little piece of the world to Bozeman. On Saturday, Thompson and her co-founder Valerie Flammang-Corle will open their Mavens Market on West Main Street in Bozeman.
The store will offer a wide variety of food in their store, including more than 100 kinds of cheese from across the globe. There will also be meats, sausages, sauces, jams, chocolate, and olive oil to name a few items. Thompson said in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle article there will also be grab-and-go lunches along with a coffee bar.
To read more about Mavens Market, click here.
5. Sculpture in the Wild Honors Blackfoot Valley’s Outdoor Heritage
If you’re looking for a unique activity this weekend, consider visiting the Sculpture in the Wild park in Lincoln.
Sculpture in the Park is an international sculpture park where art blends with the forest to honor the valley’s timber and mining industries and the valley’s close ties to nature. Artists from the United States, Germany, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, and the United Kingdom have built sculptures in the park.
To watch a short video on the sculpture park, click here.
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