Business Profiles & Highlights

The Flower Gardener

The Flower Gardener

By Mary Jo Gardner. Photo by Mandy Mohler of Field Guide Designs. Cheryl Lowe never thought of herself as a gardener. In fact, the closest she got to noticing flowers as a child was to chopping the leaves off her mother’s prize iris to use…

Another Person’s Treasure

Another Person’s Treasure

Southside Consignment, the Flathead’s first consignment store, has offered incredible deals on high-end, preowned furniture for 28 years. By Allison Batch. Photo by Amanda Wilson. Donna Kouns, proprietor of Southside Consignment and Antiques, invites me to sit on a cozy leather couch just inside the…

For the Birds

For the Birds

“I’m a fortunate guy.” Josh Arrants measures his life’s success not with what he’s received, but in all the ways he’s been able to give. “I’m never going to be a millionaire, but I hit the lottery, man. I’ve absolutely hit the lottery.” By Richard…

All of the Good Stuff

All of the Good Stuff

By Katie Cantrell. Photo by Mandy Mohler of Field Guide Designs. Michael Johnson maneuvers his red truck into a makeshift parking spot on the edge of the forest service road. Two small boys with shaggy white-blonde hair scramble out of the extended cab and head…

Q&A with Bigfork Brokers

Q&A with Bigfork Brokers

Don and Rose Schwennesen are the owners of Bigfork Brokers, a local real estate brokerage company specializing in homes and land in Bigfork and on Flathead Lake. They live on and operate a small organic-style cherry orchard and grape vineyard south of Bigfork on Flathead…

Nuestra Casa Es Su Casa

Nuestra Casa Es Su Casa

In Mexico, strangers are treated as family. That’s the atmosphere Francisco Valera wants to create at his restaurants, Vaqueros and Casa Mexico. By Linda Jaquette. Photo by Archer Messenger. Traditional food steeped in culture and tradition, as well as genuine hospitality, awaits you when you…

This Is Our Happy Place

This Is Our Happy Place

Holt Stage Hideaway hosts a place to have fun and celebrate in a beautiful barn surrounded by mountains. By Justin Wachtel. Photo by Marianne Wiest Photography. Laurie Mason was born into the recreation business. Her father owned the largest privately-owned picnic park in California. Her…

Skin in the Game

Skin in the Game

Montana-inspired natural skincare in two downtown locations. By Wendy Coyne. Photo by Mandy Mohler of Field Guide Designs. When you walk into Sage & Cedar, you know that you are going to have a wonderful experience. Lovely aromas fill your senses. The store has a…