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Coming Home to Roast

Big Sky Coffee Roasters’ Kelly Cederberg There are at least half a dozen coffee shops on Grand Avenue between downtown Billings and the West End, but there’s only one where you can order a Mikayla. If you do, you’re in for a cinnamon-infused americano at Big Sky Coffee Roasters, a well-kept secret on the 1900…

All that Glitters

Toad N Willow shows off Christmas Trends 2018 It takes only a few moments peering through the front window of Toad N Willow’s new location in downtown Billings to entice you into the holiday spirit. Imagine yourself riding in a one-horse open sleigh on your way to the most extravagantly decorated Christmas party ever. Step…

Motivated to Move

What 8 weeks and new habits mean to 4 Billings women Editor’s Note: In our October/November issue, we introduced you to four women motivated to move toward a healthier life. All four women faced different challenges — hormonal shifts, stress, overworked schedules and a lifetime of unhealthy habits. You can read our first story at…

Planning to Heal

Trauma survivor finds healing through opportunity Sometimes when you need something, there are no good solutions, so you have to just create what you need. That is where Nicole O’Shea was last year, and that was how her company, Sixth and Baker, was born. Sixth and Baker offers a day planner that’s unlike others on…

The Spark behind Mom & Pop Shops

The Power of Shopping Small It didn’t start with the love of flowers, bikes, yarn, cameras or vintage goods. For some Billings entrepreneurs, becoming small-business owners started with a desire to provide the community with a satisfying retail experience and a chance to help build a destination culture in the city. While the shop owners…

Spunky Sarah

Fun-loving kid just wants a forever family Spunky. Loving. Fun. Those are three words used to describe 11-year-old Sarah, a freckle-faced strawberry blonde with smiling eyes who would love nothing more than a stable family life. She’s been in the foster care system for four years and that, social workers say, is just too long….

Stitched from the Heart

Quilters unite to share a little love with those in need For some, scraps of fabric are just that — scraps to be discarded. To others, like Linda Owens, Alice Jagiello and roughly 200 of their Big Sky Quilt Association friends, those scraps are filled with potential. They are the building blocks of something beautiful…

Striving for Net Zero

How to enjoy the holidays without that dreaded weight gain Bring on the eggnog, the sugar cookies, the full holiday spread. Wait. What? Yes, you heard us right. If you ask our Motivated to Move fitness and nutrition experts, the No. 1 way to enjoy the holidays is to truly enjoy the things you love,…

At Home with Carolyn Thayer

Artfully Celebrating the Season of Joy “Come into my Moodio Studio,” says Billings artist Carolyn Thayer as she welcomes you into a world of color. That color begins with Carolyn herself, sporting lavender eyeglass frames and a purple-striped tunic, splotched with bright paint. “This place will change your mood and state of mind,” she continues….

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Feeding a Crowd with a Creative Flair

Adding a bit of spice to store-bought goodies What do you do when a crowd is headed to your house and you’ve lost your culinary mojo? Try making something ordinary the base for something creatively fancy. One trip to Costco sparked a whole slew of out-of-the-box inspiration. Spaghetti with marinara spun around a fork, and…

Christmas with the Krafts

Tradition weaves its way through the holidays here At her family’s farmhouse nestled in a rural setting just west of Billings, Lori Stibal-Kraft decks the halls, the front porch, the living room, kitchen, and even the master suite. From jingling sleigh bells and reindeer to elves and tiny houses, it’s Christmas with the Krafts. Every…

Blaming the Elf

Finding the spirit of Christmas I really cannot be held responsible for the decisions I make, or the words that come out of my mouth during the holidays. I blame candy canes, hot cocoa and the elf that enters my head around Thanksgiving and doesn’t leave until Jan. 2. This little elf, delirious on a…

Moody Floral

Deep, dark blossoms sweep fashion trends It’s a trend that’s sweeping both fashion and home décor, crossing all areas of life and delivering a rich punch of glam. It’s the moody floral — blossoms set on rich, dark shades of burgundy, black or navy. This fresh and modern approach has attracted an incredible following across…

Sharli Ziebarth’s Limber Tree Yoga Studio

A Lesson in Bending, not Breaking When Sharli Ziebarth first unrolled a yoga mat at the Billings YMCA, she was 22 and looking to relieve some pain she’d been experiencing during her pregnancy. That day, she had no idea she was starting a journey toward self-discovery, healing and entrepreneurship. Eleven years later, Sharli is the…

Family’s Mission to Fight Opioid Addiction

Remembering Mary Kate Carol and John Keenan always considered themselves somewhat private people. A series of events in the fall of 2016 changed that. It started with a powerful obituary, a call from a news reporter, and the realization that their 22-year old-daughter, Mary Kate, wouldn’t be coming home after an opioid overdose took her…

Motivated to Move

Four women take a journey toward healthier living Many women experience it. As the years go by, the number on the scale creeps higher. Hormonal imbalances kick into gear, making the struggle to lose weight and keep it off even harder. One pound turns into five and then into 10, 15 or even 20. After…

Brain Cancer Can’t Stop Her

Lisa Demarais is a Workout Warrior On any given day, you might find 36-year-old Lisa Demarais strapping on her rollerblades to hit the sloped trails on the Rims. Other days, she might be front and center at the YMCA taking a Cardio Kickboxing or Boot Camp class. She loves when instructor Jackie Claunch makes her…

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