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Setting the Stage for Art

Billings Open Studio gives artists a space to create In a downtown Billings parking lot adjacent to the Babcock Theatre, an accidental conversation is brewing. Gallery owner Zach Terakedis has just run into Ted Kim, the operator of Billings Open Studio (BOS). Kim is just arriving to meet artist and photographer Brooke Moore, who is…

Vintage Style

Sherry Daly takes fashion back in time With a little imagination, each garment on the racks at Montana Vintage Clothing will tell a story. That gauzy, mauve shift dress from the 1920s might have been worn to a dance at the old Northern Hotel, or maybe it was worn to one of Billings speakeasies. That…

Finding Treasure in the Magic City

It’s as easy as an afternoon walk After this past winter, you’re probably craving a change of scenery — maybe a trip to an exotic city where you’re blessed with a whiff of warmth and wonder, novelty and nuance. Imagine yourself admiring the beauty of baguettes and boules lit by a shard of sunshine piercing…

Front Row Seat to Change

From Billings to the United Nations Commission for the Status of Women “This is such an exciting and pivotal time to be a woman,” Sienna Miller, activist and actress, told the crowd gathered at the United Nations building in the heart of New York City. Renee Coppock and I were in the audience representing the Zonta Club of…

It’s Sandal Season!

6 Sassy & Stylish Summer Ready Looks The countdown is over and sandal season — a season we live for — is finally here. So bring those tootsies out of hibernation, pamper them with a pedicure and then embrace the warmer weather and the trendiest looks with one (or more) of these stylish sandals. ROSE’…

Be Social. Live Local.

Go Unite brings the spice to an otherwise average night out on the town What’ll you have? The usual. When it comes to a night out, does it go something like this? Drinks at the usual neighborhood hangout, dinner at one of your usual tried-and-true restaurants. Maybe follow it with a movie, or just head…

Healing to the Beat

Brooke Wagner brings the sounds of music to Billings pediatric patients On a quiet morning in St. Vincent Healthcare’s neo-natal intensive care unit, monitors beep, keeping a digital eye on some of Billings’ tiniest residents. In a peaceful corner, Kim Strand sits, cuddling her 19-day-old granddaughter, Freya. The tiny little girl had a rough entry…

Songwriters in the Spotlight

The streets of Red Lodge come alive with music In college, Michelle Rivers wrote what she thought was just a silly little love song about that cautious, curious, in-between time in a relationship when it looks like friendship might evolve into romance. She bared her 20-something soul in “Falling for You,” with a line that…

Meet Tara

A sporty & smart teen longing for a ‘Forever Family’ With a sparkle in her eye, it doesn’t take long to realize that 14-year-old Tara has spunk and drive. She’s also a kid who wears her heart on her sleeve. As one of nine kids, this teen is currently living in a group home, hoping…

Hitting the Motherlode

The summer we shared our backyard and a whole lot more There is nothing I love more than a little adventure. It’s the precise reason why my husband and I ended up with two strangers camping in our backyard, eating watermelon on the patio one Fourth of July.   This story begins with my decision…

Dreaming Big

Meet Katy Easton, the new Downtown Billings Alliance CEO When Katy Easton visits a new community, she makes a point to visit its downtown. Katy believes that a vital, energetic downtown reflects the health and well-being of the larger community. She never guessed that one day she’d find herself at the helm of Montana’s largest…

Adding a Golden Glow

D.I.Y. Candlesticks are perfect indoors or out There’s been a trend over the past few years to make our outdoor spaces an extension of family living and entertaining, especially when the weather turns warm. Simple patio chairs have been replaced with sectional lounge sets, and soft ambient lighting is all the rage. One mood enhancer…

Urban Chic

Lofty Living in the Heart of Downtown In the center of Billings, once-forgotten historical buildings now bask in new life. “It’s only going to get better,” booms Randy Hafer, president and co-owner of High Plains Architects, a visionary working to make the heart of downtown a mecca for living in Billings’ urban core. Two decades…

Cover Story: Marilyn Floberg

Celebrating home & giving back to her community When Marilyn Floberg arrived by train with her two young children at the Billings Depot in 1960, she remembers looking out the window at the breathtaking Rimrocks and stepping out the doors to one of those mild January days that Billings seems to experience fairly regularly. “I…

Life Is A Gift

A chat with 108-year-old Millie Eyre At 108 years old, Millie Eyre still has that sparkle in her eye. She still lets her fingers glide along the ivory as she plays the piano. She makes sure to get in a few games of bingo each week and believes ice cream is a food group. She…

Mana Lesman

Artist, Dancer, & Celebrant of the Ordinary Walk into the home of artist Mana Lesman and you’re awed by the beauty and peace, all enfolded into an airy sense of space. Shards of light dance on amber-colored wooden walls, old-timey snowshoes lie crisscrossed on rafters above your head, stained glass glows in a window, and…

The Old House Stays

Step inside the Gertsch home Chelsie and Jake Gertsch knew that living in town — in a subdivision — wasn’t exactly their idyllic spot for putting down roots. They desired to raise their children in similar fashion to how they had been raised. “Chelsie grew up in the country (between Billings and Shepherd) and I…

Clip It Up!

Turn an old frame into a memory holder Do you ever have those photos that you want to display but simply don’t have enough picture frames to display them all? Now, you can share these memories en masse with a fun and easy DIY project. This memory frame is not only a great project for…

Fearless Fashion

Please don’t “dress your age!” Break the rules. Shatter the chatter about what you can and cannot wear once you hit a certain age.  What does “dress your age” mean anyway?  We decided to throw out the rules and spark a fashion rebellion urging women to wear what speaks to them, sparks that passion for…

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