I love exploring new shops and businesses when traveling, don’t you?
I mean, I obviously appreciate the consistency of Target as much as the next girl, but Target is Target is Target everywhere you go. Small businesses, on the other hand, are unique and so regionally-minded. They give a true glimpse at life in their home state!
From our summer Glacier adventure I wanted to share some of my very favorite Montana small businesses. Now, some of these aren’t technically headquartered in Montana. I learned about a few from the Huckleberry Days Festival and folks could travel to that from other areas, but for the most part these businesses are Montana made or Montana sold :) And, thankfully, most are available online! So, if you want a taste of Montana to arrive in your mailbox you can shop from whatever state you’re in!
We stumbled across Sarita Star Designs at the Huckleberry Days Festival in Whitefish. Sarita’s booth caught my eye right away, the color palette alone is just swoon worthy! And she is truly a skilled artist. I just adore her leatherwork. I mean, this, this, this … all so gorgeous!
We ended up picking out a pair of earrings for my sister for her birthday, and then I fell in love with a pair too (and I popped them right in because I was earring-less that day!). The best news is that a wrap bracelet is in my future; that agatized fossil coral … WOW! I didn’t even know something like that existed. My sweet mama treated me to a bracelet as a birthday surprise if I promised to forget :) I’ll get to unwrap it in just a few weeks!
I was last in Montana in 2015 when we visited Yellowstone. We took a one day jaunt up to Bozeman and there I bought a gorgeous coffee mug from Mountain Arts Pottery. Ever since, Montana and pottery have been linked in my mind.
Some kind of pottery was the only souvenir I had in mind from our trip. We passed Glacier Round House Pottery every day on our way to the west entrance and finally one day I asked Dominic to turn in.
I snagged the most beautiful creamy speckled stemless wineglass. I love things without handles because I’m left-handed and handles just never fit right in my hand. I’m sure I’ll sip wine from it on occasion, but more often it will be a regular cup for me. Maybe even a planter for a cute little sprig of something. Basically, neutral colored pottery is my jam!
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When I decided that we were going to the Huckleberry Festival I started following the event page and got a sneak peek of some vendors. Wildflower Paper Company was one of them and I immediately knew I’d be swinging by. I don’t yet have a place for stickers from our travels, but I knew I needed that huckleberry Montana! I bought a notecard too and have my eye on so many other pretty designs.
This shop is actually out of Idaho, but they get to be part of this round up because I discovered them in Montana :) 208 Tees had an awesome sale at the festival and their tanks fit so well! I bought two – this one and this one. I got a fun fish tee for Dominic to represent the two mornings he took the kids fishing too. Their clearance section is currently bangin’ so check it out if you need a new graphic for yourself or maybe for a Christmas gift!