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Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine & Gold Fever Rock Shop – A Montana Mining Adventure

By Brian D’Ambrosio There are barely a handful of places in the U.S. where you can mine for your own gemstones, and one of them is only 10 miles east […]

A.L. Swanson Gallery and Craftsman Studio – Orvis Fly Box

Article By Brian D’Ambrosio To diversify is to bet on, rather than against, your own ingenuity. A.L Swanson’s business model is rich in diversification. He is sharp with developing his […]

Ellen Baumler & Her Helena History Passion

By Brian D’Ambrosio, for the Helena Tourism Alliance Self-disciplined. Self-directed. Curious. These three words perhaps best describe Ellen Baumler, the Interpretive Historian at the Montana Historical Society. Since 1992, Baumler […]

Jmacs Pottery:
Jeremy McFarlane’s Journey

By Brian D’Ambrosio, for the Helena Tourism Alliance True health instills positive energy in the mind, body, and spirit.   For Helena potter and business owner Jeremy McFarlane, true health […]

Trout Creek Canyon

A perfect Montana hike for the family. This past weekend my kids and I headed up toward York, Montana to the Trout Creek Trail, near the Vigilante Campground.  This area […]

Recycled Art: Artist Liz Harter Creates from Found Objects

By Brian D’Ambrosio Ziploc bags chock-full of upholstery tacks.  Stash boxes of bolts, screws, pins, and thimbles. Tin cans jam-packed with fasteners. Overcrowded coffee cans of square nails. Liz Harter […]

Deaton Chaps – Helena Couple Hand-Produce Western Leggings

There is no doubt that Helena, Montana has hidden treasures galore.  From gold of the 1860s, to hidden geocaches of the modern-day and now to hidden businesses.  The creative, dedicated […]