10, 9, 8, 7…

In the Eco-Boutique:  

Apparently we are on the “10 Fridays Until December 25” countdown. Although, since I became aware of this last week, we might now be down to just 9 or 8, maybe.  

Oh, the retail world. Stuff. So much stuff. Keeping that in mind and as the owner of a business that sells plenty of stuff, I have put some energy into what is on the shelves. The goal being individuals and villages that in turn support the planet and the people on it. Small business rather than enormous planet- polluting corporations that resort to slave labor conditions to make things en masse.

At Wheatgrass Saloon we have local and regional hand-crafted jewelry by Patricia Buckley and by Sarah Homan and, of course, Beth Gregory‘s awesome pieces!

There is an array of jewelry, clothing, soaps, totes, scarves etc. from co-ops in India and Bolivia whose products sustain jobs for people who have been handcrafting artisan goods for generations. These co-ops partner with women’s groups, minorities, people with special needs, urban slums and isolated rural communities to empower artisans through dignified, sustainable employment. They value safe work conditions, education, the well-being of their partners and the safety of children.

From Montana we have recycled items, like the CAN-dles made in Polson and the earrings, belts, rings and necklaces made in Whitefish using recycled skateboards as well as body care items made in Whitefish, 406 t-shirts printed in Missoula, key fobs hand-crafted in Bonner, locally roasted coffee, and more.

Patricia's Silver Rose Chalcedony Earrings

Patricia’s Silver Rose Chalcedony Earrings

In addition to all of the other downtown Livingston shops available to you,  keep Wheatgrass Saloon in mind if you are out and about shopping for friends and family in the next 9 Fridays before December 25th. There is also an excellent used bookstore, Elk River Books, here at 120 North Main.  One-stop shopping, lunch included.

4th Thursdays

This month’s 4th Thursday is October 22nd and Meals on Wheels, Paradise Valley will be the recipient of 10% of non-consignment sales. Please feel free to come and make a direct donation to them. We will have a tin on the counter at the Juice Bar for direct donations.

Because Thanksgiving falls on November’s 4th Thursday, we will be donating 10% on Small Business Saturday instead. Montana Roots will be the recipient for 10% of sales on Saturday, November 28th.

Montana Roots is a non-profit based in Livingston, and has designed and contructed a 6000 gallon recirculating aquaponic system where they grow food year-round for the community. Wheatgrass Saloon is happy to be able to get our weekly supply of nutrient dense and very beautiful microgreens from Montana Roots. If you have had a Dragon Bowl, you have experienced Montana Roots.  Additionally, Montana Roots partners with Montana Awareness Education and Equine Rehab Association (MAERA) to offer a year-round, free program to middle school and high school students that focuses on sustainable agricultural and nature awareness. Students learn how to plant, care, harvest and cook their own food in soil and aquaponically as well as sell their produce at the farmers market.

In the Juice Bar:

As fall turns to winter, we are adding miso soup to the menu. It is made fresh daily and filling enough to be called a meal. Miso Soup is a traditional Japanese soup consisting of a stock called “dashi” that is made with the sea vegetable kombu, pictured below. Into the stock, fermented soy bean paste, called miso, is whisked to create a richer soup base. Many ingredients are added depending on regional and seasonal recipes, and personal preference. At Wheatgrass Saloon, we have a variety of add-ins such as brown rice, adzuki beans, wakame, daikon, bok choy, carrot, shitake mushrooms and beech mushrooms, many of which are sourced locally. It is delicious, easy to digest and warming. The health benefits of miso soup are many and wide-ranging.

Miso soup on the menu!

Miso soup on the menu!

and eat more kombu

and eat more kombu

On Saturday, November 14th, Wheatgrass Saloon will be serving juice samples at the Fall Health Festival from 7-11 am. Get your blood drawn for the health screen and then come enjoy a flight of our juices: Greentini, Ginger ‘n’ Juice, We Got the Beet and Al Green.

In the Gallery:

Wheatgrass Saloon Gallery Upstairs will host a reception for Ledger Artist, Alaina Buffalo Spirit on Friday, November 6th at 6pm.  Alaina is a Cheyenne woman who draws & paints on antique ledger paper just as her ancestors did in the 1860s. Through her art, she becomes a story teller, sharing the images of women and horses.

“Alaina Buffalo Spirit is a self-taught artist from the So’taa’ee band of the Northern Cheyenne Nation, whose work honors the women that made a difference in her life. Alaina Buffalo Spirit’s artwork is based on the traditional ledger art, originated by Indian warriors who were incarcerated in the 1800s. Using the materials that were available to them, these warrior artists recorded their powerful stories through images made on the ledger paper issued by the government for tallying and record-keeping. Inspired by these early images which depicted life on the Plains, both before and during times of conflict, Ms. Buffalo Spirit uses ledger paper made during this period in much of her work.

Ms. Buffalo Spirit began her artistic career in 2004 and has participated in the Northern Plains Indian Art Show in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the Summer Art Market at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, Montana and at Kentucky Crafted, in Louisville, Kentucky. Her work has been featured at the Ancient Traders Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota as well as throughout Montana. In 2008, her work was on display at the Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning, Montana and in June of that year was chosen as the cover art for the University of Washington Medical School’s Pediatrics Archives Journal. Most recently, Alaina’s work has been showcased in Kalispell, Montana at the Montana Arts Council Art Showcase.”
-Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, 2013

The show runs from October 28th through November 20th. For questions, call Lisa 224-3895.

 
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Dishing Up Soup, Hot Diggity Dogs and Kombucha with a Kick

I had the pleasure of hearing many writers recently in Missoula at the Festival of the Book. One of my favorites (aside from my darling, Marc Beaudin) was Liz Carlisle who spoke of and read from her book, Lentil Underground which chronicles the story of a group of renegade Montana farmers who were early leaders in the organic food movement. I can’t say enough good things about what a phenomenal woman Liz is.  And I’m glad to say that we now have signed copies of her book here at Wheatgrass Saloon.

The Timeless Seeds lentils  celebrated in Liz’s book, the Lentil Underground, will be the star ingredient in many of the soups coming your way as our “warm” offering here in the juice bar at Wheatgrass Saloon this fall and winter. The soups will rotate weekly, and we plan to begin serving them in October.

On the way to Missoula, I stopped in Bonner to meet Mike Hangas and pick up some super cute and beautifully designed keychains handmade at Ruana Knives.  They will make a very affordable gift for anyone on your list in the coming season.

keychain

In Missoula, I met Mallory Ottariano owner of Kind Apparel.  I love her clothing designs and I really love that all of her materials are sourced from local charity thrift stores whose missions support autism research, the fight against domestic violence, food banks, and provide food and jobs for disadvantaged members of the community. I brought back a few of her pieces for us to check out. One of my favorites are her booty shorts. Perfect for a class at Breathing Room Yoga.

The last art walk takes place September 25th, and I am delighted that Betsy Hall will be showing her “Dog Days of Livingston” new works upstairs in the Wheatgrass Saloon Gallery.
betsy and banshee
Betsy Hall has spent the past month painting one painting per day. For the show, she will have portraits of 27 dogs, two cats and three birds. She will also have available notecards sold individually or in sets of ten in “doggy bags”. If you are sad that your pet was not painted for the show, you’ll be happy to know that Betsy will be taking new commissions at the opening.

Dog Days of Livingston opens on Friday, September 25th for the Art Walk upstairs at Wheatgrass Saloon on Main St. and will be up for one month. In addition to a variety of human food treats, there will be peanut butter banana dog treats to take home to your puppies and Mark Rehder’s Geyser Farm Kombucha with of course the option to give it a kick.

4th Thursdays at Wheatgrass

wheatgrass toastA few months before opening Wheatgrass Saloon, I took a trip to Denver with my teenage daughter. Thanks to an Expedia package deal, we splurged, staying at the Brown Palace Hotel. To balance out the indulgence of a fancy hotel stay, we spent most of a day enjoying the search for thrift store treasures on Broadway. ( I have some great up-cycled sweaters from that day.) We tried to catch a cab to get back in time for our late afternoon spa appointments. There are no cabs in Denver. So, we ran down the road, working our way through the protestors who represented the 99% for the Occupy Movement in a park near the hotel and into the spa, where I was handed a glass of Prosecco and one of those warm soft things to put around your neck.

As I sat in a dimly lit lounge area, waiting for my turn on the massage table, I thought about what I wanted the as-yet-unnamed Wheatgrass Saloon to be and to offer. After the day’s experience, I wished this: that all women had the chance to not only spend a whole day with someone they loved as I had loved spending time with my daughter, I also wanted to think that all women could have access to these ridiculous treats of bubbly afternoon decadence. I wanted Wheatgrass to be a place for a woman who was having a tough time to go to get a healthy drink, a massage, a foot rub. I thought I’d team up with Tri-County Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, the Sue Wicklund Fund, etc.  As usual, my ideas are a bit ridiculous, but as usual they don’t entirely disappear.

So, my tiny offering in pursuit of this idea will take place monthly at Wheatgrass Saloon beginning this month.

On the fourth Thursday of each month 10% of purchases made will go to a pre-appointed local non-profit. All purchases made in the juice bar and for non-consignment items in the boutique will qualify for the 10% donation. We will begin September 24th and continue with each 4th Thursday of the month. If you have a non-profit in mind that you would like to receive recognition and a donation please pick up an application at the Wheatgrass Saloon juice bar counter.

I am going to pick the first non-profit, and then it will be up to you, so do, please, come in and make some recommendations.

On September 24th 10% will go to ASPEN, formerly known as Tri-County Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, was incorporated in 2001 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to serving victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence.  ASPEN has continued to expand over the years to offer more programs and services to the community.  ASPEN serves the residents of Park, Sweet Grass, and Meagher Counties of Montana, but also extends services to anyone in a situation of domestic or sexual violence who are fleeing an abusive situation and need assistance.  These services include an emergency shelter, a 24-hour crisis line, crisis counseling, support groups, legal advocacy, information and referrals, safety planning, emergency 911 phones, assistance with Orders of Protection and/or law enforcement reporting, forensic medical exam support, and community outreach and educational programs.

September in Montana

I wait all winter long for the leaves that dance on the trees outside my bedroom window, the leaves that soon will be falling. But change is good. Actually, I love change. It is what has allowed me to call Livingston, Montana home for the past 24 years come September 29th. When I rolled into town in a two-door Ford Escort Pony packed to the brim with record albums in ’91, I had no idea what I would do in a state full of cattle. So, I got my masters, had four children, volunteered, found a family of friends and fell slowly in love with it, our strange, beautiful and awesome, ever-evolving town.

Wheatgrass Saloon is pretty awesome as well, and it, too, is evolving. We have been in the new space for two summers now and are still sorting out how best to use the space for merchandise, art, seating etc. In an effort to create some new space for new merchandise, we will have a big, big, big Labor Day week sale  August  31 – September 5.  Hopefully something you’ve been eyeing will suddenly be just the right price!

The featured artist for the August 28th Friday Art Walk is Betsey Hurd. Please come after 5pm to meet Betsey and enjoy her show, Querencia. 

“Querencia,” is a show that explores the concept of Home and Place, of the hunger for finding a corner of the world to call home. Animals have always grounded and connected Betsey to wherever she is, and so, accompany her on these journeys. Betsey’s paintings have always been about animals and landscape and dreams.

by Betsey Hurd

by Betsey Hurd

Mid-Summer Happenings

pow wowWe are well into summer in Livingston, Montana and will be turning the corner into fall before we know it.

If you missed the July art walk, John Zumpano’s colorful and energetic photographs will be on display at Wheatgrass Saloon Upstairs in the gallery space until August 24th. John Zumpano is a freelance event, landscape and fine art photographer based in Livingston MT. He has been chasing light and shadow for more than 30 years; first in the movie business and more recently with a still camera. Inspired by the people and places of the West, John went to his first Crow Fair in 1989. Returning again and again. This Native American reunion, with its colorful splendor and eye-catching dances is a celebration of traditional culture and a joy to behold.

Our next art walk will take place on the fourth Friday in August with art work by Betsy Hurd. More to come on that show, our blow out Labor Day weekend sale that will take place August 31st – September 5th and our  Sip ‘n’ Dip Finger painting class with local artist Parks Reece on September 4th at 5pm at Wheatgrass Saloon Upstairs.

Sign-ups for Sip ‘n’ Dip will begin August 3rd at Wheatgrass Saloon. Cost is $35 and includes an art lesson with Parks Reece, all materials, wine and appetizers.

Solstice: June 26th Art Walk Show at Wheatgrass Saloon

The rainfall in Livingston will end soon and taking its place will be the unfurling of buds all about town, the return of visitors into town and the beginning of our beautiful summer. We have had a lively winter at Wheatgrass Saloon thanks to word-of-mouth helping to increase our customer base daily.

Summer is one big party in Livingston. Floats on the river, hikes in the hills, the garage door lifting at Gil’s, the patio opening up at Glen’s, Wednesday Farmer’s Markets and of course, our 4th Friday art walks.

Wheatgrass Saloon has increased “wall space” for hanging art this summer. The Upstairs Gallery will hold art walks June – September and for the Holiday Stroll. The first in our 2015  series is titled “Solstice” and is curated by local artist, Beth Gregory. Beth Gregory creates hand-crafted jewelry from fine silver and torch-fired enameled copper. Featured are local and regional artists Beth Gregory  (jewelry and metal flowers), Traci Isaly (mixed media), Sonja Jacobson (drawings), Cristina Marian (paintings), Shawna Moore (encaustics) and Katy Nygard (fiber art). The show represents a collection of fresh works celebrating the profusion of color and the gift of renewal bestowed by long summer days.

Art on Tap

Artist, Betsy Hall will be teaching a very interesting painting class with Edd Enders during Tap into Montana (http://www.tapintomt.com/). It will be held upstairs at Wheatgrass Saloon on Wednesday, May13th from 6-8pm. We have room for 20 artists at all levels, from those who have never painted to the experts. All paintings will be quality and frameable! A fee of $35 will include everything you need to complete an 8″ x 10″ finished work of art while enjoying two pints of craft beer paired with appetizers. While Edd is painting his own painting, Betsy will be teaching the class on how to paint Edd while he paints! And, the best part is… drum roll… that everyone will be painting in the style of Edd Enders! We will frame all the work as we plan to have a show with the class paintings as well as Edd’s finished piece. Please sign up for Art on Tap at Wheatgrass Saloon and join in the fun!