Spring 2017

Who doesn’t love this time of year when the hum of lawnmowers and early morning birds replaces the metallic scrape of snow shovels. The earth is providing all the dandelions and nettles that our bodies need to cleanse away winter’s sludge. Dandelions are tough plants that contain plenty of vitamins and nutrients and are powerfully healing to the liver and the blood and, like kale, have anti-cancer properties. If you prefer they not take over your yard, mow before they flower or pick them and toss the leaves in your salad or sandwich.

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Springtime also means that Wheatgrass Saloon will extend juice bar hours beginning May 1st to our full day of 10am – 5pm Monday – Saturday. We are done with warm soups until the fall, and we will be adding a vegan taco salad bowl to the summer menu. Come try something new! We also will be experimenting with being open for a few hours on Sundays, May – September. The juice bar will be open on Sundays from 11am – 3pm with a limited menu. The items available will be: bottled cold-press juices, smoothies, taco salad bowl and shots of wheatgrass and, always, chocolate. Burnt Fork Bend Chocolate is handcrafted in Stevensville, Montana  and Righteously Raw Chocolates travel from a small family-run business in California.

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Burnt Fork Bend and Righteously Raw Chocolates at Wheatgrass Saloon

Livingston Art Walks will take place on the 4th Friday of the months of June, July, August and September. The first art walk show, Landmarks and Landscapes of Livingston opens with a reception on  June 23rd and will feature the works of John Zumpano, Tony Demin, Tandy Riddle and Beth Gregory. We will be showing art upstairs in the newly designed Green Door Gallery which is a current work-in-progress thanks to the help, once again, of Synergigi Designs.

Be sure to have a look at the beautiful new website for the Livingston Gallery Association  that local artist Kay Potter has developed for the local galleries. We have a total of 15 galleries participating in the Art Walks as well as many Sponsors and Friends of the Gallery Association.

In the boutique, we continue to add items to the shelves that make great gifts for graduation, birthdays, mother’s and father’s day, etc. We have jewelry, candles, bath items, doTERRA essential oils, diffusers, 406 T-shirts & onesies, dresses, lotions and more. As always the emphasis is on local and regional artists and designers, as well as on women’s coops around the world.

Essential oils can provide pleasant relief from seasonal allergies. Try diffusing a combination of Lemon which supports healthy respiratory function, Lavender that can calm sinus issues, allergies and other respiratory issues, plus Peppermint which promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing. If you’d like to order any doTERRA products online, the place to go is here.

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As the days get longer we’ll  be setting up the tables and chairs on the sidewalks so that you can soak up the warm sunshine while enjoying a meal or a drink.

Our co-habitant, Elk River Books, has a great line-up of upcoming readings and events for the busy months of summer as well as the celebration of their 6th birthday on Thursday, May 18th.

At Wheatgrass Saloon we are well into our 5th year of business. Thank you for helping us survive another windy winter in Livingston and come help us welcome summer in the coming weeks.

Introducing…

When I bought Wheatgrass Saloon, previously known as the Drawing Room, September 1, 2012, I never planned on nor imagined having the need for 9-10 employees to help run the Saloon. As it turns out, there is a high demand for nutritious food and drink in Livingston, Montana and beyond. And, so, there is a need for employees. At long last, I am pleased to introduce to you the stunning souls without whom Wheatgrass Saloon would not exist. I would have given up long ago without the hard work, good ideas, dedication, humor, kindness, energy, inspiration and creativity of the following people.

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Cindy

Cindy was born in Minnesota and came to Livingston as a child. She has two grown children and a grandchild, Daniel, who lives in Germany with his parents. She has been at Wheatgrass since the Saloon doors opened on December 1, 2012. She is invaluable to the business and to me and holds a very special place in my heart.

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Tasha Enjoying Life Beyond the Saloon Doors

Tasha moved to Livingston in 2013 and is in the process of obtaining her master’s degree in social work, with the goal of becoming an LCSW.  When she is not studying she enjoys hiking with her partner, David, and their dog Liam.  Tasha loves cooking from scratch, gardening, running, reading, and watching movies.  Her favorite items at Wheatgrass Saloon are the Little Red Corvette, Kale Caesar Salad, and We Got the Beet.  I cannot imagine what I would do without the presence of Tasha in my business life. She has the wisdom and maturity of a sage and her energy is a joy to experience.

Alyssa

Artwork by Alyssa

Alyssa was born and raised in Livingston. One of her favorite things to do in her spare time is sketch and paint. She loves working at Wheatgrass Saloon and learning new recipes that inspire her to be creative with healthy food choices at home.

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Angie Says Cheers

Angie is an artist, crafter, horror movie junkie, animal lover and co-owner of Raised by Wolves Studios. She finds inspiration in all things vintage and macabre.

 

Two of our staff members will leave Livingston at the end of the summer in order to go on to college:

 

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Michelle

Michelle has grown up in Livingston, MT. She will head south to attend university in Prescott, Arizona to study art and psychology. She is passionate about holistic health and nutrition, and is looking forward to see what the future brings. 

 

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Siobhan with Lily & Rosie

Siobhàn was born and raised in Paradise Valley. She will attend Amherst College in Massachusetts in the fall where she plans to study biology with a focus on genetics.  She loves skiing, hiking and her weiner dogs.

 

Wheatgrass Saloon is fortunate to have three very awesome high school students who have been training this winter by closing the juice bar after school and by working some Saturday shifts in preparation for the summer. I very much look forward to having their enthusiasm and good work help us out in big ways during the upcoming months. They are Nacoya, Peter and Zoe:

 

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Nacoya on the Ice

Nacoya is also Livingston born and raised and loves the Montana outdoors. She enjoys playing ice hockey and traveling and looks forward to seeing you at Wheatgrass Saloon.

 

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Peter Upside Down

Peter is a sophomore at Park High. You might run into him on the soccer field or see him doing back flips on skis as he races down the mountain.

 

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Zoe Looking Crafty

Zoe is a student at Park High School. She loves to play tennis. She also enjoys making jewelry and being crafty.

 

When I look at the calendar for the months ahead, I am overwhelmed by all the events. Let me introduce you to some of them now:

  • Fourth Thursdays at Wheatgrass Saloon will fall on Thursday, March 24th this month. Ten percent of net sales will go to McNair Skate Park .
  • Breathing Room Yoga will host its Spring Equinox 108 Sun Salutation Celebration Friday, March 18th 6-8pm. After finishing your 108 sun salutations you can enjoy a shot of  Greentini juice from Wheatgrass Saloon to celebrate the return of the sun and get a coupon for $5.00 off the Juice Cleanse at Wheatgrass Saloon.
  • Tap into Montana takes place April 4th – 9th. Wheatgrass Saloon will once again host Art on Tap . This year Parks Reece will teach a finger painting class and Craft Beer and Brats will be served. Sign up at Wheatgrass Saloon or by calling 333-2330.
  • One April 29th, Wheatgrass Saloon will serve vegan ice cream at this year’s Taste of Livingston which benefits Montessori Island School.
  • Summer hours will begin May 2nd. Wheatgrass Saloon will be open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm.
  • Wheatgrass Saloon Upstairs Gallery is currently taking submissions for two art shows for the Livingston Summer Art Walks: Icons  and YNP Hot Pots.
  • This year, the Art Walks will take place on the 3rd Fridays of the month June – September.
  • The first art walk of the season will take place June 17th and will feature the work of  Angelina Froke and Carol Liljedahl of  Raised by Wolves Studios.

That’s enough introductions for now. Get outside. Things are blooming!

Springing into Summer at Wheatgrass Saloon

This month, the month of April, is National Poetry Month. If you go to the Wheatgrass Saloon Facebook page, you can submit your own poem(s) throughout the month. First, second and third prizes will be awarded in May. The first prize is a one-day juice cleanse. Second prize is a Dragon Bowl Lunch Special and third, a smoothie.

In May we celebrate our first year in our new building at 120 North Main.  It has been a beautiful year thanks to the “regulars” who are in daily and weekly for bowls, juices, smoothies, and those who shop for gifts during the holidays and throughout the year.  Thank you for coming in! It is nice also, as word spreads, to have so many out-of-towners find us and enjoy our healthy food and drink.

An exciting event will be taking place for the first time in Livingston in the month of May, Craft Beer Week, May 11-16. One of the many events taking place that week will be hosted by Wheatgrass Saloon, Art on Tap, May 13th at 6pm.  It will be an art class given by artists Betsy Hall and and Edd Enders while enjoying some handcrafted beers and snacks. More details to come! In the meantime, check out the Tap Into Montana FB page to learn more about the festival.

Summer hours at Wheatgrass Saloon will begin May 1st. Summer hours will be Monday – Saturday from 10am -5pm.