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Win a Limited Edition 18 x 24 Missoula MADE fair poster

Contribute to our website by signing up to be a contributor and writing a post OR like/share the poster post on facebook and we will enter you in for a chance to win this limited edition poster!

Offer valid through Wednesday, June 26th. Name will be drawn Thursday, June 27th, 2013 and winner will be notified via facebook or email (depending on if you are a contributor or shared/liked the poster on Missoula Online facebook).

You can also learn more about the Missoula MADE fair poster artist Courtney Blazon here.

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Missoula’s Best Hidden Menu Dessert

Attending the Grand Opening today of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Missoula, Montana. And standing in one of the longest lines I have stood in for food in Missoula, to get the same meal I ate last week, for a few bucks cheaper, I had a realization. They have both a self service Soft Serve Machine and Free Refill Soda Fountain. Put them together, and what do you get? A menu item that was removed from the menu at Break Espresso a few years ago, and can be had at a few places around town, but none with as many free refills as one can handle. That is the wonderful beverage concoction, the Root Beer Float.

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Combined Free Vanilla Soft Serve into the “Big Yellow Cup”, and top with Root Beer, Coke or for the adventurous, Dr. Pepper. Refill as needed, and don’t forget to top it off for the ride home.

Anyone else have hidden menu items they love in Missoula?

Order online and Skip the Line:

http://order.dickeys.com/menu/dickeys-missoula

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Summer MADE fair coming right up!

The alternative arts and crafts market that was started 7 years ago by Carol Lynn Lapotka, owner of REcreate designs, grows more and more each year. The artists are unique in their styles and showcase what Missoula is all about. We don’t need to say a whole lot as the made fair poster illustrated by Courtney Blazon speaks for itself. There will be food and drink vendors as well so if you have a hungry belly or need to quench your thirst while you shop that won’t be a problem. Don’t miss out!

Missoula MADE fair summer 2013

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REcreate designs

Our VERY FIRST business feature with a special offer is from REcreate designs a local (and of course fantastic) company started by Carol Lynn Lapotka.

A quick overview of who they are and a special offer just for Missoula Onliners!

REcreate history
REcreate designs was founded in Madison, WI. After years of making unique, handmade holiday gifts for friends and family, founder Carol Lynn Lapotka began producing one-of-a-kind creations for local craft and street fairs. Carol Lynn studied art, design, and environmental studies at Edgewood College, and in 2005 she transformed these interests into a business.

how REcreate does it
REcreate designs is a collection of clothing, books, bags, and accessories made from upcycled bits and pieces. Raw materials are sourced from thrift and second-hand outlets and repurposed into one-of-a-kind products. We reclaim and breathe new life into cast-off scraps. We see things not as they are, but what they can become.

where REcreate design magic happens
Once a one-person operation housed in an apartment basement, REcreate designs has expanded into a 750 square-foot production space in the foothills of the Mission Mountains. We use industrial machinery to create a consistent and well-constructed product. We select, sort, and stow all of our materials within the studio and maintain a tidy work space…most of the time.

Your special offer!
Get down to the farmers market sometime this summer and show REcreate this coupon to save!
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Become a Contributor!

Missoula, MT – there is no place like it. From outdoor activities to nightlife there are so many unique places that we should be sharing and discovering. So become a contributor and help us build the insider’s guide to Missoula! We appreciate your help and at some point will offer contributors goodies (prizes from local businesses, etc.). For now, we would love your help adding content to Missoula Online so we can share the uniqueness of Missoula!

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How to Escape Missoula, on the Cheap

2 Best ways to get out of Missoula on the cheap, are Greyhound and Allegiant Airlines. Both can get you out of Missoula for under $100.

Having traveled across the country multiple times on Greyhound, it is not luxary, but it is cost effective. With 21 days advance notice, Greyhound tickets can be super cheap. The closer to your departure date you pick up ticket, the more you will pay. 14 days is good, 21 days is preferable. Its recommended to bring a book, ear plugs and pillow, especially as you get closer to the coast. Traveling through the heartlands is nice and relaxing.

The 2nd method is Allegiant Airlines, a boutique travel company, serving secondary markets, like Missoula Airport. They only travel to major destinations from minor destinations. So currently you can fly to Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The tickets start at $50 each way or less, and are truly a no frills airline. They have minimal snacks and beverages available during the flight, but they are all for sale, no complementary snacks or soda.

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Best Donuts in Missoula, Part #2

This is a rant, on many levels. I’m not going to sugar coat or glaze over the issues. When a business opens to sell donuts, it needs to know how to make donuts, and how fast it can make them. If a business can’t stay open, then don’t open.

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It may sound clever to say, we are open at 6am, and close when we run out, but when that is before 9am. It’s not so clever, it is insulting, and wasteful. Maybe you didn’t do your homework, or maybe you did and thought things would be different. Missoula is strange town, we love the new and love the old, not a fan of recent stuff. The places that have been open for 20 plus years, or the place that just opened. The 2 to 5 year window is where many business cover up those windows never to be noticed again.

Why would you take 4 months perfecting your recipes, only to have no idea at the pace you can produce the donuts at? I know there are many establishments, The Pov, Nursing Homes, Elementary Schools, Airports, that you could have done a full production run of a few hundred donuts and dropped them off to very hungry individuals to both get free advertising and full tummies.

Instead you put up your giant sign, bring in your equipment, and leave a town in the dark. Your sign saying we will be open by the end of the month, and a few random posts on facebook attempting to get you to reveal your open date only lead to the suspense and disappointment as the full month came and went without a donut hole in sight. When opening day finally came, so did the crowds, but I wonder having arrived after the donuts where gone, what happened? Did you not realize limits might be good? why would you let a single individual order 3 dozen? or even a dozen? Let people have a few, to meet the demand, not sell out in a few hours.

On black Friday, you don’t see someone putting 10 Playstations into their cart at Bestbuy, no there are limits. Maybe that is something you can learn from Big box retailers, peoples eyes are bigger then their stomachs, and will buy more then they need, just to falsely inflate the market demand and make others go without.

Now onto the actual donuts, being determined and hungry, I knew at some point I would have the chance to try out the goods, and let me just say, I was disappointed. With such a small display case, it appears like you can only produce a few varieties, which is fine, but then stick to the basics. I purchased 6 donuts, 2 of each, and felt they where not worth the wait. I felt the exotic flavors where overpowering, I didn’t think I was eating a donut, but rather a spoon full of mocha powder or vanilla bean extract. If I go by and see a Boston Creme, I will have to get a few, and maybe if they post their flavors of the day to facebook, there might be a few variations that would lure me in the door, but I will not become a regular of their pastries at this time.

So, where are the best donuts in Missoula? My choice is Orange Street Food Farm. I like them, they are cheap, available and great for dunkin’ in coffee. No fancy flavors or exotic ingredients, no long lines or disappointment and OSFF has some of the best prices on beer in Missoula.

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Folf, or Disc Golf for those not from Missoula

This is just a place holder stub, need to do a full write up on Folfing in Missoula. There are a few courses and some great events all around Missoula and Montana.

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Where in Missoula’s is the Best Donut?

It’s maybe a little unfair to write a review of a place that hasn’t been open for more then a week, and that I haven’t gotten a chance to taste their goods, but that is the joy of the internet. Here it goes.

Having closed as quickly as they have opened, arriving just 2 hours after the opening time on their first day, and they where SOLD OUT, I would have to say Missoula is very excited to try out this new donut provider. This town has lacked a source of quality reliable, fresh, round donuts. We scared Kripsy Kreme out as quickly as they came in, I recall they lasted about 5 months.

Now a few days after opening, they decide to shut down for a whole week, to hire more staff, increase production, and learn how to make enough donuts to hopefully stay open until noon.

Treasure State Donuts Boston Creme

Treasure State Donuts Boston Creme

For a place that has been in the works for 5 months, has a perfect location and huge demand, lets hope that all this excitement isn’t just a bubble, and will keep them open for many years to come.

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