As summer winds down, you might be wondering how to end things with a bang. As we wrap up this summer series, we've got a few more ideas for you!
COVID left its mark indelibly on live performance venues across the U.S. As stages closed and performers found other work, venues scrambled to find a way to survive. The Pub Station has been working l...
Billings Logan International Airport in Phase II of Expansion and Renovation.
For the Chamber, the next 12 months will be focused on securing what is essential for our community's growth and economic success; things like public safety, education, and quality of place through ou...
The Billings Chamber is committed to focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) throughout our community in a foundational and long-term way.
Hammocking is one of the most versatile ways to enjoy Montana’s outdoor spaces. It’s the perfect companion for the backyard, a day hike, an overnight camping trip, or an extreme adventure.
The Backpacking Blotskes explore 3 of their must-visit Natural Wonders in this edition of the Simply Local Travel Series.
Josh Chilton's signature snow-capped mountain style and trout have become his calling card.
Enjoying our city parks is something I, like most of us, take for granted. So how does our Magic City keep up with two dog parks, 2,700 acres of park land (roughly half developed and half undeveloped)...
What makes a community? A.J. Kalanick, Executive Director of Billings Studio Theatre (BST), believes it’s about more than just houses and folks headed off to work and school.
Two factors fundamentally shaped the 67th Legislative Session: the global coronavirus pandemic and sweeping election victories by the Montana GOP.
The Billings Chamber’s fiscal year begins on July 1st, and we’re pleased to introduce you to our new board chair, new directors, and the full list of our leadership.
NextGEN is the Billings Chamber young professional’s group for emerging leaders led by a vibrant leadership team committed to creating opportunities to grow their peers.
A quick, local business focused podcast featuring local experts.
“Light pollution continues to grow almost imperceptibly in Montana, literally one light at a time,” said John Ashley, board chair of the Montana Chapter of the IDA and author of the award-winning book...
Check out our 3 picks for this month's edition of the Simply Local Travel Series!
Not many artists specialize in bringing other people's vision to life, but that's precisely what Jesse Jennings of Jennco Designs loves to do.
"I just really want my business to be about collaborating with other talented women, bringing beautiful things to fruition.”
The Billings Chamber takes the opportunity to recognize the incredible businesses and leaders in our community often, but our greatest opportunity comes in the form of our annual Business Excellence A...
I believe Montana's iconic moniker, The Big Sky State, was born on the eastern side. As Montanans, we all relish the beauty and majesty of our mountains. And, honestly, the eastern side cannot compete...
Diversity equals strength and success. Successful economies like Billings strive for diverse industry and services featuring healthcare, agriculture, hospitality, finance and so on.
A statistically valid public opinion survey completed by the National Police Services Survey (NPSS) and an expert Police Operations report from the Center for Public Safety Management (CPSM) tells us...
Having a son and having a relationship with a son are often two very different things. One just happens. The other is intentionally built.
Getting to know artist Terri Porta in SLM's May 2021 Maker's Space.
The Billings Chamber series of Networks exists to bring people together, both virtually and in person.
It’s that time of year again. An important part of our culture that many Americans participate in. Now, I know what you’re thinking: obviously, I'm talking about May the 4th (be with you). Well, not q...
A look ahead as Billings gets back on track with travel and tourism.
Use this Vacation Planner to make a smooth exit from the daily grind.
No boat? No problem. Montana Wake Co. has you covered for all your on the water adventures this summer.
Come inside the latest development and improvements to Alberta Bair Theater and Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale.
Highlighting artist Traci Anderson in April's Maker's Space.
As much as we hope to avoid it, conflict is a normal and necessary part of life. Identifying what the conflict is signaling can help reveal potential solutions and find common ground.
Hensley Creek Hangar: A new fly-in wedding venue with Big Sky views and wide-open spaces.
Janeil Anderson of Seventh and Anderson shares 5 tips for stress-free wedding stationery.
Planning a wedding can be a HUGE deal with a lot of moving parts, discover the difference between Wedding Planners and Coordinators and how they might help make your special day go more smoothly.
A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we're taking a moment to celebrate our healthcare providers, the incredible efforts being made my scientists, and the resiliency of our community.
A friend turned family is a treasure and just as a chest box full of gold, rubies, and gems is extremely rare, so too is a friend as described.
Five community leaders invite us inwards and reveal their Enneagram number and what that assessment meant to them.
The love stories behind the jewelry.
We've got bling for every budget in this month's Fun Finds!
As we continue to navigate life in a pandemic, perhaps you're looking for Valentine date ideas that are a little closer to home; we've got you covered!
The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany is the perfect pick for February.
Empathy is a vital part of how we relate to those around us. This world could use more of it, so let's talk 6 ways we might cultivate empathy in our lives.
What good is a healthy body without a healthy mind? While you think of ways to build your strength, build your endurance, build healthy physical habits, here are five ways to guard your heart and ment...
Just when you think that a waterfall couldn't be any more magical, it freezes. Experience this awe-inspiring beauty at Palisade Falls.
Your crash course in Enneagram Personality Tests.
Getting to know local author KJ Backer who has published three books in her popular, adult fantasy series.
Keep cabin fever at bay this winter with this guide to experiences and memberships in and around Billings.
Finish the year by delivering some much-needed cheer to everyone on your holiday shopping list (and our local businesses!). Out 2020 Holiday Gift Guide is filled with fabulous and festive ideas!
Pop out of town or browse the city limits to discover Southeast Montana treasures close to home!
Did you know that gift giving is actually an act that can strengthen bonds and relationships?
College students, frustrated with textbook costs? Discover how PageLess can help!
Introducing Simply Local Marketplace, a retail boutique featuring the works and goods of local makers and artists. Shop local!
Our community has many amazing nonprofit organizations! Here in Simply Local Magazine's 2020 Nonprofit Guide you can find many of them. A year long resource with their story, services and contact in...
Get out of Billings and explore the far Southeastern corner of Montana!
Like the overloaded washing machine, sometimes we have to remove a few things from the cycle to regain balance.
Discover the differences between Emotional Support Animals, Service Animals, and Therapy Animals.
Learn about Adaptive Performance Center, a gym and organization with a mission that includes serving disabled veterans to help them improve and maintain as much independent, active living as possible....
Britney and Sammy Higgs founded the HER Campaign in 2016. It is a local organization dedicated to the growth of safehouses and healing for women that have been victims of sexual exploitation.
Rock Creek Soaps is more than a female-owned, Billings success story, this is a business actively making a difference in our community.
Introducing Cardsetter, an innovative local startup that is here to make it easy for you to build (and update) a website unique to your needs, without being confined to a restrictive template.
Beautycounter’s products are truly for the woman or man who is health-conscious, eco-conscious, and is willing to invest in all aspects of their health.
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” F. Scott Fitzgerald
Introducing you to Simply Local Book Club!
Meet Jaysun and MIstie Mims owners and operators of Mims Fit, where "Exercise is King, Nutrition is Queen."
Experience the unique sounds around town with these Billings-based podcasts!
Looking to up the ante on your weekend adventures, Billings has a ton of outside-of-the-box options, check a few out!
Rail//Line Coffee House is about much more than great coffee and a gorgeous new space. This is a passion project birthed out of Community Leadership & Development Inc. (CLDI).
“I love helping clients make the face of their company reflect the quality of their product or service.”
Whether it's breathing new life into antiques or appreciating an antique in its original form, there is something to be said for creating a marriage between old and new in your home decor.
The things that people can collect vary greatly and those "things" that are so much more than that to the collector almost always have a story to tell. Discover the stories behind these local collect...
Mom, Mama, Mommy, Ma; Dad, Daddy, Pops, Pa…Like the plethora of monikers our kids might bestow upon us, our parenting styles can be just as varied and diverse.
When COVID-19 hit, while some companies were shutting down and furloughing employees, ACES, a company with 25 years under its belt, shifted gears, working to protect the Billings community while also...
Quell the Sunday night boulder of dread by using the strategy of directed thought planning, which makes us feel like we are not victims of our schedule and puts us back in the driver's seat.
With the school year approaching, a quick escape is a great way to say good-bye to summer and hello to fall! Whether it’s a day trip or a weekend stay, Big Sky Country offers the best of the best in l...
Go inside the hive and get the buzz on honeybees.
Enjoy the stories of these local makers; come discover the connection they bring to our community.
The "Red Lodge Summer Trip" is a rite (or ride, rather) of passage for residents of Billings and the surrounding areas. Though tourists flock to the small community by the thousands, the town seems to...
Award-winning Austin Adventures has led thousands on getaways of a lifetime - from leading kayakers around Antarctica or zip-lining through the canopies of Costa Rica's rainforests, but they have alwa...
Get out and discover Montana in one of more than 100 cabins in Montana that are owned by the National Forestry Service.
“It is not my job to stand over them and tell them what to do, but to see who they truly are, walk through life with them, and encourage them to grow.”
Introducing B.leaf Aesthetic Clinic, where owner Jayme Tripp says, "My hope is that our brand and product will be in every vanity and at the front of everyone's mind when it comes to healthy skin. You...
Meet Anna Kraft, the young entrepreneur behind Anna's Raffia.
Why shop local? What does it mean to shop local? Let's talk.
As a worldwide pandemic sweeps the nation and rocks the world, our Montana community members, businesses, and organizations are witnessing the ramifications first-hand. May this snapshot gallery serve...
Come along as we explore the myth of TIME management, rather let's explore how to make the most of the time we have available with PRIORITY management.
As we navigate these uncertain times in the midst of a global pandemic, let us be kind in the expectations we have of ourselves. Yet, may we all determine to emerge unchanged.
Just as the practice of kindness and goodness is a choice, so is allowing ourselves to experience it.
Take an active role in finding hope in these uncertain times (hint these steps are about connection).
A look at how our community managed to come together, even while we've had to be apart.
This special edition digital issue was borne from an extreme love for our community and the organizations and businesses that make up the fabric of why Simply Local exists. It is our hope that through...
2020 Easter Worship services are taking a different approach this year as social distancing requirements remain in full force.
At the surface level, City Brew appears to follow the proven recipe for a coffee shop, but a caffeine fix may not be the most compelling reason to support their new storefront in the heart of Downtown...
When it comes to your personal fitness journey, it’s important to set up a routine that works logistically and is also one that you love. Location, budget, and facilities are all important to consider...
There are many global, national, and statewide efforts to create a more sustainable environment, let's talk about our individual impact.
Itching to get out of town for a few days? Why not take a road trip to the Richest Hill on Earth, Butte, MT?
Remaining says, “You matter, this matters, so no matter what, I’m staying.” So, why then, do we struggle to remain faithful to commitments to ourselves?
Meet Emily Broadbent from Ballantine, MT, living out her dream of moving to Africa and making a difference.
Besides being pleasing to the eye, flowers have a whole variety of health benefits.
In Billings, Montana the art scene is an eclectic, ever-growing space. From beyond the pages, we're excited to showcase three additional local artists whose craft rivals those of any big city.