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For Missoula Music Lovers

Missoula music lovers often visit four popular local performance venues.  The Missoula, Montana music scene is thriving!  The Wilma has anchored the Missoula cultural and entertainment aspect for almost 100 years.  Constructed in 1921 as a vaudeville house, The Wilma has been utilized as a movie house for the majority of its history. In the 1980s, The Wilma began to once again host live entertainment.

In March of 2015, The Wilma was acquired by new ownership. The new owners, Nick and Robin Chehota, immediately commenced work on a major renovation and restoration of the historic theater, investing in entirely new infrastructure, renovated stage, modern catering operation, first class entertainer accommodations and one of the best sound systems in the Western United States. As a result of the remodel, The Wilma has become a state of the art facility within a spectacular historic building.

Where possible, Checota left some of the key elements original to the Wilma, including the massive Art Deco chandeliers hanging above the balcony. An artist also touched up the ornate French murals lining the walls, and many of the trimmings have been repainted in a gold-gray color palette that’s characteristic of early 20th century theaters, Checota says.

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The Wilma theater’s main room has been redone with a gray-gold color scheme, wooden tiered flooring and a raised stage.

 

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The vintage Art Deco-style light fixtures are some of the remaining elements original to the 94-year-old theater. Both photos courtesy the Missoula Independent.

The new owner is particularly proud of the improvements that most visitors to the Wilma might not be able to see but will certainly hear, including a new sound system and acoustic enhancements. Sound-absorption panels are hidden in the walls to help reduce echoes, which were a relic of the pre-amplified days when theaters were designed to throw actors’ voices as far as possible.

“It’s going to be cool, it’s going to attract bands,” Checota says in an interview with Kattie Whittle from Missoula Independent. “There’s a buzz already. I hear from agents, people are talking about what we’re doing.”

The Wilma hosts a free sneak peak event with music from Lil’ Smokies and The Whizpops! on Friday, Oct. 2, followed by its sold-out grand reopening with My Morning Jacket on Oct. 5.

Missoula-Music-LoversThe owners of the Wilma also own the Top Hat Lounge, a 550 capacity room, one block from The Wilma.  This longtime watering hole turned Missoula concert mecca is a great place to find awesome music.  With state of the art sound and stage equipment, patrons can find food, drinks, and even a dance floor to help them enjoy a variety of shows.  It is a downtown hot spot where many local bands often play. 

 

 

Missoula-Music-LoversBig Sky Brewing has long been considered a perfect combination of beer and music.  This outdoor ampitheater hosts everyone from Michael Franti to The Decemberists.  They often give the proceeds of concert beer sales to local Missoula charities.  Their 2015 Summertime Concert series was a big success. 

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Last, but certainly not least, is the Adams Center located on the University of Montana‘s campus right here in Missoula.  Famous performers like Miranda Lambert and Paul McCartney have performed here.  This is the perfect place to enjoy big names with thousands of your closest friends!  Friday Oct. 9, the Adams Center hosts the Newsboys starting at 7 pm.
Hosts Elaine and Brady Anderson-West welcome you to Missoula and their B&B guests experience scenic mountain views at their Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Their peaceful property borders the Bitterroot River and is next to the Lewis and Clark walking trail.  Music lovers have a variety of performance venues when they visit Missoula.

Missoula Montana Bakeries

Missoula, Montana bakeries that come highly recommended from Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast are featured below.

Bagels on Broadway is the perfect lunch stop in the downtown Missoula area, plus they offer delivery for downtown Missoula. Fresh, made-to-order sandwiches are made complete with their meal accompanists such as juices, milk, sodas, chips, fruit, cookies, and yogurt parfaits topped with their homemade granola.  Bagels on Broadway does offer breakfast, but guests of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast will receive our delicious complimentary homemade gourmet breakfast each morning of their time with us.

Top 50 Cupcakes in America — #37 Bernice's Bakery (Missoula, MT)

Bernice’s Bakery in Missoula offers something different for lunch every day and promises to use the best ingredients that can be found.  You can count on it being fresh, delicious, and affordable.  All of their sandwiches are made on bread baked in their kitchen and include vegetarian choices.  A scratch made soup will always be part of the equation as well.  Guests can find something tasty for lunch from 11 am to 4 pm, seven days a week.  In addition, their bakery offers treats and desserts (including wedding cakes) and they also offer delicious and creative holiday fresh baked goods!

 

 

After 13 years, Montana residents Jack and Christy Wich were able to move the Bake Shop out of their house.  In June of 2010 the Black Cat Bake Shop opened at 2000 West Broadway in Missoula. A wedding cake should showcase your personality while representing your love and commitment for each other in beautiful edible art!   Let their chefs use their creativity and passion to create a wedding cake for you that is the perfect marriage of exquisite taste and elegant design.  They also serve delicious organic hearth bread as well as beverages including coffee, espresso, and tea.  The Black Cat is active in community fundraisers, so look for certain events!

The Buttercup Market offers lunch 11 am to 3 pm daily.  From soups and sandwiches to salads and empanadas, they have something delicious waiting for you.  In the market they offer a wide range of local, regional, organic, and gluten free produce and products.  Whether it’s from their dairy case, meat freezer, bulk grain section, beer and wine area, or off their shelves, guests are sure to find some fantastic Montana goods!  The Buttercup is an important link to our community as well- they often host shows and receptions featuring local, Missoula artists.  It’s always spring at The Buttercup because the name refers to the first wildflower to bloom in our area!

 

 

Cupcake Cowboy is a gourmet cupcake company in Missoula that bakes tasty cupcakes from scratch using the best ingredients.  This mother-daughter run company takes orders for birthdays, weddings, and special events.  They even offer flavorful gluten-free cupcakes.  Take a look at their delightful Facebook page.  Your mouth will water when you see their cupcake creations, guaranteed!

 

Great Harvest Bread Company serves fresh sandwiches for lunch during 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.  They offer catering of sandwiches and salads in large quantities for events.   Their whole wheat bread is rich, moist, hearty, great-tasting, and full of vitamins.  This locally owned and operated Missoula bakery (by Linda and Dave) knows their Montana wheat farmers by first name.  They also know their frequent customers on that basis as well.  Located close to Hellgate Highschool, they are always handing out free samples to hungry teens and anyone who comes through their door.  Their apple-crunch loaf and holiday specials are one of a kind!

 

Le Petit Outre, loosely translated as ‘The Little Outrageous’, is a locally owned Missoula bakery offering a wide range of breads and pastries. From their delicious hearth breads to their decadent pastries, people can stop by their retail shop on 129 4th St. West in Missoula, Montana,  or find their goods at Missoula’s finest grocers and restaurants.  If you’d like to take an inexpensive trip to Europe, Le Petit Outre will take you there!

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The Pearl Café  at 231 East Front Street in Missoula, Montana is open Monday through Saturday starting at 5 pm.  Pearl Cafe received the Best Restaurant, Best Romantic Dining and Best Restaurant Service in a polling of Missoulians by the Missoula Independent in 2010.  In addition to their romantic dinners, they have a bakery that makes a lot of beautiful wedding cakes.

breakfast4Brady and Elaine offer a wonderful mountain bed and breakfast for relaxation as well as fun activities.  Guests can enjoy their tasty Blue Mountain breakfasts and later in the day visit these local Missoula, Montana bakeries with incredibly fresh bread, soups, sandwiches, and treats!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

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