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Stocking Stuffers from gear start-ups




All items are available at garagegrowngear.com, a Driggs, Idaho-based company that’s dedicated to giving a voice to the little guys in the gear world—when they’re not out in the mountains testing it out themselves. garagegrowngear.com

GIFT & GEAR GUIDE | ADVENTURE

Five-night Vacation to Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast

Mukul Resort in Nicaragua has all of the ingredients for the perfect escape: adventure, nature, relaxation and fun. To get the most out of the trip, consider practicing daily yoga overlooking the ocean and rejuvenating at one of the six spa sanctuaries to release whatever stress and tension came along for the journey.

The fun continues with uncrowded amenities from golfing on a PGA tour course to surfing at Manzanillo beach with waves for all skill levels to enjoy. The preservation of the beautiful Emerald Coast and the rich culture of Nicaragua are truly what set Mukul apart from other beach getaways, where it’s evident that both are considered in every detail of the intimate setting.

Mukul is currently running a promotion where you’ll get one free night of accommodation when you book four nights. Book five nights and pay for four.

Price varies by accommodation mukulresort.com

Terranaut Adventure Vans

Custom made in Bozeman, Montana, these get-in-and- go, luxury adventure vans are the ultimate outdoor accessory—from the inside out. Features added to a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van base include marine- grade wiring and electrical components, custom cabinetry, and durable and washable upholstery for even the muddiest of adventures.

The team at Terranaut works with each customer to help hand- select the best components for gear storage, sleeping and galley to ensure that the van is best suited for their excursion of choice. Terranaut Adventure Vans ensure access to the best spots for backcountry skiing, fishing, biking, hunting and more. Perfect for the outdoor enthusiast who has everything else.

Starting at $90,000 terranautvans.com

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Support Big Sky businesses this holiday season








Stick Close to Home for Holiday Shopping on Small Business Saturday

BY BAY STEPHENS
EBS Editorial Assistant

After the mania of Black Friday is over, American Express encourages shoppers to buy locally on Nov. 25 as part of their nationwide event, Small Business Saturday. Both Bozeman and Big Sky businesses are participating by offering promotions and special discounts.

Big Sky shoppers will meet between 9 and 10 a.m. at the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce where the day gets rolling with a chance to win one of four $50 gift cards. After coffee and treats, shoppers can follow a Shop Small Specials guide courtesy of the chamber.

In Bozeman, downtown parking fees will be suspended on Saturday to make it more convenient for shoppers to support local businesses.

American Express founded Small Business Saturday to encourage shoppers to support local businesses in their area. According to statistics on the Downtown Bozeman website, for every $100 spent at a local business, approximately $68 stays in the local economy, as opposed to $43 if the money is spent at a big brand business. The organization also promotes shopping locally because it fosters charitable giving in the community, and supports the employment opportunities that small businesses provide.

Small businesses far exceed big businesses when it comes to charitable donations to nonprofits and community causes, giving 250 percent more, according to the DBA website. It also states that roughly 40 percent of all retail jobs in the United States exist thanks to small businesses and small franchise businesses employing approximately eight million people across the country.

“Small Business Saturday celebrates the essence of the Big Sky business community,” wrote Big Sky Chamber of Commerce Membership Director Margo Magnant in a Nov. 7 email. “We are largely a collection of independent businesses choosing to work and live in this beautiful, unique setting. For the chamber, this event is a chance to bring our local residents and visitors alike together to kick off the holiday shopping season right here in our community.”

Last year, 32 Big Sky businesses, ranging from boutiques to breweries, participated in the event.

“Small Business Saturday has been a great kick-off to the holiday shopping season for Ari O Jewelry,” said Ari O Jewelry owner Ariane Coleman. Her workshop is connected to her gallery, allowing customers to observe the jewelry-making process, as well as learn the story behind any piece of jewelry they are drawn to.

To find Christmas deals while supporting the local economy, look no further than the surrounding community on Saturday, Nov. 25.

For more information or to become a participating business email info@bigskychamber.com or call (406) 995-3000.