Meet Missoula by Mike Gillette

Buttercup Jacob and reflection.

The Buttercup Market and Cafe located at 1221 Helen Avenue is a magical gathering spot in the heart of the University District.  Named after Buttercup Jacob, Molly’s grandmother and the matriarch of a Helena dairy farm, her spirit is instilled into what the market and cafe actually is.  Buttercup was a Locavore before it was cool. She had the responsibility of feeding all of the hired hands and making everything from cheese to yogurt from scratch, using the best ingredients to get the best results.  A recipe for quality.

What makes strong communities like Missoula are the areas we hold in common; are able to gather and communicate with each other in person during a time when people are isolated. The market has a commitment to zero waste and conscious choice policies.  This means sourcing food from across Montana, leaving the smallest possible carbon footprint & getting to work with two legs and your heartbeat.

The building which houses the current businesses was built in 1914 as a market when this area was intended to be a commercial district.  Since then there have been zoning wars whose dust have recently settled enabling Buttercup to thrive as a made to order food service joint.  The place has a nostalgic vibe that harks back to Freddy’s Feed and Read, a co-op market and bookstore that was here from 1973 to 1998.  The best chefs in town all had come through the doors.  Many others had since tried their hand running a business at the address, and it was not until 2010 that the current ownership spent a full year renovating the building to its updated condition and had the zoning changed in 2013.

To be well liked and loved within your neighborhood seems to be a common element that threads it way through this town like the rivers.  The Buttercup has other functions than just serving coffee and tea or a fancy brunch on a man bun; it serves the current needs of the regular customers who frequent and depend on the place.  There is an area upstairs in the original apartment which can be rented by the hour, or day as an office or meeting room that has served the purpose of university classroom and political campaign headquarters.  An aged Wurlitzer piano sits in an adjoining room for anyone who feels the need to hammer away at the keys. The piano shares a room with a book binder who also shares with groups who meet to knit or discuss hot topics around the campfire.

Learn more about their menu and events at: http://www.thebuttercupmarket.com/

This business is currently FOR SALE and offers the best of the past and is set it up to succeed in the future.  Contact me for more information about this Windermere RE listing

Edited by – Hillary Logan


Posted on July 14, 2017 at 1:35 pm
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Lake Missoula Tea Company

Meet Missoula by Mike Gillette

Lake Missoula Tea Company

This isn’t just your grandma’s ordinary tea bar, it’s grandpas too.  Heather and Jake made sure that the concept of their tea bar was not gender specific.  In 2012, they tested out their idea as a closet shop in the upstairs of the Mason building on 136 E Broadway and were soon able to expand to the current downstairs location.  With a custom made bar, they hope to attract all types of customers in to try the tea experience and bring a globally recognized beverage to the community. Every visit to the bar is an educational experience.


Jake and Heather moved out of the shadows of Grant Creek and into the sunshine of Orchard Homes a few years ago.  They enjoy the benefit of “country living” with access to Reserve Street and all of its amenities.  Five minutes in the other direction past a few horse properties one finds himself at the confluence of our rivers. There you are. The thing they enjoy most about Mizoola is the mountains; however, Jake pipes up and says it is a mixture of the people and the place & how that affects everyone.


Their business has allowed them to travel to several continents in the pursuit of tea education and relationships.  They have made visits to plantations in Indonesia, Taiwan, China, London and Kenya.  They are the sole distributors of a hand rolled purple Kenyan that is the bomb and an Assam from Northern India.


The positive recognition they receive from the locals is proof that the idea is viable. In a town that is very aware of sustainable living and environmental concerns, people can take solace in the fact that they can be supporting such efforts as elephant habitat conservation; a connection they made with a wildlife biologist at the University and supported through the sale of the Bodo Black.


Stop by for a hot one on a cold day or a chilled one on a hot day and hear about their tea safaris and herbal adventures.  Find out more at http://lakemissoulateacompany.com

-Edited by Hillary Logan

Posted on May 26, 2017 at 3:51 pm
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