Bent & Rusty Barn Sale South of Laramie

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of Laramie has lots happening!

Out & About around Southeast Wyoming today (July 16)?

Check out Laramie’s The Bent & Rusty Cotton Company‘s Barn Sale! “The Bent & Rusty Barn Sale is open early. 10% OFF your entire purchase. Located at 4733 West End Road. Head South out of Laramie on US HWY 287 for 1.5 miles and follow the colorful flags and Barn Sale signs. Call 307-760-4139 for questions.” They have really fun & unique items & decor!

The Bent & Rusty Cotton Company has regular barn sales like this one – stay tuned to their website & Facebook page for information on the next one!


Visit their Downtown Laramie store at 117 E Grand Ave!

Check out their Jennifer Casebeer’s Pop Up Art Gallery, July 21-23!

“Bring your old barn door, gate, rusty corrugated tin, rusty tractor fender and have Jennifer Casebeer paint cowboy boots, cattle, roosters and more on it. Talented acrylic paint artist that brings life to your favorite western art with the relics of the past as her canvas. Mark your calendar!!”

View their Facebook event page

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Visit Bent & Rusty's Downtown Laramie  location at 117 E. Grand Ave!
Visit Bent & Rusty’s Downtown Laramie location at 117 E. Grand Ave!


SHOP WYOMING: Laramie’s Curiosity Shoppe Cool Gifts for Dad (or you!)

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Laramie, Wyoming

206 S. 2nd St. Historic Downtown Laramie

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We really dig shopping at the Curiosity Shoppe, a treasure trove of Laramie gifts. The location is a long-time Laramie staple, a Hallmark store that does so much more and today has evolved into a hip locale to find your favorite people a kickin’ gift. New owners Alec & Jodi Shea bring their passion and community drive to the store, and it shows when you walk in the door. Alec knows his customers, their families, their careers, their hobbies … and if he’s out hitting some awesome Wyoming water way or coaching a Little League game (yup, he’s multi-talented), the lovely Kristen is a wealth of information and help.

The store carries Alex and Ani, as well as a wide variety of Wyoming-made products and Pandora jewelry and home decor. Just a sampling of what they have to offer follows … along with a new giveaway shared June 15 …

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WY FOODIE: Laramie’s Chalk ‘n Cheese Begins Platter & Wine Flight Nights & Much More!




We are so excited for Laramie’s Chalk ‘n Cheese, located in Historic Downtown Laramie at 209-211 S. 2nd St. (Yes, you read that right – walk through the lovely brick archway between the two buildings for lots of gourmet yumminess + antiques!) Cyndi & Misty, the two energetic & fun-loving owners of Chalk ‘n Cheese, were the recipients of the latest retail liquor license awarded in Laramie, and they are putting it to fabulous use! Starting in March 2016, enjoy Meat & Cheese Platter Nights, PLUS W ine Flights, where these two lovely foodies will assemble a scrumptious tasting for you! These nights will fall often on Thursdays & Fridays, but also stay tuned for their special events such as full, multi-course dinners and CHARMED events (which I can’t spoil the surprise on those, they must be experienced to understand!). Be sure to RSVP – see contact info below!

Be sure to spin by and check out their array of fine wines & liquors for sale, including many Wyoming-made brands. They have creative ideas for cocktail pairings, and can help you find the right combinations you’re looking for! Be sure to come back after you’ve sampled your purchases and write your favorites on their wall … and check out their beautiful display features, refurbished out of previously loved antique pieces!

Visit Chalk ‘n Cheese online , or give them a call with questions or to RSVP for an event/platter night at 307.742.1800.  And if you haven’t liked them on Facebook already, please do so so you can stay up-to-the-minute with events & specials!







SHOP WYO: The Bent & Rusty Cotton Company, Laramie, WY

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Bent Rusty Cotton Company1 14We love The Bent & Rusty Cotton Company in Downtown Laramie! Be sure to keep up with their Facebook page for their regular barn sales (next one, November 28!), sales & specials!  Also … find your favorite Dead Drift Fly apparel in store! When you’re in Laramie, be sure to eat at J’s Steakhouse in Laramie, and enjoy (and SHOP!) Bent & Rusty while there! Below is just a little taste of what you can find in their shop at 117 E. Grand Avenue in Historic Downtown Laramie!

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The Bent & Rusty Cotton Company

Address:  117 E. Grand Avenue  — Laramie, Wy

Phone:  307.460.9265




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WY Main Streets: Rawlins DDA/Main Street Wins National Award; Downtown Laramie Depot Restoration Fundraiser

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From the Wyoming Business Council:  Rawlins wins 2015 Great American Main Street Award


ATLANTA – Rawlins today became the first community in the northern Rocky Mountain region to win the prestigious Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA).

Rawlins Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Executive Director Pam Thayer and staff along with board of directors, city council and Junior Main Street members, and downtown business owners and volunteers will officially receive the award during today’s opening plenary between 2 and 4 p.m. MDT at the 2015 National Main Streets Conference in Atlanta.

Thayer launched Rawlins’ Main Street efforts in 2006.



”Nine years ago it was overwhelming, but as we moved through the steps, it became a little clearer,” Thayer said. ”And sitting through these classes (at the National Main Streets conference), all I can think about is how much more work we have to do.

”For me, the award represents filling up our tank. It’s getting the gas to keep us moving forward.”

Rawlins was a GAMSA semifinalist last year, a first for a Wyoming Main Street program member, and was given the inaugural One to Watch award. Wyoming Main Street is a Wyoming Business Council program.

“We are so proud Wyoming is home to the first GAMSA recipient in the northern Rocky Mountain region,” Business Council Chief Executive Officer Shawn Reese said. “Rawlins is an outstanding example of how a community can work together to achieve downtown development and enhanced quality of life.”

The National Main Street Center (NMSC) was created in 1980 as a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the NMSC recognizes the country’s best examples of comprehensive commercial district revitalization. Winners are selected from a nationwide pool of applicants by a national jury. Criteria include strength of the Main Street in creating an exciting place to live, work, play and visit; commitment to historic preservation; implementation of model partnerships, and demonstrated success of the Main Street Four-Point Approach®. There are more than 2,000 Main Street communities across the country.


“We are honored to receive this level of recognition,” Rawlins Mayor Robert Grauberger said. “All the hard work from Pam Thayer, the board of directors, and the volunteers, plus the support from the businesses, the community and the City of Rawlins are the reasons we have won this award. We are very proud.”

The town of about 10,000 people is located along Interstate 80 in south-central Wyoming. It was founded in 1867 when surveyors for the transcontinental railroad stopped for water. Hard times hit in the late 1990s and the downtown vacancy rate topped 50 percent. Since Rawlins joined the Wyoming Main Street program nine years ago, the downtown building vacancy rate dropped from 45 percent to 10 percent and 59 private and public rehabilitation projects were completed. The total dollars reinvested in the downtown district since 2008 is about $8.5 million.

Evidence of Rawlins’ can-do spirit is seen in the rehabilitation of the badly deteriorated Rainbow Te-ton buildings, which the Rawlins DDA/Main Street converted into an entrepreneurial center, and the Carbon Mercantile, a community-owned clothing store.

Since the 2014 National Main Streets Conference in Detroit, Rawlins completed a downtown streetscaping project, a public art sculpture project and passed an ordinance that changed the district’s zoning to allow for downtown living.

“Rawlins is a textbook example of how the health of a Main Street is so closely tied to the health of its small businesses,” National Main Street Center President and CEO Patrice Frey said. “Rawlins DDA/Main Street has done a tremendous job of nurturing existing businesses, attracting new enterprise and fostering a true entrepreneurial spirit.

“With the DDA/Main Street now set on creating more downtown housing and façade improvements, we have no doubt Rawlins will only continue to grow and thrive.”

For more information about the Wyoming Main Street program, contact Program Manager Linda Klinck at 307-777-2934 or


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When the Laramie Depot was originally built, in 1924, the drains from the roof emptied into a cistern under the depot. The cistern, in turn, emptied into the city sewer.

Eventually the city had the cistern disconnected from the sewer, and french drains were installed under the downspouts.   The drains have filled up, and are no longer working, so the runoff is degrading and compacting the soil under the brickwork.

We have an engineering study in hand which lays out a plan to install drainage gutters to adequately drain the water away from the foundation of our depot. In order to install the gutters, we will be removing the brickwork, and excavating the soil that is compacting. We will replace the excavated soil with compacted base, graded away from the depot before we install the finishing layer.

We would appreciate any and all help that we can get to repair our depot.

Thank you for your interest!

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Shop Wyoming: Chalk ‘n Cheese

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Click to connect and preregister for the Sweetwater County Bridal Expo, February 7 in Downtown Rock Springs at the Freight Station, 603 S. Main Street, from 12-4 PM!

Yesterday I visited Chalk n’ Cheese, a delightful specialty shop inside the original Copper Kettle & Antique Fever on South 2nd Street in Downtown Laramie… and picked myself up an equally delightful bottle of raspberry balsamic vinegar AND peppermint fudge sauce. Dinner was complete.

Check out their supply of unique food items, cookware and beautiful antiques to house all of your lovely purchases! Also sign up for their newsletter, where you can learn more about the cooking classes and special events, such as their Valentine’s Day event with food, wine and dessert. Sign us up!

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I chose a delightful bottle of raspberry balsamic and a lovely jar of peppermint fudge sauce…

ON THE CALENDAR: July 19, 2013

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ROCK SPRINGS: National High School Finals Rodeo Continues — through July 20

Sweetwater County and the Events Complex will be hosting 1,500+ competitors from 41 US states as well as 5 Provinces in Canada and Australia for the National High School Finals Rodeo, 2012-2015.  The National High School Rodeo Finals is the largest rodeo in the world with 13 performances over 7 days.  Sweetwater County is expected to realize an economic impact of $7-$8 million each year with attendance for the 13 performances topping 100,000

If you’re planning on attending the National High School Rodeo Finals, be sure and check out theirLodging page for a full list of area hotels, motels and campgrounds. Visit the complex’s website for a schedule of events!

CHEYENNE:  Cheyenne Frontier Days — July 19-28

Here we go, Cheyenne — CFD is HERE!!! This annual event, the Daddy of ‘Em All, brings visitors from throughout the globe to the state’s capitol. Visit their website for all the details — schedule, events, concerts, carnivals, pancake breakfasts, parades, and of course…RODEO!!!!!  Thanks to our official photographer, Don Christner of Cheyenne & our friend Cliff Cox, who will be providing us with all sorts of great images!

EVANSTON: Evanson Brew Fest — July 20

The Evanston Main Street’s Brew Fest is a huge annual event! Enjoy brew from local Suds Bros., New Belgium, Blue Moon and many more! July 20, 1-5 PM — with food,  music and fun added in! Depot Square, Downtown Evanston. Music, food & vendors will be open on Main Street from 1-10 PM. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the gate — click here for more info!

DUBOIS — National Day of the Cowboy — July 26-27

Lots of western fun to be had at this great annual event! This year, Longmire fans rejoice! They’ll be incorporating a tip of the hat to WY author Craig Johnson & will feature autographed Longmire Books, bumper stickers & a Red Pony Saloon ball cap or 2 in our NDOC celebration on July 27th. Thank you to Julie @ Two Ocean Books for making all the arrangements! Visit the National Day of the Cowboy Dubois website for more info on this event!

CASPER — Casper Air Modelers Fun Fly — July 26-28

Regional Fun Fly for RC Plane Enthusiasts and Spectators

Starting Friday July 26th and continuing through Sunday July 28th, Casper Air Modelers are excited to announce the 2013 Annual Fun Fly and RC Aircraft Fly In. The fly in weekend will provide a great opportunity for air modelers around the region to showcase their models, machines and skills. All ages are welcomed to attend and view model aircraft, flying demonstrations and talk with experts about radio controlled aircraft. Their will be aircraft of all types, shapes and sizes such as large scale airplanes up to 10′ wing spans, micro electric RC aircraft, electric and gas operated helicopters and everything in between. RC pilots are welcomed to attend and fly but an AMA membership is required to conform to insurance regulations. The Casper Air Modelers facility is located just north of the Casper Events Center and just west of the motocross track north of Casper. Models will be on display and flying will be done weather permitting from 8am to 8pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.Visit their website for more information!

LARAMIE: Downtown Laramie Mural Project — through July 21

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Over the last few weeks the Laramie Mural Project has seen the Laramie community come together in support of local public art. From a tiny seed and a hopeful vision, this project has grown into something we can all be proud of! Now that in the home stretch, they are continuing to share their enthusiasm for this project. They’re aiming to meet their goal of $15,000 by July 21 — if they are not able to reach our goal of $15,000 by July 21, we will not receive any of the pledges and this will be the last summer for the Laramie Mural Project (insert sad face here).

Contact the Laramie Main Street Alliance at 307-760-3355  and visit the project’s website for more information and/or to make a pledge — they are soooooooooooooo close!

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JACKSON HOLE: T.A. Moulton Barn Anniversary Celebration — July 20

Visit our blog post on the T.A. Moulton Barn Anniversary Celebration for more details — and if you have an image of the barn, please submit it for our upcoming digital publication spotlighting the history of this historic Wyoming icon! More details on the blog… 

LANDER: Riverfest — July 27

The Lander Art Center will host the 5th Annual Riverfest Art and Music in the Park

Saturday, July 27th
9:30am-8pm in Lander City Park.

Spend the day in Lander’s beautiful city park enjoying great art, live music, fun activities, and delicious food and drink! This event offers 30 booths of high quality original artwork from local and regional artists. Artwork includes jewelry, metal, woodworking, painting, photography, leather work, ceramics, fiber and paper arts.

There will be artist demonstrations, art activities and face painting from the Lander Art Center and an activity from the Lander Children’s Museum.

This year’s performances include:

Youth dance led by Jackson Hole Dancers Workshop

Buffalo Bill Boycott Band, Lander WY

Drag the River, Fort Collins CO

Chanman Roots Band, Jackson WY
Entry $5, kids free
All proceeds support the Lander Art Center in putting on this event.

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FORT LARAMIE:  75th Anniversary of National Monument Status Celebration

The Park will be celebrating 75 years since it was proclaimed a National Monument by President Franklin Roosevelt on July 16, 1938.  The inclusion of Fort Laramie in the National Park System was the culmination of years of hard work by interested local citizens who recognized the hugely significant role that Fort Laramie played in the shaping of the United States of America.  Park Superintendent Mitzi Frank pointed out that it is impossible to pick up a book about history of 19th century America and fail to find the name “Fort Laramie” prominently featured.

Visit the park on Saturday, July 20 to celebrate this momentous anniversary! Click here for more information on this historic Wyoming treasure.

ON THE CALENDAR: March 22, 2013


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CHEYENNE: WY State Museum New Exhibit

From Arts Cheyenne:  “Wyoming Passage,” a new temporary exhibit utilizing contemporary photographs and paintings, has opened at the Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne. The exhibit combines images relating to transportation and the varied Wyoming landscape.

Visit Arts Cheyenne online for more information!


CASPER: Casper College Dance Classes


ROCK SPRINGS — Community Fine Arts Center Celebrates Youth Art Month

From the Community F.A. Center:  YOUTH ART MONTH Student Exhibits have started at the Community Fine Arts Center! Rock Springs Junior High art students filled the gallery with great art through March 16th. Now the Rock Springs and Independence High Schools art students’ work is on display through March 30.


CAPSER — Nicolaysen Art Museum classes for April 2013

CHEYENNE — Mark your calendars! 17th Street Arts Festival

The 17th Street Arts Festival will be held August 16-17, 2013 in Cheyenne — stay tuned to Arts Cheyenne’s website or Facebook page for more info as it approaches!

LARAMIE — Downtown Laramie in need of summer volunteers!

From Downtown Laramie:  “Volunteers needed! Planning has begun for summer’s hottest events! If you’d like to be a part of Farmer’s Market, Brewfest or Laramie Jubilee Days, either as a sponsor or volunteer, contact us at for a list of opportunities. We are looking for volunteers with a variety of skills, from marketing, education, design, management and outreach to assist in organizing these events.”


ON THE TABLE — foodie news from Wyoming…

ELK MOUNTAIN — Elk Mountain Hotel Easter event

Easter Sunday Luncheon at the Elk Mountain Hotel is set to be scrumptious! Menu is below — be sure to contact them if you have food allergies/intolerance so they can design a delicious menu just for you.

To beginspiced popcorn & pretzel mix, chicken soup with a herb biscuit, Easter spring salad

mesquite rubbed flank stank  — served with lime chipotle butter, steak fries & vegetable 27.5

spiced honey & pineapple glazed roast ham — served with mashed potatoes or apricot rice & vegetable 24.75

Mediterranean braised lamb  — served with apricot rice & vegetable 26.95

grilled salmon — served with wild rice & cranberry, ginger & herb relish 22.5

Easter dessert — classic dark chocolate mousse & chocolate dipped strawberries 5.99

Children’s menu (ages 5-10) — chicken fingers & fries, vegetable, salad, chocolate mousse 

20% gratuity added to parties of 6+; splitplate charge 5.00

Visit their website for more information.


LARAMIE — Altitude & Lovejoy Specials

marinated chicken breast — served over roasted artichoke and lemon scalloped potato gratin. Finished with roasted cranberries and brussel sprouts. 15.

hickory smoked salmon — paired with couscous studded with zucchini, squash and grape tomatoes. Topped with a creamy honey and red pepper sauce. 16.5

pub sirloin — six ounce cut of Certified Angus Beef® sirloin, grilled to your liking; served with hand made hop-infused pasta with a stone ground mustard sauce. 17.

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portuguese chicken wings — plump chicken wings drenched in a spicy Portuguese pepper sauce. Served with your choice of ranch or bleu cheese dressing for dipping. 8.

hillbilly philly — sliced beef, sauteed mushrooms, banana peppers and onions tossed in our signature hobo sauce. Tucked in a hoagie and topped with melted pepperjack cheese. Served with fried, chips and salsa, creamy mashers, cottage cheese or a dinner salad. 9.

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Wyoming Whiskey makes a video appearance

John Kirlin and the High Plains Drifters included Wyoming’s own bourbon in their new video… take a look!  


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Presented by the Wyoming Business Council and the University of Wyoming College of Business, the level one seminar is a valuable opportunity for business education. Contact Cyndi Garretson-Weibel for more information:


Born in a Barn was created by Shelley Kinnison and Jill Chase to support our serious addiction to refinished, refurbished, repurposed, refreshed, reused, handcrafted, from the heart “stuff”. Luckily, we have found some others with similar issues and they have been invited too!! All of the vendors at Born in a Barn have been carefully selected and they can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary!! This year we are adding a food court full of yummy treats!! Join us Friday, September 14th and Saturday, September 15th we will open the gates at 10:00; there is plenty of parking in the field and Barn Boys to help cart your treasures away. Join us at 415 Highway 14 for our second annual Born in a Barn Sale!!

If you are interested in applying to be a vendor please contact us at, or We will need to see photos of your products and booth set up if you have them.


Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis, the Wyoming Business Council and the Wyoming Department of Enterprise Technology Services invite you to the Wyoming Broadband Summit at the Little America Hotel and Convention Center in Cheyenne Oct. 23, 2012. Join the effort to address broadband expansion, adoption, innovation and opportunities to build a faster, connected future for Wyoming. For more information, contact Troy Babbitt, Enterprise Broadband Coordinator, Wyoming Department of Enterprise Technology Services, at 307.777.5648 or email

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Check out the website for schedule and lots of info on this annual fun event put on by the Sundance Chain Gang Mountain Bike Association! 


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Check out the website for schedule and lots of info on this annual run, an ultra distance event included in the popular Black Hills Trail Running series.


With names like Huey Lewis & The News, Blinddog Smokin’ and Macy Gray, the Snowy Range Music Festival is gearing up to be another epic event! This annual festival has enjoyed regular growth and a HUGE response from locals and music fanatics nationwide. Head over to the Albany County Fairgrounds for a spectacular event! More info on the website  – click here!



From 5-9:30 PM at the Museum of the American West (Red Barn and Schoolhouse), enjoy music and lots of fun! Tickets $10, kids 12 & under are free.  Click here!


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With kickoff coming up September 8, Wyoming is gearing up for some Cowboy Football action! Check out their schedule for more info — GO WYO!!!

DOWNTOWN LARAMIE:  COWBOY FOOTBALL KICKOFF, SEPTEMBER 8:  Check out the Laramie Main Street website for more info — get your spirit on for the Pokes!

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Original tattoo designs at TRIBE tattoo in Cheyenne, with proceeds to benefit Black Dog Animal Rescue. Noon to 8PM. Walk-in only, first come, first serve. Visit for more details.

Black Dog Animal Rescue has a loveable pup in need of help! Jordyn is a sweet girl who has led a challenging life — do you or someone you know have a loving home for her? Read our blog post for more info on Jordyn and contact info for Black Dog Animal Rescue…



Calamari pasta   Cavatappi pasta topped with marinara sauce and lightly breaded and fried calamari. Served with your choice of a cup of soup or a dinner salad. 12.

buffalo chicken pizza  Eight-inch Italian pizza crust brushed with marinara sauce and topped with spicy buffalo chicken, banana peppers and melted mozzarella cheese. 9.

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appetizer special  Breaded and fried zucchini fingers served with a chipotle mayo sauce for dipping. 6.5

risotto  Creamy ricotta and asiago cheese risotto studded with chicken, mushrooms, tomatoes and fresh herbs. Drizzled with balsamic reduction. 14.

sirloin special  Eight ounce cut of Certified Angus Beef®  rubbed with garlic, onion, pepper and paprika. Served with roasted Yukon Gold potatoes and a North Carolina mustard bbq sauce. 18.

cod and shrimp scampi  Eight ounces of cod paired with shrimp scampi. Served over quinoa with fresh asparagus.15.

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SHERIDAN:  3rd Thursday for September — the last of the season! — September 20, Downtown Sheridan

This easy-to-remember festival, held every third Thursday from June through September, will be holding its last hurrah for 2012 on Thursday, September 20 in Downtown Sheridan. Enjoy live music, food vendors, farmers’ market, booths to browse through and of course, the downtown shops — all in one awesome street festival. It’s a popular event that brings the whole town out — you won’t want to miss it! Visit Downtown Sheridan Association or the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce for more info!


The Sheridan Chamber’s major fundraiser of the year will take place September 8 — enjoy the brew fest and as well as a BBQ competition brought forward by Pony Grill & Bar. Click here for the Sheridan Chamber’s website for advance ticket sales and more info…


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Have you purchased your Mistletoe Mosey button in Downtown Laramie yet? You can learn more about the program in our upcoming winter issue of Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine, but in the meantime, here’s some information about one of Dowtown Laramie’s energetic and successful programs that links the business owners together, as well as with the community!

Primed for an enthusiastic repeat of 2010’s success, the Mistletoe Mosey was launched on Black Friday (November 25) and will run until 6 PM on December 23.  The program is simple, and a lot of fun:  purchase a button with your favorite number on it, and search through 50 participating businesses (see the list in this blog; buttons can be purchased for $5 at any of these businesses).  Match the number on your button to the number displayed at one of the stores for a chance to win a $50 prize!  You’ll also be entered into a drawing for $1,000 in downtown gift certificates.  The Grand Prize Drawing will take place at the First Street Plaza in Downtown Laramie on December 24 at 11 AM.  Businesses will also be offering extended hours on Tuesdays during December – shop until 7 PM on these days for extra time to search for that number! Participating is easy and fun – plus you can take care of your holiday shopping and support the local economy at the same time.

As a thank you for shopping local, bring your gifts to the Laramie Main Street Alliance office at 207 Grand Avenue for FREE gift wrapping December 10 through 23, Monday through Saturday, 2 to 6 PM and December 24, 10 to 1 PM.

The Mistletoe Mosey is just one of the ways that Downtown Laramie celebrates the holidays.  The annual window decorating contest brings out the creativity in the local merchants; this year’s theme is ‘A Gem City Starlight Christmas’.  A nod to Laramie’s nickname, ‘Gem City of the Plains,’ the theme also extends to the annual Christmas parade as well.  “Pull out your decorations, find some creative helpers and go wild with lights!” encourages Laramie Main Street Alliance.  Judging will take place December 1 from 4:30-6 PM, and winners announced after the parade on December 2 from the First Street Plaza. Categories include:  Best Use of Theme, Most Original, Creative Use of Merchandise, Best Design, Most Welcoming, and Best Overall Design.

Be sure to visit Downtown Laramie on Facebook and if you’re in Laramie, get your button today! Whether you’re in Laramie or not, remember to SHOP LOCALLY and give your friends & neighbors your business whenever you can this  holiday season!


A Touch of Country  312 S 2nd St

Alexander’s Fine Jewelry 205 S 2nd St

Altitude Chophouse & Brewery 320 S 2nd St

Ambience Hair Design  218 E Ivinson St

Antique Fever  211 S 2nd St

Asparagus Printshop  216 Ivinson

Atmosphere Mountainworks  210 S 2nd St

Back of the Wagon Antiques  207 S 2nd St

Bank of the West 222 E Garfield St

Beaduwoo  223 E Garfield St.

Bella Home Boutique & Bakery  304 S 2nd St

Big Hollow Food Coop  119 S 1st St

Boomers BBQ  615 S 2nd St

Byrd’s Paradise  211 S 3rd St

Clure Brothers Furniture  520 S 2nd St

Coal Creek Coffee Co.  110 E Grand Ave

Connor Flower Shop  217 S 3rd St

Cowgirl Yarn  119 E Ivinson St

Curiosity Shoppe  206 S 2nd

D&L Music  114 E Grand Ave

Digital Blues, Inc. Printing  217 E Garfield St

Dodds Shoe Company  401 S 2nd St

First Interstate Bank  221 E Ivinson St

Hilton Garden Inn & UW Conference Center  2229 E Grand Ave

Killian Florist  312 S 3rd St

Laramie Plains Community Federal Credit Union  365 N 3rd St

Lovejoy’s Bar & Grill  101 E Grand Ave

Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano  100 E Ivinson St

Ludwig Photography  224 E Ivinson St

Maurices  308 S 2nd St

MiMi’s Consignment & Resale  158 N 2nd St

Mountain Valley Bridal  220 S 2nd St

Mountain Valley Properties  113 E Grand Ave

Muddy Paws  117 E Grand Ave

Night Heron Books  107 E Ivinson St

Poppy’s Flower Shop  119 Grand Ave

Quilt Essentials  314 S. 2nd St

Sensuous She  106 E Ivinson St

Snowy Range Vet Clinic  3025 Fort Sanders Rd

Spic & Span Laundromat  272 N 4th St

Spine & Injury Clinic of Laramie  409 S 4th St

Sweet Melissa’s Cafe  213 S 1st St

Sweet Pickles  117 E Ivinson St

The Chocolate Cellar  113 Ivinson Ave.

The Copper Kettle  209 S 2nd St

The Grounds Internet & Coffee Lounge  171 N 3rd St

The Laramie Boomerang  320 Grand Ave.

The Music Box  300 S 2nd St

The Pedal House  207 S 1st St

The Tutoring Club  502 S 3rd St

Undercover Waterbeds & Spa  400 S 2nd St

‘Til Next Time… I’m so excited about, and proud of, what our local downtown districts do around Wyoming!

Kati Hime, Editor

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