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URBAN AFFAIRS 122 Main Street • Augusta, MT Augusta's Trove of Treasures LATIGO AND LACE: SiG MT 14 TEXT BY HOLLY MATKIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARA YOUNG NEIGHBORHOODS A U G U S T A M O N T A N A cooperative effort among six Augusta women – each with her own talents, interests and personal flair – resulted in the grand-opening of Latigo and Lace back in 1992. eir shop was a spectacular conglomeration of beautiful baubles and artwork that current owner Chris Levine adored. "I grew up loving that store," says Chris, whose mother was one of the shop's original employees. "Each of these ladies brought what they were passionate about to the store and that's what led to the eclectic mix we have today." Chris and her husband, Jason, purchased Latigo and Lace from the last of the six original owners in 2012. "She was going to close it," Chris recalls. "But I just couldn't imagine Augusta without it. e rest is history." Latigo and Lace is open daily om 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. You can also check them out on Instagram and Facebook. Phone: 562-3665 Lile has changed inside the shop over the past three decades with regards to the original owners' overall intention. Visitors to Latigo and Lace will find a stunning variety of bronzes, fine art, hand-craed Blackfeet beadwork, bronzes, custom clothing, and glasswork, among other unique treasures. "If it is something I want to own myself, that's the only way it comes in the door," Chris says. She works with around 300 different artists and consigners, approximately 80 percent of whom are from Montana. "It is just the best of the best in terms of Montana-made items," Chris explains. "Jewelry, poery, artwork, sculptures, custom furniture…Just really unique, one-of-a-kind things." Visitors are invited to enjoy a cappuccino as they peruse the expansive showroom, which also includes a selection of kids' books, whistles made of bison bone, leather baby moccasins, and other great finds. "Everyone who walks in is happy to be there and it is really fun. ere is so much positivity – everything is always new and bright and beautiful," Chris marvels. She especially loves seeing how surprised customers are with the selection she has curated. "e most common thing people say is 'oh my gosh, I didn't expect to find a place like this in this tiny lile town,'" she laughs. "People are realizing that it is important to support the people around them and it is great to be a part of that. When people purchase from us, they are also helping support those Montana artists." A You'll find an eclectic array of Montana-made goods. Current owner Chris Levine has been enamored by the shop since she was a little girl. Latigo & Lace's classic western storefront is a welcoming Main Street attraction.

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