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Urban Farmer Boutique Dispensary has opened at 120 South Ave W. The dispensary has a wide selection of flower strains, edibles, concentrates and in house massage therapy. It also features a living wall vertical gardens as well as an environment curated mostly of reclaimed lumber from the historic mercantile building. It is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday noon-5 p.m. Visit 

The Montana Scene opened its fourth retail location at 101 E. Broadway. Other locations include Bigfork, Whitefish and Bozeman. The company has a focus of working with local artisans in Montana and features Montana made products. Melissa Bonnet is the owner and CEO. Hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m. Visit

New associates

Jeff Borchers has joined Windermere Real Estate as a real estate agent. Borchers has been involved in the financial part of home ownership having been a mortgage banker/self employed at his business The Real Deal for the past 25 years providing financing for clients. Borchers attended the University of Montana. Borchers can be reached at 406-880-4333 or

Susana Moore has joined EXIT Realty Bitterroot Valley as an agent.

Shannon Lukes has joined the First Montana Bank Commercial Lending team as vice president in Missoula. Lukes is a graduate of the University of Montana School of Business Administration and has been working in the Missoula banking community since 2004. She is active in many community and civic organizations, currently serving on The University of Montana Foundation Excellence Fund, and as president and founder of the Montana Diva Foundation. She is a part owner of Missoula Brewing Company.

Jared Wierson and Adam Slaght have the joined the sale team at Blackfoot as account excecutives. Wierson previously worked as assistant VP and commercial loan officer at Stockman’s Bank. Wierson can be reached at jwierson@blackfoot.comSlaght’s background is in education, software sales and marketing and the oil industry. Slaght can be reached at Blackfoot is a local leader in telecommunications products and services including Hosted IP Phone, Managed WAN and a full suite of Cloud and Broadband offerings. Visit

Laurel Vielle and Beth Diettert have joined the Resource Center team at Missoula Aging Services as call center specialists who directly assist older adult clients, their families and caretakers with a wide variety of needs. These include information, assistance and referrals to other programs and community resources. Vielle is a recent graduate of the University of Montana with a B.S. in community health and a minor in gerontology. Diettert has experience in administrative and customer service positions, most recently at the UM Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center.

Tatum Hoehn has joined the staff of PartnersCreative as an assistant account executive after completing a three-month public relations internship at the Missoula full-service marketing and communications agency. A recent graduate of the University of Montana’s master of business administration program, Hoehn manages client projects from their onset through to completion by setting schedules, streamlining financial details and ensuring goals are hit by moving components forward. Hoehn previously worked at Triple Creek Ranch and Montana World Trade Center.

Lauryn Wate has joined the staff of PartnersCreative as media coordinator after completing a 10-month internship at the Missoula full-service marketing and communications agency. Wate graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor of science in business management and business administration with an emphasis in marketing, and a certificate of digital marketing. At PartnersCreative, Wate supports the media department with a wide array of tasks for various clients, including researching media tactics, evaluating media opportunities, trafficking paid media to vendors and creating campaign reports.


Kris Hawkins was the Top Producer for the month of August. Hawkins specializes in residential real estate. She has been licensed since 2002 and is a Broker/Owner of Properties 2000.

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