Who is that Montana Chick?

“I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love.”

— John Steinbeck.
Ken and I on the Yellowstone River

Welcome to Montana Chick! My name is Mandi and I live on a ranch in Hathaway, Montana on the Yellowstone River with my hubby, Ken and our rescue pup, JackJack. I’m recently “retired.” I’ve spent the past 18 years building a business that included distribution of Made in Montana products (among others) throughout Eastern Montana and other areas of the state, a Made in Montana retail and online business (, a shipping center (think UPS, US Mail, Fed Ex), and a lunch counter that included 32 flavors of Wilcoxson’s ice cream (the BEST Made in Montana ice cream out there!). Are you starting to see why I’m the Montana Chick?

Now What?

As of August, 2019, I have sold all of the businesses I created. I firmly believe that Montanans create some of the coolest, most unique and amazingly delicious products, and that Montana is a place that gets into your soul. So… while I’m not completely sure where this blog will lead, I hope to share some of the products I’ve come to love, to introduce you to the great Montanans who create them, and to show you where you can adventure within our beautiful state and beyond.

Hitting the Road… with JackJack!

I’ve always been an adventurer at heart and I’ve been afflicted with a wicked case of wanderlust. Having been tied down to a business for the past 18 years, I’ve made it a goal to experience as many adventures (large and small) and put on as many miles as possible with my newfound freedom. Our kiddos are spread out from Oregon to Nevada to Western Montana – as are the rest of our family members. Therefore, we must drive at least a day or fly a few hours to spend time with our loved ones. And I do love a road trip! So I’ll be sharing where we go, along with some pics of our adventures and some of the products that make my life simpler and more enjoyable.

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