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Women-Owned Business Tour Featuring Alara + Bozeman Spirits Distillery

Upcoming Dates & Times

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Montana Women's Business Center and Downtown Bozeman Association present the Downtown Women-Owned Business Tour featuring Alara + Bozeman Spirits Distillery

Join us for a walking business tour of two women-owned businesses. Each woman business owner will share her experience with operating a business, growth stories, challenges and how recognizing opportunity has flourished the business. During this tour, we will have adequate time for networking and shopping at each business.

When: Wednesday, December 7, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Meet at Alara, 42 West Main Street - Bozeman

No Charge, Space is limited to 30

REGISTER HERE by December 6

Alara was born in July 2004.  At that point, Alara's founder, Babs Noelle, had already two decades of experience in the jewelry industry:  master jeweler,  wholesaler/distributor, retailer in two different large cities, collaborator with and curator of the work of numerous other jewelry artists.  

Learning to attract talented team members, and motivating them to lend their creativity and vision to Alara is what has kept the gallery fresh.  Experience is a teacher; but novelty and excitement are best generated in tandem with a diverse team of creative thinkers.  In the case of Alara, many of our creative thinkers are metalsmiths in their own right.

Alara continues to put ethics and art before "the mighty dollar" and commodity.  While using recycled gold and upcycled diamonds are on trend today, these are things Babs has been doing since the early 90s.  Today's Alara has also assumed the mantle of a leader in the jewelry industry on the issue of child labor, by refusing to sell any gems or jewelry from countries known for using child labor.

Our overriding mission is to offer artisan jewelry and gemstones, with materials ranging from fine to humble, well-known to obscure; in an environment that is playful and fun, but backed up by technical expertise and guided by "bigger-than-us" ethics.   

Mary Pat was born and raised in Miles City, MT then moved to Bozeman to attend Montana State University.  She has a passion for building Montana business and has done so with past businesses like Outside Bozeman Magazine.  Now, new sights on a larger scale, Bozeman Spirits Distillery. Hoping to help grow Montana jobs by supporting Agriculture, Manufacturing and tourism, you can tell by her enthusiasm and heart,  wants the best for Montana.  Mary Pat Harris and her husband Jim, have been working hard the past few years, to help put Montana on the map for Distilling Spirits, more especially, Montana 1889 Whiskey, Cold Spring Huckleberry Vodka and Ruby River Gin.

 “[If we] got everybody who’s involved on a daily, monthly, yearly basis and took a photo of all of them at once, there would be hundreds of people,” Harris says. “From the grain we get, to the bottle, to everything that comes through here, there’s a lot of Montana behind it.”  Montana 1889 Whiskey is currently made from Montana Barley, Montana Rye and corn and aged in American White Oak barrels and they produce Montana Cold Spring Huckleberry Vodka, which is made with a special recipe that took them about a year to perfect.  “We wanted a true 80 proof Huckleberry Vodka and I think we did a pretty darn good job with our recipe.”  They also have Ruby River Gin, Cold Spring Lemon Vodka, and Prairie Schooner Rum.

Mary Pat travels the entire state to head up all sales and marketing with liquor stores and restaurants, and then when off the road, is on the bottling line, working on barrels, and working with local community non-profits as she can along with their 2 sons. 

"Sometimes it can be challenging to work in partnership with your spouse, but it also makes you grow in ways that you wouldn't otherwise... It's a family business, and something we hope to grow and pass down to our children. "