The Ultimate Shop Local Gift Guide

It’s our favorite time of year! Owenhouse Ace is your one-stop-shop for holiday gift ideas for the whole family. Plus, not only are you supporting locally owned and operated Owenhouse Ace Hardware, you are supporting locally made Bozeman products & local businesses, as well!

Alpacas of Montana have set up their annual pop-up shop at both Owenhouse Ace locations again this year. We love their scarves, socks and other alpaca wool products. Year-round we sell the artistic creations of Mountain Arts Pottery, the delicious treats of Béquet Confections, LLC, and the playful pet supplies from West Paw. Looking to make a big impact under the tree this year? Shop local for men or women with our selection of Permafrost Coolers.

These locally owned businesses near you appreciate your continued support with these Christmas gift ideas for 2020! Looking for unique presents? Be sure to check out our housewares department and our pet department for fun local gifts. Need last-minute decorations? Don’t forget about our seasonal Christmas department! One-stop at Owenhouse Ace and you’ll have the house decorated and Christmas gifts under the tree.

Alpacas of Montana

Alpacas of Montana are back this holiday season with their Owenhouse Ace Hardware pop-up shop. The beautiful alpaca clothing and accessories are not only fashionable but incredibly functional! Soft as cashmere, warmer than wool and hypoallergenic, they offer hundreds of unique designs and styles of products. Perfect for Bozeman weather year-round! Plus, those cute alpacas from their alpaca farm are a highlight of our year when they visit!

We recently asked founders James and Sarah about how they got started as alpaca farmers and what their favorite products are. Learn more about their story here. Sarah’s favorite products are the extra cushion socks for warm and cozy feet year-round. James is most excited about their new base layer and thermal layer pullovers for men and women. The pullovers breathe and keep you warm and comfortable in a variety of different climates. Check out all the unique products for yourself at Owenhouse Ace!

alpaca wool hats sold at owenhouse ace hardware - Bozeman, Montana

Mountain Arts Pottery

Since 1980, Mountain Arts Pottery has been creating handmade stoneware pottery in Bozeman, Montana. We sell a variety of their medallion mugs at the Downtown Owenhouse Ace location. A family business passed down from one generation to the next, David and Jennie Lockie started Mountain Arts Pottery amid nationwide financial uncertainty in 1979 after their excavation business had to close when the industry collapsed due to high-interest rates.

Having taken a few classes and being naturally talented with his hands, Dave took to throwing pottery right away. After a big order from Yellowstone National Park came in, they decided to go all-in on making Mountain Arts Pottery a successful business venture.

Today, Mountain Arts Pottery shares space with The Coffee Pot Bakery Café, where award-winning cinnamon rolls and signature coffee are served. Visitors enjoy the charm of the Montana log cabin, browse pottery and fine crafts made by Montana artisans, tour the working handmade pottery studio and delight in an extensive menu at the Café. We love their story and are proud to sell Mountain Arts Pottery mugs at our Downtown store!

Permafrost Coolers

Win the best Christmas gift award this year by gifting a locally owned Permafrost Cooler. Created in a range of colors and sizes, Permafrost Coolers will be an outdoor adventure essential in 2021! Founded by two guys in Bozeman who enjoy the great outdoors and saw a gap in the ice cooler industry that needed to be fixed, their high-end coolers incorporate essential cutting-edge performance features.

Some of these features include superior thermal properties, IGBC bear-proof certifications, padded-grip handles, an oversized drain plug attached via a chain, a push-button air-release for easy draining, a cutting board that also serves as a divider, and more!

They also manufacture Permafrost tumblers to keep your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold, a stocking stuffer anyone in the family would love! Available in 3 sizes; 12 oz, 16 oz and 20 oz, their grey and pink tumbles will be a hit with your favorite water, coffee or beer drinker!

 

West Paw

Your pup is going to love anything you get them this holiday season! We spoil our pets year-round but especially during the holidays. Getting your pup (or pups, if you’re lucky) a gift from West Paw is sure to make you their favorite human ever.

West Paw has been a Bozeman family owned and operated business designing, manufacturing, and shipping products for dogs since 1996. Pets are a huge part of our family here at Owenhouse Ace and West Paw is without question our dog’s best friend!

An environmentally conscious company, West Paw has diverted over 15 million water bottles from landfills to be used in dog beds, indestructible dog toys, collars, and leashes. The West Paw Zogoflex dog toys are a zero waste product – each one contains recycled West Paw dog toys! Customers are invited to send back their used dog toys for a type of “dog toy recycling program” where West Paw will clean, grind & turn them back into new toys!

Béquet Confections, LLC

Treat yourself or your loved ones to the local Montana gift of salted caramel that melts in your mouth! We can’t resist that buttery caramel flavor and we know you will love the 13 varieties Béquet has for the sweet tooth in all of us! From mint to sea-salt, green apple to espresso, they have a flavor everyone will love.

Robin Béquet started making caramel candy for her friends and family as a hobby she enjoyed. When the telecom crash of 2001 ended her 25-year career in technology, she realized her hobby could be a second career in the making. She conducted multiple blind taste testings against other artisan caramels and found that 17 out of 18 adults preferred Béquet Caramels!

Since 2001 the company has continued to grow, winning 9 national awards and being carried in more than 1,000 gourmet stores across the nation. Béquet always has the customer in mind so they have different options at different price points. Their caramels can be purchased in individual pieces, different sized gift bags, or in large gift baskets. We are proud to sell Béquet Confections in our Owenhouse Ace stores!


 

Shopping local for your holiday gifts this year has an even bigger impact than in previous Christmas seasons. Stimulating our local Bozeman economy, directly helping our neighbors and creating a positive, healthy shopping experience to build on in 2021. We love the history behind each of these local brands and are proud to sell their products in our Owenhouse Ace Hardware stores. Take the time to visit their websites and learn more about how each of these companies got started, it might inspire you to start your own Bozeman small business!

 

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