DOWNTOWN SHOPPING: SARA & RYAN BERWEGER
Flair Gifts & Cards
- Visit all the different downtown areas of the valley, the shops, the restaurants, the breweries
After spending the summer of 2005 in Glacier National Park, the first stop on a planned countrywide trip, Sara and Ryan Berweger never left. They had found their new home and decided they didn’t need to look anywhere else. The couple worked at the West Glacier Mercantile for the next 10 years. Inspired by other travels and shopping experiences at stores selling unique, locally made items, Sara and Ryan opened their own store in 2014 — naming it Flair Gifts & Cards. They liked the casual, friendly vibe of downtown Kalispell and wanted to be a part of its resurgence, so they set up shop on 2nd Street East in the historic Kalispell Mercantile (KM) building, later moving their store to 123 Main Street. Sara and Ryan handpick all their merchandise and the shop’s become the go-to place for small, cool gifts or items that are reasonably priced and offer something you can’t find anywhere else — including a very goofy selection of socks. They are passionate about carrying a wide array of Montana-made items, from huckleberry products made in Kalispell to T-shirts, jewelry and art. They sell whimsical animal prints by local artist Shelle Lindholm (featured in above photo) and photography by John Ashley, Glacier National Park wildlife biologist / professional photographer.
Flair Gifts & Cards is considered a destination itself, but visitors often come by just to see Ryan’s impressive 15 feet of flower boxes in front of the store. Ryan scours every local nursery for his installation of lime and orange flowers to match the store’s colors.