I had the great pleasure of doing some photography work for McGough Jewelry in Whitefish Montana as part of some advertising in a local magazine and ended up with some great photographs of our model Andrea. I came in after hours and I set up a quick folding background with classic beauty lighting, turned up the music and we had a blast photographing right there in their Central Avenue storefront! If your looking for an engagement ring, wedding band or just some amazing and beautiful jewelry give them a call at 406-862-9199 or take a look at their website www.mcgoughandco.com
~ Thank you Sam, Donna, Stacey and Andrea. I had a blast!
McGough & Co owner , jeweler Sam McGough, has a jewelry emporium in Whitefish that must be seen to be believed. He’s got a gem of an enterprise and a gem of a story.
Twenty-one miles from Whitefish, out in the country, this life up here fits me just fine. I love Montana.
“We sold our Arizona business, retired in 1985 and moved to Whitefish,” he continues. “It took us about a year to get everything settled and then I went gold mining for a year, then went to Mexico and then worked on the house here for two years. Then I got bored, so I started Tomahawk Trading Company in 1989 (which we have recently re-branded McGough & Co). I bought the building that we’re in now in 1990 and three years ago opened Mountain Gems up on Big Mountain.
“We have the largest and widest selection of jewelry in Montana,” Sam states, “and I give people the best price they’ll ever see on jewelry. I buy from the largest stone dealers and cutters in the world and I sell all jewelry 30% to 50% below retail. We stock thousands of stones including Montana Yogos, the finest sapphires in the world.”
“Our main business is jewelry” Sam explains,”but we do have quite a few unique gift items – art, candles, Indian artifacts, Indian Kachinas, pottery and bronzes.
“The customer is king,”Sam smiles.”We treat people like we like to be treated. We have fun with people and treat them fairly and honestly. There’re no sales gimmicks or hidden agendas. It’s all out front. We only do top quality products and they get a great deal and great service.”
“I’m a very happy guy,”he laughs.”I’m very lucky. I have a great family. I love life. I love people. I’ve made a lot of friends in the jewelry business. I’ve had people come back nine years later and say, “We had a wonderful experience in your store. We’ve never forgotten it.'”
Sam’s jewelry shopping advice: “If you don’t buy from us, we both lose money.”
Story by Patrice Manger Community Crossroads
Kalispell Senior Photographers – Kelsey Lynn – Glacier High Class of 2013
Our senior photography sessions are starting to get cold! Rain, hail and snow put a bit of a damper on our first attempt at senior portraits for Kelsey so we headed inside for a few photos and agreed to meet again in a couple of days when the weather was supposed to be a little better and get some outside shots with the fall colors.
Kelsey is such a beautiful girl on the inside and out…sweet as can be and a delight to photograph! She is thinking about continuing school in Missoula and considering a future in nursing or perhaps in hair and makeup artistry. Kelsey I hope that your senior year is fantastic. I had such a great time during our photo session, thank you!
Kalispell Senior Photographers – Kat Champion – Glacier High Class 2013
Kat was a dream to photograph…she was just her sweet wonderful self. She laughed a bunch and let herself have a great time. Amazingly she was able to forget about the fact that it was freezing cold out (32 degrees) for most of the session.