There really is no place like home, and for Printing for Less, that’s Livingston, Montana. Located in the southwest region of the state, right on the Yellowstone River, our outdoorsy backdrop serves as inspiration for our team and our business. We believe that great things come in small (paper) packages, and that’s why we prioritize carrying our small city vibes into how we work—from ensuring employees have a healthy work-life balance, to taking the time to stop and chat with customers like we would neighbors at a store.
We’re proud of our little slice of paradise and how it influences our daily activities. Here’s why Printing for Less loves Livingston, Montana, as told by our team.
What We Love About Living in Montana
Livingston is one of those special places that seems to have it all—rich history, vibrant culture, picturesque natural environs, and a friendly community. The quality of life here is unrivaled, and whether you’re looking for a new adventure every weekend or a wholesome spot to share with your family, Livingston can provide it.
Our Director of Ecommerce, Katie Younge, says that she loves the culture of Livingston, which combines an Old West ambiance with a host of modern galleries and boutiques.
Visitors and locals alike here can get lost in the selection of quaint bookstores and antique stores, as well as stopping to refuel in the city’s—perhaps surprisingly—highly-rated eateries, ranging from hearty breakfast spots to high-end, seasonal restaurants.
And of course, Livingston is famous for its natural landscapes. Printing for Less’ Director of Customer Success, Wes Deen, says he loves the ability to share the outdoors with his family. “Livingston is a wonderful place to raise a family! We go camping, cross country skiing, hiking, and float on the Yellowstone River.”
James Casey, our Customer Advocate, worked in Yellowstone National Park for years and believes the nation’s first national park is an important part of Livingston’s charm. “Backcountry hikes and fishing trips [in Yellowstone] provide memories for a lifetime.” Other Printing for Less team members agree, all mentioning the breathtaking beauty, scope, and uniqueness of Yellowstone. They stress that visitors should remember to be bear aware, carry plenty of water, and take a map—especially since they’re free. Oh! And don’t take selfies with the buffaloes please—known affectionately as fluffy cows.
Beyond cool things to do and the awesome ambiance, Livingston has a history of being a community for artists, painters, and writers. People like Jim Harrison, Russell Chatham, and Thomas McGuane have all spent time in and were influenced by Livingston. Not only can you browse their works at many different points in Livingston, but you can also experience the strong community presence they helped create in the city today—so visitors should expect a warm welcome and the occasional stranger to strike up a conversation.
There are plenty of resources to learn about the offerings available in Livingston, but rather than repeat the better-known hotspots, the Printing for Less team tells us their favorite pastimes in the city.
James says that summer is the best time to visit and take advantage of the Yellowstone River and national forests, “You don’t have to spend much money either,” he notes. Simply pack a bathing suit, a picnic, protection from the sun, and you’ll be ready to soak up all that the stunning landscapes have to offer.
For Wes, Paradise Valley is a must. “There is public land just by Mallards Rest fishing access where you can camp next to the river. From there, you can drive out to Pine Creek Lodge and catch some live music, as well as get up and dance while the sun goes down!”
People in search of an alternative outdoor escape can make their way to Natural Bridge Falls near McLeod, Pine Creek Lake, and Glacier National Park—all fun treks that reward visitors with some of nature’s most stunning gems. For something a little less intense, Fairy Lake has a cute campground and short hiking trail that leads to a lake to cool off in.
National Account Executive, Nathan Gardner, recommends even more outdoor fun in Chico hot springs. The hotel and resort are open year-round, and have gorgeous views of pine tree-lined mountains, set against the steamy blue waters of the regenerative outdoor pools.
Katie additionally suggests checking out the farmer’s market that takes place along the river banks every Wednesday in the summer. Here, visitors can browse offerings from local vendors who travel from surrounding towns with affordable, high-quality produce and crafts. Driving the Beartooth Highway and venturing through downtown Livingston and Bozeman are other favorites for Katie.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, Customer Advocate, Spencer Puckett, says Campione is the answer. The local restaurant has the feel of an authentic Roman kitchen, complete with a rustic interior, ideal for chatting with friends, enjoying a glass of wine, and people-watching the Livingston locals.
Printing for Less & Livingston
It’s not a coincidence that Printing for Less has set up shop in Livingston. We know that where we work, impacts how we work, and we want to ensure that both factors align with our teams’ well-being and the high-quality services we strive to offer our customers.
As James says, “when people are enriched by the environment they live in, they extend that into the workplace and make more memorable experiences for customers.” He continues, highlighting how the nature, culture, and community of Livingston enable the Printing for Less team to live in a way that lets them embody and drive the company’s purpose statement:
To change lives for the better by connecting people to people through authentic moments.
Not to mention, Printing for Less contributes to employment in many households across the city, and takes pride in supporting the community that it’s a part of. We provide affordable and convenient childcare for employees, donate to on-the-ground organizations, and provide print credits to local businesses.
Our team members and the business as a whole appreciate the value that we get from Livingston, and we strive to consciously invest back into Livingston, Montana so that locals and visitors alike can continue to enjoy it as it is now.
With so many incredible offerings, it’s no surprise that Livingston attracts wonderful, diverse people. At Printing for Less, Spencer sums things up nicely, “I have never met a friendlier group of people to work with. The capacity they all have for one another is the closest to a work-family I have ever felt.”
Are you ready for a visit to Livingston yet? The door’s open, come on in.