Food, Beverages, Cool Stuff we're not your average Convenience Store.
Beer and Wine a huge selection for all tastes.
Conversation-inspiring gifts both practical and whimsical.
Half mile north of the intersection of Highways 93 and 37, Dave and Cheryl Clarke have created an amazing and fun convenience store, Chips 'n Critters of the Red Barn.
It's full of things practical and whimsical that will keep you coming back. Cheryl stocks a number of Made in Montana items such as Montana Traders Coffee, Angel's Fire hot spices and jellies, Cream of the West cereals, Montana Tea & Spice Trading Co., Henry's Grandma's Ketchup, and bean soup by the Art of Good Food. There's also Spreadable Bacon...really, and it's good! They'll set you up with cheeses, meats, chips....just about any kind of snack you desire.
“Gifts that will start and inspire conversations,” is how Cheryl describes the selection in the store. She also tries to inspire environmental responsibility by having reusable items such as Chico-bags, Klean Kanteens, reusable covers that will fit containers of all sizes, and shopping bags made locally. She also stocks some fabulous locally made aprons by Dacia and natural lotions and lip balms.
Their vast wine selection ranges from very affordable to higher end brands. The red wine stays the perfect temperature, 52 degrees, in their beautiful custom wine room. Want to know more about choosing a wine? You'll find information and recommendations here. Join their wine club and get two bottles every month to expand your wine tasting experience.
If you prefer beer you have many choices of craft and “regular” brews. And, of course, there are all sorts of non-alcoholic drinks to wet your whistle. While you're there, get a cozy to keep your drink, even your growler, cool.
Dave Clarke is renown for his chain-saw carvings. You'll see some of his work at the Red Barn.
Cheryl sees inspiration for the store in the spirit of Sophie Morigeau. She is legendary in the Tobacco Valley for being a strong, savvy business woman who did what she had to do to make a living – including running one of the first trading posts in the valley.
The Chips 'n Critters at the Red Barn is what a convenience store should be. Stop on in!