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In the old Stumptown Marketplace, ski pole chandeliers, ski arcades, a bra tree and photographs of local snow ghosts line the interior of the brand new restaurant and wine bar in downtown Whitefish.

Entrepreneurs Marissa Keenan and Sam Dauenhauer, owners of Sweet Peaks Ice Cream and Wild Coffee Company, opened their brand new business, Stumptown, in early December as a tribute to Whitefish ski culture.

“I think it’s an opportunity to focus on something that’s a big part of Whitefish,” Kennan said. “It’s something we’ve found that works for our other businesses, it relates to the different elements of taking a concept and creating an idea and a community around it. “

Keenan calls Stumptown a three-tiered business, with retail space selling bottles of wine and other items at the front of the building, with the restaurant and wine bar taking up most of the space. approximately 4,500 square feet and the Snowbunny Lounge in the back. A “Stumptown Ski Pass” will be available for 99 members for $ 500 and will include a bottle club and wine discounts.

While Stumptown opened in early December, the lounge will open in mid-January, serving brunch Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a menu that includes waffles, pastries, espresso, flights of mimosa and iced, or iced rosé wine.

Keenan describes the wine bar and restaurant menu as a “high afternoon” with a charcuterie board, Flathead Lake trout, burrata, s’mores, and Sweet Peaks ice cream. There is also a rotating drink list of sparkling, white and red wines from France, New Zealand and national wineries in Washington and Martha Stoumen Winery in California. Canned alcoholic sodas and draft beer are also available at the wine bar.

“We have different labels and wineries that have a history,” Keenan said. “Everyone has their own wine tastes, but we also want to broaden people’s range a bit. This is the idea of ​​what we did with Sweet Peaks, having really tried and true favorites is really important.

Keenan says their old businesses helped create a business platform and hotel connection while allowing artistic themes to be incorporated into their new business.

“Sweet Peaks has given us such an opportunity to reinvest in the Whitefish community,” said Keenan.

With a bunny selfie station, a champagne ski (a champagne version of a shotski) and retired ski gear ranging from 1940s wooden skis to 1980s neon straight skis to recently broken ski poles, the wine bar and restaurant embody Whitefish ski culture.

Stumptown will further support the ski industry by hosting local fundraisers, parties and ski movies in the future, while donating a portion of the proceeds to Protect Our Winters, a climate change nonprofit. .

Stumptown also gave Dauenhauer an artistic outlet in building, where he built and hand welded many decorations and he created a ‘Pray for Snow’ painting right next to the wine bar bra. and the Mardi Gras tree. Keenan says they are also collecting photos for a family vacation wall and that more art installations will gradually appear throughout the building.

“There are things that we keep adding and so the space is more than food and wine, it’s a fun experience,” Keenan said. “There is enough space to chill out and you really feel like Whitefish. You can come in with your ski boots and afternoon gear but you can also come here with your glitter and have a nice glass of wine.

Stumptown will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with extended hours going forward.

For more information, visit @stumptownwinebar and @snowbunnywf on Instagram.

Joshua B. Speller