Circle 17 leading the healthy way

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Photo by Alastair Baker
Steve and Mackenzie Alexander with their two children, William and Haley, outside Circle 17, Red Lodge.

Now up and running for two years the Circle 17 gas station in Red Lodge has been quietly developing a charming personality all of it’s own.  The petite station at the southern end of town, that has the playfully famous Sinclair green dinosaur outside, is leading the charge towards healthier living by offering customers a unique choice within it’s walls.

Run by Steve and Mackenzie Alexander, the produce on display has been moving towards all natural items.

“We’re trying to go more healthy and organic,” said Mackenzie.

Honey’s Café delivers between 25-50 freshly made and healthy burritos daily that fly out of the store, while Mountain Muffins brings in an order of mouthwatering farm fresh delights.

“We like to go more local with items, and not order frozen stuff,” said Mackenzie.

The Circle 17 store is packed in an eye-catching colorful way with all sorts of health conscious items from Green Elephant kettle cooked potato chips, grain free vegan plant snacks, Budda Bowl Foods organic popcorn, gluten-free Epic Bites jerky, Activated Superfood Popcorn, Hemp Bars of all flavors, chicken salads, bagels, artisan sandwiches, and a cornucopia of healthy bites sized snacks. 

“We’ve had a very popular response from the locals and visitors,” said Mackenzie. 

The healthy ambiance is a trend among gas stations in other states but less so in Montana so far.

“I think we are the first to do this,” she said. 

“It’s nice being in a hiking and ski area, as people want that selection instead of a roll or a hot dog. They want organically made food,” said Steve. 

Mackenzie said it takes time to find some of the produce but it is “well worth it.” 

She is even ordering items that help people with their health issues like diabetes, and says if a customer has a request for something to please ask them.

“Another nice thing is before this we couldn’t donate a lot and now we donate to charities. My daughter goes to Luther School and we donate lunches for kids here in town,” said Mackenzie.

The store also carries an abundance of Circle 17 items from t-shirts, toy dinosaurs, stickers and headwear as well as greeting cards by Dale Muller. 

The two-year adventure has been “fun” said Mackenzie. “Our locals response has been amazing. We get people coming from the hill and from Wyoming. It’s a good little spot.” 

“Working for ourselves, working together, seeing every body in town every day, I love it,” she said. 

Circle 17 gas station is located at the south end of Red Lodge at 1201 S. Broadway. 

Its present hours are 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.  

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Monday, November 19, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Carbon County News

Street Address:

11 N. Broadway, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 970, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Phone: 406-446-2222

Fax: 406-446-2225

Toll-Free: 800-735-8843

Open: Monday-Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.