Hang Out With Karlee Moore

Marketing manager of Main Street Square & Destination Rapid City Karlee Moore loves living in the Black Hills. When she’s not busy planning and helping with events at work, you can find the Murdo native outside on a deck taking in the views. Readers get to see a day in the life of the South Dakota State university graduate (happy Hobo Day October 14).

My boyfriend Mike Baumann and I have had a garden the past two years. Last year, I made salsa, marinara, and sweet chili sauce and have had rave reviews. This year we planted a lot of pickling cucumbers and plan to try his grandma’s refrigerator dill pickles and my great grandmother’s sweet lime pickle recipe. The sweet  lime pickles are a staple at all of our family events and dinners. We’re new to the canning scene, but we’re doing pretty well so far.

A lot of my go-to pieces in my closet are from Prairie Chic Boutique [1] in Murdo.

One thing I always have with me is my Shinola [2] tote. The tote holds all of my essentials, which always includes a notebook and a paper agenda. I’m a No. 2 pencil and paper kind of girl. I have notebooks and sticky notes all over the place.  If I can plan out the next 12 months in a paper agenda, I’m a happy lady. My Shinola goods came from Neugebauer’s Fine Jewelry in downtown Rapid City.

Bierbörse [3] (October 7) is one of my favorite events of the year that we throw at Main Street Square. The craft beer scene is blowing up in the Black Hills, and Bierbörse is an amazing opportunity to check out what local breweries are doing. Not to mention, it’s always fun to see the 605 Magazine staff polka dancing in lederhosen outside of their sponsor booth.

One of my favorite things to do is drive the back roads of the Black Hills with Mike and Howie (our Large Münsterländer) looking for trails to hike. Any hike with a view  is worth it for us. I like to stop after the hike for beverages at small taverns in the hills, like Rimrock Happy Tavern, the Rochford Bar, the convenience store in Nemo, and Lewie’s Burgers & Brews.

I worked on my golf game this past summer at The Golf Club at Red Rock [4]. It could use a lot of work, but I enjoy being out on courses enjoying the beauty of the Black Hills and trying my best to keep up with Mike. I use a generous amount of mulligans.

One of my favorite ways to unwind is to grab a cocktail or glass of wine with girlfriends downtown at places like Independent Ale House.

The Elks Theatre [5] is great for date night! Buy one-get-one movie and popcorn is on Tuesday nights!

The Wine Cellar [6] restaurant is my favorite for unwinding or a nice dinner. They’re super knowledgeable and can help pick the perfect wine to pair with anything on the menu. My favorite is the scallops from the “Small Plates” menu.

Don’t miss BierbÖrse Oct. 7 from 12-6 p.m. at Main Street Square. For more information, visit mainstreetsquarerc.com.

Random Facts:

At any given time you can find me listening to ‘90s music. It doesn’t matter the genre; Country, rap, whichever. I listen to it in the car, in my office, or cooking and cleaning at home.

Saturday mornings at home are my favorite. If Mike is home, we’ll drink coffee on the deck and make breakfast. If it’s just Howie and me, I’ll oftentimes FaceTime my mom (she lives in Murdo). We’ll both drink coffee and drag our phones around the house while we clean, do laundry, or just relax.

My absolute favorite flowers are peonies. I’ve always loved them, and the first bouquet of flowers that Mike sent me was a vibrant variety of pink peonies.


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