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The Joy of Giving 

I love to give gifts!

After a trip to Pier 51 in San Francisco, I came home dreaming of the inspired boutiques that lined the halls. The common theme was passionate owners sharing their love of what they were offering for sale.

It stayed with me. I wanted to create a store where you could pick up a quick gift for your friend or a pick-me-up for yourself. I love things that are inspiring, comfortable, funny and beautiful and that most of all give your spirit a lift. I seek out inspired gifts that are as much fun to give as they are to receive!

A special inspiration to me is Fran Bigelow the owner and founder of Fran’s Chocolates in Seattle. I was hooked on her smoked salt caramels at first bite! Fran is a master chocolatier who has been creating extraordinary chocolates for over 25 years. She is described as “a person who loves to celebrate. She celebrates life and the pursuit of joy in any given situation, regardless of a specific occasion.”

Fran opened her first shop to share the French philosophy of joie-de-vivre, “the joy of living.” I wanted to name the store Joie de Vivre, but hard as I tried, I couldn’t pronounce it correctly! So, I chose the meaning “The Joy of Living.” It represents the spirit of giving that I like to live by.

With Joy!


Meet The Team


Kris Carpenter


I am the owner of The Joy of Living and I love to give gifts! In my free time- I fly fish, travel, and have fun with my kids, family, and friends. For me, the best part of The Joy of Living is finding gifts that make people smile and laugh, feel special, and celebrate those they love!



Inventory Manager

I'm Lynn, I was born and raised in Billings. My time is most often spent with my husband and kids at various activities and sporting events, or being outside enjoying Montana with my family and friends. I am usually found working behind the scenes at Joy.


Mariah Carpenter


My love language is gifts. The Joy of Living has inspired me to share and embrace my knack for gift giving. I love helping customers find a gift, they are proud to give.



Sales Associate

Hi! I’m Maggie and I’m currently in school to get my nursing degree! Working at the Joy of Living has been the best experience and it’s truly a wonderful place to celebrate others!



Store Manager

My name is Katie, and I love working at The Joy of Living because each customer is a special gift to us. I love watching how much joy we bring to people, and working in such an amazing environment with an awesome team!

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