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Boise Weekly is proud to bring you the inaugural edition of WE ARE BOISE. This is where businesses, services and organizations across the region get a chance to tell you about themselves, in their own words. We support these local organizations and businesses, and after reading about them, you should, too.

Index of businesses & organizations:



Boise Brewing – a publicly-owned brewery – is excited to announce our second-ever Idaho Public Offering! Join the Boise Brewing community of owners and become a part of the fast growing craft beer industry! We have a limited number of second round stock now available to most Idaho residents. Own your share of the suds and invest in Boise Brewing!

44 North Vodka.......................................................4 Adam & Eve ..........................................................21 Angell’s Bar & Grill Renato .................................14 Banana Ink .............................................................6 Boise Art Museum ................................................17 Boise Brewing .........................................................2 Boise Farmers Market ............................................6 Boise Fry Company ..............................................10 Boise Jazz Society ...................................................7 Boise Weekly .........................................................12 The Cat Doctor .....................................................10 Companions Dog Resort ........................................5 Cookin’ Wild ...........................................................9 D.L.Evans Bank ....................................................19 Dunia Marketplace ..............................................17 Edwards Greenhouse............................................22 Far West Landscape .............................................16 The Flicks Rick’s Cafe Americain .......................18 Fresh Off the Hook .................................................3 Idaho Shakespeare Festival.................................15 LunchBOX Wax ....................................................20 Meraki Greek Street Food ....................................15 Native 208 .............................................................18 Preservation Idaho...............................................14 Re-POP Gifts..........................................................23 Rockitecture Stoneworks & FanRocks ................18 Ruby Lou ...............................................................22 Sage Yoga ................................................................9 Serendipity Boutique .............................................8 Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill ..........................24 Snake River Tea ....................................................11 Soccer Etc. ...............................................................5 Sofia’s Greek Bistro...............................................21 Solar Concepts of Idaho.........................................8




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Celebrating 11 Years as Boise’s Best Seafood Restaurant! Steamers

Steak & Crab Legs

Downtown BoDo

Broiled Salmon & Vegetables

Downtown Daily

Fresh Off The Hook is a little slice of Seattle mixed with a dash of San Francisco and a pinch of Alaska, tossed together with some Key West for an amazing seafood experience... right here in Boise, Idaho! You simply won't find another seafood restaurant like Fresh Off The Hook in Boise... and maybe nowhere else. The atmosphere is unique and the seafood tastes so fresh you'll swear the back door opens onto the ocean. VO T E


Everything we do is based on offering an exceptional dining experience to our customers. Our entire team is focused on this goal, and I would like to thank my team for providing first rate customer service, and our customers for voting us Best Seafood Restaurant 11 years in a row! It's time to see why owner David Bassiri says "You will love our fresh seafood – Guaranteed!" Come in for lunch or dinner and leave full... and our friend.

Steak & Seafood


Downtown at BoDo

By the Mall

401 S.8th St. • 343-0220

507 N. Milwaukee • 322-9224

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Join us for your traditional seafood favorites like Alaskan Cod, Mahi Mahi, Salmon or Halibut fish and chips or our famous fish tacos. If you're in the mood for something more eclectic, we have that too. Taunt your culinary inner child with one of our Hot Seafood Salads, broiled Halibut with creamy lemon dill sauce, pan seared garlic Scallops, Steak & Crab Legs, or Seafood Fettuccine.

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Soccer Etc. (208) 323-4525 • 7085 W OVERLAND RD, BOISE HOURS: MON-SAT 10AM-6PM; SUN 12PM-6PM

Soccer Etc, Idaho’s Premier Team Dealer and locally owned and operated since 2004, is your best source for customized soccer apparel, equipment and footwear. Staffed with experienced soccer players, who not only know the game but also its products, Soccer Etc provides individualized and personal attention to ensure the perfect match for your level of experience and play. Catering from the tots to the “getting a bit older”, from the novice to the competitive, from the rec to the collegiate and beyond, Soccer Etc stocks the best brands including Nike, adidas and Kwik Goal. And though focused solely on soccer sales that tackle any need in any

aspect of the game, Soccer Etc supports the entire Treasure Valley on and off the field. Located in Boise’s Overland Shopping Center, Soccer Etc is open seven days a week. You can also check us out on Facebook at to discover posted specials and product updates, as well as local and national soccer news. Committed to finding the right kit and equipment to step up your game, we believe as Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Give a man a soccer ball, he plays for a moment. Teach a man to play soccer, he plays for a lifetime.”

Welcome to Companions Dog Resort, Boise’s best doggy daycare, boarding, and dog training facility. We are a boutique dog resort, focusing on top quality care for a limited amount of dogs. Your dog is going to absolutely love this place!


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We are 100% unique in our local area. There are a few special traits that you and your dog will appreciate about us, such as:

· Our staff are experienced Professional Dog Trainers & Canine Behavior Specialists. · We choose quality over quantity. We limit the amount of dogs at the resort in order to focus on quality care. · Your dog will be cared for on an individually tailored basis. · Our dog limit is 1/3rd the size of other boarding facilities.

Call or email us today to make your reservations!

(208)386-DOGS (3647) 106 W. 39th St., Garden City Companions dog


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Five Subscription Series Concerts • $186.50

(plus tax)

Half Price Student Discount Available

The Sapphire Room at the Riverside Hotel Open, Table and Concert Seating • No-Host Bar and Hors d’Oeuvres Available Free Parking • Doors Open 6 pm • Concerts 7 pm • General Admission $45 All Artists Scheduled to Appear



Trio Da Paz Infectious Brazilian Jazz!

September 25 & 26*, 2016

Jeff Hamilton Trio

The American Songbook in Hamilton Time!

December 4 & 5*, 2016 Sponsored by Richard’s at the Inn at 500 Capitol

Rene Marie Quartet

Authentic & Theatrical Among Today’s Divas!

February 24* & 25, 2017


Gerald Clayton Quartet Making Old Standards New Again!

April 30 & May 1*, 2017 Sponsored by James and Catherine DeBlasio

*Free Boise State University Department of Music Jazz Residency Events

Join the Boise Jazz Society and hear world-class jazz artists in the intimate environs of The Riverside Hotel’s Sapphire Room—just purchase the season subscription of five concerts. A Boise Jazz Society membership also entitles you to exclusive events such as living-room concerts, lectures, listening parties, and web streaming from Jazz at Lincoln Center. Your membership also supports jazz artistry and jazz education in Boise throughout the year.

Christian McBride Quartet Four Time Grammy Winner!

June 14, 2017 Sponsored by the Barry B. Staum Boise Jazz Society Endowment

The 2017-18 Boise Jazz Society series artists will be announced May 1, 2017.

For Online Memberships and Ticket Information: The Boise Jazz Society is a Boise, Idaho—Boise State University community-engagement partnership supporting jazz performance, BOISE WEEKLY.COM jazz education, and the promotion of jazz as a living, American art form.



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Serendipity Boutique Consignment Clothing offers a wide variety of clothing for all occasions in styles ranging from casual to formal and costume! We also have vintage clothing and a great selection of 1980s and 1990s fashions. We offer clothing for men and women of all ages, in sizes from XS to 3X. Our staff loves to play dress-up and can help you put together your look for a costume party or any other event! We are a great place to find fun and unique pieces that no one else will have! Serendipity Boutique was originally the Nearly Nu Shoppe, which was opened by Louise May in 1973. It has been a staple shop for Boise consignment clothing ever since! In 2013 it was sold and soon became Serendipity Boutique. The name Serendipity was chosen because of the charming meaning of the word: to find an unexpected treasure. It is the perfect name because with consignment shopping you truly never know what treasures you may come across! Apart from clothing, the store also offers a great selection of shoes and boots, purses, hats and jewelry.

New items are arriving every day! The shop accepts consignment items Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Store hours are Monday through Saturday 11a.m. to 7p.m. 3117 W State St Boise, Idaho

Solar Concepts of Idaho Solar Concepts of Idaho is locally owned and operated by Meridian couple, Steve and Callie who hand-picked their Solar Concepts team of trained and dedicated people who live right here in the Treasure Valley. SolaTube brand daylighting systems come in a variety of sizes that bring natural light into light-challenged areas of any home, business, or shop; Velux Skylights are no-leak, solar-powered, fresh air skylights; Solar Star Attic Fans remove heat and moisture from the DWWLFDUHDDUHKLJKO\HIÂżFLHQWDQGFRVWIUHHWRRSHUDWH Quiet Cool Whole House Fans provide natural cooling and can reduce A/C costs by 50-80%.

Fresh Air and Natural Light “Our top quality, US made products are easy, affordable solutions to any lighting or cooling challenge. There are so many easy, affordable ways to make your home or EXVLQHVVFRPIRUWDEOHDQGHQHUJ\HIÂżFLHQWPDQ\RIRXU customers tell us they wish they had called us sooner. An important percentage of our business is referral IURPFXUUHQWFXVWRPHUVWKDWVD\VDORWDERXWXVRXU products, our installation process, and our extraordinary service.â€? – Steve

Stop by our showroom in Meridian today!


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or over six years Sage Yoga & Wellness has been Boise’s go-to for self-care through yoga, meditation and holistic wellness practices at their welcoming downtown location. Sage is community focused and inviting to all. We honor and encourage one another as we practice, knowing that yoga is not a fitness competition but a lifelong journey of health, self-inquiry and present moment awareness. Our classes aren’t one-size-fits-all, but rather express the creativity that emerges from each of our certified, interdisciplinary teachers, who inspire students to grow mentally, physically and spiritually. Founding instructor Marisa Weppner uses her Master’s degree in transpersonal psychology, her life coaching training, and her 15 years of yoga teaching experience to create a safe, supportive and grounding environment which encourages students to challenge limiting beliefs, expand their sense of Self and learn to trust in their body’s innate wisdom for healing and transformation. A place for lifelong learning, Sage Yoga & Wellness is proud to offer Yoga Alliance Registered 200 and 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training programs that have been thoughtfully designed to give flexibility both in the time it takes to complete the program and the ability to specialize in areas of personal interest while maintaining consistency through core yogic teachings. As a wellness center, Sage offers onsite physical therapy, acupuncture, bodywork, reiki, private yoga, mindfulness and life coaching, nutritional counseling, astrology readings, integrative psychology and more. Yoga is a path to discovering your truth, authenticity and joy and Sage is your resource for every step along the way.

Marisa Weppner, MA, ERYT-500 Owner, Instructor 242 N. 8th St., Ste. 200 @sageyogaboise

Personal Chef Service on the Wild Side Newly arrived from the San Francisco Bay Area is Chef Bobbie Jo Wasilko with Cookin’ Wild personal chef service; An in-home culinary experience like no other for southern Idaho. Imagine hosting a classic dinner party, where you get to enjoy the company of your guests without the worry of grocery shopping, cooking, serving, or even clean-up. This isn’t just a dream, it’s the reality of your event where Chef Bobbie Jo does all the hard work and you get the accolades from your guests for a fantastic evening. Let your culinary imagination run wild, and experience the flavors of game and exotic meats including venison, wild boar, rabbit, pheasant, alligator or kangaroo, just to name a few. The possibilities are endless with multi-course menus available, and wine and liquor pairing suggestions and table design and linens all available to complete your dining experience. If you’re a hunter and have a freezer full of wild game, Bobbie Jo also offers culinary coaching to help you make the most from your harvest. Bobbie Jo has been cooking and developing recipes for wild game for nearly 20 years and she publishes these recipes and menus on her websites and and at @hehuntsshecooks on Instagram. She also writes wild game recipes for various periodicals, has contributed to wild game cookbooks and has appeared on podcasts and TV shows. To book your dinner party and begin planning your custom menu, contact Bobbie Jo by phone at 1-925-381-6894 or by email at


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or too long restaurants have persecuted fries: treated them like second-class citizens, stuffed them with chemicals and preservatives, and forced them to share fryers with hot wings and corn dogs. Blake Lingle and Riley Huddleston, two dudes that coincidentally share the same birthday, founded Boise Fry Co. in the spring of 2009 to give fries their shot in the spotlight as a featured dish. They love fries—probably more than any humans should. At BFC, fries are served as the main course and burgers come on the side. Eight different types of potatoes and vegetables are available; they can be cut five different ways and served with over 10 different salts and dipping sauces. The fry combinations are nearly endless! The finest and freshest potatoes are obtained from M&M Heath Farms in Buhl, Idaho. Each potato is prepared with love and a strict regimen is followed to ensure that each fry retains its quality and flavor. All vegetables are fried in natural, GMO-free sunflower seed oil and left unsalted so that you can choose from any of the house-made seasonings and dipping sauces.


As for the burgers, they are served with four different types of burger patties and four different toppings. BFC uses natural, local, and — whenever feasible — organic ingredients. BFC strives to produce little to no waste and recycles their oil in cars in order to make as little impact on our planet as possible while providing the best fries, burgers, and service a company can offer.


he Cat Doctor is Idaho’s first feline-only hospital, opening our doors back in 1997. We are dedicated to providing exceptional care to our patients and clients alike. We understand how stressful a trip to the vet can be for both kitties, and their owners. Because of this, we have created a calm, cats only environment, to help reduce stress as much as possible. Our staff members are gentle and careful with our patients, and we handle them with loving expertise, especially when they are scared or upset. We believe strongly in keeping cats and owners together as much as possible during exams and treatments, because we know that cats are often comforted when their owners are close by. Our appointments are scheduled for a full 30 minutes, so that you never feel rushed with our doctors. And, all four of our doctors have dedicated their careers to cats… they are passionate about helping them live healthy and happy lives. Looking for boarding? In our feline only pampered boarding every unit has 12 square feet on three levels, including a padded perch, a private restroom with a full-size litter box, and an outside window view. Daily entertainment is provided by our squirrel and bird feeders, mobiles, and bird houses. Come by and visit us anytime for a tour, and see what makes us unique.

9151 W. Ustick Rd. Boise, ID 83704 208-327-7706 Cat Care...By Cat People M,W,F 8am – 6pm, T, Th 8am – 7pm, Sat 8am – 1pm

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Snake River Tea


LOOSE LEAF TO TAKE HOME, HOT OR ICED CUP OF TEA TO GO OR SIT AND ENJOY. TEA LATTES, TEA WITH AN ADDED MATCHA SHOT..... THE LIST GOES ON Snake River Tea was a dream over 15 years in the making. After searching out as much education as possible in the form of tea and business boot camps, tea education classes, books, expos and a whole lot of planning, the dream became our reality.We know how amazing a great cup of tea is and we want to share that feeling with our customers—life is just too short to drink bad tea! Our objective is to provide every customer with a wonderful cup of tea that they can enjoy in the store, on the go, at home or in the office.We manage that by offering premium loose leaf teas, each brewed at their perfect water temperature and steep time. Our shop provides a relaxing atmosphere for our customers and the “tea wall” allows both self-guided exploration of our aromas and dry leaf examination of all of our loose leaf teas.Take your time picking the perfect cup—after all, 110 teas is a lot to choose from!

208.336.7948 801 W. MAIN ST. STE.103, BOISE, ID BOISE WEEKLY.COM

We want our customers to be able to take a few minutes for themselves while they wait for their tea; no pressure, no rush, just relax. After all, tea takes time to steep, so go ahead and be selfish for 5 minutes of your day! Or share your wait with someone else who is looking for the same break. We work to find teas that will entice people from all walks of life, from the “new-to-tea” to the tea aficionado, so that we can provide a great experiencefor everyone. While we carry all of the “must have” traditional teas, we’ve also put our blood, sweat and tears into creating unique blends that you’ll only find in our store. Every member of the Snake River Tea staff has been educated on the teas that we carry and the tea industry in general so that they can provide excellent service and suggestions for anyone who walks through our doors.


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Apr. 8th - Oct. 28th Saturdays at 11 a.m. Grove St.

World Renown Executive Chef Franck Bacquet We welcome him to Angell’s-Renato downtown and to head up our New Waterfront Event Center at Lake Harbor!

16-III-2 300

Presenting the 2017 Season

We are celebrating 35 years in the same location in the heart of downtown. We are a local, family owned and managed restaurant.

Preservation Idaho’s WalkAbout Boise is a 1.5-hour guided tour through 150 years of the history and architecture that makes downtown Boise unique. Select highlights include: Downtown’s evolution from gold rush boomtown, through urban renewal decline and 21st century revitalization

New Happy Hour Menu. An amazing assortment of Tapas from $5 served from 4:00- 9:00 pm. Happy Hour. Mon-Sat 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

The Idaho State Capitol, Boise City Hall and the Egyptian Theater Buildings designed by early pioneers and nationally known master architects

Chef Bacquet has created a fantastic new Dinner Menu. It’s A World Tour!

$ 12

Reservations and Menus Online


$ 10



208-342-4900 999 Main Street Downtown Boise | (208) 424-5111 Transaction fees apply.

Hours: Mon.–Sat. 4 pm to close

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The Meraki Story W

hen the Kalatzakis Family recently moved to Boise, they did so because they knew it was the perfect place to call home. Aki and Farrah Kalatzakis also knew it was a great place to fulfill their dream of opening up their very own Greek restaurant. Although new to Boise, they were quite familiar with the city because they had been visiting family here (more and more frequently each year) over the last decade. They loved all that Boise had to offer, and one of their favorite things to do was to search for a great Greek eatery to call 'their spot'. However, each time they found a place that claimed to be offering real Greek food, they couldn't help but walk away feeling disappointed, and like something was just...missing.The gyro meat was salty and processed, the tzatziki runny and bland, and the pita bread anything but fresh and warm. It wasn't until they would travel back to Greece to visit Aki's family that they could finally satisfy that authentic gyro craving. But why should they have to travel so far to enjoy the true Greek experience? Was there a way to bring it all back home? And so the idea of Meraki Greek Street food was born, and the husband and wife duo have not looked back ever since. Equipped with the family recipes passed down from Aki's dad, Taki Kalatzakis, they knew that Boise would come to know and love what real authentic Greek food should taste like. Meraki offers an array of Gyro choices with hand-stacked, all natural marinated meats, fresh local ingredients, sauces made from scratch, and favorites like Spanikopita, Greek Cheese Sticks, and Baklava all made in house. With so many other menu choices, we welcome you to come try our family recipes and make Meraki Greek Street Food part of your new traditions. Now offering Catering. Visit us at and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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y fondest memories of gardening were helping my grandmother Brown plant her garden every spring. I would plant 3 kernels of corn in every hole; one for the birds, one for the bees and one for the Browns. In August, it was my job to pick the corn, bag it in gunney sacks and sell it at our grocery store. It seemed to me that growing our own food & harvesting it was the best life. My garden roots grew further when my college job was at a small plant nursery, FarWest Garden Center. I learned all about plants that weren’t in my grandmother’s garden and how to design a yard with them while getting my BA in marketing at B.S.U. When my wife, Maya and I married we bought FarWest after college graduation and have been in the plant business for the past 32 years. The best part of working at FarWest is making friends and helping those friends be successful in their landscape and garden endeavors. It’s been fun to see their kids grow up and their yards become retreats for their families. Each day, I love working with my creative, enthusiastic co-workers. They are experienced gardeners and happily share their joy and design ideas with our clients. My team’s passion for people and plants truly makes our garden center rock! Some of our team community efforts include: Pollinator Garden in Garden City; Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity; Evening in the Garden; Zoo Boise Patas Monkey Exhibit; Idaho Botanical Garden We truly love working with our clients designing landscapes and gardens that become a relaxing retreat for their families. FarWest started as a small garden center and has grown into a seven acre plant oasis with a landscape design and installation team. My grandmother would be proud! See you in the garden, Dennis & FarWest team

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Dunia Marketplace, a Ten Thousand Villages alliance store, has been a fixture of the Hyde Park Neighborhood for over 21 years. Started by the congregation of Hyde Park Mennonite Church as a missions and social justice project in 1995, we are a 501C3 non-profit fair trade store helping to support artisan families from Asia, Africa and the Americas. Our vision is that all artisans are treated with dignity and respect, earn a fair wage, and live a life of quality. We partner with local artisans, refugees and a variety of international fair trade organizations. We sell beautiful hand-made items paying a fair living wage to adult makers. Our projects support clean drinking water systems, children’s schools, job retraining, and improve the lives of women and families. We are volunteer run and locally provide job skills to youth, retirees and older people rejoining the work force.

Come explore our unique selection of handmade jewelry, scarves, handbags, cards, home dĂŠcor, rugs, kitchen and tableware, wall hangings, sculptures, toys, games, chocolate, tea, coffee, world CDs, tribal percussion instruments, nativities and ornaments. By shopping at Dunia Marketplace your purchases create a world of opportunity.


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Rockitecture Stoneworks & FanRocks Located close to the capitol city of Boise. Rockitecture has been providing custom stone engraving to the Treasure Valley and across the United States and Canada for over 10 years. Our family-owned company is managed by brothers, Chris and Aaron Hill. We take great pride in providing extraordinary service to families, businesses, and organizations with their stone engraving projects. Support your favorite NCAA team with a FanRock of one of over 20 licensed team images on an impressive standing stone.


ince 1984, The Flicks has been an integral part of Boise’s cultural and arts scene, with long term residents making a Flicks visit part of their weekly routine; many newcomers cite our business as one of the key elements in making Boise a livable city.

4739 W. Chinden Blvd. 208-373-7625

We show independent, foreign and art films, plus the best of Hollywood’s mainstream movies in four auditoriums with state of the art digital projection and sound. The charming atmosphere, including fireside dining in the winter and patio seating in the summer, fresh flowers in the restrooms, framed movie posters, hanging geraniums, a gurgling fountain on the patio and friendly service with employees who remember if you like your latte with 1% or your Guinness at room temperature, makes for a memorable entertainment experience.

Proud to be born in Idaho? Membership for Idaho Natives, exclusive access to products bearing the Native208™ logo or native-state™ design. We’ll feature generations of native stories, native business owners, products and services on the membership only FB page. Get started today ! Mon - Thurs h 4pm-9:30pm • Fri - Sun 12pm-9:30pm 342-4222 • 646 Fulton • 18 | We Are Boise 2017 | BOISEweekly





branch locations in the Treasure Valley area.

Decisions made locally.


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Adam & Eve Stores are franchise stores of the parent company Adam& Phil Harvey is the founder of the parent company and is well known as being one of the biggest suppliers of free condoms in the world. His philosophy of promoting safe sex in third world, well, actually ALL countries around the world is the basis for the growth of the company to where it is today. There are over 60 franchise stores in the United States and Canada! We opened the Nampa store in 2007, before there was a mall next door, and before Adult stores were considered a welcome addition to the community. Now that Adam & Eve has proven itself to be a nice, boutique-y and classy place to purchase intimate items, the community has been very accepting and supportive! We want to thank the City of Nampa and our landlord for believing in us and allowing us to provide a nice place for the lovers of the area to shop. The Nampa store will celebrate its 10th Anniversary this July!! Look for upcoming announcements of fun and celebration! We followed our Nampa store with stores in Coeur d’Alene, Boise and Pocatello. We have 2 stores in the Portland area and just acquired the store in Spokane, WA. As a Boise-based company we hope to keep spreading the love across the Pacific Northwest! Currently we employ over 50 people in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. We love hearing our staff talk about how much they LOVE what they do. Helping couples and people from all walks of life and of all ages find something to promote their sexual well-being and happiness is a rewarding job. Our staff is professional, reliable, knowledgeable and we want to give them a big shout out. THANK YOU to all our staff – we couldn’t do what we do without all of you! As local Idahoans, we are proud to call the Treasure Valley home and are proud to own Adam & Eve! Thank you to Boise and Nampa for the LOVE over the last 10 years! Sincerely, Kraig and Kara McGee


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Adam & Eve, Boise

Adam & Eve, Nampa

6919 W Fairview Ave Boise, ID 83704 (208) 376-0068

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ocally owned for over

13 years, Ruby Lou is located in the heart of Downtown Boise. What’s our secret? You!

We love connecting with our customers and our philosophy simple: Treat people well, make a connection and provide a great product. We like to “cherry pick” the best of the best items so we can fill our store with amazing merchandise. We understand that life is busy and shopping should be easy. Visit our store or connect with us online Ruby Lou Clothing Boutique 130 N 8th Street, Boise 208-333-9610 22 | We Are Boise 2017 | BOISEweekly


Re-POP Gifts is more than a store; it’s an experience. That has been the goal of Re-POP Gifts since its inception. Owners Millie & Barry Hilgert are self-proclaimed nerds. Their store reflects their passion for pop culture, nostalgia, local art, and their off-beat sense of humor.

Idaho’s Fandom & Pop Culture Headquarters

Millie is the artist behind the Miss Courageous line of products created in her studio in the rear of the store (think Lego, record vinyl, game tiles, etc). After ten years of vending at the Capital City Public Market and a lifetime of retail experience, the store has been a dream come true. Miss Courageous began as a studio in the basement, then became a studio in a nearly invisible little commercial space on Orchard St. That space eventually housed a tiny pop-inspired gift shop in front. When the store quickly took over, the Hilgerts knew it was time to expand and rebrand. With a move to State Street, Re-POP Gifts was born. Millie now also designs additional products for the store, ensuring you’ll find something you can’t get anywhere else. Barry is the prop guy. Knowing the store would need a dressing room, Millie asked her husband if he could build one that looked like the TARDIS. Not one to do things halfway, Barry insisted on finding the EXACT measurements and built a full-scale prop replica, complete with an interior mural and door handles ordered from the U.K. He also made the Stormtrooper armor that is on display, and on occasion he will make an appearance wearing it. When a room divider was needed to separate the studio space from the store, the Hilgerts were inspired by the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. They’ve created a lounge area replicating the Byers’ living room complete with the lights and alphabet to communicate with Will in the Upside Down. The latest prop replica that is nearing completion: Captain Kirk’s command chair from the original Star Trek series. The store is filled with an eclectic mix of pop culture goodness with an added measure of local Boise/Idaho love. Millie curates a mix of merchandise from over 30 local artists, several regional & national artists (including Justin Hillgrove’s Imps and Monsters), and she complements the handmade with commercial licensed products such as clever socks & bags from Blue Q, kitschy gifts from Archie McPhee, life sized cardboard cutouts of your favorite characters, and much, much more. From Bigfoot to unicorns and from Harry Potter to Super Heroes, you’re sure to find the something unexpected. Treat yo’ self; shop Re-POP Gifts.

What People Are Saying: Re-Pop Gifts is my new favorite WOW! store What a fun

shop! Love to shop here! local weird and fun!


Great stuff! all of my fandoms, all in one spot,and local artists to boot!

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We Are Boise March 1, 2017  

Our annual guide to the businesses and organizations in and around Boise in their own words.

We Are Boise March 1, 2017  

Our annual guide to the businesses and organizations in and around Boise in their own words.