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Amanda is a natural-light photographer based in Boise. Aside from her photography business, she studied Graphic Design at Northwest Nazarene University. Her second business is Hello Cherie Designs where she creates fun art prints and cards. Her work can be found online at, and locally at Paperie + Pen and Banana Ink.

Veronica is a junior at Boise State University, studying journalism and art. Her passions include writing and fashion, which she hopes to combine into a career in the future. When not studying, she can be found exploring Boise and experiencing all the beautiful city has to offer.

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A few years ago, my husband Lance and I toured the Boise Open Studios, which happens the second weekend in October. This year, the Artists’ Open Studios weekend tour is October 13th through the 15th. Get a glimpse into the artistic mind and visit with artists in multiple media in their work spaces. You might get a chance to see an artist’s demo, too. Get inspired by stories of their work and their artistic journey, see the tools they use, and get to know them, just like you might if you owned a gallery. “BOSCO (Boise Open Studios Collective) is a juried membership,” explained BOSCO Board member and membership chair Karen Klinefelter. “We jury new members in once a year. This year we have 19 new members for a total of more than 60 artists participating in Open Studio Weekend.” “Members can opt out of participating in open studio weekend, but continue their membership in good

standing by paying a discounted membership fee for the year and becoming a supporting member that year,” stated Klinefelter. “BOSCO typically has 2 to 3 events a year in addition to Open Studio Weekend. It might be a pop-up show at Surel’s Place or a themed show at BSU. It depends on the year and how and when we connect with those opportunities. Participating and supporting members are all invited to be included in such events.” “We will have a reception the First Thursday before Open Studio weekend (October 5th, 4 to 7 p.m.) at Boise Art Museum. There will be artist demos there, as well as maps and info on Open Studio weekend. Maps will also be available in the Boise Weekly.” Here is a brief glimpse of just a dozen of the more than 60 local artists who are opening their doors to the public to reveal their creative processes.








DEREK HURD WWW.CUSTOMMADE.COM/BY/STUDIO1212 BONNIE PEACHER (Mediums: Acrylics, Pastels). Bonnie Peacher holds a BFA from BSU with an emphasis in painting and art history. Her award-winning work has appeared in more than 150 exhibitions and collections, including The College of Idaho’s permanent “Idaho Women’s Collection.” She is also active in the local art advocacy and education community. She has held positions with BOSCO, TVAA, BAM docents and is the current curator for the Garden City Library Arts Exhibition program. She enjoys teaching, drawing and painting to a diverse set of students.


“My artistic focus is the human form. I look for subjects that have interesting faces or an unusual presence. I believe a true portrait must be both a likeness of the subject and an artistic interpretation. While my paintings are realistic, it is even more important to me to paint a feeling. In order to stimulate the mind as well as the eye, I invite the viewer to discover and reflect on this specific point in time in my subject’s life, as one of many that make up layers of their story. “I love sharing my work with so many people who are interested in art. “The process of creating bespoke furniture is much like any creative I live on the Greenbelt and usually have people come in from it to visit process. A spark of an idea, a period of rumination, a design phase that may be minutes, hours, or years, then continued design during my studio during BOSCO.” fabrication and production. I have clients who work with existing DEREK HURD (Mediums: Custom Furniture - Hardwoods, Metal, Glass, designs and want small changes, as well as clients who give me full Cork). Studio1212 is a design and production handmade furniture studio creative license to create one-of-a-kind pieces for their homes.” located in the Surel Mitchell Live/Work/Create District of Garden City. “I love opening my studio to the public and meeting so many great “I moved west as a young man from the green hills of Vermont to the people in three short days. I love to hear ‘I had no idea you were rugged mountains of Montana in pursuit of a professional degree in here,’ because now they do. architecture. After acquiring my masters of architecture from Montana State, my wife Danielle and I migrated south, out of the snow, to amazing “We ship furniture all over the country but the most rewarding pieces Boise, Idaho. During my thesis year in 1996, I filled in a gap with an are ones we get to make that stay in Idaho. The face-to-face design advanced level furniture design class–it changed my life. I have been process and seeing it set in the home is always inspiring.” designing and building custom furniture ever since. This has developed into Studio1212 which now ships hundreds of pieces of custom and LAUREN JOHNSON (Mediums: Watercolorist, Pastel Artist). “After a successful business career, I am devoting my time to my passion of art. production furniture nationwide each year.” 16

KAY SEURAT WWW.KAYSEURAT.COM Studying under many fine national instructors over the last 25 years here in Boise and in New Mexico, I work in transparent watercolor and water-based pastel and paint a variety of subjects to include animal life, landscape, still life, abstract, floral and portraiture–all with an eye on the design patterns of shapes and values. I have participated in many shows and exhibits, judged the Idaho State Fair, and will have my home/studio open for the BOSCO Studio Open House in October. “I love participating in the BOSCO Home Studio Tour in the fall of each year. It allows those who are interested in art to come into your studio and, hopefully, enjoy seeing the process, materials, inspirations and finished artwork. They can also visit several other studios throughout the weekend and compare a variety of mediums and styles.” “I’d like readers to know what a joy it is to find a passion in life and to be able to spend the time to enjoy it. It’s a wonderful feeling to decide on a whim ‘Gee, I’d really like to paint a fantastic zebra, or



giraffe, or landscape today,’ and do just that, and hopefully, more fantastic than the last one.” KAREN KLINEFELTER (Mediums: Art Jewelry). “I’ve been making art jewelry and sculpture for over 25 years. The constant theme has been a fascination with patterns and textures, grids and lines and finishes that oppose one another. The discovery of organic vegetable ivory as a medium challenged my design sense with its fluid and unpredictable shape and nature. My current work is a combination of my love and understanding of the metal, and my delight and exploration in finding my voice in this completely different material. “I love inviting people into my studio space and showing them how I make my work. I travel to art festivals around the country selling my work year-round. BOSCO is a nice opportunity to connect with the community where I live and work and to share my process in a more intimate and informative setting. “I moved to Boise from Vermont seven years ago. I’m happiest running or biking in the foothills, practicing yoga, playing in the snow or spending time in the studio making something no one has ever made before.”




LORELLE RAU (Mediums: Cut paper collage and mixed media). Lorelle Rau is a contemporary collage artist who uses cut paper and appropriated imagery to investigate concepts of nature and place. In her landscape series, Rau expresses the transformative qualities of nature, particularly the rich contours and textures of the mountains. As an avid hiker, the experience and rawness of the natural world has always been an integral part of her creative process. Rau earned a Masters in Arts Administration from the Savannah College of Art and Design and received a BS in Art Management and BA in Studio Art from Appalachian State University. She enjoys hiking in the Boise foothills and Idaho backcountry with her dog, Tanner, a Shepherd mix. “I’ve lived in several different cities on the east coast from Washington, DC to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but Boise is by far the most beautiful and exciting place I’ve ever lived. Residing here with immediate access to nature and outdoor adventure has informed my art in so many ways. “The annual Boise Open Studios event allows members to connect with our close-knit artist community and share our artwork with the public.”


LISA FLOWERS ROSS (Mediums: Fabric). Lisa Flowers Ross creates contemporary, abstract artworks. Inspirations are transformed into simple shapes with an emphasis on line, color and composition. Flowers Ross holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art, as well as in Business. She is a juried artist member of the professional groups Studio Art Quilt Associates, Northwest Designer Craftsmen and Boise Open Studio Collective Organization. She has received grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the Alexa Rose Foundation. “As a member of BOSCO, it is nice to be a part of this local community of artists and get to know more of them, and I like participating in our major annual event. It is an opportunity for me to share my art with people I might not otherwise get to meet. It is great for the public, because they will be able to see behind the scenes as well as lots of wonderful art that they might not otherwise have access to.



“I am an artist who hand dyes my own fabrics that I use to create original abstract wall art, like a fabric painting. In addition, printmaking is something I like to do when I can (even though I do not have my own press). I consider my art as a business and do my best to run it as such. If people can’t make it to my studio for the BOSCO Open Studio Weekend, I am always happy to arrange a private visit as well, as I am sure most of the BOSCO artists would be willing to. My art can also be found on my website at “I have created private commissioned artworks, as well as public pieces for the cities of Boise, Ketchum and Meridian (all traffic box or utility box wraps). My artwork has been exhibited nationally and, this October, I am excited to be having a solo exhibition at the Metro Gallery at City Hall in Reno, Nevada.” JANYRAE SEDA (Mediums: Oil, Watercolor and Acrylic). “I am a fourth generation Idahoan and a 1973 graduate of the University of Idaho with a BFA. I have three grown children, whom I raised in Mountain Home, Idaho before moving to Boise 15 years ago. My passion for painting did not happen ‘til I was in my mid-



50s with some life-changing happenings. I also participate in the local September Art in the Park, which has several BOSCO members showing.


“What I like best about BOSCO is the determination of this varied, talented group of artists to get out there, show their work, and make Boise more aware that we exist. For one weekend a year, all these wonderful spaces of creation open their doors to the public so people can become more aware of all the talent in our community. “I work really hard at my studio, often seven days a week. When not traveling to art festivals out of state, I am painting commissions to be shipped all over the U.S., or I am working on new bodies of work or exploring new ideas. I am a full-time painter, who makes a good living and does not believe in the myth of starving artists! I enjoy the road less traveled, and I am always looking for ideas for my next painting.” KAY SEURAT (Mediums: Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design, Sculpture, Welded, Found Object, Assemblage Textiles). “As a native Idahoan, I’ve always wanted to be elsewhere. I’ve found that since I never travel as much as I’d like, the best way to fulfill my wanderlust is to immerse myself in the arts and cultures of the world. I accomplish this through my art. Influences from across the globe and through time and space are seen in my work. I still live in Idaho and like it more all the time. “BOSCO is a win-win situation. I get to meet and visit with people who are interested in my work, and they can see what I’m up to. “Metalsmithing and jewelry have been my focus for many years, but all the other art mediums are always calling me. I’ve worked in many and hope to eventually try them all. My approach is circular, where I continue to learn new ways to make art and at the same time, revisit things I’ve done in the past. I’m currently trying out a whole new thing. It’s still metal, but the scale is much larger. Metal sculpture, both fabricated and found objects are what I’m most excited about right now.”

JESSICA TOOKEY (Mediums: Acrylic, Oil, Pastel, Ink, Charcoal, Watercolor and Graphite). Jessica Tookey has been creating all of her life but didn’t pursue art as a career until 2014, after years of teaching. She draws and paints everything, but focuses most on portraiture: giving by bringing light back into the lives of people who have lost loved ones. “I recently learned that I can draw and paint with both hands at the same time (search for my channel on YouTube. I’m the one drawing, and I still am shocked when watching my own videos). Until April of 2016, I didn’t even know I could draw anything with my left hand, let alone both hands at the same time! Using my non-dominant hand has opened new realms that have been dormant in my brain for far too long. Through this self exploration, I have found a new love of self, thus allowing me to connect more completely with my purpose. I believe I was placed on this earth to give light to families struggling in darkness. I do this through my suicide prevention exhibit called Words Matter. Not only does it allow families to share the story of a loved one lost to suicide, it also makes people realize that they are not alone if they are -- or have had -- struggles with suicidal thoughts or actions. Every one of my artworks that is purchased helps me continue this important work.” PATRICIA SADLER Trainor, d.b.a. Mud Pie Arts Pottery (Mediums: Stoneware Clay). “I began working in clay about 25 years ago. Clay combines my love of color, texture, pattern and form. I prefer handbuilding, as I can texture clay before formming into a particular object. Travels in Mexico and South America are inspirations for my work. Works incorporate my background in pattern drafting, sculpture, painting and clothing. Flat sheets of clay (slabs) are darted, beveled, stamped, and joined together. I use wax-resist (like batik) when glazing.


“I am very dedicated to my art form and want to inspire people to take pleasure in every day life through the use of handmade objects.” CINDI WALTON (Mediums: Acrylic Paint and Pastels on Canvas; Alcohol Inks on Yupo Paper). “At BOSCO, I get to meet a group of talented, creative artists, and I also have an opportunity to share with the community the where, how and what I create. Besides my big, bright paintings, I am an illustrator, and right now there is a delightful little mouse (inspired by a real one under my sink) appearing in small paintings. These small paintings make me smile and I invite readers to my studio in October to see his antics. “I live on the Central Bench in Boise. I am a painter and illustrator. I look forward to showing the community my process and introducing them to my cute, little, furry friend.”







WHO ARE BOISE’S BEST? In all of my experience as an entrepreneurial champion, entrepreneurship scholar and -- yes -- an entrepreneur, the active presence of great role models and great mentors is crucial. I did an informal poll of entrepreneurs at different stages, and I found at least a dozen of the very best. Plus, my own experience with each of them has been uniformly positive. Even when they told me I was wrong -- correctly. Greenbelt Magazine is proud to showcase these amazing contributors to a more entrepreneurial Idaho, three at a time, with a special focus on names you may not know… but should. I asked them each five questions. Their answers blew me away. First, Karen Appelgren of the Business Resource Center at Zions Bank. Karen and Sheila Spangler first built up the Women’s Business Center and then moved to Zions. If there is one thing that gets the highest ROI for helping entrepreneurs it is…helping entrepreneurs. Coaching on business basics is not so sexy, but oh-so-valuable. (Just don’t tell her I call her “Coach Karen”. Second, Simon Mahler is a hidden gem – I have seen few people better at asking the right questions. He often asks me unnervingly insightful questions. If you’re familiar with the SBA’s SCORE program for business counseling, Simon is one of only four counselors to ever be decorated as a true small champion. Third, Joe Bonocore fled the Valley for the bright lights of Meridian after four successful Bay Area ventures and four successful exits. I call Joe the Master of Metrics; I’ve never met anyone better at understanding how to get the right metrics and KPIs. He’s a wizard at operations and strategic partnering. Without further adieu, here are the first three of Idaho’s greatest mentors.




KAREN APPLEGREN What makes a good mentor? A bad mentor? A good mentor focuses on helping entrepreneurs articulate their goals so they can create strategies and develop concrete plans of action with timelines for completion. A good mentor listens intently, asks questions to clarify or probe deeper and keeps an open mind to avoid jumping to conclusions or making false assumptions. She has the introspection and confidence to recognize her own limitations and make a referral when it becomes clear that an outside source has greater knowledge or depth of experience in a certain area. When people describe a bad experience with a mentor, they usually tell me that the mentor was more interested in talking about the mentor’s own accolades than in listening and learning about the entrepreneur’s challenges and opportunities. What should I know/ask/do to see if a mentor is good for me? Start with your network. Ask experienced entrepreneurs and trusted advisors like your attorney, CPA or banker for referrals to effective mentors. Why is the mentor motivated to work with entrepreneurs? Does the mentor enjoy paying it forward, or is this an ego trip? Find out what experience the mentor has personally in starting, growing and managing a business. Find out what successes he or she has had working with entrepreneurs of different types. Remember, you are trusting this individual with proprietary information and your future. What do mentees really need to know (and do)? Mentees need to understand that the mentor’s time is valuable and commitment is expected. Entrepreneurs should come to meetings prepared and having done the research or tasks as assigned. While mentees may simply need to air frustrations, to someone who’s been

there, sometimes talking about problems is not enough — decisions must be made. How do we grow good mentoring in Boise/Idaho?

travel across the entire state to help small businesses if I knew I could provide for my family. Idaho would find no one more passionate about rural communities and small business. Idaho should be a great place for anyone to launch a venture – let’s make it so!

Even good mentors can benefit from continued professional development. What about a local “mentors’ conference” or newsletter where best practices, ideas, resources and strategies can be shared? This means embracing an abundance mentality and seeing other mentors as colleagues, rather than competition.

Simon Mahler: (509) 572-8334

What is one thing that each of US can do to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem?


Make a conscious effort to buy local to support the small businesses in your community. Be willing to make introductions to your contacts to connect an entrepreneur to the right person or resource. Recognize and applaud the courage of entrepreneurs who, in many cases, are risking everything to start or grow their business. Talk to your own children about small business ownership as a possible career path because our economy depends on it.

A good mentor is a person who has a successful history in the area where they mentor. They should also be an effective listener and not “preach.” Each situation is different, and the mentor should understand the differences. A bad mentor does not have the attributes listed above. Most bad mentors just do not have the experience to do the job.

What makes a good mentor? A bad mentor?

What would you like to do, and how can we help you?

What should I know/ask/do to see if a mentor is good for me?

I think it’s important to provide regular opportunities for networking among entrepreneurs in the Treasure Valley. When community events like Boise Startup Week or the Business Essentials Summit take place, help get the word out and think about how you can provide value by participating.

Know that a mentor is only as good as their success in the industry or function for which you desire to be mentored. Pay attention to their ability or willingness to understand your needs and listen to your issues.

Karen Appelgren Vice President & Director, Business Resource Center; Zions Bank Office: (208) 501-7449; Cell: (208) 401-4507

Engage with your mentor in good dialogue. Mentors are not making decisions for you -- they are giving advice. Don’t be afraid to change a mentor if you are uncomfortable with their history or their advice.


What is one thing that each of US can do to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem? What would you like to do, and how can we help you?

What makes a good mentor? A bad mentor?

What do mentees really need to know (and do)?

How do we grow good mentoring in Boise/Idaho? Understand that not all people who have executive experience are good mentors. Too many mentees take advice from these executives who do not understand the industry or the issues the mentees are facing.

Good mentors: Take the time to listen to the entire story before making an assumption on a path to take; ask questions that they know can be engaging, challenging and demonstrate a path of opportunity that the person on the other end seeking help may not have otherwise discovered; are always available, going the extra mile to help further develop a business idea or fix problems.

Many entrepreneurs in Boise should have a better understanding of the innovation process. This basic understanding can go a long way in making their activities successful. I am helping to address this issue by teaching a course at BSU entitled “Innovation Influencing Change” which utilizes my experience in founding and successfully exiting four technology companies as the basis for teaching a proven process for creating or expanding businesses.

Bad mentors: Those who do not follow through; people who has alternative motives for meeting with the entrepreneur; people who do not prepare for the meeting in advance; people who give opinions to solutions with little support or evidence.

Joseph J. Bonocore President & CEO; Bonocore Technology Partners 415-845-8692

2) What should I know/ask/do to see if a mentor is good for me? To find a great mentor, do a background check. Often when I mentor someone, it is because they did their fact checking on me to see if I could even be a good match for them. Ask your prospective mentor questions that are relative to the industry you are in. What do mentees really need to know (and do)? People being mentored need to expect to hear criticism and take it as an opportunity to learn something new, to be open and honest about everything. Too often people I have mentored have withheld information simply because they were afraid to share it with me, but not knowing that it would have a direct impact on the success of their launch or how to keep their business going. People being mentored should expect homework. Mentors should assign homework, ensure mentees are serious about starting or correcting their business and take your information seriously.

I think you’ll see some patterns forming already – like lower scores on Narcissistic Personality Inventory? Three more are on deck for next month! Please contact me if you have other questions. I’d be honored if you checked out my recent blog posts ( and added your two cents’ worth. Entrepreneurially yours, Norris

How do we grow good mentoring in Boise/Idaho? You grow good mentoring like a startup community. Get people engaged. Get people excited. Recruiting good people who are excited about entrepreneurship and understand that how you start a business today is not how we all started a business in years past. Mentoring in this region is just okay, so let’s get more people involved in helping other budding ideas grow the region. What is one thing that each of US can do to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem? What would you like to do, and how can we help you? We all can grow the ecosystem here in Idaho if we eliminate the personal and secret agendas that exist out there and work together. Let’s work to create entrepreneurship ecosystems statewide. What would I do? I would




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Skiing Mountains and Moving Them, Too


f Boise’s convention space seems bigger and busier than ever, look no further than visionary David Wali. Wali, an executive vice president of the Gardner Company, worked with Gardner COO Tommy Alquist to craft a deal combining BSU’s business school, the transportation hub and the convention center. “It was a sizable undertaking, but we resolved problems for all of us,” Wali recalled.

Wali first met Alquist when Alquist was an emergency room physician at St. Luke’s in Meridian. On his days off, Alquist looked at development opportunities, and started his own development company in the early 2000s. Eventually, he became a principal at the Utah-based Gardner Company, a 35-year-old family-owned business with several projects completed in Boise. Wali noted that the City Center Plaza is the most visible, but his other favorite is the Sandbar at the Riverside Hotel. “It’s a great outdoor venue where you can see the river and have a burger,” he recommended. A Van Nuys, California native, Wali first became familiar with Boise during a December 1983 ski trip to Bogus Basin. He moved here to study business at Boise State and never left. He holds a seasonal pass for Bogus Basin to this day. A serial entrepreneur, Wali was a partner at George’s Cycles and Fitness (he’s an avid cyclist) and he also co-owned the Cricket Clothing


Company with Kathy, his wife of 25 years. He finds inspiration in Nike founder Phil Nike, and his book Shoe Dog. Wali borrows his motto in life from a 1991 Nike ad: “There is no finish line.” Wali’s impact on Boise’s development also extends to Twin Falls, where the Gardner Company completed construction of a surgery center with five operating rooms in January, and will complete a 55,000 square foot medical center in early 2018. They are working on numerous projects, including a movie theater in Nampa, Library Square in Nampa, Eagle Island Crossing, the Portico at Meridian, and West Valley Medical Complex in Caldwell. “The Gardner Company is here for the long haul,” said Wali. While many people assume the Gardner Company is a large development company, there are only 25 employees in Boise. “We’re a small company making a big impact,” stated Wali. “I like being part of a small company that offers autonomy to their employees and allows them to get the job done. Gardner has less bureaucracy than other companies, but significant resources.” Gardner Company’s employees have expertise in initial planning, financing, design, leasing, legal, construction and property management. Within hours of accepting the job with Gardner Company, Wali was putting together a plan to launch his first project with Gardner--the US Bank/Clearwater Convention expansion. “That’s where the Gardner


Company excels. They do complex, influential projects for the community.” Projects in the future include completing Pioneer Crossing, the new Boise Main Library, and TM Crossing, a joint venture with Brighton Corp–a business park on 71 acres immediately northeast of the I-84 interchange at 10 Mile Road, which will be home to Ameriben, a Meridian human resources and benefits administration company; Paylocity, a Chicago payroll and human resource company; and Brighton, a Meridian home and commercial builder. Wali has helped with numerous developments in Boise, including Hotel 43, The Riverside Hotel, Idaho Mountain Touring and BoDo. Wali was also the principal broker on the redevelopment of the four city blocks with Mark Rivers. What he likes most about the capital city is the “immediate access to so many exciting things to do–restaurants, cultural events and education are all within a manageable distance.” This transplant from Southern California noted that here “you don’t have to spend years of your life in your car. When you don’t spend all your time getting someplace, you spend more of your time doing things.” While Gardner has helped transform the Boise skyline with Idaho’s tallest building, Wali is looking forward to his business partner transforming the state of Idaho as well, running for governor. Together, they might innovate more positive changes for Idaho.




athlos academies

Building Future Pillars on Pillars Past


ften times charter schools are founded by dedicated educators with a great idea for an educational system, but little-to-no experience on the business of running a school. That’s where we come in. We provide them with support,” shared Camille Wells, chief co-based educational services provider helping schools succeed.

have an educational model but utilize the other two pillars. Recently, they started their 39th partnership with a school, although they do not currently have a partner school in Idaho.

“It’s something we are working toward in the future as a possibility, but Idaho can be a challenge to open a charter school in. However, we are really glad to be based in Boise. I’m Athlos offers different services to charter schools, including originally from Idaho and the city has been great and helped business functions such as HR, community development and us secure a grant so we could stay located here,” said Wells. accounting/payroll. Additionally, Athlos has its own educational model based on a three-pillar system. Their pillars are Athlos Academies relocated to their new permanent office and ‘Prepared Mind,’ ‘Healthy Body’ and ‘Performance Character.’ training space in downtown Boise, off of 10th and Idaho in the Old Macy’s building in May of this year. The old Macy’s building “ We h a v e s c h o o l s t h a t a l re a d y h a v e e d u c a t i o n a l was built in 1927 and has undergone a number of renovations models they’re built around, such as one we partner over the last several decades. “We worked with Boise State to with in Texas that is a Chinese language school, but find some of the old photos of the building. We unfortunately they utilize the other two pillars,” Wells explained. don’t have one from when it was built, but we do have images from the 1950s, including a fun image of the workers, the There are two types of partnerships Athlos engages in with 1970s and the 1990s when it was the Macy’s,” shared Wells. schools: fully implementing partners and powered-byAthlos partners. Fully implementing partners utilize all three When Athlos moved into the building it underwent a few changes. pillars, whereas a powered-by-Athlos partner may already The most striking change was the removal of pillars from the first floor.



“We had to remove pillars on the first floor for our turf and hardwood court. We wanted to model our teaching method in the building, so the pillars had to go. They put in a special structure frame that holds the building up from the second floor. These 90-ton steel beams replace the wood ones from the first floor, and we had them painted to match the original metal beams. It was important to us to keep the historic structure of the building intact. We wanted to make the space new, but keep the integrity.” The wood from the original beams was converted into a bench and art installations in the building, as was a metal grate that had been placed originally outside of the building and was reutilized for interior decor. “We eat our own cooking,” Wells shared, “that’s why a lot of thought went into how we designed our facility. We have staff movement activities on the turf, all of our meeting rooms are named after values and our mock classrooms where we train educators represent each of the pillars we teach.” For more information about Athlos Academies check out their website at or find them on Facebook. 208.519.4000




bronco athletic association bleeds blue How the Bronco Athletic Association is Helping Create Opportunities for Student-Athlete Success


here’s nothing quite like the excitement of kickoff on a crisp autumn

Happle is just one of countless student-athletes who have a story to

night. The blue turf, the roar of the crowd, the spirit of the band,

tell. Some Broncos may be the first in their family to attend college,

and, most importantly, the skills of our beloved Boise State Broncos.

while some come from families who would struggle to pay for college. A scholarship provided by the BAA may present the only opportunity

Every Bronco you see tackling an opponent on that field is also tackling a

to go to college and change that student and his or her family’s life.

challenging mix of classes, homework, practice, games and serving in the

Boise State student-athletes are truly an amazing example of

community (a requirement of Boise State Athletics). The life of a student-

determination and hard work. Not only are they all-stars on the

athlete is exciting and rewarding, yet expensive. The average cost of a

field, they also excel in the classroom. The 2017 gymnastics team

student-athlete investment per year is more than $35,000. The Bronco Athletic Association (BAA) provides the financial resources necessary for nearly 400 student-athletes in 19 sports to compete at a national level every school year in the form of scholarship support. Every dollar donated has the ability to change lives, including that of football player Jordan Happle. “My scholarship has given me the opportunity to receive a great education and prepare me for life after football. Without this scholarship, I am not sure where I would be. It is truly one of the best things to ever happen to me,” said Happle.



combined for an overall cumulative 3.84 GPA, they are showing

“Truly, the BAA is making a difference. Not only in our

that they have the skills to succeed during college and beyond.

community, but also for our student-athletes,” said Barbara Kennedy, a long-time BAA member and board member.

The BAA is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization and was established in 1968 with 1,700 members, and now includes 4,000 members, including

Becoming a BAA member has benefits outside of knowing you are making

businesses and individuals who continually support student-athletes

a difference and supporting your favorite student-athletes achieve their

through gifts to the BAA, annual season ticket contributions, capital

dreams. A BAA contribution is a charitable tax deduction, and results

projects, scholarship endowments, sport enhancements and planned

in other perks such as single-game and season ticket priority, exclusive

gifts. As the cost of education continues to rise, so does the need for

member gifts, website recognition, a personalized membership card, a

members to help support these student-athletes and their scholarships.

BAA decal, an invitation to the member appreciation event and much more depending on the level of membership. BAA membership costs as little

“We’re asking people to partner with us,” said Natale Keffer, the Assistant

as $100 annually, which provides support for student-athlete scholarships.

Athletic Director - Development of the BAA. “We want people to ask how they can be a part of this. Or, if they are existing members, how can they help more?” Besides knowing that their contribution is helping provide the best possible experience a student-athlete can have during his or her time at Boise State, members know that their donations also help Broncos prepare for a successful life after graduation. In 2016, the athletic department saw an 81 percent graduation rate, and 74 percent of Bronco student-athletes recorded a 3.0 GPA or above.

Being a member of Bronco Nation is more than just bleeding blue on game day; it’s about being a member of the local community and helping our student-athletes succeed both on and off the field of play.

“ T h e B A A h a s h e l p e d s t u d e n t s re a c h t h e i r g o a l s a f t e r graduation - in the NFL, the PGA and even moreso, outside the sports in which they compete collegiately,” said Keffer. The secret is out. Boise is a great place to call home, which can be seen by the number of student-athletes who stay in the Treasure Valley after graduation and continue to be a part of the Boise and Bronco community.

To become a member of the Bronco Athletic Association, please visit or call (208) 426-3556.




fabric of dreams Rooney Mae Couture


lowy silhouettes, designed to hug and flatter curves that accentuate the real woman is how one would describe Meagan Jones’ fashion genius. From Rodeo Queen, IT specialist and rock star to fashion entrepreneur, this Rooney Mae Couture owner has filled every pair of these shoes with skills, talent and pizzazz. Jones’ adventurous spirit and philosophy that one should “never start believing that failure is an option” have been key to her journey. Born and raised in Boise, Jones and her family lived out in rural Eagle and Star where it was easy to raise and groom show horses. Jones’ first taste of the fashion world began with her stint as a rodeo queen in high school. With her shapely body, she found it a challenge being a part of a pageant community that regularly sold clothes back and forth for the body type deemed to be the norm. Jones’ creative solution was to design and create unique outfits with the ‘bling’ for herself, which she eventually started selling to her friends. Being an expert seamstress herself, Jones’ mother recognized her daughter’s incredible talent and strongly encouraged her to go to fashion school when she graduated from high school. Concluding then that, “Fashion is not a real job. Nobody actually makes a living making clothes,” Jones traveled the long route to realizing that “Mother knows best.” Instead, Jones moved to Seattle and then Phoenix pursuing the IT dream. Jones’ boss, a part-time stand up comic, recognized Jones’ gift for singing and, gave her a gentle nudge towards following this dream. Jones started singing and trying out for bands in 2003. With a passion for Texas country and Americana music, she moved to Austin in 2005 and then to Nashville to follow the music scene. Entering this phase of life brought Jones back to the world of fashion design. She wanted to design her own glitzy stage and party outfits. She gave life to sparkly, eye-


catching pieces. Jones designed her stage garb to stand out and be flattering, but not require her to sweat buckets in order to look good. For many years, Jones juggled music and fashion, accruing a lot of business on her Etsy website. In 2012, she finally realized that it was more lucrative to stay home and work than to go out on tours with the bands. She moved back home to Boise to work on fashion full time. Jones reflected, “I feel like I have accomplished my music dreams. I have made several records. I have traveled through Europe singing. I love music. The lifestyle and being on the road? Not so much. It is glamorous when you’re 25. I don’t want to live on the road all the time. I have a normal life now and more control. I love to travel, but now it is for buying fabric. I’m happy with the journey I went on, because music and traveling contributed to what I do and having this freedom.” For four years, Jones worked tirelessly out of her attic, which she says felt more like a “sweatshop.” She inched towards having her own storefront, which became a reality in September of 2015. While it was couture Victorian costumes that Jones started with, it was her signature flowy sundresses and wedding wear that grew her business tremendously on Etsy. Jones has since expanded her range to include bridal gowns, bridesmaids’ dresses and prom dresses. What sets her apart is that she specializes in customizing outfits. Generally, many designers create a line like a spring line that comes with certain designs in specific sizes. However, Jones said, “My dresses are one-of-a-kind. While some summer dresses or bridesmaid dresses can be duplicated, you can be sure that my black tie event outfits and prom dresses are the only GREENBELT MAGAZINE | JULY - AUG 2017

ones that exist.” It is also important to her that her dresses make clients “look good and take them through an event comfortably.” To that end, she ensures her creations are wrinkle-free and travel well. Bright eyed about the future, Jones is excited to launch her new bridesmaids’ line within the next year, informed by the feedback she has gathered over the years about what bridesmaids truly want. Her new line will feature custom-made mix-and-match pieces. In making 500 dresses a year, Jones discovered customers yearned to mix and match tops, skirts and fabric designs, which is driving the current market. Jones’ next goal is her swimwear line. She has been designing her own swimsuits for years and shared that, “Swimsuits are already difficult. Finding ones that fit well, look good and don’t make people feel uncomfortable is difficult.” In addition to her father’s help in the store, she looks forward to adding employees so she can focus on designing and creating her visions of beauty. Jones’ journey has not been without trials and panic attacks. There have been times where she worried what would happen the next month. She has had to move three times with this business, tearing everything down and building it back up. Through it all, she has never given in to the fear that it may not work. Repeating the mantra, “It’s going to work, it has worked, it will continue to work” has taken her through challenging times. To aspiring fashion entrepreneurs, Jones joked, “Go to fashion school if your mum tells you to!” And then, on a serious note, she advised, “If someone is really invested in your talent, go with it. Sometimes, we can’t see our own potential. I literally didn’t know what I was doing when I started, but now I have been my own boss for six years. I truly believe that what you think is what you create. Focus on success. Focus on a creative vision. Just don’t give up. It will happen. As long as people need dresses, I will be here to make them.”

Rooney Mae Couture Etsy Rooney Mae Couture Website Rooney Mae Couture Facebook Page


on the trail


what’SUP? The Paddle Board Guy


eet Dennis Terenzio, or as many people know him, “The Paddle Board Guy.” Born and raised in greater Seattle, eDennis has spent most of his life on the water. Now he seeks to make a splash in the booming paddle boarding industry. It all started with Terenzios’ profound love for sailing, bred from spending nearly two decades nestled up against the Puget Sound. His degree in industrial design from Western Washington University pried him away from the gentle serenity of Puget Sound for the hustle and bustle of New York City, where he spent two years before settling down in land-locked Idaho. The absence of spending time on the water left a void that he struggled to fill for many years; that is, until he discovered the world of paddle boarding. “I love water because it’s such a core element,” explained Terenzio. “It represents immense beauty, power, calm and life. I know we can’t live without it, but I never would want to live without it, anyway.” Terenzio’s industrial design background led the newfound p a d d l e b o a rd a f i c i o n a d o t o t r a n s f o r m h i s h o b b y i n t o a family business, teaming up with Latitude Sports. “My 11-year-old twin boys and even our retriever totally love it and couldn’t be happier,” he declared, adding, “It’s an entire family business that we can all join in on.”


Terenzio’s business is revolutionizing the standup paddle board (SUP) industry through “premium products that are ultra-light.” This, he explained, is achieved through constructing SUP’s with materials like carbon fiber and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). In addition, Terenzio’s SUP kits also include an industry-first lightweight carbon fiber paddle and 12-volt cigarette lighter plug-in pump to eliminate the nuisance of hand-pumping for 10-plus minutes in scorching summer heat. The end result? A paddle board that’s about 46 percent (12 lbs.) lighter than the SUP industry average of 25 pounds, and more accessible to people of all ages and skill levels. “We’ve been striving to get under 15 pounds for the past year,” beamed Terenzio, adding, “We weren’t sure this was achievable, but we just recently hit the sub-14 range.” Terenzio estimates that roughly 80 percent of those who currently paddle board are only paddling in places they can easily access via a car or rental shop. The arrival of ultra-light SUP’s to the market would expand paddle boarding’s horizons to more remote destinations that require hiking in, such as high-mountain lakes. That, in a nutshell, is Dennis’ ultimate goal. “We want to open up the world of paddle boarding with many more and completely new opportunities,” declared Dennis. Latitude Sports is still testing prototypes but has launched its first board to the public and aims to have multiple SUP GREENBELT MAGAZINE | JULY - AUG 2017

options on the market next spring. For now, Terenzio spends his time meticulously designing and testing new prototypes. “I go out anywhere from four to five times a week,” Terenzio revealed. “I’ve covered close to 1,000 miles paddling across hundreds of hours on the water.” But where? Where in Idaho could one man devote so many hours to paddle boarding the same waters? “It’s a secret,” Terenzio teased. Like with most innovations, it took an engineer to revolutionize paddle boarding and make it “more accessible to everyone.”

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kingdom henna I

Designed to Be Remembered

t’s not uncommon to recall visual memories more accurately than words. A missionary in southeast Asia understood this phenomenon when he used henna to etch interpretations of Bible stories onto the hands of women who did not have the luxury of studying from a book. The art, continuously in their line of sight, allowed them to commit the stories to memory and easily call up details to share with others.

Joanna will be the first to tell you that her experience was the complete opposite. In fact, she started Kingdom Henna before even trying henna herself. At the time, she knew nearly nothing about the art of henna. “I was so sure that it was something I needed to do,” she remembered. “The idea wouldn’t go away.” Drawing inspiration from scripture, nature and even calligraphy, Joanna’s diligent practice turned into an undeniable talent.

“That was a point of inspiration for me,” said Joanna Russell, owner of Kingdom Henna. Her temporary henna tattoo creations are often beautiful depictions of Bible verses meant to be displayed prominently, ensuring that “Every time you look at it, you’re reminded to focus on the good things.”

In addition to hosting a booth at local festivals, street fairs and the Saturday market, Joanna travels to private parties and events to decorate hands, ankles, forearms and even pregnant bellies. Her “coffee shop henna” appointments are popular with clients who prefer to relax with a latte in one hand and a henna artist at work on the other.

Joanna’s process begins with a custom blend of organic Rajasthani henna powder, made from dried, ground-up henna leaves. She adds organic cane sugar, lavender and cajuput essential oils and water, mixed to form a paste. The paste is placed into a cone and piped onto the skin like a baker squeezing fondant patterns on top of a cake. The freshly drawn pattern sits on the skin for as long as possible before the dried paste is scraped off, leaving a bright orange stain behind where the paste once was. The orange slowly develops into rich, red-brown designs that last between a week and 10 days.


While many entrepreneurs build a business around a talent they already have,

My first henna tattoo was in a similar setting. I sat in a coffee shop with Joanna, mesmerized by the formation of detailed flowers and leaves that flowed freely from the cone she held expertly in her hand. “I want people to feel important and like they matter,” she said to me, winding loopy vines up my finger. “They’re worth being adorned, and they deserve to feel beautiful and express themselves.” I looked down at my new accessory. It struck me that this temporary design was not reserved for a certain race, religion or rite of passage. Instead, it served as a statement piece and a symbol of joy. Joanna’s work invited strangers to chat with me and friends to inquire about my henna experience. It gave me something to share with others. It brought people together. Phone/text: 208.809.8228 Email:

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the vibe


one haute cookie


Pretty Enough to Eat

randma was right all along -- food brings people together. A study in the Journal of Consumer Psychology found that closeness and trust between strangers improves when they’re noshing on the same things. This means a plate of cookies at your next soiree will do more than quiet rumbling tummies. But not just any cookie will do the trick. Professional party hosts know that the real conversation starters are custom cookies.

The two Garden City bakers radiate a sense of bliss. Their joy is evident, even in the bright teal and clean white color scheme of the small shop. As I toured the store front, Erin pointed out their recent buy, a refrigerated display case. “For us, it’s a sign of growth.” Inside the case was an explosion of goodies available to purchase, including a unicorn cake, a cake topped with whimsical watermelons and cookies shaped like seahorses, turtles and rainbows.

“We can match color schemes, party themes, anything.” The smile on Theresa Moody’s face broadened as she described the infinite shapes and designs created from over 800 cookie cutters in the back room of her shop.

To the right of the case, near the cash register was a framed definition of haute: high-class, fancy; high-toned, elevated; unique, one-ofa-kind. Reflecting on my time with Erin and Theresa, it’s evident why they chose haute to be part of their name. Their cookies create an unforgettable experience for customers at tradeshows, families at baby showers and colleagues at office celebrations.

Theresa is one half of the bubbly baking duo who own One Haute Cookie in Garden City. She and her partner, Erin Gallegos, met in a commissary kitchen during a busy holiday season when Erin asked Theresa for help fulfilling an exceptionally large order. “She stepped right in and we hit it off immediately,” Erin recalled. After the flour settled, Erin invited Theresa to join the cookie biz long term. “Obviously, I said yes!” Theresa interjected. It turns out creating a custom cookie is not a simple affair. The lifecycle for a batch of treats begins at least one full week before the pick-up date. For faster processing, Erin and Theresa recommend including photos, logos, invitations and other artifacts with the order request. After receiving design approval, the baking begins. Cooking, cooling, and cutting take place before using icing to turn plain-faced cookies into works of art. Although vanilla sugar cookies are the most popular request, chocolate espresso, red velvet and pumpkin spice are also on the menu, to name a few. Despite the early mornings and frequent long nights, it’s clear that neither Erin nor Theresa consider their time at the shop a chore. As Theresa puts it, “I don’t come here and dread it. Even though I’m working twice the hours I did as a teacher, I’m so happy.”


“It’s a euphoric feeling to bring this kind of happiness to people,” Erin said. It’s no wonder their cookies are so sweet. But don’t take my word for it, take a bite out of one yourself!

For more information, please visit or visit their storefront at 5159 N. Glenwood Street, Garden City, ID. You can reach them at (208) 375.9400.




do some barley hops at kegFit


Putting Bodies in Motion at Some of Boise’s Favorite Breweries!

egFit’s origin goes back to October of 2014 on the Capitol Steps. Founder Dirk Manley loves staying fit, but once Idaho weather takes its fall turn, there’s no going back until spring. After a chilly workout at the Capitol, Manley was enjoying a beer at Woodland Empire, when he talked with owners Rob and Keeley Landerman about some extra space they had in their keg room. Rather than spend his days shivering in the cold, Manley could work out in their brewery, and of course, it was all too convenient that Woodland’s delicious array of taps would be available for a recovery beer immediately afterward.

KegFit is a big advocate for sponsorship and community partnering. Manley has made lasting relationships with places like Sage Yoga, Proof Eyewear, Good Superfoods, lululemon, Killer Whey, and of course, several breweries in the area. KegFit has been a part of YogaFort, Race for the Steaks and will undoubtedly continue to build new relationships with businesses around the community.

For the last several years, Dirk Manley has worked toward perfecting the KegFit class. He has developed a routine that is suited for all fitness levels and skills. Whether this is your first workout class or you’ve been an avid gym goer for years, KegFit is both challenging and achievable.

To participate in KegFit, dress comfortably in workout attire and plan to spend $8 in cash or purchase a card. Participants are encouraged to stay after the class for a recovery beer and food. The current KegFit schedule is every Tuesday at Woodland Empire Alecraft at both 5:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., and every Wednesday at Powderhaus Brewing at 5:45 p.m.

KegFit rotates users through workout stations called circuit training. At only 45 seconds per station with four stations, the workout flies by. Between warm ups and introductions, the entire experience lasts about an hour, but for Manley, KegFit is not just about staying active. It is more about facilitating community relationships and helping people get to know one another in a welcoming environment.

Manley’s goal is to drive traffic into our local breweries and encourage relationships in the valley. The KegFit workout experience is something everyone should try. Avoid those awkward, silent moments at the gym. Rather, go out, stay active, meet people and enjoy some of Boise’s most delicious craft beers, all in one place.

Anyone who has ever been to a gym knows that it’s not really the place you go to meet people. There’s not a lot of conversation—mostly headphones and silently waiting for your turn on the next machine. At KegFit, the warm up and introduction fosters conversation and a sense of friendship. This is underscored by the delicious craft beer and food available after the workout.


“I’ve seen people network job opportunities, get new housing arrangements and make new friends, all in one workout session,” said Manley. “It’s really about making connections.”

For more information, please visit their website at GREENBELT MAGAZINE | JULY - AUG 2017



dwell it

lighting the future

Retrolux Saves Time and Money for Owners and Contractors


ucked away on the third floor of the historic Alaska Building in downtown Boise is a start-up software company that just might change the world—or at least the way we light it. Retrolux occupies a unique space in the commercial building industry. They provide cloud-based software that connects lighting contractors with suppliers to save money and energy in lighting retrofit projects. “Nobody else is doing exactly what we do,” explained Retrolux founder and CEO Leif Eigethun. “We are trying to change and improve an industry that hasn’t changed in 60 years.” Commercial and residential lighting has come a long way since Thomas Edison’s first incandescent bulbs. In fact, according to Eigethun, today’s LED (light emitting diode) solutions have the potential to save enormous amounts of energy, while also providing higher quality light-enhancing productivity for workers and students. Eigethun, a chemical engineer, brings more than 10 years’ experience in clean and renewable energy to Retrolux, which he started in 2012 and made his full-time job in 2015. He has an infectious passion for market-based solutions to climate change. “The reality is that the fight for energy resources is the largest 38

problem facing us as a species,” he said, noting that our current model could basically be described as “find a resource and burn it.” Eigethun believes that solving the energy crisis will enable us to solve other problems, like water and food shortages, with solutions like cheap, clean energy and inexpensive saltwater desalinization. And it all starts with something as simple as turning on a light switch. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, because LED (light-emitting diode) lights use 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting, they have a significant potential to reduce energy costs for every customer. In fact, at current energy prices, LED lighting could save U.S. consumers $30 billion, conserving as much energy as is produced by 44 large electrical plants each year. LEDs provide better quality lighting for a fraction of the cost. But Eigethun wants building owners to understand the soft benefits as well. “First, there are the obvious benefits to the environment,” he said. “But there are also productivity gains from cutting-edge lighting technology.” Some new LED technology provides flicker-free lighting so that people who are negatively impacted by fluorescent lights GREENBELT MAGAZINE | JULY - AUG 2017

can perform better at school and work. “Lighting can actually help people learn,” Eigethun said. Another benefit, especially for retailers and supermarkets, is the quality of the light. “Reds look redder; everything looks more vibrant,” Eigethun explained. Retrolux has officially moved out of its startup phase and is already turning a profit, with customers nationwide. The company is working on native versions of its cloud-based software, which it provides to a variety of lighting industry customers using the popular “freemium” model, where customers can add options to the free basic application. For Eigethun, Retrolux is a calling. “I want to keep as many fossil fuels in the ground as possible and use market-based solutions to do it,” he said. “Sustainability has been my entire career.” Sometimes, the best things in life really are free.

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art galleries

PIECE UNIQUE • 205 N 10th Street • Piece Unique is an exclusive upscale boutique that specializes in designer clothing, shoes and accessories ranging from bags to belts, and jewelry to hats and ties. A family run business with Natalie Durham and her 3 daughters serving as the backbone of Piece Unique and providing sleek and trendy clothing that cannot be found anywhere else.

GALLERY 601 • 211 N 10th Street • Established in 1981, Gallery 601 specializes in the retail sale of originals, graphics, fine art limited edition prints, collectable figurines and art related products. They provide the finest in creative custom framing to museum standards.

KEYSTONE STATION • 222 N 9th Street Locally owned men’s clothing store that brings a unique style to Boise. Keystone takes men’s fashion up a notch with seasonal wear including, but not limited to, Thorogood boots, shades and hats. It takes casual to a whole new style level.

WARD HOOPER • 745 W Idaho Street • Ward Hooper provides iconic posters for every type. His colorful graphic posters of national parks, t.v. shows and famous actors all have a beautiful vintage vibe. His Gallery downtown is an honor for Boise and is packed with more than just his art, but with vintage antiques.



URBANDDUO • 1726 W Main Street • UrbanDuo is exactly what Boise is missing. It’s a stand-out furniture, gift, and decor boutique with true-to-the-root urban feel. Their boutique is constantly changing with a variety of eclectic products, new ideas, and design inspiration for every home style!

VIP GAMESTORE • 8638 W Overland Street • Providing the best video games, movie trading, selling and purchasing possible, VIP Gamestore exceeds any offer you’ll get from any other store. They keep their prices competitive and their customer service is second to none.

BEATNIK VINTAGE • 108 N Latah Street • Family owned in Boise since 2015, Beatnik Vintage is where you will find the perfect vintage furniture items that are retro and exciting. They work hard to bring fun and unique pieces to you daily. It’s a blast from the past and priced for everyone.

ALL ABOUT GAMES • 120 N 8th Street • No matter what your flavor of gaming. All About Games hosts events from Attack Wing, Warhammer, Pathfinder, Magic the Gathering and more! With every boardgame imaginable and their dedicated customer service, it’s the place to find your next game!

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IDAHOMADE • 108 N 6th Street Idaho Made is Idaho’s only boutique-style, brick-and-mortar shop selling art and crafts made locally. You’ll find jewelry, knitted and crocheted goods, baby goods, aprons, hair accessories, bath & body products, recycled and upcycled items, and so much more.

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MIXED GREENS • 213 N 9th Street • Fun, cute, something for everyone! Mixed Greens is a family owned gift boutique in downtown Boise, Idaho, offering a variety of unique items and an eclectic assortment. With laugh out loud cards, jewelry, home and garden goods, you’ll be sure to find a perfect gift for everyone, including yourself.

AMARU CONFECTIONS 217 S Roosevelt Street • Established in 2000 Aimee and her talented team of pastry chefs provide remarkable baked goods for any special event. It’s Idaho’s custom cake and dessert shop! Available for delivery throughout the Treasure Valley and within a 150 mile radius of Boise.

quick eats EVEN STEVENS • 815 W Bannock Street • Eat and give back! Founder Steve Down saw an opportunity to use his skills as an entrepreneur to turn the food service industry into a force for social good. For every sandwich purchased a donation is made. It’s a sandwich shop with cause.


WAFFLE ME UP• 204 N Capitol Street • The Treasure Valley has been served delicious waffles from sweet to savory and everything in between since 2012. With local GMO-free ingredients, yeast-risen dough from scratch, pressed with Belgian sugar pearls caramelize to give it the perfect crunch to the exterior, all while leaving the center chewy and pretty much perfect in every waffle way.




Best Day Trips From Boise oise gives us the best of both worlds. The city life with diverse

the Treasure Valley Community. But because Bogus Basin is only a

culture, and the endless recreational life we are surrounded

short 40-minute drive, you’ll have plenty of time to make it back for

by in every direction. Boise has its char m, which is why

have dinner out with friends.

you’re here, am I right? But sometimes, when you have just one day off to make the most of it or spice things up a bit, you have a few options for day trips you can make with your friends or family. The Idaho Statesman came out with the top three day trips from Boise.

Best Day Trip From Boise #1: McCall McCall has excellent skiing, snowboarding, Nordic, snowshoeing, golf, hiking, biking, camping, river rafting and kayaking, fishing, boating, jet skiing, sunbathing, wildlife, natural hotsprings, Payette Lake, great neighbors, zero crime and to top it off, rugged beautiful m o u n t a i n s a l l a ro u n d . M c C a l l i s j u s t a t w o - h o u r- a n d - t e n - m i n u t e drive from Boise, giving you plenty of time to make the most of your day spending it the way you want. McCall also has fun shops and restaurants you won’t find anywhere else. It’s Boise’s perfect day trip, but you can’t go wrong spending a few days here, either.

McCall Best Day Trip From Boise #3: Idaho City Idaho City is third on the list of Boise’s best day trips. Once the largest city in the Pacific Northwest during the gold rush, there now remains a rugged western town steeped in mining and logging history. Idaho City is a beautiful hidden gem and a gateway to the Sawtooth Mountains. You have all the recreational fun to fill your day, and wonderful history to explore and only a one-hour’s drive away from the heart of Downtown Boise. Exploring couldn’t be made easier.

n i s a B s u Bog Best Day Trip From Boise #2: Bogus Basin Coming in at number two is Bogus Basin. This basin extends many activities for the whole year including mud runs, skiing, hiking, star searching and mountain biking. Bogus is known for its accessible,

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paddles up poké The Nation’s Hottest Food Trend Hits Boise


he phrase “paddles up” is a rafting term that means to attack the rapids head on, facing the challenges to come. For business partners and long-time friends, Dan Landucci and Jordan Tapangco, paddles up means so much more than just fun on the river. It embodies their passion and dedication for their new restaurant, Paddles Up Poké. Landucci and Tapangco met more than seven years ago, when both of their girlfriends -- now wives -- became friends in college. The two always had a complementary relationship that they thought would translate well into a business partnership, with Landucci being “the dreamer” and Tapangco “the anchor.” They each came from coastal areas -- Tanpagco from Alaska and Landucci from California -- so their seafood knowledge hails back to their childhoods. However, they weren’t interested in starting a traditional sushi or seafood restaurant. Instead, they wanted to give Boise the option to create their own delicious poké bowls—pronounced “pohkeh” bowls. (Poké bowls are today’s hottest food trend, fish salads seasoned in various sauces. Poké bowls started in Hawaii and made their way like wildfire from the west coast to the east coast.) Paddles Up Poké’s competitive price points are hard for other restaurants to match. After years of deliberation, the two went ‘paddles up’ and set to work facing the challenges of starting a restaurant. It was no easy task. They both spent hours painting, building and planning their 9th Street location. Paddles Up Poké opened its doors on May 1, 2017 and business has been booming ever since. One of the biggest challenges for Landucci and Tapangco was to


create the perfect menu. They wanted to serve only the finest fish and highest quality ingredients. “We would never have been able to have the products that we do without the help of Marcus Bonilla,” said Landucci. Bonilla has owned the Reel Foods Fish Market & Oyster Bar since 1980, and shared his knowledge and expertise with Paddles Up, helping it become a reality. In unison, Landucci and Tapangco gratefully credited Bonilla as their resource “for everything.” “Marcus knows fish and he let us sample the product for taste and quality. He even helped us after we opened; he actually worked in the kitchen the first few days,” Landucci enthused. Paddles Up Poké offers a healthy, satisfying alternative to some of Boise’s other dining options. For the owners, it is about the quality of the product, ensuring that each poké bowl has the freshest fish delivered daily, and that they’re ingredients locavore, whenever possible. Their affordable, diverse menu is fully customizable. Their most popular bowl is the Bogus Basin, fully loaded with salmon, tuna, avocado, crab, seaweed salad, ginger and a plethora of veggies and sauces. Paddles Up Poké offers their additional toppings and sauces at no extra charge. While the Bogus Basin bowl takes the top seller position, Tapangco is most excited about their Poké Nachos, which he proclaimed an experience that everyone should try.


Hope For the Hopeless


By Brittney Byrne

r. Kent at Treasure Valley TMS is bringing hope to the hopeless with the groundbreaking use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Of the 16 percent of the population suffering from depression, nearly one third are finding little to no relief with traditional methods such as medication and therapy. Depression is taking a heavy toll on the Treasure Valley. Idaho leads the suicide rate at one person per day making the sad choice.

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Dr. Kent is bringing relief to those who have found none. Most of Dr.Kent’s patients have tried and failed multiple medications and other therapies. Some have even been dealing with depression for decades. With his use of a patented, FDAapproved helmet technology that pinpoints the precise section of the brain that is associated with depression, they are able to stimulate the area and assist the brain in firing again. With just one round of treatments, half of his patients are seeing significant improvement in symptoms and one-third are seeing a complete remission of their depression. The treatment has no side effects like traditional methods often do. To see if you are an ideal candidate for TMS, head over to and take the SelfAssessment. Also on the website are multiple testimonials from patients who have struggled with depression and found a cure with TMS. You will find clips of Dr.Kent’s radio show, where he speaks with experts on TMS, former and current patients and a variety of other guests, from writers to doctors. If you or a loved one are suffering from depression and feel there is nothing left to try, Treasure Valley TMS may be the answer to the relief you are seeking.




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hen you come in, you almost never see the same thing twice,” owners Randy and Cherie Shelton said of their store, T h e B e a u t i f u l D re a m e r a n d R e n d i t i o n s .

The duo married just out of high school in 1983 and right away, discovered their passion for selling furniture. They started out selling pieces in Vancouver, then moved to Boise to open a store front. Their first furniture store, America The Beautiful Dreamer, opened in November of 1989, specializing in bedroom furniture and futons. A decade later, the couple decided to open their second store, Renditions Furniture, in the historic district of downtown Boise. This time, they wanted to specialize in one-of-a-kind furniture for the entire home. In the winter of 2010, the Shelton’s combined the two stores under one roof. “The name kind of came to us one night,” Cherie recalled of Renditions. The name America The Beautiful Dreamer was the franchise the Shelton’s initially bought. The inspiration to combine the two stores came from wanting a one-stop furniture store where customers could find everything they needed to furnish their entire home, all under one roof. Located conveniently in the Boise Towne Square parking lot, America the Beautiful Dreamer and Renditions has customers traveling from all over Idaho to buy their unique pieces. “The loyal customer base we have helps us compete against big chain stores. They make it enjoyable,” explained Cherie. “Our complimentary design consultants will help you choose whatever you need for your home.” 46

Of course, the Idaho-made furniture is what keeps the customers coming back. They offer log furniture made from woods lodge pole, aspen, alder, oak or hickory. Bed stands made from Oak Creek in Payette, Idaho can be found in three types of hardwoods, including alder, oak and hickory, with many stain color options. Customers can also customize the bed height, along with the number of dovetailed drawers, making each stand unique. Cedar-lined drawers are standard, ideal for Idaho cabins. “It’s furniture for your style of life.” Their store also offers a variety of bedroom items, including the Comfort Sleeper, a sectional that converts t o a s l e e p e r s o f a , o r t h e S i m m o n s B e a u t y re s t ® mattress, which guarantees a comfortable, restful sleep. They describe their store having a “boutique atmosphere” where everything is placed to look as if it belongs. Every item seen on the floor is available for sale, including artwork, lamps and accent pieces like glass vases. The couple offers free local delivery on any item. The Sheltons rely primarily on local vendors for their furniture, but twice a year they travel to Las Vegas and High Point, Carolina for furniture markets with more diverse selections. Their familiar team includes three sales associates and two delivery workers. Randy and Cherie spend their share of time in the store running the business and designing room settings.


Solar Altenergy works for This Idaho family By Lisa Heppner Like most Idahoans, the Montgomery family of Boise places a high value on the environment and their independence. When planning their dream home, they decided to make the best choices possible. They hired Flynner Design+Build to construct an energy-efficient home that was beautiful, healthy and affordable. The home’s energy consumption model was the focus of the solar power system designed and installed by Altenergy. The system had to be investment grade, to provide a good return over time.

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The 8.12kW ground-mounted solar array provides most of the power their home requires. Surplus power is returned to the community through net metering. The system meets emergency needs when utility power is out, by drawing on its state-of-the-art battery storage system. The Montgomery family required a system that could operate their well pump, refrigeration, lighting and communications. Altenergy designed an economically sensible system by integrating it with their utility connection. The system is robust and capable of operating their home and its modest energy demands during utility outages. “Working directly with a builder during the planning process results in higher energy efficiency at lower cost compared to adding solar after the home is built,” explained Jesse Simpson, manager of Altenergy’s Boise operations. “We partnered with Flynner Design+Build to help them create an ultra energy-efficient home that meets the needs of the family and delivers significant dividends.” The Montgomery home received a 2017 Building of Excellence Award from the City of Boise for its unique design and energy independence. Solar energy works best when systems are designed and engineered by well-trained and experienced people, and installed with high-quality, durable equipment. Idaho has outstanding solar resources and conditions, and could be the solution for many more homes and businesses. Solar is part of a global energy solution, and Idahoans are embracing solar into their lifestyle. Call Altenergy 208-297-7660

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very summer my husband and I pack our bags, load up the truck with

3. The Sandbar. If you haven’t been to the Sandbar yet this season, it’s

luggage, a cooler, bikes, and our two young daughters and drive 3.4

worth checking out. After a recent remodel, they’ve doubled their previous

miles to the Riverside Hotel. We’ve enjoyed our annual “stay-cation”

space, adding extra seating and an entire second bar. My husband

for enough years in a row that I think it now qualifies as a family tradition.

swears by the brisket. I’m a sucker for the Portobello veggie burger.

It’s a night or two away from home without having to tackle the logistics of major travel. Here are 10 reasons why the Riverside keeps calling us back:

4. The Pool. The Riverside pool is pristine, accented by a hot tub on one side and a splash pad on the other. There are lounge chairs,

1. The Chocolate Chip Cookies. Never underestimate the power of a

shaded tables, and staff to provide you with towels, water and anything

good chocolate chip cookie. The Riverside makes these in-house and

you might like to order from the bar or restaurant. (Yes, please).

doles them out at check-in. They are the first things my daughters (okay, and my husband and I) look forward to. Be sure to order an ice

5. The Package. The Riverside offers a “Stay-cation” package. A night’s

cream sandwich later while poolside or at the Sandbar. These same

lodging, free brunch, a tote with beach ball, sunscreen, lip balm, and

chocolate chip cookies are used to make the most decadent of desserts.

water and a $50 gift card to spend at any of the bars or restaurants. For those who don’t have children in tow, check out the Vin-cation package,

2. The Games. We play checkers and chess at the boards in the lobby. Then

which includes wine, wine accoutrements, and a tour and tasting at Telaya

we play checkers and chess at the giant outdoor sets adjacent to the pool.

Winery (on the same property as the Riverside -- no driving necessary).

When my daughters were toddlers, I sometimes let them win. Then they got bigger and I stopped letting them win. Now, they just flat out beat me.



6. The Music. Many of Boise’s fantastic musicians have played the Sandbar. With three different acts playing throughout the day, we get the benefit of live music while still lounging by the pool. Evenings include acts inside at Bar365 and the Sapphire Room. 7. The River. There’s a reason it’s called The Riverside. You don’t have to float the Boise River to enjoy it, and the manicured river frontage under willow trees makes an ideal setting. 8. The Greenbelt. We ride our bikes along the Greenbelt because it’s good to temper all that poolside lounging with a little exercise. Our Greenbelt rides have taken us to the Esther Simplot Park, Zoo Boise, and Payette Brewing, among other stops. 9. The Breakfast. You had me at “bottomless mimosas.” If that’s not enough, try the prime rib, donut bar, and made-to-order omelets. Sometimes we hit the Riverside weekend brunch when we’re not staying there, just because it’s so good. Did I mention the bottomless mimosas? 10. The Break. It’s lovely to be pampered, but just as important as all of the little perks and comforts is the time away from a daily routine. The opportunity to relax with family, leaving behind the constant scramble to keep up with the world, even if just for a day, makes this a family tradition worth sustaining.

AK Turner is the award winning, New York Times bestselling author of the Vagabonding with Kids book series, as well as This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store, Mommy Had a Little Flask, and Hair of the Corn Dog. When not traveling the world with her family, the Turners live in Boise (conveniently not far from the Riverside Hotel). Learn more at





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“I like that BFF is local, accessible and affordable for everyone,” observed Lussier.“ Though I have extensive experience traveling for major festivals (SXSW, Sundance, Austin Film Fest, San Francisco Film Fest, Sun Valley), most people around here cannot afford to attend big festivals like that. So our goal in starting the fest was to create a unique event that everyone could attend and benefit from right here in Boise.” Westbrook was excited about the variety of community members that attended. The “can’t miss” events of Boise Film Festival for Westbrook were the panel discussions, including an Idaho film panel and a discussion on the gender gap in media. The Boise Film Festival gives filmmakers and film goers an opportunity to make connections. Melinda Quick, BFF’s Executive Director, stated, “Boise Film Festival is much more than an annual celebration of local, national and international films. BFF provides the platform for connections between film communities--whether they’re local, national or international--to happen. BFF grows as the Idaho film industry grows--and we’re not slowing down one bit.”

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Film Fans Flock to Boise Film Festival


ilms can change minds and change lives,” stated Lana Westbrook, who co-founded the Boise Film Festival with Kristy Leigh Lussier in 2015. Westbrook grew up in Payette and likes Boise because there is “more opportunity and always things to do.” One of those activities is the Boise Film Festival. This year, for the first time, the four-day festival full of exciting screenings, panel discussions, parties, workshops and surprises will be held at JUMP (Jack’s Urban Meeting Place) whose address is 1000 W. Myrtle Street in downtown Boise, from September 21st through the 24th. Westbrook shared that Boise Film Festival started as an idea in 2014, but took nearly a year to launch. Lussier remembers, “Lana Westbrook approached me about an idea to start a small local festival that would cater to the Idaho indie filmmakers around the area. We wanted to create a platform to bring in education and mentoring opportunities so local filmmakers could gain knowledge and access to industry information to help build their own independent film goals. Lussier was previously a volunteer and then staff member who had previous experience working for Austin’s famed South by Southwest Music & Film Festival in Austin, as well as an intern for a variety of radio and TV stations. That first year films were screened at numerous venues including Ming Studios, Ballet Idaho, Creative Art Space and Cathedral of the Rockies. “The festival was bigger and better than I anticipated,” reflected Westbrook. Eleven teams flew out on their own dime. Portland filmmaker Scott Ballard traveled to Idaho to be part of the Boise Film Festival’s inaugural year, helping to represent the team behind The Black Sea, a feature directed by Brian Padian. Ballard returned to win Best Narrative Film in 2016 for Death on a Rock, which he directed, wrote and produced. He has a short accepted into the 2017 program. Westbrook is pleased that filmmakers want to return. Some filmmakers who attended Boise Film Festival have received distribution, Westbrook reported. “It’s great to see these connections happen and see projects take off.”


Quick became involved with Boise Film Festival when she was connected to Lana“ by a mutual friend (my mother) after I moved back to Boise from living abroad in South Africa making films for wildlife sanctuaries. I came on initially as just a helping hand and my role has grown from there. Now, as Executive Director, I’m so grateful to the BFF founding team (Lana and Kristy) and to everyone who has gotten involved since 2015. We’re a small team doing big things. We are all volunteers in our roles at BFF, (which is a non-profit) who work tirelessly because of our passion for film and Idaho film. Help us grow by coming to check out a screening or two at this year’s Festival!” Westbrook wrote, directed and produced her first film last summer, a dramatic short called Little Pink Flowers, which is currently in post-production. She advises other filmmakers, “If they worry about putting out creative work, read the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. No matter what, continue to put work out there.” Quick pointed out, “No matter what equipment you film with, the difference is always in the story and the talent you choose to tell that story. Tell whatever story you’re most passionate about and it will resonate.” Lussier notes that filmmaking offers “an opportunity to create and explore all kinds of different worlds and characters. I just want to inspire and tell great stories.” Westbrook suggested borrowing ideas from others. One idea she adopted from another festival was to offer free tickets to seniors (check the Boise Film Festival’s website for info on Senior Connections for people 60+). Westbrook noted that Boise Film Festival is reaching out to get more youth involved in filmmaking. BFF is collaborating with JUMP to create an agriculture and environment-themed festival open to students from elementary through high school. Scholarships will also be awarded. “Community and collaboration” are key to the success of the Boise Film Festival. Lussier shared, “I hear there will be a few special guests who have massive experience in film and in Hollywood, so I am excited to be involved in bringing them here to visit with us in Idaho!” Sponsored this year by Boise Brewing,, Caliente Salon, Cracklin’ Gourmet Popcorn, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, The Director’s Cut, and Uber. The Boise Film Festival was nominated for Best of Boise by Boise Weekly in its third year. Come see what all the fest is about. Up-to-date announcements about the Boise Film Festival and its special guests can be found on their social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or you can subscribe to their newsletter by visiting their website at For more info about JUMP, please visit

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE GOLDEN HOUR by Jordan Rodriguez Throughout the warm months of the year, something special happens in the waning hours of daylight. As the shadows grow longer and the temperatures cool, Mother Nature sounds an underwater dinner bell, summoning fish of all species to go on the hunt before sundown. If you hit it just right, this golden hour of fishing is unforgettable. It is a magical moment when it seems we anglers can do no wrong. Football-shaped trout greedily slurp dry flies off the surface. Bass gobble up plastic worms and frogs the moment they hit the water. Big catfish emerge from the depths to munch on night crawlers and cut bait. It is the action-packed excitement every angler craves. If we compare the calendar year to a single fishing day, September is the golden hour. As summer begins to give way to fall, fish start packing on calories for the lean months ahead. This is especially true of warm water species like bass, catfish, bluegill and crappie. It’s also a great time to fish trout streams, which recede to friendly levels for waders and drift boats. No matter what kind of fish you like to catch, they will almost always be biting in September. To take full advantage of the late summer feeding frenzy, try triggering a fish’s natural aggression. Rather than fishing slow with bait and a bobber, throw active lures like spinners, streamers, crankbaits and jigs. I have caught smallmouth bass on the Snake River whose mouths were literally overflowing with crayfish—but that didn’t stop them from chasing down my lure and trying to choke it down, too. This is a busy time of year with school back in session, football season underway and folks scrambling to squeeze in their favorite outdoor activities before cold weather arrives. But remember to fish this September. When you experience the golden hour out on the water, you’ll be glad you did. Tight lines!

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David C Marmillion Coldwell Banker Tomlinson

208-703-0758 $650,000

208-867-8066 $569,900

Alison A Blake Keller Williams Realty Boise

208-949-6738 $469,000

208-409-7606 $625,000

208-353-0254 $558,000

Patricia Cole 208-861-5061 Group One Sotheby’s Internationalv $649,000

Camels Back View Home. A wonderful home with views of the valley below. From the three outside living spaces to the well thought out design includes a 3rd bed flex space for guests. This home is ideal for the traveler, entertainer, empty nester or a couple enjoying low maintenance luxurious lifestyle. Amenities: Water feature, gas for grilling/fireplace. Wolf range, custom cabinetry, granite countertops, walnut floors, movable island. Step outside to bike or hike from this “million dollar view home”!

Antonio R Esquivel Keller William Realty Boise

208-869-3925 $579,800


dining guide A Westside Drive-In

1113 Parkcenter Blvd, Boise 208.424.0000 |

B Waterfront Grill at the Drink

M Richard’s 500 S Capitol Blvd, Eagle 208.472.1463 |

N Taj Mahal

3000 Lakeharbor Lane, Boise 208.853.5070 |

C Mazzah

150 N 8th St, Boise 208.473.7200 |

O Crooked Fence Barrelhouse

404 E Parkcenter Blvd, Boise 208.333.2223 |

D Lucky 13

5181 N Glenwood Street, Garden City 208.376.4200 |

P Fork 199 N. 8th Street, Boise 208.287.1700 |

23662 South Eckert Rd, Boise 208.344.6967 |

E Boise Fry Company

Q Bittercreek Ale House

3083 S Bown Way, Boise 208.965.1551 |


Café Olé Restaurant & Cantina

246 N. 8th Street in Downtown Boise 208.429.6340 |

R Waffle Me Up

Boise Towne Square | 208.322.0222 3284 E Pine, Meridian | 208.887.3888

G Bella Aquila

204 N. Capitol Blvd, Boise 208.412.7253 |


775 S Rivershore Ln, Eagle 208.938.1900 |

H The Griddle

999 Main Street, Boise 208.342.4900 |


404 E Parkcenter Blvd #200, Boise 208.297.7615 |


Raw Sushi 2273 S Vista Ave, Boise 208.343.0270 |


Rice Contemporary 228 E Plaza St. Suite Q, Eagle 208.939.2595 |

K Sa-wad-dee Thai Restaurant 1890 E Fairview Ave, Suite B, Meridian 208.884.0701 |


Tap & Cask 345 South 8th Street, Boise 208.331.1400 |



Piper Pub 150 N 8th St. #200, Boise 208.343.2444|


Juniper 211 N 8th St, Boise 208.342.1142 |

V Bardenay 610 W Grove St, Boise 208.426.0538 |

W Chandlers Hotel 43 | 981 West Grove Street, Boise 208.383.4300 |

X Bleubird Cafe 224 N. 10th St., Boise 208.345.1055 |




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Y Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro

CC Cottonwood Grille

108 S Capitol Blvd, Boise 208.345.4100 |

Z Goodwood BBQ

913 W River St, Boise 208.333.9800 |

DD Asiago’s 1002 Main St, Boise 208.336.5552 |

7845 W Spectrum Street, Boise 208.658.7173 |

AA Fresh Healthy Cafe

EE Capitol Cellars

860 W Broad Street, Boise 208.332.9800 |

BB Parilla Grill I

1512 N 13th St, Boise 208.323.4688 |

110 S 5th St, Boise 208.344.9463 |


Bacon 121 N 9th St #102, Boise 208.387.3553 |


beer & wine breweries 1 Sockeye Grill and Brewery 3019 Cole Rd, Boise / 12542 W Fairview, Boise 208.658.1533 / 208.322.5200 |

2 Crooked Fence Brewing Co. Tasting Room - 5242 Chinden Blvd, Garden City Crooked Flats - 3705 Hwy 16, Eagle 208.258.6882 |

3 Highlands Hollow Brewhouse

tasting rooms 4 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 5900 Pearl Road, Eagle 208.863.6561 |

5 Telaya Wine Co. 240 E 32nd St., Garden City 208.557.9463 |

2455 Harrison Hollow Lane, Boise 208.343.6820 |

2 Boise Brewing Tasting Room - 521 W Broad St, Boise 208.342.7655 |


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