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M Y FAV O R I T E D AY S I N J O U R N A L I S M aren’t spent breaking stories or uncovering crimes, though both are fun. But no. My best days are when I get to interview people who are unapologetically geeked up while talking about something they love. Take, for example, the couple I once wrote about who wed wearing matching stormtroopers outfits. Or the scientist whose eyes lit up talking about batteries his team developed for the Mars Rover. Or the geologist who really, really, really liked to talk about igneous rocks. That kind of passion always makes for good stories, and it’s the reason why I love writing about events of yesteryear: historians know tons of stuff, and they can’t wait to tell somebody about it. I had the pleasure writing about kit homes sold by Sears, Roebuck and Co. and others, shipped around the country and built by their new owners in the early 20th Century. Of course, I interviewed two local historians. The first, Dan Everhart, outreach historian for the Idaho State Historical Society, is one of the foremost historical researchers in Boise who I’d interviewed several times. The second, Tully Gerlach, studied early Boise history as part of his master’s program. Both were smart and excited to share, which made for interesting interviews. I loved how both ended on the same note: We don’t know as much as we’d like about the history of kit homes in Boise, but we’d sure like to find out! 2

You’ll find plenty of that passion in the rest of this issue of IdaHome. It turns out the people who operate food trucks really care about food. The same goes for the artists who contributed to Boise’s wildly popular traffic box art program. And people don’t volunteer with Corwyn’s Cause, a potently rewarding but heart-wrenching experience, without caring a whole heck of a lot about improving life for medically fragile children. Enjoy this issue of IdaHome magazine. Soak up all that passion and energy. Use it doing something you love.

ZACH KYLE Editor in Chief


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OUR TEAM ARTS & CULTURE A Capitol of Light


Explore Idaho


Actor Aaron Paul


Corwyn’s Cause


REAL ESTATE NEWS Farm to Table at Dry Creek Ranch


20th Century Kit Homes in Idaho


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Idaho Makers: Traffic Boxes


Chow Down: Food Trucks at Treefort



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APRIL /MAY 2019 publisher K A R E N DAY managing editor Z AC H K Y L E copy editor Z ACK CR E NSH AW

O N T H E COV ER Boise Hunter Homes' newest community, Dry Creek Ranch, will soon be serving fresh vegetables to its residents through an innovative Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Situated on several acres of farmland within Dry Creek Ranch's community, the farm will be managed by a full-time farmer, grow a variety of produce, and incorporate a greenhouse where members of the community and public can come to visit and participate. See page 14-15.



art director K AR EN K EY designers and illustrators JOH N AT H A N S TOK E S D ON N A S TACK HOU SE director of operations and sales manager N ICOL E G OODL E T T director of marketing C A I T L I N S AW Y E R contributing photographers K A R E N DAY J OH N W E B S T E R

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a choir performs in the Idaho statehouse during the legislative session. Voices reflect around the marble, echoing throughout the 208 feet from the first floor through the rotunda to the starry eye of the capitol building’s massive dome. All of that stone lends a haunting effect to the vocals, and for a few short minutes, the hundreds of lawmakers, officials and aides pause their chatter and bustle and political theater to soak it in.


But the Idaho statehouse doesn’t need choirs to show off. The building was designed by two Boise historical luminaries, architects John Tourtellotte and his partner, Charles Hummell, and features grey marble from Alaska, red marble from Georgia, green marble from Vermont, black marble from Italy, and of course, native sandstone removed from the nearby quarry at Table Rock by inmate work crews from the Idaho Penitentiary. Dan Everhart, outreach

historian in the State Historic Preservation Office, describes the architecture as Classical Revival. The style, reminiscent of Greek temples, is common in civic structures across the U.S. because of its sense of gravitas. Classical Revival hallmarks include symmetry, columns, pediments (the triangular element above the front entrance), and repetition of design elements like windows and doors.

O F L I G H T But for all the grandeur— including a dome topped with a gilded eagle that reaches 208 feet into the sky—Idaho’s State Capitol is notably warm and welcoming. Its sweeping stairs draw visitors in. Natural light fills the building’s interior spaces thanks to the architects’ use of skylights and reflective interior surfaces. These qualities were always part of Tourtellotte’s plan.

He intended the capitol to be a physical manifestation of good and moral government and adopted the term “Capitol of Light” to describe the concept. “The great white light of conscience must be allowed to shine,” Tourtellotte said, “and by its interior illumination make clear the path of duty.” That embrace of light makes Idaho’s capitol unique, said Everhart. It differs from capitol buildings in other states, including Texas and Indiana, built just

a couple decades earlier when designers were still in the thrall of the Victorian era and the ornate décor that came with it. “Tourtellotte cut all of that out,” said Everhart. When Tourtellotte used color, he used it sparingly, and to make a point. The sky-blue ceiling in the rotunda is one example. It includes 13 gold stars representing the original colonies, and 43 smaller stars representing Idaho as the 43rd state in the union.


The capitol took shape in two phases. Crews built the dome and central section between 1905 and 1912. They built the wings on the east and west sides in 1920. A massive expansion and rehabilitation between 2007 and 2009 added subterranean wings beneath the east and west lawns.

The project restored some of the statehouse’s 1920s-era design elements, including light fixtures and metal work. It reopened spaces like the barrel-vaulted Statuary Hall that had been closed to the public for decades. The project left other elements intact, including the massive safe in the treasurer’s

office, the 12 white lion heads that decorate the Senate Caucus room, and window casements made from century-old Honduran wood. The end result is a capitol that is austere, elegant, and utterly western in its sensibilities—a temple for the sagebrush steppe.

The colors in the marble compass on the garden-level floor tell a story of Idaho’s bountiful resources: the gray marble matches the Sawtooth Mountains; the green is for sagebrush from the plains; the red is the color of sockeye salmon. Photos by Karen Day.


the new community living amenity: fresh food

dry creek ranch

already has plenty to offer to current and upcoming residents, including walking trails, beautiful views of the foothills and hundreds of acres of open space. Soon, Dry Creek Ranch will provide residents something more nourishing: fresh vegetables grown onsite, delivered to their doors. Boise Hunter Homes will offer the neighborhood a Community Supported Agriculture program, known as a CSA, starting in the approaching growing season. Through the program, Dry Creek Ranch residents will receive a weekly bag with mixed veggies, grown at a neighborhood farm, that alternate depending on what’s in season. Boise Hunter Homes will offer the neighborhood a Community Supported Agriculture program, known as a CSA, starting in the approaching growing season. Through 14

the program, Dry Creek Ranch residents will receive a weekly bag with mixed veggies, grown at a neighborhood farm, that alternate depending on what’s in season. The CSA is a critical leg in Dry Creek Ranch’s embrace of the “Farm to Table” lifestyle that encourages healthy eating, promotes community and enables residents to bike and walk close to home instead of driving to Boise. To launch the CSA, Boise Hunter Homes hired Dan Meyer, an experienced local farmer, to operate the community farm. Dan’s work is already underway growing chard, kale, arugula, beets, radishes, carrots, tomatoes, onions, flowers and more. He said CSA members can expect five to

way,” he said. “I thought it sounded like a good, innovative project to feature fresh food as an amenity for the neighborhood.” Many of Dry Creek Ranch’s homeowners enjoy living away from the din of a city. However, the quieter, more rural lifestyle can mean longer trips to the grocery store. CSA members will make fewer grocery runs thanks to the ample vegetables that can either be delivered or picked up at the farm. The CSA makes perfect sense as part of a living local philosophy, said Farmer Dan. “I’ve always thought of returning to a structure almost like hamlets, where most of the stuff you need is within a few miles,” he said. “I’d like to return to more

12 different veggies each week, depending on the season, with six or eight being most typical. Farmer Dan has been interested in rethinking a community’s relationship to its food ever since he started market-style farming in 2010. “Food is a great way to bring people together in a very earthy

bikeable and walkable communities that have all that stuff so you aren’t constantly driving back and forth into town. That really interests me.” Dry Creek Ranch development will credit CSA membership for its residents in the program’s first year, which means that Boise Hunter Homes homeowners will

pay only $50 for the 2019 season. Folks living in other communities will have the opportunity to join at regular cost, but they will have to swing by the farm to pick up their weekly produce. Dan said CSA members will receive their first vegetable delivery in late May or early June. The Dry Creek Ranch Community Farm will soon have a greenhouse, enabling Dan to harvest and deliver year-round. Plenty of work still has to be done, but Farmer Dan said he’s ready to roll. “I hope to see you soon!” he said.

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Explore I DAHO YOUR HOT SPRINGS GETAWAY There really is no offseason when we’re talking about hot springs, at least not for the dedicated. For Heather Crawford, an Idahoan and hot springs enthusiast, the hot soak payoff is just a part of the fun. For her, the true crux of the experience is the ad16

venture it takes to get there. “The more difficult to access the better,” she said. Idahoans are lucky. Our great state is littered with hot springs of all shapes and sizes, both difficult to access and easy to find, natural and curated pools ready for relaxation.

GIVENS HOT SPRINGS Nestled in Owyhee County, Givens Hot Springs has been a part of the hot springs community in some form since the early 1900s. Just an hour outside of Boise, the springs has a great campground that’s perfect for

family reunions and birthday parties, and a newly renovated indoor pool that the whole family can enjoy year-round, seven days a week, from noon to 9. There are private soak tubs available for rental if that’s more your style. BONNEVILLE HOT SPRINGS Perhaps you’re in the mood for a more rustic experience, in which case, Bonneville Hot Springs is the place to be. Located 19 miles northeast of Lowman, the trailhead to Bonneville Hot Springs is within the campground of the same name. The hike in is flat and only a quarter of a mile if you go when the campground is open, and only about a mile if it’s not. The springs itself consists of a variety of user-built pools of varying temperatures and one rustic soak shack with a tub. THE SPRINGS-IDAHO CIT Y For a swankier experience, hit up The Springs, only 45 minutes from Boise and well worth the drive. The renovated hot springs hosts food and drink yurts, massage yurts and private soak tubs, in addition to the huge public pool, which is open to everyone Saturday through Monday and adults 18 and over the rest of the time. Enjoy a cocktail, occasional live music or extend your stay at the adjacent hotel, Inn The Pines. Bring your suit and yourself they provide everything from towels to sunscreen to wipes for your jewelry so you can relax and enjoy your soak. Opposite page: Bonneville Hot Springs. Photo courtesy of Heather Crawford. From rustic Bonneville to The Springs (pictured at top), Idaho’s hot springs come in every shape and size.

EXPLORE NAMPA: ANTIQUE SHOPPING Expert antique hunters know the feeling well. You bop from shop to shop, combing through racks of clothes from yesteryear, dishes from the past and furniture from another era. Unimpressed, you keep looking.

But then you turn a corner and it pops out of the clutter like a firefly at night. Maybe it’s a stylish Mid-Century Modern lamp that’s the exact shape and shade of orange that you remember from childhood.

Maybe it’s a porcelain doll made before World War II that bolsters your collection. Maybe it’s something perfect. Whatever that thing is for you, chances are strong you’ll find it in


downtown Nampa. There, antique hunters can peruse the goodies at seven different antique businesses within a few blocks of each other: Village Antiques, Vintiques; A Little Antique Shop; Two Old Cats in a Barn; A Beautiful Mess; Third Hand Antiquities; and Antique Retro Connection. Each shop has its charms, but experienced antique hunters will tell you the game is all about casting a wide net. With so many stores to explore, Nampa might become your go-to antiques destination.

Antique hunting requires a fair amount of sifting through places like Two Old Cats in a Barn to find the gems. Photo by Karen Day.

E XPLORE NAMPA: WARHAWK AIR MUSEUM The city of Nampa is home to the well-known Warhawk Air Museum, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of America during times of war. This is a great destination for history buffs, aviation fanatics and kids of all ages to wander through and get an up-close view of the beautifully restored airplanes and equipment from con-

flicts including WWI, WWII, Korea, the Cold War, Viet Nam, Iraq and the Persian Gulf. The museum’s permanent collection of planes is impressive and features a P-51C Mustang, P-40N Warhawk, P-40E Kittyhawk, N3N, F-86F Sabre Jet, Fokker DR-1, UH-1C Huey, L-19 Bird Dog, MiG-17, MiG21 and F-104 Starfighter. But perhaps the most moving articles on display are the personal memorabilia­— flags, photos, uniforms, letters, patches, medals, and other items­— donated by veterans and their families which reflect their The Cessna L-19 Bird Dog was produced to fulfill the U.S. own service Army’s need for an aircraft that could perform liaison and observation duties as well as adjust artillery fire. and sacrifice. 18

Owned and operated by John and Sue Paul, the idea for the museum came about after the couple moved to Boise with two WWII-era planes. John began restoring a third plane in a hangar at the Caldwell Airport, and people stopped to watch him work. Soon, visitors began leaving boxes filled with memorabilia with notes attached, reading, “Maybe you can do something with this.” By the year 2000, the Paul’s had so many donated pieces of history that they relocated to Nampa, where the museum has continued to grow. Tours are available and teachers are encouraged to use the museum education center and exhibits to teach students about American history. The museum is located in a hangar at 201 Municipal Dr. near the Nampa Municipal Airport.

EXPLORE EAGLE: TEA AT CHATEAU DES FLEURS Just a few miles west of Boise is the upscale suburb of Eagle, a growing community that sits between the Boise Foothills to the north and the beautiful Boise River and Greenbelt, offering residents close access to hiking, biking, walking paths, fishing and breathtaking vistas. It is also a hub of thriving small businesses, restaurant and corporate headquarters. When exploring Eagle, you can go from fishing in the Boise river; to sipping wine at a winery; to enjoying restaurants that will fulfill your need for donuts or martinis. But one special, delightful and charming experience that locals and visitors embrace alike is the tea service at the Chateau des Fleurs. Upon entering Chateau des Fleurs, you see a grand hallway lined with beautiful art. A most grand venue, Chateau des Fleurs hosts an elegant yet warm and inviting weekly afternoon tea service that is reminiscent of the French Countryside. Every Wednesday, guests enjoy a selection of traditional and exotic hand-blended teas, accompanied by in-house made pastries, quiche, sandwiches and sweets, brought to your table on a three-tiered silver serving platter. The tea service has been described by participants as “a delightful experience;” “a warm and friendly afternoon tea with lots of goodies and tea brewed to perfection;” “a delightful time to spend with friends.”

Live like British royalty at Chateau Des Fleurs, where afternoon tea comes complete with friends, snacks, and fancy hats. Photos courtesy of Chateau Des Fleurs.

The uniqueness of the event often brings out women who arrive in fancy hats and dressed to the nines, as though they are having tea at a palace. This special afternoon of tea may seem more British than Idahoan, but in fact fits in quite

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oise remains the most remote major metropolitan area in the lower 48, but the young city felt even more like a speck in a sea of sagebrush in the early 1900s. Highway construction that made automobile travel common in the region didn’t transpire until after World War II. The sheer distance between Boise and the tastemaking cities toward either coast was frustrating for a small city wanting to keep up with the fashions of the day. So it must have seemed like magic for Boiseans who picked up a Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalogue, ordered a house and had it delivered via rail. The home shipped as a kit that the new homeowner either assembled themselves or hired a general contractor to build for them. And not just any house, said Tully Gerlach, Boise historian and librarian at Boise Public Library. Boiseans were starting to see Victorian homes as passe’. The kit homes sold by Sears were stylish. “(Kit homes) now seem quaint, but there was nothing quaint about them at all,” Gerlach said. “They were very modern, very forward.” Sears is the best known of several companies that sold kit homes. The retail giant sold and shipped around 100,000 kit homes from 1908

to 1940, according to “Houses by Mail,” a 345-page book on the subject. The houses ranged from small to extravagant, but their prices were relatively affordable. For example, the two-bed, onebath Estes model sold for as little as $617 in 1928, or about $9,200 in today’s currency. The huge, Colonial-style Glen View, which had two stories and four bedrooms, two porches and a garage, sold for $3,718 in 1937, or about $65,250 today. Several local historians have tried to figure out how many kit homes remain standing in the Treasure Valley, including Dan Everhart, outreach coordinator for the Idaho State Historical Society. He knows of two kit buildings in the area, and Rose Thornton, an amateur expert on the topic, identified several more on a road trip through southwest Idaho. But there’s obviously more kit homes around. A quick flip through “Houses by Mail” reveals tons of images of plenty of houses that look strikingly similar to many houses around Boise—the North End in particular. Gerlach suspects his North End home came from a kit, though he doesn’t have the documentation to prove it. Everhart guesses there’s dozens of kit homes around Boise, and more in the region. So kit homes remain a bit of a white whale for historians trying to piece together how they fit into Idaho life in the early 20th Century. For Everhart, kit homes speak to Boise’s reliance on the railroad as a lifeline to big-city culture, and to the chip on Boiseans’ shoulder to establish their city as a place of consequence. D O YO U OW N A K IT H O M E? If you think your house was once ordered from Sears, Roebuck and Co. or another kit home-maker of that era, Dan Everhart, outreach coordinator for the Idaho State Historical Society, would like to know about it. Email him at

“Everyone had access to a Sears catalogue,” he said. “They were like the internet. They were sort of a unifying force. While Idaho architecture was always playing catchup, the kit homes let people be completely current with their peers across the country.” Opposite page: This farmhouse in Eagle is one of the few confirmed kit houses in the Treasure Valley, though historians suspect dozens remain standing in the area. Photo by Karen Day. Like many homes in the area, this 1910 Craftsman isn’t a confirmed Sears home, though Outen speculates that it may be. Photo courtesy of Alyson Outen. 23

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Apr 16

Third Annual ROSE Awards When: April 16th Where: JUMP at 1000 West Myrtle Street Boise ID 83702 Description: The ROSE Awards honor employee in the tourism and hospitality industry who positively enhance a visitor’s experience during their stay in the Boise area.


Apr 17 - May 4

Rabbit/Moon When: Apr 17th - May 4th Where: 854 Fulton Street Boise ID 83702 Description: From BCT Founding Artistic Director Matthew Cameron Clark and BCT Associate Artistic Direct Dwayne Blackaller comes Rabbit/Moon, "a love story—set on the Moon—that looks at the space.between what we think and feel."


Apr 20

Nampa Rec Center - Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt When: Apr 20st 8 PM - 10 PM Where: 131 Constitution Way Nampa ID 83686 Description: A twist to your traditional egg hunt . . . .hunting in the DARK. Join us for Bubble Balls at 8pm followed by our annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt. Bring your own flashlight and search for every last egg.


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When: Apr 26th 7 PM - 10 PM Where: The Egyptian Theatre at 700 W Main St Boise ID 83702 Description: The April vote was a tie, GOSH! So Napoleon & Uncle Rico are headed to the big screen at the Egyptian! Dig out your moon boots, because we'll have a costume contest with prizes before the show.

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Description: Join us for Opening Day at Nampa Farmers Market. We are Celebrating

Billy Blues Band at the Sunday Blues Brunch When: Apr 21st 9 AM - 12 PM Where: The Sapphire Room at 2900 W. Chinden Blvd Garden City, ID 83714 Description: Come and listen to the acoustic version of the Billy Blues Band, the Billy Blucoustics. Great food and great can't beat it! No cover. Buffet is purchased. Family friendly so much more!



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Apr 27

Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park - Treasure Valley Kite Festival

When: Apr 27th 9 AM - 2 PM Where: 1900 N Records Ave Meridian ID 83646 Description: The Treasure Valley Kite Festival is a family friendly event. Over 500 kites will be given away! Please have lunch with us! We will have food vendors and they would love your support! Bring the kids!

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Idaho Gives

May 2

When: May 2nd 12 AM - 11:55 PM Where: Description: Idaho Gives - a program of the Idaho Nonprofit Center - is a statewide, 24-hour giving day taking place on May 2nd, 2019, and it's all online! Every year on one amazing day, people across our state come together for Idaho nonprofits. It's a day to celebrate the awesome work of Idaho's nonprofits and benefit from the power of many. Idaho comes together--be a part of it! provides an easy-to-use platform for donors to search, support and donate to Idaho nonprofits. Check out the website for a complete list of our events statewide!


May 3

Cinderella presented by Ballet Idaho When: May 3rd 7:30 PM - 10 PM Where: Morrison Center - 2201 W Cesar Chavez Ln BOise ID 83706 Description: Cinderella presented by Ballet Idaho

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Old Dominion - Make It Sweet Tour When: Apr 15th 7 PM - 10 PM Where: 233 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID Description: If you loved the songs "Better Dig Two" by The Band Perry, "Wake Up Loving You" by Craig Morgan, "Come Back To Me" by Keith Urban, and "Goodbye Girl" by Luke Bryan.......then you already love the band Old Dominion. Why? Because they wrote those songs.

Apr 27

Opening Day of Nampa Farmers Market

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The Egyptian Theatre - Napoleon Dynamite



May 4

Heritage Park - Eagle Saturday Market Opening Day! When: May 4th AM - 2 PM Where: 185 E State St Eagle, ID 83616 Description: The Eagle Saturday Market is opening for the 2019 season! Join the City of Eagle for live music, fresh produce, delicious food, and a wide selection of artisan and craft vendors!

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The Village - A Village of Playhouses When: May 7th 1 PM - 8 PM Where: 3597 E Monarch Sky Ln Meridian ID 83646 Description: Join us in Fountain Square with our Annual Village of Playhouses event all week long in support of the Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity! A variety of one-of-a-kind Playhouses will be on display and for sale by raffle and online bidding. One special playhouse to be raffled off - raffle tickets $25 or 5 for $100 All other playhouses will have a QR Code to allow for on-line phone app bidding. May 9 13 Raffle for items such as flat screen TV, Gas Grill, Nest Thermostat and more... raffle tickets $5 each Rusty Barn Quilt, Craft and Sewing of 6 for $25 Festival Join us for the grand finale on Saturday May 11th When: May 9th with a special visit from the EverAfter EnchantWhere: 5610 N Glenwood St, Boise, ID 83714 ment princesses in Fountain Square. 12-4pm Description: Quilt Craft & Sewing Festival Boise features exhibits of sewing machines, machine quilting, fabric cutters, scissors, sewing tools, stenciling, embossing, needle art, books and much more..

May 11

Tour d'Funk Treasure Valley Ride to Defeat ALS When: May 11th 8 AM - 3 PM Description: Join us at "Tour d'Funk" Treasure Valley Ride to Defeat ALS! The ride starts and finishes at Stephen C. Guerber Park in Eagle at the Sunrise and Sunset shelters. We will have food trucks, vendors, music, a silent auction, and more.



May 10

10th Annual Treasure Valley Kiwanis Swing for Kids Golf Scramble


When: May 10th 8 AM - 5 PM Where: Centennial Golf Course 2600 Centennial Drive Nampa ID 83686 Description: Treasure Valley Kiwanis 2019 Swing for Kids Golf Scramble on May 10th, at Centennial Golf Course in Nampa. Proceeds from the tournament will go to support The Mentoring Network and Optimist Football.

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May 12

Tree City Chamber Players - A Mother’s Day Recital When: May 12th 3 PM - PM Where: 516 S. 9th St in Boise Description: Tree City Chamber Players, a Boise-based ensemble of flute, oboe, cello & piano, will be presenting "A Mother's Day Recital" on Sunday, May 12th at 3:00PM.


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BOISE TRAFFIC BOXES It’s tough to find government programs that everybody likes, but it’s tough to find naysayers for the traffic box program run by the Boise Department of Arts and History. In 2009, officials decided to follow examples set by other cities and turn the boring metal boxes holding electronics controlling traffic signals into canvases highlighting work by local artists. Several other cities allow artists to paint directly onto traffic boxes. That wouldn’t work here because of Idaho’s harsh weather, so Boise adopted the strategy taken by Vancouver, British Columbia: transposing the artwork to vinyl wraps that could withstand the elements for years. After soliciting submissions, the city selected a handful of pieces of art to feature downtown. The program has since grown to 192 traffic boxes located all over Boise. The competition has grown tenacious for the coveted traffix box space: 196 artists submitted for the 31 boxes that will join the program this summer. 26




BY ZACH KYLE While talking about the redhot housing market, several friends commented to me that real estate agents must be making a killing. Prices are up, while the job is basically the same. Homes practically sell themselves. How hard could it be? My answer: very, very hard, in part because there’s already upwards of 6,000 licensed and active agents and brokers in the Treasure Valley. Another 70 graduate each month from Idaho Real Estate School alone, the largest of several schools in the Treasure Valley. About 15,000 listed homes were 28

sold in Ada and Canyon counties last year. Not everybody is getting rich. I talked with Mike Gamblin, owner of Mike Gamblin Real Estate and a teacher at Idaho Real Estate School, about the challenges and opportunities facing new agents. I left the conversation thinking plenty of his students will be successful. After all, as Gamblin pointed out, plenty of agents started during the depths of the recession and are still going strong. But it’s going to be tough. First, some good news. Earning the license itself seems doable.

Prospective agents must take and pass a total of 90 hours of classes through one of a handful of local schools, all teaching the same state-approved curriculum about the technical and legal aspects of the job. Students who take the courses seriously, have high school degrees and can pass background checks ought to score the 70 percent required on the state test to earn their license. The next step­­—ginning up business, without a backlog of referrals or repeat customers, in a crowded market­­—strikes me as much harder.


Gamblin tells his students they’ll have to hustle to make it. When that phone rings, good agents drop everything and answer. “Successful agents work many nights and weekends,” he said. “They have to be available when their clients are available, which is usually outside of normal working hours. It’s just a lot of hard work.” The first two or three years are the hardest, Gamblin said. Real estate is a networking business, and it takes time to build up referrals and, when you get to a

certain sweet spot, start getting repeat customers. That doesn’t happen overnight, and agents’ paychecks can be erratic. “A lot of people have a hard time adjusting from a salary or wage to 100 percent sales commission,” he said. “That’s a shock to any family’s budget.” Real estate advertising relied on expensive print ads when Gamblin started 29 years ago. While there are still advantages to spending big on marketing and advertising, Gamblin said the internet and social media offer inexpensive ways for new agents to drum up business. To his point, I’ve interviewed relatively new agents who have thousands of followers on Facebook and/or Instagram. That’s free engagement. As such, new agents don’t need a war chest for marketing, Gamblin said. But it’s critical that they have a marketing plan, which is a big step since most lack a sales or marketing background. “There’s no guarantee your promotional and marketing ef-

forts will work, but good business people track their leads and determine how people found them,” Gamblin said. “They keep successful marketing efforts and weed out things that don’t work.” If I just got my real estate license, I’d try to catch on with an established agent and soak up all of the knowledge, training and mastery of lead generation I could. There is also tons of training available for agents working under bigname banners. For example, I’ve talked to Keller Williams Realty agents who swore by the company’s system for understanding and better serving different customer personality types. But I’d also think hard before pursuing that license in the first place. I’ve interviewed some of the top agents in the valley. One told me, off the record, that they were waiting for a recession to chase off half of the competition while they relied on referrals and repeat customers – fruits of more than a decade spent building their network. That agent had to start somewhere, just like Gamblin. Not all of today’s new agents will make it. But some certainly will. “There’s always room for one more really good real estate agent,” Gamblin said.





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Aaron Paul: The “Baddest-Good Guy

Aaron Paul both defies and proves the old stereotype that sons of preachers, PKs as they are known, are the wildest in any bunch. Born in Emmet and raised in Boise, Paul has done nothing but make his parents proud by following his childhood dream to be actor. Yet on screen, the 39-year-old actor masterfully inhabits the personas of drug-dealing, murderous criminals in a myriad of roles. “I grew up in an idyllic, Idaho family,” said Paul, in an interview at the recent Sun Valley Film Festival. “I always loved make believe, which kind of explains why I started acting classes in eighth grade. At 17, I moved to Los Angeles to make it a career. And from the beginning, I was attracted to the raw energy and emotion of playing complicated characters- bad guys with heart.” Paul received The Pioneer Award at SVFF, presented by Variety Magazine, in recognition of his trailblazing acting work in front and behind the camera. Best known for his Emmy-award winning role as meth-dealing Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad, the Idaho-native has since starred in the Hulu drama, The Path and voiced Todd Chavez in BoJack


Horseman. His latest project, The Parts You Lose, screened at the festival, where Paul explained why he chose to play the starring role and eventually, become a producer. Not surprisingly, his character is a dangerous, wounded criminal, but the plot takes a twist when he is befriended by a young, deaf boy in rural North Dakota.

“I gravitated toward the story because we are all complicated creatures. This is about who we become because of the things we have lost.” Samuel Goldwyn and Company picked up the suspenseful drama, forecasting a summer 2019 release date. Next up: Season 3

of the science-fiction Western television series, Westworld. “We start shooting March 27th,” said Paul, just 10 days out from that date. “I love the courage of the show’s big, unusual storylines. I’m excited to start shooting.” Fan speculation is running high as Paul’s character remains elusive in industry news. Judging from his professional proclivity toward the felonious, Paul’s Wild-West role with robotic cowboys will undoubtedly require plenty of shooting with cameras and guns. “Westworld is dangerous, inventive and gory,” he said. “That’s why I like it.” If one had never met the affable, smiling father who hugged his wife, Lauren, and kissed his baby girl’s cheek on their way out the door of the Argyros Theater, one might believe those three explosive adjectives also best describe Aaron Paul, the perpetual, onscreen bad-boy. The unassuming son of a preacher though, less commonly called Aaron Sturtevant, who still prefers his peaceful hometown over Hollywood, might find the misnomer amusing. And the third Aaron, the one who is deeply committed to his roles, the actor through and through, considers it a compliment. by Karen Day

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Chow Down at Treefort By Kelcie Moseley and Zach Kyle Photos by Karen Day There was no reason for anybody to be hungry at main stage when Treefort Music Fest was in full swing in March. Food trucks lined the street outside, offering a cornucopia of delicious foods and flavors to the hungry masses. Here’s a few that we tried, as well as the stories behind some of the smiling faces handing out piping hot macaroni, pad thai and carne asada.

Lime & a Coconut This Thai truck started off as a pop-up shop around Boise run by married couple Mike and Sararak Sapiro. But as business kept growing, so did the annoyance of the pop-up style. “Tents take so much effort to put up and take down, and the food truck allowed us to expand into the rest of the Treasure Valley,” Mike

Sapiro said. “It gave us a lot more radius to build our business around.” Sararak, also known as Chef E, said her menu draws from different regions in Thailand. “Sometimes it’ll be northern Thai or northeastern, because they all have such unique, different flavors, and I want to share them with Boise people,” she said. Chef E is known for her pad thai, but another dish that is especially popular at weddings is a northeastern dish of grilled pork shoulder mixed with fresh herbs, spicy tamarind sauce and roasted rice. The two have received offers for restaurants in Boise, but for now they enjoy the truck life, which grants them freedom to balance work, play, and travel. “We’re very happy to be part of the Boise community,” Mike Sapiro said. “We could’ve gone back to California … but there’s something about being in a community like ours where we’re allowed to stand out and bring the craft forward. Boise is the one place that embraces talent and supports it.”

Calle 75 Street Tacos It was at a family birthday party in Los Angeles in 2004, amid a budding romance between Mike Weems and his wife, Rosie, that the idea for Calle 75 tacos was born. “Her dad’s got this big grill, and he’s out there cooking tortillas and meats, and then her mom’s in the kitchen making all these fresh salsas,” Weems 34

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He mentioned to Rosie that he wanted a grill for his home in Idaho. When his birthday rolled around, Rosie’s dad made him a custom grill and taught him how to make carne asada tacos. “We’d invite friends to our house in Idaho and say ‘Hey, we’re having a taco party,’ and every time people came it was the same, they were floored with how delicious the tacos were.” Four years later, Calle 75 (“calle” meaning “street”) began at the farmers market in Hailey along Highway 75. They started a food truck in Boise in 2014, where they now have storefronts in downtown Boise and The Village at Meridian. By far, the carne asada tacos are their number one seller, Weems said. But the menu is changing and growing all the time, with an emphasis on fresh, high-quality ingredients. “At our new restaurant downtown we make fresh maize and make our tortillas from scratch, he said. “There’s not a lot of people doing that.”

If Mad Mac’s success teaches anything, it’s this: Never, ever bet against the power of cheese. Macaroni slingers Jeff and Rhi Hoisington returned to Boise, where they’d previously lived for a decade, in 2016, and brought their now-famous sugar-skull-adorned truck with them. Business had been slow in Utah, their previous stop, because of an oversaturation of food trucks, Rhi said. They discovered a Boise food truck scene in its early days. There was plenty of good lunch and events opportunities. And people were hungry for mac. “Things just took off,” she said. “The key was getting into big events. After people knew about us, they started literally following us around.” The Hoisingtons start with a sauce made from four cheeses: white sharp cheddar, sharp cheddar, mild cheddar and mozzarella. Their most popular versions are the bacon cheeseburger mac, which is topped with seasoned ground beef and bacon, and the calavera mac, which adds jalapenos to the sauce and is topped with fajita chicken and pico de gallo. “A lot of people who grew up on mac and cheese come to the truck and are blown away because they never thought of doing this stuff,” Rhi said. Last year, the Hoisingtons opened a Mad Mac storefront at the Boise Spectrum. Business is brisk, which proves the point: never bet against the power of cheese.


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author, journalist, filmmaker and publisher of Idaho REM, likes to dabble, albeit professionally, with Nikon cameras. In this issue our publisher takes to the local roads to showcase Explore Idaho and New Build Boom. A member of Journalists Without Borders, Day has dragged her cameras through war zones and wilderness for TIME, O Magazine, Marie Claire, NBC Nightly News and CNN. The boss lady of Idaho REM describes her day job as, “showing people why anytime is a great time to be in Idaho!�

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is closer to a painful cause than any parent should ever have to be. As the mother of a medically fragile son named Corwyn, she is intimately familiar with the unique needs of families like hers as they navigate that particular space between hospital and home that remains largely unsupported. This lack of assistance is exactly why Schomer founded Corwyn’s Cause after a rare brain disease took her son’s life at age 4, and she learned to reckon with a devastating reality shared by all too many families. Corwyn was, as Schomer’s nonprofit logo suggests, a ray of sunshine. He was a 80s hair bands lover, a giggler and a prolific cat snuggler. Like most parents she deals with, Schomer remembers the complete isolation during time immediately following his death. In just the Treasure Valley, there are over 2,000 medically fragile children at any given time. Once they’re out of the hospital and resting at home, support all but stops. Enter Corwyn’s Cause, who boosts families by way of cleaning and meal services, snow removal, lawn care and a host of other aid


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designed to allow family members more time with one another. But where they’ve really found their niche, Schomer says, in their ability to offer support and community. Through events, collaborative community relationships, and a network of advocates and families, Corwyn’s Cause offers the same sunshine to families that their namesake inspired. The organization has grown 75% this quarter alone and seeks to bring the uplifting support that should accompany palliative care. Ultimately, they’d like to expand beyond Idaho—an attainable goal, given their passion and hard work.

They rely on donors and volunteers to continue their services, and also host an annual Sunshine Gala to support fundraising efforts. “I never believed in manifesting, but I kind of have to now,” Schomer said. “I put it out there, and people respond at exactly the right time.” Corwyn’s Cause needs volunteers for everything from fundraising to grant writing and administration. Sound like you? Apply at, and help manifest a reality in which families find support when they need it most. Photo courtesy of Megan Schomer.

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