Nov. 12, 2015

Welcome to Virtual Reality City

Jose Saenz started the Boise Virtual Reality Project last year in an effort to inspire local educators, researchers, artists and organizations to join the emerging field of VR. He hopes that Boise can jump in early enough and have some really great content created right at the beginning of the virtual reality trend.  Saenz would like to see VR in schools so kids can tour the Coliseum or walk across Mars. He thinks it could be used to help veterans treat post-traumatic stress disorder or phantom limb pain. He suggested using it for therapy, like to help someone overcome a fear of flying.

Apr. 9, 2015

Office Envy: CSHQA

by Marissa Lovell

In 2013, CSHQA transformed an old railroad warehouse into a building inspired by an open, well-lit space to drive accessiblitly and teamwork. The symmetrical office is enclosed by three walls constructed almost entirely of windows. A creative, bold and incredibly sustainable design, CSHQA has revolutionized what it means to lead by example.

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Aug. 20, 2015

A JUMP Boise Sunset

Photo by Michael McCullough

A beautiful Boise sunset over one of downtown Boise's newest additions, JUMP Boise. JUMP (Jack's Urban Meeting Place) is an interactive creative center and community gathering place. 

Oct. 11, 2016

Mountain Home

Doing Business in Mountain Home

Only 39 miles southeast of Boise on I-84, Mountain Home is a city that is ready for business.  With a population of approximately 15,000 people,  the City of Mountain Home also houses the Mountain Home Air Force Base with an additional 4,500 assigned military and 850 full time civilian workers. Right off of the interstate, Mountain Home could be a great location for your business to expand to.  

Dec. 3, 2015

Three New Places, Three New Plates

Delicious dishes from Grit, Boise Co-op Meridian and Siam Orchid.

The menu at Eagle's eclectic Grit American Cuisine is a mash-up of influences that leans heavily on Southern staples—down-home classics like chicken pot pie and mac 'n' cheese. Most items, however, have a unique twist.

Compared to the Boise Co-op's bustling, maze-like North End location, the sun-splashed Village at Meridian outpost of the popular natural foods store feels like floating on a cloud.

It's easy to pass by Siam Orchid, a new Thai restaurant and sushi bar that took over the former Dhondalicious Artisan Food Co-op on Fairview between Milwaukee Street and Maple Grove Road. But Siam Orchid is definitely worth a stop.

Dec. 17, 2015

Built in Boise: Where Are They Now?

Checking in on the Boise companies featured in 2015 by Built in Boise.

Those who watch the entrepreneurial reality show Shark Tank know one of the most interesting parts of each episode is when they feature updates on the businesses a year or two later. We’re taking a page out of their book and doing the same with the Boise companies we’ve profiled over the past year.

Let’s get started…

Nov. 16, 2015

Office Envy: Curious Media

by Marissa Lovell

While they reside on the second floor of the historic Blue Eye Building in downtown Nampa, Curious Media truly dwells at the nexus of passion and creativity. Driven by a love of gaming, technology, education and fun, the interactive agency delivers remarkable digital experiences across multiple platforms for children and adults alike, working with notable companies like Disney, PBS Kids, Mattel, Hasbro and Warner Brothers.  

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Jun. 15, 2016

This is Boise

This Is Boise

Drone footage of different places in Boise.

Dec. 14, 2015

JUMP Opens its Doors for the First Time

JUMP, otherwise known as Jacks Urban Meeting Place opened its doors for the first time this week to allow an inside view of just what JUMP is all about. Cathy O’Neill, Community Engagement Director, admits that JUMP is very difficult to describe, so instead of trying to explain JUMP's mission, she described what's inside. JUMP includes five interactive studios where the public can participate in classes, performances, roundtable discussions or celebrations; the kitchen studio; an inspiration studio or "think-tank space"; a maker's studio for builders and inventors; a movement studio for dance, yoga and performing arts; and a multimedia studio for filmmakers. She says that JUMP's mission is to encourage people to try something new. And that is exactly why you will see the quote "When was the last time you did something for the first time" right when you walk through the front doors. 

Apr. 8, 2016

Office Envy: TSheets

by Marissa Lovell

Nestled along the Boise River Greenbelt in Eagle, Idaho, TSheets’ stunning two-story office demonstrates how far the online timesheet company has come in just 10 years – from two guys in a basement to 105 employees helping to blaze trail in technology, recruiting and company culture. The rapidly growing company, which recently purchased their office building, has already expanded into a portion of their neighboring space and is creating plans for a new building.

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Nov. 12, 2015

Welcome to the New Boise Co-op in the Village at Meridian

The Boise Co-op opened it's doors at their newest Meridian location this week. While the North End location is the flagship store, the new 25,000-square-foot location is equivalent to the original market, the Co-op Wine Shop and the Pet Shop combined. The look and feel of the Village at Meridian store is also different from what longtime Co-op customers have come to know. The new shop also includes a cooking classroom complete with a kitchen slated to begin on Wednesday, Nov. 18. 

Oct. 1, 2015

Boise Will Soon Have A Space Observatory Again

A local astronomer has made his crowdfunding goal and Boise will soon have an observatory again.

Brian Jackson used to work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and now teaches in the Boise State Physics Department. He launched a PonyUp campaign earlier this month to raise $8,000 to refurbish the old observatory dome on top of the Education Building at BSU.

Mar. 2, 2015

Office Envy: MetaGeek

by Marissa Lovell

The Owyhee building may be more than 100 years old, but the 5th floor home of MetaGeek brings a new type of energy to the historic plaza. The office buzzes with innovation and vitality, while maintaining a sense of tranquility. Artistic nooks, open spaces, a large kitchen stocked with snacks, beer on tap and a Ping-Pong table echo the company's value of fun. Inspired by casual creativity, the layout is built to encourage collaboration, inspiration and ingenuity.

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Nov. 14, 2016

Top 5 Things To Do In Boise

Idahoans take their spuds seriously.

It was our first meal in Boise and we walked two blocks from the Grove Hotel in the heart of downtown to the Boise Fry Company, perhaps the city’s most famous restaurant and a popular tourist attraction. “Would you like burgers on the side?” our server Brad Walker jokingly asked as we browsed the menu board showing fries made from six different types of locally grown potatoes — russet, purple, gold, sweet, laura and yam. They come in five different cuts and are offered with a choice of nine types of house-made sauces and 10 varieties of salt.

We opted for heaping bowls of home-style purple and laura fries topped with garlic salt and accompanied with raspberry ketchup. And we got grass-fed bison burgers on the side, but more as an afterthought. We had come for the potatoes. “Our fries are really the showcase main course,” said Walker, who doubles as the restaurant’s interim CEO. “That’s how we like to play it, since we’re in Idaho.”

As we learned during a recent 72-hour visit to Boise, Idaho’s capital and largest city offers visitors a menu of activities, sightseeing and food much more diverse than its large variety of potatoes. We found a city with a vibrant nightlife, arts community, plenty of trendy, farm-to-table restaurants serving locally made craft beers and wines, and enough outdoor venues to please any hiker, skier or biker. It wasn’t the boring, northern plains dullsville I had been anticipating.

Sep. 9, 2016

Boise, It’s My Place

Boise - "It's My Place"

Forget six degrees of separation. In the Boise Valley it’s rarely more than two. Challenge or opportunity, we know who to call and who to connect with to get the job done. Strip away the boundaries and formalities and collaborate forward. In this video, Ivan and Kyra walk you through a day in the life in the Boise Metro.

Mar. 23, 2016

Ski & Tee, Boise Style

March presents a difficult choice for outdoor recreationists in the Treasure Valley. Extract a few last memories from winter? Or dive into spring? One more day on skis? Or knock the rust off your golf game? Or maybe, you can have it both ways.

Since I was a teenager living in Bend, Ore., I’ve been familiar with the idea of combining skiing and golf in one day — but I’d never tried it until Sunday. That’s too bad, because I enjoyed the day, I never felt overwhelmed by it and the Treasure Valley likely is among the best, easiest places in the country to pull off the winter-summer double. We have easy access to Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area — the drive up Bogus Basin Road took less than 30 minutes with no snow or ice on the surface. Bogus is open at night — you could, conceivably, play golf in the afternoon and still get in plenty of ski runs in the evening. Our golf courses often are open most of the winter. And our days get long after Daylight Saving Time begins, which allowed me to flip my original plan. Instead of Tee & (Night) Ski, this became Ski & Tee.

Some top resort destinations like to market their golf-and-ski combinations. A quick Google search found references to the idea in Utah, Alberta, British Columbia, Pennsylvania, California, New Mexico and Colorado, for starters. But usually, that possibility is limited to a small overlap in the seasons — and might require enduring a frigid day on the course.

In the Treasure Valley, you can pick just about any pleasant winter day to give this a try.

Aug. 10, 2016

5 Meridian Developments To Keep An Eye On

Sometimes it's hard to keep up with all the growth in Meridian — new homes, new apartments, new restaurants and new businesses. Here's a one-stop shop for information about five interesting developments.

1) Digitization at the Library
2) The Vault Patio
3) Flatbread Expands
4) Black Rock Coffee Bar
5) Growth at the Village

Aug. 24, 2016

Destination: Downtown Meridian

by Marissa Lovell

Idaho’s fastest city growing city since 1994, Meridian is no stranger to progress and growth. Recently named America’s best city to live in by USA Today, the Boise Valley’s central city has proven to hold a little something for everyone. With the Village at Meridian’s ever-growing radius and suburban development happening throughout the area at lightning speed, downtown Meridian brings an unexpected experience – a cultural cohesion of strong historical roots and emerging potential. For downtown business owners, the move to the city’s center has been encouraging and positive – part of the reason why more businesses across different industries are setting up shop in downtown Meridian.

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Oct. 18, 2016

INL Plans $85 Million Expansion

The Idaho National Laboratory is planning to build two new facilities at its Idaho Falls campus, at an estimated cost of $85 million.

The Post Register reports the two proposed buildings would house the laboratory's growing cybersecurity program and a next-generation supercomputer.

Jul. 12, 2016

Develop Your Own Talent Pipeline

by Lisa Holland

“The expert in anything was once a beginner” – Helen Hayes.

One of the best ways to develop a stronger workforce is to start by providing opportunities for younger individuals to learn and gain exposure to your company first hand. In turn, businesses can begin building a talented, experienced workforce prior to an employee earning a diploma. You guessed it – we’re talking about internships. That was the purpose of a half-day internship workshop hosted by the Boise Valley Economic Partnership with support from the Idaho Department of Labor last week.

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