Apr. 4, 2016

Boise Eatery Sells Heaven One Strip At A Time

If the thought of eating bacon makes you go nuts like that “bacon bacon bacon!” dog in the Beggin’ Strips TV commercial, then rest assured your tail will be wagging upon a visit to Bacon in downtown Boise, Idaho.

Bacon always has at least six types of bacon on hand, their signature Berryhill strip being one of them. Treated with a chile and sugar dry rub, Berryhill is always on the menu and is the “default” bacon when you order a menu item like eggs & bacon (you can change up your bacon if you want.) The other flavors rotate; a recent visit found the restaurant offering a Spicy Hot strip, the Kurobuta Herb bacon which is rubbed with thyme, sage, rosemary and lavender, the self-explanatory Maple Rosemary bacon and a dessert-like Candied Bacon that’s syrupy sweet and smoky at the same time. First-time Bacon-goers may want to order the Bacon Styx Sampler, a taste of all available bacons, which is cutely served-up in a flight of shot glasses.

READ MORE
Apr. 4, 2016

Students At Sage International School Design Prototype For Boise Parks

Julia Davis Park has some new recycling bins developed with the help of students and staff at the Sage International School. The unique thing about these bins is they can be attached to an existing park trash can holder and don't require any additional concrete on the ground. Sage students and staff built a prototype container and approached the parks department about the project last year. "Our first creation he had made it out of duct tape and cardboard and it was a small little model," said 10th grader Madison Saccoman.  "We had scaled that up into plywood and duct tape and chicken wire, and that is what we showed to Parks and Rec, and they loved it." ECCO Safety Group donated time and resources toward engineering the final product. Nine working models of the recycle bin are being installed today at Julia Davis Park. The city will see how they compare with other models, then decide whether to add more.

READ MORE
Apr. 1, 2016

The Best City In America Is Actually Right Here In Idaho

The old adage of “location, location, location” is just one reason why Idaho as a whole has been recently making headlines as a blossoming national icon. The Gem State’s idyllic intersection of desert, mountains, and river oases creates an environment that offers something for everybody, while also quietly resting in close proximity to the urban centers of Seattle, Portland, and Salt Lake City.

But Idaho’s capital is making a name for itself for much more than its beauty and convenience.

With the goal of becoming the most livable city in the country, Boise is a bustling metropolis that has changed dramatically in the past decade or so, rising from a “bait and bullet” town, as it was called by the New York Times, to a thriving center for art, green initiatives, and community development. But it is in its uniquely isolated setting that Boise has truly found its niche as a hip, urban hub that is being praised by nearly every nationally published top ten list.

READ MORE
Apr. 5, 2016

New Boise Business Is Selling, Buying And Trading In Imagination

Boise Bricks and Minifigs opened March 19 on Fairview Avenue near Hampton Road, offering a place for children to build and play with Legos and miniature figures. The business is owned by franchisees Brook and Reed Brimhall, but it is operated by their entire family. The store has been “slammed” in its first few weeks, Brimhall said. People drove around for 15 minutes to find parking and lined up outside the door for the grand opening, she said. The store buys and sells new and used Lego products. It also offers an activity room that customers can rent or reserve for birthday parties, special-needs groups, home-school groups and daycare classes. 

READ MORE
Apr. 4, 2016

Boise In Top 10 For Best Air Quality In the Country

There are plenty of things that go into deciding whether to live in the big city or decamp to a small town: culture, crime, careers, cuisine, commutes … and those are just the C’s! But surprisingly, one of the biggest determining factors is all about air—as in, “Is it safe?” It’s certainly a major issue in many urban centers across the U.S. With so many people and vehicles crammed together, it’s no wonder that pollution levels often rise higher than the highest skyscrapers.

But do you really have to trade away your health to enjoy the excitement of city living? We decided to find out. Our data analysts donned their realtor.com®-approved respirators and set out to discover big metropolitan areas where you can breathe freely—and, along the way, to determine the ones where, well, you can’t. 

Boise came in at number 10, right behind Lakefield, Florida and Colorado Springs, Colorado. With over 85% of good air quality days and the median home price being one of the lowest on the list. Boise, truly is a place where you can live a healthy life, without breaking the bank. 

READ MORE
Apr. 5, 2016

Students Take Home $100,000 In Seed Funding In Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge

Fourteen teams of intrepid student entrepreneurs took home $100,000 in seed funding to bolster their businesses at the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge awards presentation April 1 at Trailhead in Boise. All 22 colleges and universities in the Gem State were invited to participate in the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, a statewide venture competition that aims to stimulate entrepreneurship. Of the 75 competitors from around the state, 23 teams were selected as finalists. The program is directed by Boise State University’s College of Innovation and Design and College of Business and Economics, and sponsored by Zions Bank. Teams earned seed funding in the categories of health, technology, agriculture technology and social impact. Each of the four first-place teams earned $13,000 for their innovations.

READ MORE
Mar. 29, 2016

Boise Entrepreneurs Turn Hobby Into New Career

What began as a way for one couple to share videos of their kids with family members has grown into a Boise-based production company gaining notice from toy companies with videos that receive millions of views each month.

Happy Riot Entertainment is a production company owned by Justin Evans, 33, and Cassiopia Evans, 28.  The business began after the couple looked for a way to communicate with Cassiopia Evan’s mom. They began a YouTube channel where they uploaded video blog posts of the family driving around in the car.

“I had recently taken a photography class, but after a little bit photography wasn’t cutting it,” Cassiopia Evans said. “Video seemed like the next logical step creatively.”

Six months later they learned it was possible to monetize YouTube videos by allowing ads to run in front of them. The couple eventually began producing content for about a dozen YouTube channels focusing on a variety of topics such as toy reviews, animated nursery rhymes and trivia lists.

The company’s most popular channel, Epic Toy Channel, features the couple playing with new toys with their kids and rating the toys. It receives 20 million views a month.

READ MORE
Apr. 6, 2016

Albertson Family Foundation awards $3.5M to whitewater park

by J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation

The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation announced today a $3.5 million grant to finish the second phase of the Boise River Park, a gift that will further revitalize the whitewater recreation park area in downtown Boise’s West End.

Read More
Apr. 4, 2016

Boise Ranked One Of Top Ten Best Downtown’s

Downtown Evanston might be cute and all, but it's no Boise, Idaho.

That's the verdict of editors at Livability.com, who gave the north suburb faint praise by naming it the 10th best small- or medium-sized downtown in the nation, four spots behind Boise. The website looked at 2,000 cities across the U.S. and ranked them for low vacancy rates, new development, cultural attractions, nightlife, diversity, affordability and walkability. Its editors admitted they used a fudge factor to help rank the top 10 based on their own preferences and to spread the love around.

READ MORE
Apr. 5, 2016

A View From The Top of The Capitol

Photo by imgur.com/user/therealhershey

A view of Boise from the top of the capitol building.

READ MORE
Apr. 6, 2016

Local Vendor Spotlight, Whole Foods Boise

Whole Foods Market Boise, Local Vendors

In partnership with the City of Boise and Boise 150, this video features six Boise Valley local vendors that sell their products at Whole Foods.

Apr. 7, 2016

Boise Airport Wins Multiple Concession Awards at National Event

by Boise Airport

On Tuesday night (April 5) the Boise Airport was awarded “Best Retail Program (Small Airports)” and “Best Food & Beverage Program (Small Airports)” at the annual Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) Concessions Awards Gala in Orlando, Florida.

“Boise’s unique flavor, taste and character is reflected by the local restaurants and businesses that cater to visitors at the Boise Airport,” said Mayor David Bieter. “These awards underline our city’s role as model and trend-setter. I couldn’t be more proud of the vision and hard work that has made this success possible.” 

Read More
Apr. 15, 2016

White House Recognizes Boise State Computer Science Efforts

Boise State University has been recognized by the White House for its effort to improve K-12 computer science teaching. The university’s IDoCode program, in collaboration with the College of Innovation and Design, is developing a CS badge for teachers.

READ MORE
Apr. 18, 2016

Best of Boise: Fun is Easy to Find in Idaho’s Capital City

Boise has long been known as the gateway to Idaho’s wilderness playground. Whether you like to bike or hike, experience a zip line or get a salmon on the line, you can enjoy those activities and a lot more not far from Boise. But there is plenty to do inside the city limits too.

Boise hosts visitors from all over the world for the big Treefort Music Festival that takes place every March. Hundreds of performances from indie bands take place at various venues around downtown Boise during Treefort, and for a few days the whole city is awash in music. Music fans can satisfy their craving any time of year though; some of the big acts coming to Boise this summer include Boston, Ben Harper, Kansas, Testament, Sublime with Rome and Dashboard Confessional. For more intimate shows, fans can hit numerous Boise venues including the Knitting Factory where upcoming shows include the Violent Femmes, Baroness, Tech N9ne, Blue October and Ill Nino.

READ MORE
Apr. 18, 2016

Built in Boise: Outdoors & Innovations

by Built in Boise

The passionate writers, photographers, designers, builders and business-owners over at Built in Boise have been cranking out more inspiring stories of Boise companies and the people behind them. From outdoors to innovations, here is a roundup of profiles from February, March and April... 

Read More
Apr. 22, 2016

International Skateboard and Clothing Company to Move Operations to Boise

One of the largest skateboard, clothing and lifestyle companies in the world has announced they will be moving into a location next door to the newly reconstructed Rhodes Park in downtown Boise.

Element (who is owned by surfing and clothing conglomerate Billabong) will be moving in a retail space across the alleyway from the park to conduct business operations.

CEO and founder Johnny Schillereff told 6 On Your Side that he fell in love with Boise and is looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles where the company currently resides.

READ MORE
Apr. 14, 2016

Boise Angel Fund Backs 3 Tech Startups

The Capitol City Angel Fund, associated with the Boise Angel Alliance, says it has invested undisclosed amounts in three Boise companies over the past few months: IdeaRoom, Proskriptive, and RetroLux.

The $1 million-plus fund’s members are accredited investors. The fund makes investments in high-growth, early stage local companies. Since the Boise Angel Alliance’s founding in 2004, funds and members have invested over $12 million, mostly in local companies. The alliance says the companies have since created more than 350 jobs in Idaho.
 

READ MORE
Apr. 12, 2016

Boise: The New Frontier

Boise sits at an apex between the Rocky Mountains and an endless expanse of desert stretching north from Nevada. When the brilliant colors of the setting sun fade over the rolling hills and towering mountains nearby, it’s no wonder Idaho’s dubbed the “Gem State”. The Payette, Boise and Snake rivers meet here – calling to adventurers of every form. The 25-mile long Boise River Greenbelt twists and turns through the city with abundant opportunity for exploration – from parks to pools, and even a zoo found near the city’s river bank. Too far to walk? The local Green Bike system makes cruising a breeze!

With more beards, trucker-hats and Edison bulbs than the state of Oregon combined, Boise is one hoppin’ city!

READ MORE
Apr. 7, 2016

Dallas Flights Will Help Boise Business Travelers

Dallas has been near the top of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce’s wish list for direct flights available at Boise Airport, chamber CEO Bill Connors said.

That’s because the Treasure Valley’s largest employers travel to Texas for business, and often to Dallas itself.

American Airlines will begin daily nonstop service between Boise and Dallas starting June 2. The flight is scheduled to leave Dallas-Fort Worth for Boise at 4:35 p.m. and arrive here at 6:59 p.m. The flight from Boise will leave at 7:06 a.m. and arrive at Dallas-Forth Worth at 11:19 a.m.

The addition gives the Boise Airport 20 nonstop flights and creates single-stop options to reach destinations in Central and South America.

READ MORE
Apr. 7, 2016

Boise State Breaks Ground on Public/Private Honors College Project

Framed by Thursday morning's near-perfect weather, Boise State University officials broke ground on the much-anticipated $40 million, 236,000-square-foot Honors College and first-year residence hall, hailing the project as a "new beginning" for the university.
 

READ MORE