Jul. 22, 2015

Office Envy: CTA

by Marissa Lovell

High above downtown Boise lives a stimulating space conceptualized by CTA Architects Engineers, an integrated team of architects, designers, engineers and project managers. With live plants, 360-degree views and 100 percent employee input, CTA's space on the eighth floor of the Eighth & Main building has something for every style to envy.

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May. 12, 2015

A State of Kindness

by Marissa Lovell

The third annual Idaho Gives, a single day of statewide charitable giving, was incredibly successful this year totaling at $1,083,365. A total of 15,387 donations came from every corner of the state to support over 650 local and state-wide non-profit organizations. Idaho Gives is a 24-hour celebration of organizations and volunteers throughout the Gem State, a day of learning about the meaningful work being done in communities and a time for Idahoans to come together and make it possible for non-profits to thrive. 

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Sep. 24, 2015

Canyon County Co-op Comes to Life

by Marissa Lovell

Big ideas grow in the Boise Valley everyday. Sometimes, those ideas must be uprooted and replanted in a greener meadow. That is the course taken by the Canyon County Co-op, who has gone from seeding a dream to cultivating a reality.

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Nov. 11, 2015

10 Fun Things To Do in Boise

Boise, Idaho probably isn’t the first place on most people’s radar when it comes to things to do. The relatively quiet western city actually packs more of a punch than most people would imagine, and no matter what you like to do – you can probably find it in Boise. After seeing this list, Boise might even find its way on your list of future vacation spots. 

Jan. 13, 2016

Canyon County Co-op Set to Open Jan.19

The Canyon County Co-op is set to open its doors to the public next Tuesday, January 19. To say Canyon County is excited for their new co-op is an understatement. Organizers initially anticipated selling 600-700 memberships at $65 apiece by opening day, but approximately 1,500 people had signed up by the end of the first week of January—with more memberships being sold every day. 

Jun. 16, 2016

Nothing Funky Happens in Idaho - Or Does It?

Nothing happens in Idaho—or does it? Actually, this is where the new rural-urban arts-centric landscape is happening!

Several artists live and work in downtown Nampa. I have developed a strong relationship with Betty and Lawrence of Hill Street Studios. They do photos shoots for our school of anything and everything, just as a goodwill gesture. They have a beautiful and unique gallery/home in downtown Nampa in a converted old bar. They have converted the entire upstairs into the living quarters and have outdoor space on the top of the building for a patio and garden.

Jun. 27, 2016

Idaho’s Got Talent

Internships play an important role in the national discussion about job training.

They’re a useful way for companies to help the newly graduated gain job skills and soft skills, and they’re helpful for job-seekers who want to try out a position or a place of employment.

A Boise organization has created an internship program that focuses not only on the newly graduated, but on the newly arrived. It’s called Global Talent Idaho and it helps skilled immigrants, be they refugees or other newcomers, find a place in a local workplace where they can experience the culture, language, and expectations of a U.S. workplace. There are already programs in Idaho to help unskilled workers find positions in the local labor market. Global Talent focuses on foreign-trained workers who worked in professional jobs in their home countries, but don’t have the language skills or credentials to do those jobs in the U.S.

Feb. 1, 2016

Robots Take Over the Statehouse

Bright minds and robots took over the Idaho Statehouse as award winning STEM projects were showcased to lawmakers and visitors. One robot on display was from a group of students out of Caldwell that will compete in a state-wide challenge that will be held at the University of Idaho. 

Jan. 13, 2016

The Many Faces of Idaho

The exhibition will be called Stronger Shines the Light Inside and will showcase stunning images of refugees who have resettled in Idaho. Photographer Angie Smith secured a $10,000 grant from the Boise City Department of Arts and History to help fund the project. She says that she got the idea when she returned to Idaho and began noticing the changing demographics and how we are beginning to see people from every corner of the world making Idaho their home. 

Jan. 28, 2016

Boise - “It’s My Place”

by Admin

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

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Jan. 28, 2016

Downtown Groundbreakings

Photo by City of Boise Mayor's Office

Mayor Bieter and other local business leaders took part in two groundbreaking ceremonies yesterday.  The first was for a new Hyatt Place hotel with PEG Development and Rafanelli & Nehas -- a great new downtown hotel at the corner of Bannock and 10th streets.

The second was Local Construct's groundbreaking for the Fowler, a beautiful mixed use development at 401 S 5th Street, in the City of Boise's LIV District. Its 159 environmentally-friendly, walkable residences (along with a number of other downtown residential projects underway).

These two new projects are the latest in more than $1 billion in projects recently completed or underway in downtown Boise.

Sep. 4, 2015

A Place I Call Home

by Clark Krause

Yesterday, I celebrated five years with the Boise Valley Economic Partnership. I cannot thank this community and local business leadership enough for the opportunity to serve such a wonderful place. If you dare read on, please indulge me with a few reflections:

On my first visit to Boise, I arrived on a beautiful Fall Sunday night. I will never forget driving in from the airport and seeing the robotic Maytag Vista washing lady atop the building, passing the unexpected sign that pointed me to the Anne Frank Memorial, crossing over the pristine Boise River and looking down to see people, rafts and tubes afloat, only to look up and see the magnificent State Capitol building anchoring the downtown. 

On my own for dinner that evening, I was amazed how many folks were walking, riding bikes and dining on 8th Street. What was most unique/different/special was that it was not just downtown adults, but “downtown families”, many of them on bikes with dogs in tow. I sat outside on 8th Street with my pizza and soda that night and thought, ‘This is the best downtown experience I ever have had in a midsize city.’ I also looked admiringly toward the mountains, knowing that 16 miles from my downtown dining table there were chairlifts on top of the mountaintop with radio towers.

I thought that night, ‘If I ever had the opportunity, this is a place I would never regret making home to the Krause House.’ 

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Jun. 24, 2015

Office Envy: Scentsy

by Marissa Lovell

What once lived in a 40-foot storage container on a small Idaho sheep farm now sprawls onto 73.7 gorgeous acres right off Eagle Road in Meridian. Home to more than 700 Boise Valley employees and an active part of the community, the Scentsy Commons Tower is a hub of activity, ideas and generosity. At the heart of the campus and the company, the Tower was inspired by the idea of being a greenhouse – a place where employees can thrive and flourish and big ideas can grow. 

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Aug. 5, 2015

From Serendipity to Full Bloom

BUGS’ seed of an idea was planted when Amy Hutchinson, then a teacher at South Junior High, noticed her fidgety students engage differently when she brought them outside to study pollinators. She asked herself, “How can I capitalize on this?” At the same time, she was discussing with her friend Wendy Young, a Master Gardener who worked for non-profits eradicating poverty, “What would you do if you could take education in any direction?”

Ideas percolated, and one afternoon over cups of tea, the two friends hatched a plan, a summer children’s gardening school. Children—as people at their most curious, tactile and kinesthetic—could learn by immersing themselves in the natural world through gardening. Both women loved the idea, and were eager to start. All they needed was land, money and students. 

Aug. 27, 2015

5 in-town adventures in Boise

Let’s face it, Boise is a mainstay on those chic lists that call out the best urban areas to live if you’re into outdoor pursuits. But there’s truth in the hype. You don’t have to leave town to enjoy an adventure.


Feb. 18, 2016

Adaptive Skiing at Bogus

Learning to ski rarely goes according to plan."The parents come to me in tears," said Fernando Veloz.  But at Bogus Basin, those are tears of joy. "They say how happy they are just to see their child out enjoying the wintertime," said Veloz, a co-director of Recreation Unlimited's adaptive skiing program at Bogus Basin.

For more than 35 years, the program lets individuals with hearing or visual impairments, developmental disabilities or limited to no usage of limbs learn to ski. "It gives these students a whole new level of confidence with what they can do and how they can do it," said John Mulligan, the other co-director of the program. "Our motto is 'if I can do this, I can do anything.'" Mulligan said the group has 60 students and 50 instructors.

Nov. 9, 2016

Go Behind the Scenes with Bolin Guitars

Bolin Guitars Go behind the scenes, see how world-class guitars are made in Boise, Idaho.

Bolin Guitars father and son, John & Jake Bolin have made world-class guitars for Steve Miller, Billy Gibbons and Keith Richards. They live in Boise, Idaho,

Feb. 18, 2016

7 Idaho Tech Startups to Keep an Eye On

Idaho Business Insider recently choose seven startups to watch out for in the next couple years. The products they sell and the markets they service are all very different, but the common ground that they all share is Idaho borne ingenuity. The list includes: Gen Z Technology, Inergy Holdings, SaasFocus, PsiFlow Technologies, Willoop, LandProData, and Advanced Ceramic Fibers. 

Sep. 20, 2016

RelEVENT Launches Nationwide

Boise-based RelEVENT, an app that collects events from around a city and recommends them to users, launched nationwide Sept. 19.

RelEVENT originated at a Boise Young Professionals’ b|launched competition in May 2015 when  CEO Stacey Donohue, Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Heath and CTO Sean MacLachlan came together to create an app that helps users learn about events before they happen.

“I love the movie Office Space,” Donohue said at a presentation in December. “It came to the Egyptian Theater this year, but I didn’t hear about it until the next day when I saw posts on Facebook showing friends carrying their red staplers. That sucked because I would have loved to have gone if I knew about it and that is what this app is for.”

The app aggregates events from various community calendars and groups each event into a category such as music, sports or business. After users like, dislike or ignore event suggestions, the system begins to send event notifications based on that user’s taste.

Jan. 27, 2016

First Look at Central Addition Living

Don't blink.  Big changes are coming to Boise's Central Addition, the long-neglected neighborhood that, once upon a time, was a thriving area. Portland, Ore.-based Holst Architecture will stand before the city of Boise Design Review Committee in mid-May to unveil details of its planned seven-story, 204,000-square-foot apartment building at 401 South Fifth Street, which would see retail and live-work units on the ground floor and structured parking on the first and second levels.

The project is being called "Roost." According to architects, the development will include:
-"Farm-to-table" experience for residents, with garden plots and cooking/dining areas
-Five housing levels "to humanize the building with an organic, sinuous and lyrical volume, expressed as a rippling wave in plan"
- Second floor community spaces, as well as ground floor retail spaces
- A community open space along Broad Street