The Thinking Boise Blog


July 27th , 2017

The Basque culture is an essential part of the City of Trees, and there’s no better place to celebrate than a the San Inazio Festival. From Friday, July 28th, to Sunday, July 30th, the San Inazio Festival will honor St. Ignatius of Loyola, the patron saint of the Basques. Friday, July 28th The festival kicks […]

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July 25th , 2017

Grab your ghost gear and head to the Old Idaho Penitentiary with Big River Paranormal! See if you can hear whisperings from former inmates, or glimpse ghosts of the past among the corridors. Big River Paranormal On Friday, July 28th, from 9pm to 2am, investigators will roam the Old Idaho Penitentiary with the hopes of […]

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July 20th , 2017

Hey, Boise! Get ready for a music-filled weekend the last few days in July. From the Huckleberry Jam to the Mountain Home Country Music Festival, you’re sure to find a band to jam out to this July. The Huckleberry Jam Tamarack Resort near Donnelly, Idaho Friday, July 28th and Saturday, July 29th The third annual […]

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July 18th , 2017

There’s no better way to enjoy Boise’s Discovery Center than at their adults-only events after closing hours. The Discovery Center invites you to learn and party at Sharks after Dark on Friday, July 21st, at 7pm. This event is perfect for those who want to educate themselves, but while being entertained! You’ll have the chance […]

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July 13th , 2017

The Boise River may be closed for floating, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate our favorite body of water! 10 Barrel Brewing’s Boise Tubeapalooza is the perfect place to make merry this summer. On Saturday, July 22nd, from 5pm to 10pm, 10 Barrel Brewing will be taking over downtown Boise to revel in […]

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July 11th , 2017

Help your kids get their extra energy out at the Run Wild at Zoo Boise event! On Saturday, July 22nd at 9am, kids will have the run of Zoo Boise for an hour while they trot among the animals. This fun run is a great activity for kids aged 2 years old to 11 years old. […]

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July 6th , 2017

Whether you’re still working on the bathing suit body, or you just enjoy staying active, there are plenty of unique spots around Boise to keep in shape. Beeryasa Yoga You can love yoga, beer, or both to enjoy a morning of Beeryasa Yoga at PreFunk Beer Bar. On Sunday, June 9th, at 10am you’ll be able […]

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June 29th , 2017

We’re big fans of Jack’s Urban Meeting Place at Thinking Boise. Not only does JUMP feature gorgeous architecture and unique spaces, but it provides a great spot to meet up with friends and learn something new. This summer, the numerous JUMP Summer Programs promise to keep you entertained and educated. Learn a Language ¿Hablas español? Even if […]

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June 27th , 2017

The Boise Public Library is honoring the diversity of our favorite series through a new program: “Neighbor Narratives.” Join the Boise Public Library and Idaho Office for Refugees for three nights this week to hear from various storytellers over the hour-long event. “The Idaho Office for Refugees does a phenomenal job sharing the many faces […]

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June 22nd , 2017

Music on the Water will be taking over the brand new Esther Simplot Park on Friday, June 23rd, from 2pm to 9pm with headliner Built to Spill. This new, free event is a great time filled with live music, local food and drink, and activities for the whole family! Not only will you get the […]

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June 20th , 2017

Treasure Valley kids will get the chance to hit the road with three-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong as part of downtown Boise’s Twilight Criterium. On Saturday, July 15th, downtown Boise will close its streets to welcome hundreds of professional cyclists to make their way through the city in various competitions. But before the pros […]

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June 8th , 2017

It’s not really summer until you attend a local festival, and there’s no better place to start than at the 83rd Annual Emmett Cherry Festival from Wednesday, June 14th, to Saturday, June 17th, at Emmett City Park. This festival is always held in Emmett during the second week of June to celebrate the bounty of […]

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June 6th , 2017

Whether you’re an avid cyclist or you just love promoting a better Boise, you’re going to be interested in the Leadville Bikeway. The Leadville Bikeway is an initative by the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) to create an alternative bike route for Broadway Avenue on nearby Leadville Avenue. Rather than having commuters, school kids, and […]

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June 5th , 2017

In your home search, if you’re thinking of renovating a home, and you have some basic carpentry and craftsman skills, you can be part of the movement in Boise to preserve worthy homes. Evaluating a home for its worth is far more than just its street value, but if it has a strong design basis, […]

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June 1st , 2017

Get your dancing shoes on for the Project Flux + WHYTEBERG Workshop Series at Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)! Attend one to four dance workshops to learn from the professionals of Project Flux and WHYTEBERG. Project Flux + WHYTEBERG Workshop On Tuesday, June 20th, you can participate in a Master Class with Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill of […]

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May 30th , 2017

Pull out your fancy duds and get dressed up for the 17th annual semi-formal Black and White Ball on Friday, July 14th from 7pm to 10:30pm to benefit the Royal Family Kids’ Camp. Once you’ve dressed in your semi-finest, head to the JUMP Event Center to enjoy this community fundraising event with fellow philanthropists. Attendees […]

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May 25th , 2017

There may be no better way to raise funds and awareness for Idaho’s public lands and wildlife than with a cold brew at the 1st Idaho Public Lands and Wildlife Alefest. The first annual Idaho Public Lands and Wildlife Alefest is on Saturday, June 3rd, from 2pm to 5pm at Payette Brewing Co. The event […]

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May 23rd , 2017

Celebrate Idaho Wine Month at the third annual kickoff party hosted by Juniper at Freak Alley on Wednesday, May 31st. Lovers of vino will want to celebrate this month dedicated to encouraging you to drink local. The Start of Something Good There’s no better way to enjoy Idaho Wine Month than by joining with fellow […]

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May 18th , 2017

Moving to a new city is always an overwhelming endeavor. The Boise Relocation Guide 2017 from Thinking Boise Real Estate is a handy guide makes relocating a breeze. This handy document provides all the essential information you need for your move to the City of Trees. You can download this helpful 38 page guide here!  If […]

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May 15th , 2017

Bring the whole family down to the Idaho Botanical Gardens on Sunday, May 21, for International Museum Day. This free, one-day event is dedicated to introducing locals to the museums found right within their city! You can explore all that Boise museums have to offer—in one spot! Enjoy wandering through booths to check out the […]

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May 11th , 2017

If you’re thinking about getting inked, there’s no better place to find a great tattoo artist than at the Treasure Valley Tattoo Convention from May 19th to the 21st. You can browse and meet more than 60 tattoo artists, including some who have come all the way from Japan and Russia! With 23 shops and […]

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May 9th , 2017

It’s easy to celebrate Mother’s Day in Boise with so many great events to attend with your mom! We’ve picked out three unique events that will please any mother. 2017 Mother’s Day 5K Head to the new Esther Simplot Park at 6:30am to hit the trail. Walk, run, jog—this free 5K is a great way […]

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May 2nd , 2017

May 2017’s First Thursday will be filled with delicious bites, tasty drinks, lively music, and the chance to view unique art. First Thursday in downtown Boise is one of our favorite local events. Every first Thursday of the month, downtown businesses open their doors to entice Boiseans into learning more and trying new things. Boise […]

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April 27th , 2017

If you love books, then you’ll find a great book at a Boise Public Library book club. Keep on reading below to find an event that fits your preferences and schedule. Comic Book Club The Comic Book Club is the place to be if you’re a fan of graphic novels. You can join a group of […]

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April 25th , 2017

The 100 WOMEN event at the Boise Contemporary Theater combines a few of our favorite things: local theater, supporting artists, and empowering women. This is the 13th annual 100 WOMEN event that will help sponsor the 2016-2017 season of the Boise Contemporary Theater. Join with 99 other individuals as you enjoy a play that features […]

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April 20th , 2017

Foodies and brew fans, we have the perfect event for you: the Barbarian Feast and Pairing Party on Sunday, April 23rd. See what Barbarian Brewing has to offer while enjoying savory bites from the Bittercreek Alehouse. Barbarian Brewing opened its doors in 2015 in Garden City. The brewery is owned by married couple, James Long […]

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April 18th , 2017

On Saturday, April 22nd, from 12pm to 4pm you can enjoy a cold brew and try your luck at fun games at Sockeye Brewing’s Beer Carnival. Drinks will be available at happy hour pricing for the entire event. That’s $3 for a pint! Sockeye Brewing’s Beer Carnival is being held at Sockeye’s Fairview location at […]

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April 13th , 2017

Go Lead Idaho is a local nonprofit that encourages women to become leaders through training and other events. The vision of Go lead Idaho is “a state where contributions of women are valued and respected, and more women are influential and visible leaders.” If you’re a woman who is interested in strengthening your leadership skills […]

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April 11th , 2017

The PulsePoint 911 app has been adopted by first respondents of Ada County to help save lives. When someone is having a cardiac arrest, the app alerts all first responders in the county to proceed to the location. When a call is made to 911,  the dispatch center activates the alert on the app at the same […]

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April 6th , 2017

Grab a bike, your wallet, and your sense of style for Boise’s First Annual Tour de Fashion! Local fashion blogger, Tanya Carnahan, of StyleSpyGirl.com will be leading the Tour de Fashion through downtown Boise with the help of the Downtown Boise Association and Boise GreenBike. The first of four tours kicks off on Saturday, April […]

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April 4th , 2017

Spring is here and it’s time to dig in with gardening classes in Boise! It’s easy to find a gardening class that fits for your needs thanks to offerings from the Idaho Botanical Gardens, Farwest Garden Center and Zamzows. Gardening Classes at Zamzows Make sure your lawn is the greenest in the neighborhood by attending […]

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March 30th , 2017

Here at Thinking Boise, we’re always searching ways to support our city and our neighbors. That’s why we’re big fans of the City of Boise’s Energize Our Neighborhoods program and the brand new Atlantic Idea House. Energize Our Neighborhoods The Energize Our Neighborhoods program is an endeavor by the city to improve livability and to revitalize […]

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March 28th , 2017

The first annual Thinking Boise Book Drive for the Boise Public Schools was held at the beginning of March. Thanks to our wonderful clients, neighbors, and friends, the book drive was a success! About 800 books and $500 in cash were donated. We’re still receiving books, so this number is sure to rise. We are so excited to […]

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March 23rd , 2017

Taste & Craft and Savor Idaho are two great opportunities to sample what Idaho has to offer in food and drinks. Taste & Craft On Saturday, April 8, at Payette Brewing you can enjoy the flavors from Idaho and around the world. Taste & Craft began as Taste208 in 2011, but was rebranded this year […]

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March 21st , 2017

Dance into the night and support a good cause at the “Party like the Gatsby” event on Saturday, April 22nd, at the Riverside Hotel! You can “Party like the Gatsby” while raising funds for the arts program of the Idaho Arts Charter School. This gala fundraising event will include live music and a full menu featuring […]

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March 16th , 2017

Idaho Cat Fanciers are bringing fluffy creatures into the spotlight here in Boise! The Idaho Cat Show on Saturday, March 18, and Sunday, March 19, at Expo Idaho is the perfect event for cat lovers in the Treasure Valley. Meow! You’ll have the chance to see over 200 breeds of cats at the Idaho Cat […]

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March 14th , 2017

It’s that time of year when Boise comes alive with music, yoga, art, and entertainment: it’s Treefort 2017. From Wednesday, March 22, to Sunday, March 26, the city of Boise will be overrun with people passionate about community and art. If you’ve never attended the local festival before, we promise that you’ll find a “fort” […]

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March 9th , 2017

There are plenty of great toddler activities in Boise for parents that are looking for ways to entertain their young ones. Whether it’s playing at JumpTime or enjoying one of the many beautiful parks that dot Boise, parents have plenty of ways to keep their kiddos busy. But if you’re looking for new ideas to get […]

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March 7th , 2017

If you haven’t visited the new West Elm in downtown Boise, you don’t know what you’re missing. The modern furniture store opened its first Boise location last summer, but not all Boiseans have visited the furniture hot spot yet. The modern home furnishings store took the location where Anthropologie was previously located. The chain retailer […]

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March 2nd , 2017

Are you ready for an adventure? Adventure Hunt Boise is for adventurers who want to compete in an action-packed competition to win numerous prizes! The adventure kicks off on Saturday, April 15th, at 9am. Grab your partner and make sure you register for this day full of fun by April 12th at the latest! The […]

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February 28th , 2017

TEDxBoise 2017 is the place to be if you’re in need of a little inspiration. The famous TED talks program has expanded to locally organized events called TEDx. On Saturday, April 8, Boiseans can enjoy the benefits of a TED talk without leaving our favorite city. The event is from 1pm to 7pm and consists […]

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February 23rd , 2017

Fly away with me to the Boise Suitcase Party 2017 on Friday, March 10, to benefit the American Cancer Society. Got wanderlust? Dreaming of getting away? Need a break from work or the family? Then the Boise Suitcase Party 2017 could be your ticket! This is one night of delicious food, swinging tunes, getting groovy, […]

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February 21st , 2017

The Boise State Dance Marathon not only is raising money for a great cause, but it’s a great excuse for you to put on your dancing shoes! On Sunday, February 24th at 3pm, dancers will take the floor for charity and continue moving their feet until 8am on Saturday, February 25th. Students from Boise State […]

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February 16th , 2017

The snow is finally melting and it’s time to get outside and run! The Treasure Valley has plenty of running clubs to choose from if you’re ready to hit the pavement while making friends. Village on the Run If you love to be active, then you’ll want to jog your way to Village on the […]

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February 14th , 2017

Chateau des Fleurs brings the vibrant beauty of France to Eagle, Idaho. The Chateau des Fleurs is an extension of the Camille Beckman campus, where luxurious personal care items are created. The Chateau was built as a place for both events and to house the French restaurant, Le Coq D’Or. If you want to experience […]

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February 10th , 2017

Whether you have a significant other or not, there’s plenty of fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Boise! Spend a Night at the Zoo Zoo Boise Saturday, February 11 from 4pm to 7pm “Woo at the Zoo” is the chance to learn how animals woo one another. This event is open to both singles […]

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February 7th , 2017

There’s no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by buying locally made products at the Love Locally: Valentine’s Pop-Up Shop on Saturday, February 11. This Saturday, from 11am to 5pm, you can purchase presents for the loved ones in your life while supporting Boiseans. Evermore Prints is hosting the first Love Locally event at […]

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February 2nd , 2017

If you want a taste of handmade Italian in downtown Boise, then Àlavita, an Italian joint, is the spot. The restaurant’s name comes from the combination of “alla” and “vita” which means “to life” in Italian. At Àlavita, you’ll definitely find life. You’ll find a bustling restaurant with beautiful decor, eye-catching chandeliers adrift, and waiters carrying plates […]

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January 31st , 2017

When you see the unique, neon sign of Lunchbox Wax Salon in downtown Boise, you may not realize that you’re looking at a nationwide phenomenon. When Debi Lane launched the salon dedicated solely to waxing in 2010, she had only two employees and worked at the salon part-time, according to an interview in the Idaho Statesman. The original […]

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January 26th , 2017

Escape the bitter cold and snow at the Edwards Greenhouse Pop-Up Park. The greenhouse located at the corner of Hill Road and 36th Street has created an indoor park where families can gather for a glimmer of summer. This is the fourth year of the Edwards Greenhouse Pop-Up Park and it’s become a staple of […]

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January 24th , 2017

Spend Valentine’s Day with your significant other on the 14th, and then head to JUMP on Saturday, February 18th, to celebrate the day of love with your fellow Boiseans at Whole Lotta Love Community Dinner. The Whole Lotta Love Community Dinner brings together residents at Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP) for a delicious three-course meal at […]

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January 19th , 2017

With freezing temperatures and slushy streets, it can be difficult to find an activity for the entire family to enjoy. Thanks to Escape This Live! Boise, friends and family can enjoy each other’s company while stretching their skills and knowledge. Escape This Live! Boise is an interactive game that involves being locked in a room […]

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January 17th , 2017

January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, and there’s no better way for 5th and 6th graders to learn than through the Ski Free Passport Program from Ski Idaho. The Ski Free Passport Program enables 5th graders to obtain a free three day lift ticket to 18 different ski spots, while 6th graders […]

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January 12th , 2017

Calling all Treasure Valley artists—the Alexa Rose Foundation wants to help fund your next project! The Alexa Rose Foundation has provided grants of over $130,000 to 65 local artists in the past two years. We love any organization that strengthens the local art scene and supports Idaho artists! The grants are open to artists in […]

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January 11th , 2017

Break out of those winter blues and attend the Idaho Laugh Fest 2017 from Thursday, January 12th, to Sunday, January 15th. After the week of weather that Boise has endured, what better way to relieve some stress than with some good laughs? Fortune Feimster is the headliner for the 4th annual Idaho Laugh Fest this […]

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January 5th , 2017

The 2017 Hot Cocoa Run in Eagle, Idaho, is a great way to fulfill your New Year’s resolution to be more fit this year. The Hot Cocoa Run on Saturday, January 7th, is unique in that each participant receives a free custom mug! After enduring low temperatures for the run, you can fill your custom […]

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January 3rd , 2017

Calling all brides—The Wedding Party Show at the Boise Centre is the best place to be in January! Any bride knows that planning a wedding is a big undertaking. The Wedding Party Show is the perfect place to meet various vendors at one spot in one weekend. On Saturday, January 7th, from 10am to 5pm, […]

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December 29th , 2016

Ring in the New Year at the 4th Annual Idaho Potato Drop in downtown Boise! The potato has gotten a facelift for 2017! This year, the “GlowTato,” a high-tech, internally lit potato will light up the sky. The festivities start at 1pm at the Main Stage with a performance by the Summerwind Skippers, a competitive […]

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December 27th , 2016

What better way to kick off the New Year than with Make-A-Wish Idaho’s 14th Annual Great Polar Bear Challenge! Make a difference by taking the plunge on January 1st at Lucky Peak at the Spring Shores Marina. The goal is for every participant to raise $50 to aide Make-A-Wish Idaho. The foundation’s purpose is to […]

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December 22nd , 2016

You’ve probably visited Twin Oaks Farm in Meridian, Idaho, for the Tater Dash Mud Run and Halloween Land Corn Maze. This year, the farm has decided to extend the festivities to the colder months with a brand new event: Winter Wonderland. Enjoy the beauty of Idaho in the winter, while getting in the holiday spirit […]

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December 19th , 2016

The 20th Famous Idaho Potato Bowl kicks off this Thursday, December 22, at Albertsons Stadium in downtown Boise. This year, The University of Idaho will be representing our great state in the bowl game, against Colorado State. This will be the first time since 2009 that an Idaho team has played in the Bowl. The […]

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December 15th , 2016

Christmas is more than a season of gift-giving and holiday movie watching, it’s also a time to give back to others. These five Boise non-profits could use your help this holiday season. But don’t forget, there are plenty of fantastic non-profits in our great city and they could use your help all year round. A […]

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December 13th , 2016

If you want to learn a new skill, practice a favorite sport, or maybe try your hand at a hobby, the Boise Parks and Recreation Winter/Spring Activity Guide is the place to find it all. The Boise Parks and Recreation’s mission is “to enhance Boise’s quality of life by working in partnership with the community […]

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December 8th , 2016

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift for your fellow Boisean, you’re in luck: Bricks on the Grove Plaza is the ideal present! In 1986, more than 14,000 Boiseans purchased engraved bricks to help fund a new plaza in downtown Boise. Now, 30 years later, you have the chance to stamp your own […]

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December 6th , 2016

It’s not Christmas unless you’ve been thousands of Christmas light glowing at the Winter Garden aGlow event at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. There may not be any flowers blooming in the gardens, but there’s plenty of beauty to be seen in the winter. Help the Idaho Botanical Gardens celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Winter […]

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December 1st , 2016

Wondering where you can meet Santa Claus in Boise this holiday season? We have you covered. There are numerous places where you can snap a photo with the man in the big red suit while telling him your hopes and dreams for this holiday season. Breakfast with Santa Why not grab a bite to eat […]

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November 29th , 2016

Everyone has a  flick that they like to watch during the holiday season, and thanks to Boise Classic Movies, you can watch your must-see Christmas movies on the big screen at the Egyptian Theatre! In the mood for a musical? “White Christmas” is on tonight, and you’ll want to come prepared with your vocal chords […]

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November 22nd , 2016

‘Tis the season to support local artists, and the Mobley Artists Open House event let’s you do just that. From December 8th through December 10th, you can meet local Boise artists simply by taking a stroll down Mobley Drive. Four artists will open their studios to shoppers and art enthusiasts. You can sip cider and snack […]

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November 17th , 2016

There’s no better way to kick off the ski season than at the annual Pray for Snow Winter Ale Festival. On Saturday, November 19th, from 2pm to 9pm, patrons will gather to enjoy cold ones from more than 40 breweries. Three live DJs will be on hand to spin tunes during the festival, providing a […]

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November 15th , 2016

There’s no better place to pick up one-of-a-kind gifts than at the Wintry Market on November 19th and 20th. The sixth annual market kicks off Friday night, November 18, with a VIP event. The VIP night is already sold out unfortunately, but keep an eye out for next year’s! This night is open to only 200 […]

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November 10th , 2016

If you’re one of those anti-Christmas before Thanksgiving people, stop reading here. But if you can’t wait for the trees to be lit and carols to be sung, then you’ll want to head to Kris Kringle and Campfire Carols at the Village at Meridian. The Village at Meridian’s festive event is on Friday, November 18, at 6:30pm. […]

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November 8th , 2016

Wahooz Family Fun Zone’s new Indoor Adventure Park may be the answer for those Idaho winters that can feel a little too long when you have kids at home. Indoor Adventure Park is a 17,000 square foot addition to the original Wahooz. The space is four stories tall, took seven months to construct, and cost […]

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November 3rd , 2016

Grab a cold one and toast one year of brewing at Powderhaus Brewing Company on Saturday, November 5. Powderhaus is inviting beer fans to celebrate the company’s first anniversary from 12pm to 11pm on Saturday. Not only will patrons be able to taste a special barrel-aged brew at the event, but food trucks will be […]

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November 1st , 2016

Celebrate Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, at Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP) in downtown Boise on November 2nd. This special day isn’t an extension of Halloween as some believe, but a Mexican tradition that focuses on honoring and remembering loved ones who have died. JUMP’s free community event is a fantastic […]

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October 27th , 2016

Clear your schedule, pick your restaurants, and put on your stretchy pants—it’s Boise Restaurant Week! The “week” actually stretches from one weekend to the next—October 28 to November 6, to be exact—and is the perfect opportunity to visit a favorite spot or try a new place. No tickets, coupons, or passes are required, though reservations […]

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October 25th , 2016

If you’re on the hunt for unique gifts and gorgeous home decor, then Hyde and Seek in Boise’s Hyde Park is the place to shop. The charming boutique sits on the corner of 13th Street and Eastman Street. The eclectic art, gorgeous glass, and towering horse statue catches the eye of passer-byers as they head […]

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October 20th , 2016

It can be incredibly difficult to decide what events to attend in Boise in the fall—there are just too many fun ones! Zoo Boise is getting in on the Halloween fun with two family-friendly events that you and the kiddos will love. Zoo Boise’s Spooktacular is the perfect combination of seasonal celebrations, adorable animals, and […]

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October 18th , 2016

It wouldn’t be Halloween without visiting Treasure Valley haunted houses. There are plenty of spots around Boise to help you check off your fall to-do list (including trick-or-treating and pulling out your witch ensemble), but these two haunted houses need to be on the list of must-see attractions (if you like to be scared, that is). […]

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October 13th , 2016

Celebrate fall while helping to end domestic violence at Fallapalooza 2016 in Ann Morrison Park on Saturday, October 15. The second annual fall festival raises support for the Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA), a non-profit that provides “safety, healing, and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault.” On October 15th from 9am to 5pm, you […]

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October 11th , 2016

The Village at Meridian is always a shopping destination in the Treasure Valley, but it’s going to be even more popular this Halloween. The outdoor shopping center is playing host to two fun Halloween events that you won’t want to miss. Villains in the Village (at Meridian!) Villains in the Village is a family-friendly event […]

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October 6th , 2016

The Boise Art Crawl combines three of our favorite things: booze, art, and Boise. The event kicks off this Saturday, October 10, at 12pm at the Swell Artist Collective. This artistic endeavor is a great way to meet local artists, while sipping on delicious drinks and enjoying beautiful downtown Boise. The Swell Artist Collective, the […]

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October 4th , 2016

Enjoy a slice of Boise history while acquiring candy during the Boise Depot Masquerade event on Sunday, October 30 from 1:30pm to 8:30pm. The depot is open Sundays and Mondays from 11am to 5pm for free to the public. On October 30, visitors can experience the historic building while enjoying Halloween festivities. Boise Depot Masquerade The […]

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September 29th , 2016

Introduce your child to the love of cooking through Flavorful Fairytales at Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP) in downtown Boise. This charming event is an appetizing combination of literature and food. Participants will enjoy a story time featuring that month’s selected book, and then head to the JUMP kitchen to create food inspired by the […]

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September 27th , 2016

The Idaho Horror Film Festival isn’t more than just a great event for Halloween spooks, it’s also a great place to view the creations of Idaho filmmakers. The third annual non-profit international film exhibition will be in Boise from Thursday, October 13, to Saturday, October 15. Idaho Horror Film Festival is more than blood and guts […]

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September 22nd , 2016

Winter usually conjures images of roaring fires, warm blankets, and hot cups of coffee. But it can also be a time for dry skin and fewer visits to the gym, especially in the cold, arid city of Boise. While these side effects don’t deter our love of cold weather, it’s good to be pampered every now and […]

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September 20th , 2016

Boo! Did I scare you? If not, then you’ll probably love the Spooky Movie Weekend at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Spooky Movie Weekend at the Old Idaho Penitentiary is the perfect way to kickoff October with classic movies that are sure to give you the chills. The weekend starts with a showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The […]

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September 15th , 2016

The Hyde Park Street Fair 2016 kicks off this Friday at 4pm. This three-day event in one of our favorite neighborhoods is packed full of food, live music, and vendors. The event runs on Friday from 4pm to 9:30pm, Saturday from 10am to 9:30pm, and on Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Live music can be […]

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September 13th , 2016

There are several ways to celebrate Oktoberfest in Boise thanks to the numerous local breweries where you can down a cold one. While some people might be consuming pumpkin spice beverages in honor of fall, others are gearing up to commemorate one of the most important holidays in Boise: Oktoberfest.  Live Music at Old Boise Head […]

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September 7th , 2016

The first home game of the Boise State Bronco season kicks off this Saturday, and what better way to get there than on the Bronco Gameday Shuttle? The Boise State Broncos take on the Washington State Cougars at 8:15pm at the Albertsons Stadium. You can watch the game on ESPN2, or better yet, see it […]

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September 6th , 2016

North End Pizza, the newest pizza joint in Boise’s Hyde Park, serves up slices inspired by the neighborhood. North End Pizza The new restaurant is owned by Missy and T.J. Sayles, the same couple that opened Prost in downtown Boise last summer. The couple have teamed up again with their partner, Seattle’s Chris Navarra, who […]

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September 6th , 2016

It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing! There’s no better place to practice your swing dancing than at the The Swing is the Thing event at the Riverside Hotel’s Sapphire Room on Thursday, September 15. Doors open at 6:30pm for the event, giving you plenty of time to grab a drink […]

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September 2nd , 2016

Swim, bike, and run your way through the Bronco Triathlon on Friday, October 7, and Saturday, October 8 at Boise State University. Increase your endorphins easily through this two day event. Start things off with a 700 yard pool swim on Friday at either 6am to 9am, or 4:30pm to 9pm at the Boise State […]

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August 29th , 2016

Boise’s skyline is about to get even more charming thanks to the 25th Annual Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic from August 31st through September 4th. The whimsical event kicks off on Wednesday, August 31, at 7:15am with Kids’ Day sponsored by CapEd. This will be one day where it won’t be hard to drag your […]

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August 24th , 2016

“To be, or not to be (in Boise), that is the question.” The answer is that soon Shakespearean enthusiasts will be able to see a piece of Bard history at Boise State University. Boiseans can view the First Folio, the first published collection of William Shakespeare’s plays, from now until September 21 at the Arts […]

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August 22nd , 2016

Guru Donuts isn’t new to downtown Boise, but the donut shop’s latest spot at the famous Idanha Hotel on Main Street is newsworthy. The business known for crafting delicious donuts from wholesome ingredients made the move to its new digs this summer. Guru Donuts  could originally be found on Capitol Street in the same space […]

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August 18th , 2016

Grab a lightsaber or tie on a cape because the Boise Public Library Comic Con is Saturday, August 27, at the main library location. This annual event is free, family-friendly, and perfect for sci-fi and comic fans. Boise Public Library Comic Con Festivities kick off at 10am at the Main Library location on South Capitol […]

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August 16th , 2016

if you missed the Canyon County Fair, don’t sweat it—Idaho’s largest fair is kicking off this weekend: the Western Idaho Fair. From Friday, August 19 to Sunday, August 28, the Western Idaho Fair takes over Expo Idaho for a week full of fun rides, live music, and tasty treats. Live Music  All concerts are free […]

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August 11th , 2016

Take a sip for a good cause at the 19th annual Basque Museum and Cultural Center Winefest on Friday, August 19. What began as a small fundraiser for the museum and center for all things Basque has grown to feature 16 wine vendors with more than 800 attendees. The purpose of the museum is to […]

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August 9th , 2016

If you thought that the Boise Public Library could only be enjoyed by visiting one of the several local branches, you thought wrong! Through two websites and smart phone applications, you can borrow ebooks, movies, and audiobooks without stepping foot inside a library. Overdrive for On the Go  The Overdrive website and accompanying app is incredibly useful […]

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August 4th , 2016

Ignore your Netflix queue, skip that Redbox, you can get your flick fix at Movies Under the Stars this August in Boise! What’s more fun than taking the kids (or your friends!) to the park for a movie? This family friendly activity is the perfect opportunity to relax and watch a good movie while enjoying […]

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August 2nd , 2016

All eyes have been on the JUMP, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place, as the massive building has been constructed in downtown Boise. Now’s your chance to take a peek inside! JUMP will be open for First Thursday on August 4. Learn about the “Inspire Kindness Dinner for Four” contest, while enjoying tasty treats from a variety […]

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July 28th , 2016

There’s no need to wait until August to enjoy the fair, head over to Canyon County Fair in Caldwell for a day of family fun! The Canyon County Fair kicks off today (Thursday, July 28) and continues until Sunday, July 31. The fair kicks off with the Hogs-N-Mud event. Back by popular demand, you can […]

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July 26th , 2016

Stop in for a sandwich at Even Stevens in downtown Boise and you’ll find more than a meal, you’ll have the chance to feed someone in need. The Salt Lake City based restaurant serves sandwiches, salads, breakfast, craft beer, speciality coffee, and bakery sweets. The “anti-cookie cutter” brand puts a twist on traditional sandwich recipes. […]

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July 21st , 2016

Craving something salty? Maybe something crunchy? City Peanut Shop in downtown Boise is here to fulfill all your snack needs. Boise’s peanut shop is only open thanks to owner Dan Balluff’s dad. Whenever Balluff’s dad would visit Boise from his home in the midwest, he would often remark to his son, “you should open a […]

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July 19th , 2016

Boise concert series are the perfect place to enjoy live music, warm weather, and delicious food. From Alive after Five in downtown Boise to Rock the Village in Meridian, there’s so many fun venues to choose from. Alive After Five This downtown Boise concert series is held every Wednesday until August 31. Stop by the […]

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July 15th , 2016

Do you smile differently when you are in love? By the time I finished walking through 757 S. Moon Beam Way the first time, I’m pretty sure I was beaming.  That was definitely my “in love” smile. This property is so very special and so incredibly beautiful, let me see if I can explain what […]

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July 14th , 2016

If you’re ever in need of new threads or in search of affordable home goods, then a Idaho Youth Ranch Thrift Store may just be the ideal place to shop. Started in 1953 in a desert outside of Rupert, Idaho, the Idaho Youth Ranch is more than the 29 thrift stores across the state. The […]

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July 12th , 2016

Escape the summer heat in the great indoors at the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa, Idaho. You’ll find a slice of local history at the Warhawk Air Museum that features planes, automobiles, and memorabilia from past wars. While the majority of the exhibits focus on World War II, you can also examine a variety information and […]

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July 7th , 2016

Bicycle enthusiasts and beer lovers won’t want to miss the Tour de Fat from New Belgium when it stops in Boise, Idaho! Enjoy the fun-filled day for bike fans decked out in unique costumes on Saturday, August 13 at Ann Morrison Park. The Tour de Fat is a family-friendly event (though there may be a few costumes […]

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July 5th , 2016

Flatbread Pizzeria serves up delicious options for lunch and dinner.  If you’re in search of a good lunch, Flatbread Pizzeria offers a pick two on the menu. You can choose two of several items from the menu, including a small pizza, mac & cheese, or salad. There are numerous Neapolitan pizzas for your meal that […]

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June 30th , 2016

Take a dip in Quinn’s Pond at Bernardine Quinn Riverside Park near downtown Boise. This 22-acre pond has a  long sandy beach that provides plenty of room to stretch out for a picnic or sunbathing. There are also picnic tables available if you have a larger party or prefer a table to a blanket. Quinn’s Pond […]

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June 28th , 2016

If you haven’t been to Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro for the most important meal of the day, then you’re missing out on a Boise institution. The downtown Boise bistro fills up fast so plan to either wait or arrive around opening time in you’re in a rush. The restaurant only holds 56 seats, but you can put […]

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June 23rd , 2016

It wouldn’t be July 4th without sunscreen, hamburgers, sparklers, and Old Glory. Here’s our list of four different places and ways to celebrate July 4th in Boise. Feed the Masses You’ll want to fuel up for a fun day of July 4th festivities with a big breakfast, but who wants to cook on a holiday? Head over to the Gem […]

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June 21st , 2016

Celebrate Idaho Wine Month at the gorgeous Ste. Chapelle Winery in Caldwell, Idaho. Ste. Chapelle Winery is an Idaho institution with a crush capacity of 3,000 tons of grapes, with a production capability of 150,000 cases. It was founded in 1975 in Emmett, Idaho, and moved to its current location in 1978. Taste of Ste. Chapelle Winery The […]

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June 16th , 2016

Payette Brewing’s tap room and brewing facility is the newest hot spot on the Boise Greenbelt and your summer destination. Grab a cold one at the local brewery’s new River Street location, just blocks from downtown Boise. The 60-barrel brewing facility and Tap Room is the second location for Payette, with its original venue in Garden City still […]

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June 14th , 2016

Paperie and Pen is your one stop shop in Meridian, Idaho, for unique gifts and gorgeous paper products. Boise natives Frannie Wilson and Nichole Schoener opened the stationary store in 2013 as a branch off of Ampersand Studios, their wedding photography and design business. The store’s original location on Fairview Avenue shut its doors in […]

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June 10th , 2016

The Idaho Blueprint & Supply Co., is a piece of Boise history located on downtown’s Main Street. If you’re artistically inclined or in need of a high quality print, Idaho Blueprint provides. The local institution has been a family-owned and operated business since it opened its doors in 1909. Display your artwork to its best […]

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June 7th , 2016

If you don’t own Scott Marchant’s “The Hiker’s Guide: Greater Boise,” then you may have a difficult time deciding what hikes to tackle this summer. The king of hiking in Idaho, Marchant writes detailed hiking books that should be on your shelf. It’s even easier to find the perfect local hike for any difficulty level or time […]

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June 2nd , 2016

School’s out, temperatures are rising, and these three Boise festivals are the perfect way to enjoy your summer days. Idaho Outdoor Recreation Festival: Saturday, June 18 Fans of the great outdoors will flock to this festival dedicated to all things outside. Hosted by Idaho State Parks and Recreation, this event is a great opportunity to discover what Idaho […]

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June 1st , 2016

Betty, the iconic washerwoman on Vista since the 1950s, has her own personal stylists.  Among them is Leigh Zamzow Seal, who has daydreamed about all the cool and fun outfits she wanted to make for her since the day she first saw Betty.  Leigh started sewing at 15 as a way to satisfy her inner […]

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April 29th , 2016

Boise summer camps offer everything from swimming lessons to leadership training for local kids. Flexibility is often the most important part of summer vacation. Being able to adapt the camp schedule to your family situation is part of the program at Wings Center. Whether your child is in preschool or beginning junior high, you can […]

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April 26th , 2016

Is your phone full of videos that your kids have taken of themselves doing skits? Are they first in line to volunteer for a solo during the spring musical? Are their handmade cards the hit of every birthday party? Boise has numerous creative day camps to offer your young artists this summer. Aspiring thespians have a lot of […]

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April 22nd , 2016

Lux Fashion Lounge in downtown Boise is expanding with a second location and the addition of new clothing to its original vintage items. When Michelle Sligar was a little girl, she became obsessed with fashion. What started as a fun hobby for a young girl evolved into a small business for a teen at the local antique mall. […]

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April 19th , 2016

With less than two months left of school, it’s time to start planning summer break. A summer camp is always a great option for kids to be both entertained and educated during the break. We will be highlighting some of Boise’s best summer camps over the next few weeks. Whether your kids are creative, athletic, or a […]

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April 14th , 2016

Gas prices are low, the weather is beautiful, and you live in beautiful Boise, Idaho, capital of the perfect state for outdoor enthusiasts. The thing is, you want to save as much money as possible because interest rates are low and you are in the market to buy your dream home (See what I did […]

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April 7th , 2016

We know what you’re thinking, “how in the world can you choose just 10 restaurants to love in Boise?!?” Don’t worry. We have a deep affection for more than just 10 Boise restaurants, but we don’t have all day to write about it, and you don’t have all day to read about it. So here’s […]

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April 5th , 2016

When Cal and Marla Clevenger bought an old wagon at a Nampa car lot, they never considered that it would evolve into Wagon Ho, an effective teaching tool about the early days of the West. What would become 25 years of commitment to the children of Idaho started out as a restoration project to unite four […]

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April 1st , 2016

Looks like the Hoppie Building’s First Friday event is spreading down the avenue with the creation of Vista Bench First Friday! Boise’s Energize Our Neighborhoods has joined forces with Vista merchants who have been meeting to discuss promoting the local businesses to create the monthly event. Utilizing #VistaBenchFirstFriday on social media, the Vista Bench Business Association, with […]

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March 29th , 2016

Wear Boise, creators of iconic Idaho logos (parachuting beavers, anyone?), offers the perfect fit for showing off your local status. “Don’t just love your city, wear it” is the company’s tagline, and that says it all. Stop by Wear Boise’s recently opened retail store at 9th Street and Idaho Street to pick up a Boy-See tee. The downtown location […]

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March 22nd , 2016

Boise is a city full of food-lovers and cocktail connoisseurs. Courtney Feider knows this. When she created Taste 208 in 2011, she really just wanted to have all of her favorite things in one place and create the opportunity to introduce others to local winemakers, brewers, and distillers. If someone found a new favorite restaurant… well, what would […]

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March 17th , 2016

It’s been three years since Boise lost one if its most creative citizens. But Alexa Rose Howell’s legacy lives on through the Alexa Rose Foundation which provides grants to local artists. Alexa Rose Howell, wife of developer Ken Howell, was a local artist who worked hard to give other creators a chance to be seen and discovered. She […]

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March 15th , 2016

Hyde Park’s newest business, Hyde Perk Coffee House, is a family business. Crystal Clark might be the one with 13 years of coffee shop experience, but she owns the place with her husband, her parents and her brother. The rest of the family can be found there too—working or hanging out. Age isn’t a boundary; the youngest generation ranges from […]

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March 10th , 2016

Shop where you live at more than 25 locally-owned businesses on Boise’s State Street, between 15th street and 36th street. Millie Hilgert, a.k.a. Miss Courageous, is something of a Boise icon. Anyone who loves the Capital City Public Market recognizes her bright stall full of goodies. She took it a level up last year when she opened Re-POP […]

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March 3rd , 2016

Downtown Boise has so much to offer in a night life: dinner, dancing, and drinks. There are so many fun places to spend your time, but it’s nice to call one place your regular meeting spot. BoDo, the block of restaurants and bars between Front and Myrtle St. and 9th street and Capitol Boulevard, is that perfect […]

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March 1st , 2016

When Tahirih Cahill started Art Party Boise, she knew she needed a creative business that didn’t require a storefront, wouldn’t take time away from her young sons, and could be run debt-free. Using her direct sales background, Cahill designed her first Art Party for friends and came home glowing. “I need to be doing this,” she remembers thinking. Cahill loved that, as a mom, she could bring this […]

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February 23rd , 2016

Boise is more than just the capitol of Idaho, it’s the capitol of great food. Boiseans love eating out and we love seeking out the next big thing. New restaurants get more attention than Oscar-winning movies in this town. Sometimes, though, we crave nostalgia and comfort. That’s when we head to well-known restaurants, such as Lock, Stock […]

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February 18th , 2016

We’re lucky. Idaho is a diverse state and we get the best of both rural and urban living. We get camping and hiking and kayaking; we get ballet and opera and fine dining. And we get to enjoy some amazing art while still being small enough to know the artists, too. Marianne Konvalinka is one […]

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February 16th , 2016

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” ― Jane Smiley There are certain things that people look for in real estate. Location is, of course, at the top of the list. If a sense of community makes that location even more desirable, then a search on the Little […]

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February 11th , 2016

Downtown Boise is known for its terrific restaurants (and the Thinking Boise team can often be seen enjoying them!), but it doesn’t claim all the best spots. In a city known for fine dining, word has spread quickly about Luciano’s Italian Restaurant, just one of the special eateries that makes its home on the Boise Bench. […]

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February 9th , 2016

If you’re looking for a great adventure with friends and family, check out the backcountry yurts available just outside of Idaho City. In the winter, be prepared to snowshoe or ski from your car to the camp with either a large backpack or sleds to carry in your supplies. It’s hard work and can take […]

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February 4th , 2016

The Hoppie Building on the corner of Vista Avenue and Overland Road is that place you pass by daily without ever really noticing, but that is all about to change. First Friday “Hoppie” Hour is a way for the diverse businesses that take up residence in the Hoppie to introduce themselves to the community, and for Boiseans […]

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February 2nd , 2016

Once upon a time, there were kids playing in the streets and block parties weren’t so unusual. These days, though, most people aren’t grilling with Larry from next door, but that doesn’t mean the end of the tight-knit neighborhood. We’re just staying connected to Larry via social media. Facebook groups like North End Neighborhood Association and […]

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January 28th , 2016

When downtown bar-owner Ted Challenger closed his iconic Main Street Bistro last year, many wondered what could possibly replace the decades-old club. Enter Amsterdam Lounge and its adjacent 21 & Cup adult coffee bar. With a more modern, sophisticated feel, the space at 609 W. Main St. is Challenger’s offering to the Gen X crowd […]

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January 21st , 2016

We wouldn’t normally encourage you to wander down alleys, but downtown Boise’s Freak Alley is a one-of-a-kind art gallery… in an alley. The unusual art installation began in 2002 when Colby Akers began drawing on the door of Moon’s Kitchen. As he was completing his artwork, the owners of Moon’s Kitchen approached him and asked if […]

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January 12th , 2016

A city can never have too many brunch spots. Thanks to the opening of Wild Root Cafe and Market in downtown Boise, the City of Trees isn’t in danger of running out anytime soon. This charming restaurant is a twist on the traditional brunch spot. Customers place their orders at a counter, and then pick […]

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January 7th , 2016

For a unique lodging experience in Boise, head to Boise Hillside Suites. Built over a 20 year span, every wall in the home is constructed with rammed earth faced with logs. You won’t find a single nail in the home, while the ceiling is concrete and the doorjams were crafted with Owyhee rose stone. It […]

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January 5th , 2016

It might seem like January is the month to stay home trying to stay warm, but there are plenty of ways to entertain yourself during these short days. These three music events will help you to get out of the house and enjoy all that Boise has to offer. A Local Sound Join the Idaho […]

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December 22nd , 2015

If you love the history and charm found in Boise’s North End neighborhood, then you’ll love the home at 1515 N 24th Street. With almost 3,000 square feet, you won’t have a problem entertaining friends and family in this spacious Tudor home. The first thing that you’ll notice when you enter 1515 N 24th Street […]

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December 14th , 2015

Wish you knew a bit more about Boise’s history? Thanks to the new book “Legendary Locals of Boise,” you can meet the individuals who helped transform the small city that once catered to miners into the booming City of Trees that it is today. Published by Arcadia Publishing, “Legendary Locals of Boise” traces the city’s […]

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December 1st , 2015

You don’t have to travel to Tuscany or even Rome to find a delicious Italian meal. Make your way down Vista Road in Boise, where you’ll find Cucina di Paolo. Established in 1993 by Paul and Mary Jean Wegner, Cucina di Paolo quick became a staple in Boise thanks to the restaurant’s offerings of take-n-bake […]

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November 24th , 2015

Small Business Saturday on November 28 is the perfect way to find unique gifts while supporting the local economy. Love waking up early on Friday to fight the crowds for a discounted flat screen? Great, you can shop the big box stores on Friday, then explore locally owned businesses on Saturday. Would rather spend the day after […]

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November 17th , 2015

There’s a sweet piece of history sitting in the BoDo area of downtown Boise. Built in 1909, the Idaho Candy Company building stands tall and proud on 8th Street in downtown. This building is more than a local business (though we have a great love for shopping locally), it’s also a part of the city’s […]

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November 13th , 2015

Adorable, kitschy, independent, unique, fun, creative: if any of these words describe the kind of products you love to buy, than the 2015 Wintry Market is for you. On Saturday, November 21 from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, November 22 from 10am to 3pm, you can find more than 60 local artists selling their wares […]

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November 10th , 2015

November 15 is National Philanthropy Day, and what better way to celebrate than by giving some of your time or money to a local non-profit? Give thanks this month by participating in one of these three ways that benefit a Boise non-profit. Fulfill a Wish Not only does the downtown Boise Christmas tree bring a […]

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November 5th , 2015

The Warm Springs Mesa combines both the beauty of the area with the privacy of life in the Boise foothills. Within this desirable area is 3300 E Boulder Heights, a home that offers all the convenience of a single-level home with the tranquility of the foothills. You’ll love having a commute that consists of views of the city and […]

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November 3rd , 2015

While a gift card is always a safe route this holiday season— why not find a more unique present for your loved ones? Boise Mudworks’ Annual Open House and Sale on Saturday, December 5 from 9am to 5pm, is the perfect opportunity to shop for those on your gift list. Browse numerous pottery options, including mugs, teapots, […]

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October 29th , 2015

If you’ve driven down Whitewater Park Boulevard or enjoyed Quinn’s Pond lately, then you probably noticed some construction. The new 55-acre Esther Simplot Park is being put in place in what might have once been considered an eyesore. Now Boiseans who live in the West End and Waterfront District will be able to enjoy a […]

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October 27th , 2015

Man cannot live by bread alone– sometimes he needs a good book to accompany his lunch. Book worms can get their fill at the monthly Literature for Lunch, an event by the Boise Public Library and the Boise State Department of English. The series kicked off in September, but it’s never to late to join […]

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October 22nd , 2015

There’s a new fun way to see the city, while getting exercise. No more trying to schedule a walking tour around certain dates, or waiting for an overly talkative tour guide to move on. Stray Boots Interactive Scavenger Hunt allows you to take the tour guide experience into your own hands through your smartphone. You’ll […]

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October 20th , 2015

It isn’t often that you find a .5 acre yard like the one at 3701 Alta Ridge in Boise. And once you visit this backyard retreat, you might not want to leave. We really wouldn’t blame you. Southeast Boise is in high demand, and it’s no wonder. The area offers numerous perks to residents, including easy access to […]

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October 15th , 2015

Coffee lovers may have found an alley in Boise’s St(r)eam Coffee and Tea Bike. It’s not often that you see a man peddling down the streets of Boise with a coffee-making contraption trailing behind him. But if you do happen to see this unusual sight, chances are that it’s St(r)eam owner Jodi Eichelberger on his way […]

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October 13th , 2015

Sometimes you need a fast food option that offers more than burgers and fries. On the Fly in downtown Boise provides delicious fare on the go. This locally owned rotisserie deli crafts all of the meats it serves in house– promising you fresh ingredients with every bite. Order a sandwich to be made as you wait, or […]

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October 9th , 2015

It’s time for the most heart-pumping, spine-tingling event in the Treasure Valley: The Idaho Horror Film Festival. This non-profit, international event promotes the horror genre, while providing a platform for the Idaho film industry. The four-day festival runs from Thursday, October 15 to Sunday, October 18. Participants will be able to screen numerous movies, both classic horror films […]

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October 6th , 2015

There are two things that we really love here at Thinking Boise Real Estate: houses and education. That’s why we’re excited about the Tiny House Tour that is being held this Saturday, October 10, from 11am to 4pm, to support Boise High Orchestra and Choir. The Boise High Orchestra is traveling to Seattle to perform, […]

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October 2nd , 2015

‘Tis the season for scary movies, candy, and pumpkins! Now that it’s October, there are a ton of fun activities to celebrate Halloween in Boise. If you love a good scare (or not!), you’ll find something to enjoy in one of these three Halloween events. 1. Tour Around on a Trolley A trolley is a great […]

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September 24th , 2015

If you’ve been to downtown Boise, chances are you’ve stepped inside the area known as “Old Boise.” The Old Boise Historic District began to take shape as early as 1864. Miners, settlers, and military men would come to the area to shop for necessities and to frequent the various businesses found. According to the Old […]

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September 17th , 2015

Here at Thinking Boise, we have a special place in our hearts for vintage homes. That’s why (one of numerous reasons!) we’re so lucky that we live in Boise. This city takes pride in it’s heritage, and that includes protecting the many historical homes found in the City of Trees. For those who want to join the effort to […]

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September 15th , 2015

Boise’s outdoor events drop along with the temperature. But before you start to hibernate for the winter, make sure you get out of the house one more time for the 36th annual Hyde Park Street Fair. Find delicious food and drinks and enjoy live music and events, all while strolling around one of Boise’s most […]

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September 4th , 2015

Southeast Boise is in high demand thanks to plenty of options for eating, shopping, and outdoor recreation. For the boating and swimming enthusiasts, Lucky Peak is a quick jaunt away. You’ll have time to put the boat in and claim an in-demand dock before most Boiseans have even parked. Love to float the river? You’re minutes away […]

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September 3rd , 2015

Boise is home to refugees from around the world. And Boiseans have the chance to learn more about this growing refugee population, and how they can help, at the Boise Meets World 5K on Saturday, October 3. Hosted by local non-profit, RUJA, this 5K is more than just a run. Several local non-profits will be […]

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September 1st , 2015

UPDATE: On Saturday, September 5, the Boise International Market was destroyed by an accidental fire. No one was harmed, but the businesses inside are lost. To help those who were affected by the fire, you can donate here. To learn more about the fire, go here. Idaho is our favorite state. Boise is our favorite […]

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August 27th , 2015

When you get a new home, you sometimes need to get new stuff. Whether it’s a few lightbulbs, or an entire new living room set, shopping can be fun. But shopping is even more fun when you feel like you’re getting a deal. That’s why we often head over to Model Home Furnishings in Eagle, […]

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August 20th , 2015

We promise– it’s not a trap! It’s the Boise Library Comic Con 2015. Dust off your favorite cosplay (aka fictional character costume) and join other fans on Saturday, August 29 at the Main Library on River Street and Capitol Boulevard. There are numerous comic cons held throughout the US for fans of comic book and other genres, […]

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August 18th , 2015

It’s easy to understand how Boise earned it’s nickname “The City of Trees” while walking or biking on the Boise Greenbelt. This 25-mile trail winds its way alongside the Boise River and stretches from Lucky Peak to Eagle, Idaho. Commuters can use it as an alternative transportation, knowing that no motorized vehicles are allowed on […]

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August 14th , 2015

Welcome to 2675 N Woodview Place, an immaculate home perched in the Boise foothills. This move-in ready home is ideal for entertaining with six bedrooms, five bathrooms, & numerous living spaces. The towering, grand entrance welcomes guests with gorgeous stone steps and a double front door. The abundance of windows hints at the beautiful views that can be seen […]

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August 13th , 2015

Put your stamp on Boise’s foothills by naming a trail in Hillside to Hollow! But wait, what is Hillside to Hollow? Hillside to Hollow is more than 300 acres of protected open space area in the foothills (north of Hill Road) created through the purchase of land by the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley (LTTV) […]

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August 11th , 2015

You’ll forget that you’re only minutes from downtown Eagle, Idaho when you lay eyes on the waterfront view of 993 N Cobblestone Way. This single-level home boasts numerous amenities, and the showpiece is the private pond that sits behind the house. With no backyard neighbors and no fence to obstruct the water views, 993 N Cobblestone Way […]

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August 6th , 2015

Instagram isn’t only for selfies and cat photos. Whether you want to discover your own backyard, or if you have never even visited Idaho before, Instagram is a great way to learn more about the Gem State. There are several accounts that post beautiful images of our favorite state. Check out @visitidaho, the official Instagram account […]

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August 4th , 2015

The school year is fast approaching! And while you’re hauling kids around trying to soak up those last days of summer, make sure you take a moment to visit downtown Boise. Rediscovered Books, the local downtown bookstore, is hosting the annual “Where’s Waldo?” scavenger hunt for the month of August. Participants will hunt through local downtown […]

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July 30th , 2015

Get a fix for your Tex-Mex cravings at The Matador restaurant in downtown Boise. This eclectic restaurant and tequila bar has delicious offerings. Try one of the many varieties of tacos, or stick to the nachos piled high with Tex-Mex staples. If you aren’t a tequila connoisseur, you might be after a visit to The Matador, with its […]

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July 28th , 2015

Think you’re going to have a boring weekend? Think again. Jaialdi, is a week long Basque festival that occurs every five years, is taking over Boise. And you should go. There seems to be an event to please everyone. Festivities kick off tonight, Tuesday, July 28, with a free concert streaming from Bilboa, Spain. Viewers can […]

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July 23rd , 2015

If you love to airwalk, hardflip, or nollie, then you’re going to want to attend the Rhodes Skatepark Design Unveiling party on Wednesday, July 29 at 7pm. If you have no idea what any of those things are, but you love supporting Boise’s parks, then you’ll still want to attend. The Rhodes Skatepark is a […]

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July 21st , 2015

Step inside Janjou Patisserie and you’ll forget you’re in Boise, Idaho. This French bakery offers a variety of baked goods and drinks that will tempt any patron. From macarons to tarts, just try to resist sampling them all. Boiseans benefit from Moshit Mizrachi-Gabbitas decision to leave her career in the semiconductor field to pursue her love […]

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July 15th , 2015

If you’re in search of innovation and ideas, look no further than Trailhead in downtown Boise. This “collaborative professional space” serves as a place for entrepreneurs and thinkers to learn, share, and communicate.  As a member, you’ll have access to Trailhead’s resources and space to bring your idea to fruition. Membership includes free coffee and […]

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July 13th , 2015

Bicycling supporters unite! If you’re a strong supporter of Boise’s biking community, then you should consider joining the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance. This local group works to make Boise a more bike friendly city, while also encouraging others to try the alternative method of transportation. Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance (TCVA) is both a member of […]

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July 9th , 2015

There are several delicious restaurants to explore in Boise. One such restaurant is State and Lemp. But this isn’t your typical restaurant, it’s an experience. Patrons are presented with a prixe fixe menu that highlights food from Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. The owners have built a relationship with local ranchers and farmers to bring […]

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July 7th , 2015

Idahoans are proud to call artist Ward Hooper their own. Yes, he does also create non-Idaho related pieces, but Idaho wouldn’t be the same without his touch. So we’ll claim him as ours, thank you very much. Hooper is well-known for his graphic posters with a vintage vibe. If you are unfamiliar with his work, then […]

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July 2nd , 2015

Ever wonder who Julia Davis was? Her name is attached to one of Boise’s most popular parks, but who was she? She was the beloved wife of Thomas Davis, who came to this area in the early 1860s hoping to strike it rich by mining along the Boise River. When that didn’t happen, he planted […]

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June 29th , 2015

Ever wander around Kathryn Albertson Park? Ever wonder about its namesake? Born in Boise in 1908, Kathryn McCurry was an Idaho girl through and through, attending Boise schools and then College of Idaho in Caldwell. She met Joe Albertson in chemistry class after spilling a solution on her leg and, to the benefit of all […]

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June 25th , 2015

Are you a huge fan of the fun and quirky Miss Courageous store? Looking to buy something of hers or another local artist? Head to Re-Pop! on State Street to get the perfect gift. A local favorite, artist Millie Hilgert has become a Boise icon for all things pop culture and fun, and now you can find […]

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June 22nd , 2015

Oh, to dance! It’s fun and a great workout. Looking to spice up your life? Check out Heirloom Dance Studio in downtown Boise and sign up for classes. An unlimited monthly group lesson is $199 and then you can dance as much as you want. Learn salsa, tango, or West Coast swing among many other styles […]

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June 17th , 2015

Jim’s Coffee Shop is the ultimate Boise icon. Any morning you can be greeted with a smile and inexpensive coffee, eggs and bacon. Camaraderie is at its best in this small café! Don’t expect fancy, but do expect great comfort food and fantastic service. The coffee is always hot and the iced tea is the […]

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June 15th , 2015

Breweries is one of the fastest growing industries in Idaho. We have some of the best in the Northwest! This news might not excite you if you’re not a beer fan, or are gluten free. But do we have news for you! You need to try Long Drop Cider, the hard cider produced in Eagle, […]

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June 10th , 2015

Need some team building ideas? How about something new for the family – ALL of the family? Are Date Nights no longer feeling worth it? We can think of one way to spice things up again… Contact Boise Escape and get locked into a house together! We’re totally serious. You get locked into a themed […]

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June 8th , 2015

If you’re ever in search of a good movie,  then you have to check out The Flicks. A glass of wine, a great slice of pizza, the latest award winning film and it’s close to home. (If it isn’t close to home, we can fix that…) What more could you need for Date Night? Or maybe […]

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June 3rd , 2015

If you’re in search of something different on the radio, then check out KRBX Radio Boise at FM 89.9 (or FM 93.5, if you’re downtown). You won’t be able to tell what year it is by the songs playing, and the chances of Miley Cyrus being on are pretty low (but not impossible). Instead, you’ll […]

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June 1st , 2015

You wake up one more morning and your head won’t move to the right. The work day ends and you can’t seem to stand up straight. It’s time to contact Maire Scott-Jones. Don’t expect a light rub in the dark while scented candles burn– Maire is there to help your body function better. Repetitive movement issues […]

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May 28th , 2015

Spring has sprung! Which means that it’s time to get your tomatoes planted, make sure you have the perfect strawberry pots, and be the envy of your neighbors. North End Nursery has taken over the old Costume Shoppe location (thanks to local supporters!) and the space looks amazing. You can browse plants, décor and get […]

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May 26th , 2015

Looking for something different for your kiddos this summer? How about something that will keep their education moving forward, while still capturing their interest? Check out the Log Cabin Literary Center. The Cabin has a graphic novel course that will show your kids the magic behind paying attention to a story’s details and how to […]

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May 22nd , 2015

Thinking Boise donates a portion of every home sale to the school of your choice. Not ready to buy or sell your home but want to contribute? Check out the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation. Since 1985, the foundation has been helping teachers provide the best environment for our local students. Education is an important […]

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May 20th , 2015

If you love easy access to outdoor hotspots such as Lucky Peak, or if you’re a foodie who dreams of checking out hot restaurants like Tavern at Bown Crossing, then let me introduce you to Surprise Valley. Whether you’re looking for a house or a condo, Surprise Valley can accommodate. You need to visit Surprise […]

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May 18th , 2015

If you’re in search of a costume for Halloween, a fundraiser, or themed party – then stop by Crazy Neighbor in the Linen District! The store has wigs, hats, stage makeup and other accessories. Owner Star Moxley has experience in theater, fashion, and the arts. Even if you aren’t in search of a specific costume (Hans […]

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May 14th , 2015

If you have younger kids, they have probably been involved in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) event hosted by the Micron Foundation. The main goal of the foundation is to show through community enrichment how these subjects are used in everyday activities. The foundation also helps K-12 teachers. Know a teacher who might […]

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May 12th , 2015

For 15 years, City Light has been there to help women and children through their hard times. More than just a shelter, it provides rehab programs to those seeking a better life, has a summer program for those who can’t afford others, and has mental health counseling for those who need it. Graduates from their […]

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May 6th , 2015

Curious about our local colleges? Check out the programs, degrees and certificates at College of Western Idaho. They have everything from art and criminal justice to business and baking. With student loans and unemployment making some hesitate to further their education, it’s nice to know that students have a different option – one that doesn’t […]

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May 4th , 2015

So it’s May. How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? If you’re like most of us, you’re starting over and calling them your “Getting Ready for Summer” resolutions now. Don’t despair! Strap on that FitBit you got for Christmas and download Ingress to your smartphone. Ingress isn’t really new, but it is starting to […]

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April 29th , 2015

Congratulations to Boise State’s College of Education and their Department of Educational Technology! The College of Education was ranked in the top 100 nationally by U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Graduate Schools, while the EdTech program was ranked in the top 50. Just one more reason to make Boise your home! Don’t live […]

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April 27th , 2015

So you know that the Knitting Factory is the place for concerts and other entertainment, but did you know you can rent it for your private parties? Seated events can hold 350, while standing room is 1000. Need them to cater? Okay. How about a DJ? Sure. Or do you want them to bring the […]

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April 22nd , 2015

Here’s your chance to spend time on Boise State’s infamous blue turf! Students are free and others are just $10. If you have a mat, bring it, or get there at 8:30 to borrow one. Dress comfortably and leave all expectations at home. This is yoga! Breathe and enjoy the morning.

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April 15th , 2015

Is finishing a marathon or triathlon on your bucket list? Why not train with Team in Training, raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and get registered for a really special event where you will be cheered on by a crowd who recognizes you? Through months of working and learning, you’ll find some great […]

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April 13th , 2015

Do you keep hearing about the Boise International Market and keep meaning to make it out there to check it out? Put the April 25th grand opening on your calendar! Starting at 11:00, we’re all invited over to enjoy food and entertainment. While you’re there, sign up to receive fresh vegetables from one (or both!) […]

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April 6th , 2015

April 7 at 6:30 is your chance to bring the entire family down to the Library! at Hillcrest for game night. All About Games hosts this special family event and lets you try out new games while spending quality time together. Feel free to take your favorites to share, too. If you can’t make it […]

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April 1st , 2015

If you spent Spring Break cleaning up your yard, this is the week to put out those paper sacks of landscaping waste without needing overflow stickers. Cut tree and shrub sticks to four feet or less and bundle them together to put out with the trash. If you were out of town and didn’t have […]

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March 30th , 2015

Looking for something different to do for Date Night? Check out Liquid Laughs! Thursdays through Sundays at 8:00, give comedians the chance to make you laugh until you cry. Think you might have what it takes to grab a giggle or two of your own? Wednesday’s open mic is your chance. Check out their website […]

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March 26th , 2015

One of the reasons so many people move to Idaho is because it’s so beautiful. Be a tourist in your own backyard and visit Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge. They have everything from birding to classes in environmental protection. Make a day of it by planning your trip online, knowing that you’ll probably head back […]

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March 25th , 2015

Wouldn’t it be nice to live close to a restaurant that makes the entire family happy? If you’re in the North End and Highlands area, we know just the place! LuLu’s is more than great pizza – it’s a place where the kids are welcome and you can enjoy a glass of wine. It’s a […]

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March 23rd , 2015

Want breakfast but your normal haunts have a line around the building? Head to the Capri! Often voted Boise’s best hangover cure and located just off downtown on W. Fairview, The Capri has amazing prices and that old-time diner atmosphere. I can smell their famous sausage gravy right now… Thinking it’s time to move downtown […]

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March 18th , 2015

Do you need the perfect venue for that special gathering? Why not enjoy the best view of Boise while sharing your event with those you love? The Penthouse at C.W. Moore Plaza is a memorable venue with concierge service, parking for your guests and is available for weddings and receptions. Contact them today and know […]

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March 16th , 2015

Ever take a photo and think, “That is so cool. I bet people would pay to use that.” Now you can test that out with Foap. Download the app onto your iPhone or Android-based device and start selling your masterpieces to clients like MasterCard, Volvo, and Heineken. Marketers everywhere often use stock photos for advertising […]

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March 11th , 2015

Idaho has always attracted artists of all types. Because of events like Treefort, more and more people have been able to enjoy local musicians. The Idaho Songwriters Association has been supporting this special group for a long time. Check out their Songwriters Forum held every month on the last Tuesday. Don’t forget to see founder […]

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March 9th , 2015

You feel like sushi, but your spouse wants steak. You want wine, but he wants cocktails. You want to go out, but he complained about “parking downtown on a weekend.” Ugh. Can we suggest something different than all the wonderful downtown restaurants? Just this once? How about Tavern at Bown Crossing? Reservations can be made […]

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March 4th , 2015

Well, this warmer weather sure has people running all over the foothills and Greenbelt! Isn’t it beautiful? Looking for some new gear to inspire you to get out yourself? Shu’s Idaho Running Company can get you fitted with your perfect pair of shoes. One visit to their website can also get you maps of Boise’s […]

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February 27th , 2015

Our friend on the board says this season at Alley Repertory Theater may just be the best yet, but she’s sworn to secrecy until the official announcement, so we’ll have to wait with everyone else. She did tell us that they’re involved with Treefort this year, so that makes up for the tease. Haven’t heard […]

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February 25th , 2015

Okay, no one will deny that the North End is a great neighborhood and it just got greater with the introduction of Hollywood Market Yoga. Hot yoga just steps away from your house means you get a light warmup on the walk over. They have a two-week introductory offer which means you can sample classes […]

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February 23rd , 2015

Talk about iconic Boise! The Roosevelt Market has been supplying the East End with treats, coffee, and wine for so long now – the neighborhood can’t imagine life without it. People in suits grab coffee every morning, kids flood the place after school to give up pennies for candy, and many a cyclist has stopped […]

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February 18th , 2015

Thinking of doing some work on your home this spring? Or perhaps you’re adding a garden shed to the backyard? Maybe you’re wondering for which projects you need a permit? The City of Boise provides a great FAQ with all of the info regarding building permits that you need to get started on your next […]

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February 18th , 2015

Hard to believe it’s been more than seven years since Boise Bicycle Project started in a studio apartment!  Now located just a block from BSU on Lusk, BBP is more than a bike shop. Your annual membership means you can learn to work on your bike, creating a masterpiece with your own hands.  Have a […]

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February 11th , 2015

Love mid-century modern or contemporary design? How about the foothills? Golfing? Trail running? Well, then you need to move to Boise’s historic Highlands neighborhood. You’ll be close to downtown, Bogus Basin, and Camels Back Park, and your kids will be in a great school district with access to many after school events. Also, you’ll have […]

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February 9th , 2015

Since 1993, Boise’s iconic Flying M Coffeehouse has been raising funds for SNAP (Safety Net for AIDS program) a local group that not only personal support for those with HIV/AIDS, but also financial help. Make a plan to see the work of over 200 local artists through February 15th at the downtown Boise location on […]

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February 4th , 2015

February 7th, Boise State is the place to be for STEM Exploration. From 9-4, experience many levels of science, technology, engineering and math, and get your kids excited about their future. Last year 350 people got to see Barbara Morgan and 600 made Bristle Bots! 110 drove snowplows (well, simulated snowplows, but still…) It’s an […]

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February 2nd , 2015

You have to check out the City of Boise’s BEE calendar! There are activities and events for everyone – preschoolers into adulthood. Learn everything from composting to lessons on microorganisms and get your kids excited about science in the process. February 14th you can participate in the Hot Water and Hearts event which includes learning […]

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January 28th , 2015

Don’t let the cold keep you from enjoying Boise’s foothills! Like them on Facebook and be the first to see what the conditions are along your favorite trails. Outdoor activities are what draw many to Boise in the first place, and we’d like to help make them more accessible. Know someone who is thinking about […]

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January 26th , 2015

Okay, the kids are bored and it’s ten degrees outside. No one feels like being out there, but you want to pull them away from Minecraft for the afternoon. The Discovery Center is waiting for you! An annual family pass is only $65 and gives you access to interactive exhibits, five day passes for non-member […]

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January 21st , 2015

What are your best memories of childhood winters? Hot cocoa? Warm fires? Sledding? Give your family the same and head to Steamboat Gulch for some sledding. A low parking fee ($10) gives you access to fun and you’ll be seconds away from hot cocoa in Idaho City. Friends of mine have said their resolutions involved […]

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January 14th , 2015

So you’ve done downhill skiing and you’ve played around with snowboarding, but have you tried cross country skiing or snowshoeing? Make 2015 the year you round out your winter activities with these other winter sports. Bogus Basin is so much more than chairlifts. Get involved with the Nordic Passport Program and pick up skills that […]

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January 12th , 2015

The Y is a great place to introduce kids to healthy activities. The downtown location offers a yoga class for kids 5+ on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:30. Members are free and non-members need only purchase a $6.75 day pass to attend. Not only will the kiddos be learning a skill that will last them […]

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January 9th , 2015

Even after the long winter break, most kids are still hoping for snow days. One of the easiest ways to find out whether school is cancelled is to subscribe to Boise Schools texting service by sending SUBSCRIBE to 68453. Radio stations also announce closings, so make sure you’re listening while getting ready in the morning. […]

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January 8th , 2015

Okay, I know Meridian is not really a “destination” in the way McCall and Sun Valley are, but The Village at Meridian is a place people can’t stop talking about. Shopping, food, movies, and bowling all in the same location? I get it, but I’m calling it a destination because Boiseans go and spend the […]

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January 5th , 2015

Looking for a fun local winter activity that doesn’t involve driving up a mountain? Idaho Ice World is just about to start skating lessons! For eight weeks you and the kids can learn the basics and create a new family activity. What could be better for 2015, especially if your goal is get moving more […]

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January 2nd , 2015

In any other town it might be strange to have someone encourage you to keep an eye on the events page of a convention center, but the Boise Centre is not typical and their calendar should be the first place every Boisean checks for local activities. Curious about where to take your family for some […]

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December 31st , 2014

One of the things that makes Boise truly unique is our Basque population. You have to try the paella at least once in your life (you’ll be back – trust us!) and you have to spend a Saturday afternoon browsing through The Basque Market. If you can’t make it down to browse, peruse their catalog. […]

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December 29th , 2014

Looks like there’s another reason to love that sweet spot just west of 36th in the North End – The Local. We’ve heard the pretzel alone is enough of a reason to stop by, and we’re excited to try one…as long as it has a bowl of carrot ginger soup next to it. Wonder what […]

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December 21st , 2014

Atomic Treasures in BoDo is one of those shops where you know you’ll spend a whole afternoon browsing. Everyone has that one fun friend or family member who loves kitsch. This is where you go to get him or her the perfect gift. Need a costume for a themed-party? Then this is one spot you’ll […]

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December 20th , 2014

Scenario: You have just been given your Secret Santa name at work, and it’s that one person in the office who seems just a little cooler than everyone else. Normally, you’d just hand off a $10 coffee card in a mini stocking and shrug, but this time you think, “I’m cool, too. I can do […]

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December 16th , 2014

Needing some gift ideas? Why not head over to the Bench and check out the new Boise International Market at 5823 W. Franklin? They’ve got something for everyone on your list from fashionistas to foodies. This “multicultural marketplace” is dedicated to helping refugees and entrepreneurs by providing “affordable spaces, mentoring, and business development.” It’s exciting […]

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December 10th , 2014

Who’s up for a painting party? Let’s meet at Boise Creative Center at 1204 Front St. one of these Fridays and play! $30 gets us four hours of art time from 7-11. According to their Facebook page, BCC “is a private studio and art gallery,” but they host public events and classes, so I think […]

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December 8th , 2014

We should have a glass of wine and watch a classic holiday movie in Boise’s iconic Egyptian Theatre.  Let’s go see It’s A Wonderful Life on the big screen!! Or White Christmas, if you’re into musicals. Or…maybe it’s time to introduce A Christmas Story to the kids. Your choice! How fun would it be to […]

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December 3rd , 2014

What could be more fun than a train ride to Santa’s Village for the holidays? Maybe getting to decorate trees with carrot ornaments to feed the reindeer? Well, your kids can do that and more on the Santa Express with Thunder Mountain Line. Horseshoe Bend is not far from Boise and totally worth the short drive […]

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December 1st , 2014

Did you know that the Boise Stage Stop has live performances? And did you know that they offer free Thanksgiving dinner to those truckers that can’t be at home for the holiday? That’s reason enough to check them out! So I did, and here’s what I found: *There are Open Jam nights Tuesday through Saturday at the Watering […]

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November 24th , 2014

There are so many things to check out on the Department of Arts and History’s website! Feeling like braving the weather? Do an art tour of all the public pieces. Think that can wait for spring? Keep updated on the cultural programs offered in Boise by reading the blog, checking out its Facebook page, and […]

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November 20th , 2014

You know how much we love Hyde Park.  Brumfield’s Gallery makes it that much cooler.  They show art that is unlike anything else we’ve seen in Boise – quirky, edgy and modern.  Even peeking in the window is fun.   If you can’t make it to see the current exhibit, you’ll have to check out their […]

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November 17th , 2014

Need someone to come walk your dog or even scoop poop?  Call Camp Bow Wow!   They’re more than just a kennel.  You can hire them to care for your pet at your home while you’re away, and they’ll also collect your mail and take your trash out.  And that’s after they’ve installed a web cam […]

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November 11th , 2014

  Not only does Reel Foods Fish Market have a great selection of seafood for you to prepare, they’ve started rolling sushi at lunch!  Join them 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday for fish, lobster, salmon, shrimp and more. Just a stroll or quick bike ride away from downtown or Boise State, their […]

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November 7th , 2014

According to their website, “Boise Rescue Mission is the primary provider of homeless services in Idaho…” and we couldn’t be more grateful for the impact this charity has.  They provide shelter, food, and clothes to a population that has somehow fallen through the cracks of society.  Often, they provide rehabilitation and other life skills programs […]

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November 4th , 2014

What do Balsamic Chicken Lasagna with Creamy Ricotta, Apricot Barbeque Meatballs and Butternut Squash Enchiladas all have in common? Other than making your taste buds water, you can find all of these delicious dishes at Boise’s a’Tavola Gourmet Marketplace & Café on Grove Street. If you haven’t been there yet, you definitely should go. And […]

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November 3rd , 2014

Everyone has been raving about Boise Milk and its fantastic delivery service.  It’s more than dairy, too.  You can order organic produce, eggs, meat, and even baked goods and know that everything will be fresh when it arrives. When you order from Boise Milk, you know you’re supporting local farmers and dairymen.  Nothing contains hormones […]

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October 30th , 2014

After we find you the perfect midcentury modern home, you’ll want to furnish it with the perfect accents.  With everything from lights to furniture, Boise Vintage is the MCM-lovers dream.  You can find original Eames chairs or let them know you’re in search of that perfect coffee table to go in your new living room. […]

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October 28th , 2014

Interested in local independent film?  Be sure to “like” Boise Cutters on Facebook to get the latest news on what’s happening in Boise.  This is the perfect group for networking and discovering.  Writers, producers, and other film makers meet online and in person to share and cheer each other on.  Its five years strong and […]

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October 26th , 2014

The Boise Depot is such a part of the local landscape that kindergarten children include it in their artwork and on any given day you can spot it while scrolling Instagram.  It just stands out. So why not use it to make your gathering that much more memorable?  Being able to reserve it eleven months […]

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October 24th , 2014

Own a local business?  Let us know about it; we’d love to write about it here on Thinking Boise! Think Boise First is determined to keep money in our community by driving consumers to local businesses.  Peruse the membership criteria to see if your business fits.  If it does, you’ll be added to the business […]

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October 22nd , 2014

Front Street is becoming the place for art! Not just galleries either, but places that teach and provide work space.  Boise Art Glass is one such spot and it recently moved to 1124 Front, bringing its studio and gallery to an easily accessed part of downtown. Boise Art Glass is the perfect place to find […]

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October 20th , 2014

The Boise music scene seems to be growing at a most rapid pace – it’s like Seattle in the early ’90s around here!   Just off Overland and Latah, up on the Bench, is Boise Hive, where musicians and bands can practice and work.  Professional gear is available to rent as well, so there’s no need […]

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October 18th , 2014

One way to create a resume that gets attention is to be involved in the local community.  Boise Young Professionals is a program created by the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce to help with networking and developing leadership.  The goal is “to attract, develop and retain talent in the region.” Their site clues you in […]

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October 18th , 2014

Immediately bookmark Boise State Public Radio’s link, because you’re going to want to look at it often.  Whether you’re a fan of radio or not, this is the best place to get local news and information.  Click on the news tab and you can look up what’s happening in Idaho’s arts, education, sports and politics.  […]

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October 16th , 2014

Boise is fast becoming THE beer-brewing town.  One of its newest brewers is Boise Brewing located just off Capitol Blvd. on Broad.  It calls itself “Idaho’s first Community Supported Brewery,” because it invites fans to become members and participants in its process.  It also invites locals to use their tap room to create their own […]

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October 14th , 2014

Boise is the capitol of Idaho, and Idaho is the potato state, and Boise Fry Company is potato heaven. Okay, we know you’ve sampled the goodness that is Boise Fry Company – probably more than once – but we had to do a post on this icon.  Hmmmmmm…what can we say that you don’t already […]

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October 14th , 2014

Chances are you’ve seen at least one show at Boise Contemporary Theater.  If not, you’re going to want to go to their site right now to see their schedule. The Boise Contemporary Theater’s mission is “to create theater that invites all of us to imagine something new,” so you can’t go wrong.  You’ll see obscure […]

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October 12th , 2014

Like we always say, the best thing about Boise is its people.  Imagine if you found like-minded people within your own neighborhood and created a group not based on HOA meetings?  That would be Boise Bench Dwellers. This Facebook-based community has been around for a couple of years and it’s a great venue for posting […]

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October 10th , 2014

What can we say about a group of professionals that will use Goonies references in a blog post about completing goals? Well, for starters the quality of work that North By Northwest puts out is amazing.  Then again, that shouldn’t be a surprise when they are chosen to work on movies and television shows.  Their […]

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October 8th , 2014

Saturday, October 11th, you’re either one of the walking dead or you’d better beware! The Boise Zombie Walk starts at 7:00 and is a family-friendly event.  Leashed dogs are welcome, too, as part of the proceeds go to Genesis Service Dogs, INC. Prizes will be awarded for costumes and you can meet as early as […]

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October 6th , 2014

While you were wandering around downtown Boise checking out all the bands at Treefort last March, did you notice some short films being shared?  Boise Film Underground is starting to get more and more attention, but you might not recognize the name.  Yet. BFUG started when a group of filmmakers realized Boise is the perfect […]

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October 4th , 2014

Looking for work? LinkedIn is one of the best places to start. Keep your resume up to date and pay attention to your connections – you just might have an in that no one else does. The amazing thing about the site is that it uses the same concepts as any other social media to […]

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October 1st , 2014

Halloween is just around the corner and so is the annual Frightened Felons event at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Yeah, yeah, we know Halloween is on a Friday this year and you’re taking the kids trick-or-treating. No worries: The kidless can head to the Old Pen on Friday and you can get a sitter for […]

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September 28th , 2014

We’ve been a fan of Willowcreek since it opened, and the addition of RAW just cemented its position on the list of Boise favorites. The food is great and the atmosphere makes you forget it’s in a strip mall. It makes the Bench that much more desirable. What we think sounds fun is the sushi […]

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September 26th , 2014

Hyde Park is one of the reasons Boise’s North End is so popular, and Parrilla Grill’s $1 Taco Thursdays, big screens with sports, and experienced bartenders really makes living in such a walkable area so fun. If you just want to bike over and pick up your order to go, use their “Order Online” button […]

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September 24th , 2014

There are many places to get haircuts in the Treasure Valley, but there is only one Illuminate Salon. Started in February 2010, the goal was always to be a shop that did more than hair. Illuminate invites local artists to hang their creations and you can see everything from photography to paintings to collage on […]

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September 22nd , 2014

Okay, so Daisy’s Madhouse is one of those gems that many people miss because, well, they don’t have a regular schedule and they don’t have their own theater. They do have amazing actors and storytellers with loads of talent and what can almost be called a cult following. Their work can never be called ordinary. […]

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September 20th , 2014

Now that Garden City is THE place for breweries and wineries, we need to jump back in time and remember the early businesses that took a chance on Boise’s closest neighbor and hoped others would follow. The Visual Arts Collective – or VaC, as many call it – has been showcasing art of all disciplines […]

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September 19th , 2014

School is in session! There are many educational choices for Boise families and Thinking Boise is a proud backer of this community. Our goal is to donate $1 million to local schools. With every closing, Janet Parsons donates $500. We’re passionate about Boise and want to contribute in making it the best city to live. […]

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September 18th , 2014

Football season is here! Whether you’re eventually making your way to the stadium to catch a live Bronco game or just want to watch some NFL, you’re going to want to include the Ram in your fall fun. Before the new breweries set up shop, this one was winning awards, so don’t forget them just […]

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September 18th , 2014

If the regulars of an establishment make the place, then Dawson Taylor is the place to be. Any morning you can enter and see at least a dozen familiar faces sitting in the crowd. Artists and writers reside there, giving the coffee shop its wonderful quirkiness (and the baristas a fun time!).  Since Art Source […]

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August 19th , 2014

Whether you’re into tennis or skateboards, you’ll fit in at Fort Boise. If you’ve ever played on your company softball team, you’ve probably been there, but there’s so much more to it than grass fields. Check out the community center which houses an art center, dance studios, a fitness center, and more. Children and teens […]

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August 17th , 2014

Want to upgrade your outdoor sporting equipment, but you’re on a budget? Head over to the Linen District and check out Outdoor Exchange. This amazing consignment shop has everything from bikes to paddling gear. And that’s just the summer selection. Are the kids outgrowing their skis and snowboards at a crazy rate? Well, take in the stuff […]

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August 15th , 2014

Looking for specialty teas and vegan fare in a beautiful setting? Head downtown to 9th Street and check out Leaf Teahouse. We’re in love with it! Get yourself an Almond Date Bar (raw and gluten-free) or really satisfy yourself with the Mediterranean salad – a large is only $5.75! Add that to your list of […]

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August 13th , 2014

Thinking you’d love a midcentury modern home but can’t afford the North or East End? Ask us about Hillcrest up on the Bench. It’s an easy commute to…well, anywhere, especially since it’s not far from I84. The homes range from small fixer-uppers to beautiful moderns to newer construction, and there are restaurants, movie theaters and […]

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August 11th , 2014

The District Coffee House is a local non-profit that is affiliated with Calvary Chapel, a Treasure Valley church. Money goes to charities such as local families in need. The drinks poured are pretty amazing, too, so don’t think that the patrons are only coming here to help the less fortunate – many don’t even know […]

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August 9th , 2014

Boise’s art community is a big reason people love it here. Think that just means fine arts and music? Think bigger, and explore beyond theatre and other performing arts onto the big screen. Currently filming is Retreat, a full-length feature film from Two Cats Fighting Productions about a group of thirtysomethings coming together on the […]

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August 7th , 2014

Spokeo created a map showing the “most common out-of-state mobile numbers” in a city. These numbers were used to graph migration. Think all your neighbors are former Californians? Nope. According to Spokeo’s research, most Boise transplants are from Utah (13.2%) with Oregon running a very close second (12.7%). Know anyone moving to Boise in the […]

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July 15th , 2014

“I learned English in the Basque Country and learned Basque here,” says Henar Chico, owner of Chico Translations. She says she’s “lucky to have two hometowns,” and she really means it. Bilbao, Spain, is that wonderful place of her youth that will always be home, but, “Boise, to me…When I think about Boise, I’m always […]

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July 13th , 2014

Top 100 Best Places To Live  Best City To Move To  Getting It Right Best Place To Retire   Healthiest Cities For Women Best City For Men  Best Cities For Raising A Family   America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities  3rd Among The 50 States and DC For Volunteerism Top 10 Downtowns   

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July 11th , 2014

28 years of summer concerts makes Alive After Five one of Boise’s most iconic events.  Every Wednesday you can head down to the Grove and enjoy live music and vendor booths. Getting too hot to dance? Cool off with the kids in the fountain! Check the site to see if your favorite band is playing […]

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July 9th , 2014

Ever walked down 10th Street and wondered what the heck a float center is? We did, too, so we looked into Stillwater. While it sounds like something from a science fiction movie, floating has many health benefits from general relaxation and meditation to sports recovery and increased athletic performance. How do you float, though? You’ll […]

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July 8th , 2014

Where would you choose to live if you had already lived in Spain, Switzerland, Japan, and many parts of the United States? Boise, of course! Just ask Victoria Bañales.  Victoria grew up in Bilbao, Spain, in the Basque Country, but her cultural background is not what drew her to Boise. She came here through the twisting […]

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July 7th , 2014

An East End neighborhood off Shaw Mountain Road, Aldape Heights packs a lot into its small location. There’s a mini open-area park for picnics, an off-leash dog park, hiking & mountain biking, and the ease of Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Winco close by . The school district is considered one of the best in […]

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June 24th , 2014

There is a seldom-pleasant moment when a homeowner finds out how much he pays in property taxes. That moment usually rears its head a couple of times: once, when the annual property assessments are mailed, and again when the home is sold and any remaining property taxes must be paid. As a real estate agent […]

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May 20th , 2014

Millie Hilgert is a Boise icon, but you might only recognize her as Miss Courageous, her alter ego. She’s known locally by her bright pink, orange, and yellow tent at the Capital City Public Market and her fantastic wares made from vintage cassettes, records, and Legos. Hilgert now has a retail shop located on Orchard […]

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May 18th , 2014

Ever drive past The Flicks, look to the left, and wonder what the heck Ming Studios is? Wonder no more, friends… Ming Studios has a goal to bring international contemporary artists to Boise so they can explore and create while allowing us Boise folks the opportunity to experience new cultures and new art. Their residency […]

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May 16th , 2014

Everyone is talking about Guru Donuts! Check their site for all the locations that carry them, or head to the Boise Farmers’ Market at 10th & Grove on Saturdays. Pre-order to make sure you get what you want, since they go quickly. Made from scratch daily, these donuts are created from all-natural ingredients, with local […]

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May 9th , 2014

Parks & Rec and Zoo Boise Summer is nearly here!  If you’re wondering how to keep your kids busy, you’ll want to check out Parks & Rec’s site. They have many daycamps and activities to keep those kids active and happy while you’re at work. Their site also connects you to Zoo Boise’s summer schedule. […]

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May 7th , 2014

Not quite ready to buy, but want or need a new place? There are important things to think about as you move. First, give your current landlord 30 days notice. Make sure you know the expectations she has for cleaning and your deposit – you’ll want to get back as much as possible. If she […]

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May 5th , 2014

Thinking Boise Traffic Box Art Contest Rules Starting May 5th through May 30th, visit the Thinking Boise Facebook page Monday -Friday at noon to view the daily photo of a traffic box art piece located in Boise. Be the first person to correctly identify the location (cross streets) of the posted traffic box art piece […]

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May 5th , 2014

Ready, set, MOVE! So you’ve found a great house and you’re ready to start making it home, but first the tedious part – packing and moving. If you can, hire movers, at least for the heavy stuff. Make sure they’re licensed, bonded, and insured, and then relax, knowing they’ll replace anything that gets broken or […]

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May 4th , 2014

If you’re thinking Boise and have children, no doubt you’ve looked at the Boise School District’s website. However, before you judge a school by its report card, go and talk with the administration, check out the classes, and form your own opinions. The report cards are informative about standardized testing required by the controversial No Child […]

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April 7th , 2014

Probably one of the fastest developing areas is Sunset, a little neighborhood in the western sector of the North End. There’s a community garden and fun little shops that locals frequent, all while living within range of downtown and the foothills. One such shop, RosieMADE, is providing a place for women entrepreneurs and artists to […]

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March 31st , 2014

If a neighborhood can be judged by its library alone, then Cole and Ustick is one of the best in town. The new Library! is modern, bustling, and really not that quiet. And that’s a good thing. With the digital world quickly taking over literature, libraries have to be more than a place that stores books […]

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March 24th , 2014

Love the Greenbelt? Can’t imagine your life without frequent trips to Lucky Peak? Big fan of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival? Riverland East residents enjoy being close to all three while feeling like they live far away from the hustle and bustle of downtown (in reality, they live just minutes away). A small neighborhood, Riverland East […]

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March 20th , 2014

It’s easy to have misconceptions when it comes to real estate transactions. Just like any industry, real estate has its share of specialized terms. If you’ve bought or sold real estate in a different city or state, it can be especially tricky to reconcile your previous experience with what happens in Ada County. Let’s talk […]

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March 17th , 2014

Harrison Boulevard is a Boise icon. Like Warm Springs, the homes represent an array of architecture, and the street is fun to explore for just that reason alone. Also like Warm Springs, the street is close to golfing, downtown, great shopping and restaurants, and is full of history. Markers tell you the story of our […]

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March 9th , 2014

I wish I could say I was just trying to see who was paying attention by posting about the “South” North End, but I wasn’t. I’m embarrassed to admit I didn’t know there was a name attached to this wonderful place: The West End. Check the map for more information about this truly unique part of […]

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March 7th , 2014

We’ve discussed The East End, but Warm Springs deserves its own post. Most famous for the interesting architecture (for a different spin, check out the castle) and geothermal heating, Warm Springs, and its surrounding streets, is one of those spots Boiseans take visitors “just to see.” Not only is it full of history, people in this […]

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March 5th , 2014

If walkability is what you want, living near Hyde Park is what you need. This charming area allows you to take the kids to Camel’s Back Park, take in some great mountain bike rides or hikes, and enjoy some fantastic food and drink. There are houses and condos of various sizes, so you can find […]

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March 2nd , 2014

West of downtown, but south of State St. there is a little neighborhood with lots of charm and quirky houses from all different eras. It’s a spot few think of when they search for real estate unless they’re familiar with the area and those that have bought there have no regrets.  We like to call […]

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February 24th , 2014

The Bench is such an expansive area of Boise that it’s easier to understand when broken into sections. Latah is one of the quirkier streets, with its North End-style homes and funky local businesses. As more and more people realize the value of The Bench, Latah seems to be drawing a crowd. The strip mall […]

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February 21st , 2014

Barber Valley is one of the most beautiful areas in Boise, especially after the addition of Marianne Williams Park, a 72-acre site donated by Larry Williams in 2005 to honor his wife. Living in Harris Ranch gives its residents easy access to this gorgeous section of the Boise River, Barber Park, and the Greenbelt. Nestled […]

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February 15th , 2014

There are so many reasons to fall in love with the Collister area in NW Boise. Like the North and East Ends, there is a variety of homes; a sense of community; and a close proximity to downtown, the foothills and the Greenbelt. It’s no wonder that many locally-owned businesses call it home. One of […]

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February 4th , 2014

Gardner and Co., the company responsible for building the new 8th and Main Zion’s Bank tower, is shaking up downtown Boise once again. The developers have recently partnered with GBAD, the Greater Boise Auditorium District, to expand convention space in Boise.  CEO, Tommy Ahlquist, has recently unveiled plans to build City Center Plaza (formerly US Bank […]

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January 19th , 2014

One of the best reasons to live in Boise is the people.  So guess what some very cool people are doing on Tuesday, January 21, 2014?  They are sponsoring “Boise Code Club” at the Water Cooler downtown. What’s Boise Code Club you ask? Something you’ll want to be sure your teenager–or your friend’s teenager, or […]

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January 10th , 2014

Is it ok for me to stay while an agent shows my house? Nope. It is definitely NOT ok for you (the seller) to stay in your home when an agent brings a buyer through for a showing.  It’s uncomfortable, and the last thing we want is for a potential buyer to be uncomfortable when […]

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January 9th , 2014

In the real estate business, listening is a powerful tool, which is why we are always working on our ability to talk less and listen more. The more we listen to our clients, the more they trust us. The more trust we have, the more we can get to the business of getting our clients […]

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January 3rd , 2014

The 2013 results are in and Keller Williams Realty Boise is #1 in Treasure Valley area real estate sales!  To be exact, agents at Keller Williams sold 4,518 homes for a total of almost one billion dollars, $984,283,355 to be exact, wow!  Silvercreek Realty was second with 4,281 sales and from there it starts to […]

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December 14th , 2013

Am I signing or closing?  If there’s a difference, what is it? It’s easy to have misconceptions when it comes to real estate transactions. Just like any industry, real estate has its share of specialized terms. If you’ve bought or sold real estate in a different city or state, it can be especially tricky to reconcile your previous […]

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December 5th , 2013

I just spoke to Sean Palmer at Idaho Central Credit Union asking him for any mortgage deals they have in place right now.  There are a couple of good ones. First, on loan amounts at or above $300,000, ICCU will offer their lowest posted mortgage rate of course, but they will also reduce the origination […]

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November 22nd , 2013

Purchasing a home can sometimes be a long process. To ensure a quick and pain-free process, Thinking Boise Real Estate has come up with a list of things not to do when applying for a real estate loan. 1. Change job, become self-employed, or quit your job. 2. Buy a car, truck, or van (or […]

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November 22nd , 2013

Area 0200 as it’s known in the MLS–that’s Northeast Boise, and boy does it have some HOT real estate. What is it that appeals to so many people? You simply have to include location in the mix. Boise’s downtown is such a safe & vibrant place compared to so many metro areas. And lucky us, […]

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November 22nd , 2013

This is the fourth in a series of posts about Boise neighborhoods. Nestled at the base of the Boise foothills just north of town, the “Highlands” neighborhood is for those who want the proximity of the city center but prefer the newer amenities of foothills homes to the older homes in the North End.  Similarly, […]

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November 22nd , 2013

Northeast Boise (the East End) is the third in a series of posts about Boise neighborhoods. Known simply as the “East End”, this beloved neighborhood is another very popular area for living in Boise. Like the North End, it too possesses historic architecture, a unique character and a close proximity to downtown. Historic Warm Springs […]

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November 22nd , 2013

This is the second in a series of posts about the many unique neighborhoods in Boise. If you already live in Boise, you might find out a thing or two you that you didn’t already know, and if you are a visitor considering moving to Boise, then hopefully these posts can be a guide. If […]

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November 22nd , 2013

I love Boise. OK, I REALLY, REALLY love Boise.  It’s such a wonderful place to call home, ask anyone who lives here! I thought I’d pop in some blog posts about the many unique neighborhoods here. If you already live in Boise, you might find out a thing or two you that you didn’t already […]

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November 22nd , 2013

What’s the smallest house you’ve ever been in?  Well, this weekend I got to check out 12 charming homes under 1,000 square feet in Boise’s North End during the Tiny House Tour. It was a gorgeous fall day, the kind we’ve had now for about 3 weeks straight, sunny skies and 65-70 degrees. The weather […]

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November 22nd , 2013

Last summer I listed a house on Brumback that attracted several possible buyers.  The real estate agent whose client ended up purchasing the home said he had a really good feel for prices all over Boise, EXCEPT the North End!  It continued to confuse him that a house could command such a high price compared […]

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