Visitors entering the Linen Building on April 15 were greeted by a bevy of tables, each festooned with colorful products. More than a dozen Idaho businesses registered to showcase their products at the inaugural Buy Idaho Sunday Market.
At a table to the left of the entrance, Ingrid Andrulis said she was just starting out.
"I want to get more into fashion," said Andrulis, sitting behind a table covered in jewelry.
Her offerings included blown-glass beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings. She said she had moved to Boise two years ago from Oregon.
"I'm trying to get my business going while working as a legal aide," she added.
Nearby were booths by Glow Soy candles, Steph's "Seriously Good" Salsa and the Canyon County Bitner Vineyards. On the opposite side of the room was a booth for Aloette Beauty Products, sold locally by Stephanie Jarvis. But the products aren't exactly Idaho-made.
"The company is based out of Atlanta, Ga.," said Sandy Anderson, executive director for Buy Idaho. "She's a local representative for it. It's similar to Scentsy or a Mary Kay type of situation where they sell products out of local markets."
However with Scentsy, the "local" branding is more accurate: the company's headquarters are in Meridian.
"We have people who produce the products here in Idaho," said Anderson, "and then we have members who are retailing products that aren't necessarily made here, but they're selling products, they're contributing sales tax and they're contributing to the local economy. And that's really what's required of being a member of Buy Idaho."
In the corner, Long Valley coffee packets hung on a rack near an antique ice box. A table covered in vases cradling flowers stood near a rack of rubs and marinades from the Starlight Herb and Spice Company. Over the course of an hour, dozens of patrons filtered in for a sampling of Idaho goods.
Patrick Nauman's table was covered in chocolates, wrapped in brightly colored cellophane or foil. His family business, Weiser Classic Candy, is located 70 miles outside of Boise in downtown Weiser, and offers 200 varieties of handcrafted specialties, including blue- and orange-colored Boise State sweets.
"You have to do Vandals, too," remarked a woman eying the table. "I have stockings to stuff come December."
"They're in production," responded Nauman. "We should have them available soon. We have a Bengal, a Vandal and a Bronco in our family."
Nauman said that his family bought the company five years ago. Their production is now housed in a 3,000-square-foot facility in downtown Weiser.
"I already sold out of my dark chocolate and toffee assortments," said Nauman, bidding a family goodbye as their young daughter's hands clutched a sampler pack of treats.