Trader Joe's opens Friday, Feb. 28, but Feb. 26, Boise Weekly took the nickel tour of TJ's 13,000-foot grocery store (see the slideshow here).
The opening day veneer was almost complete. Painters were still putting the finishing touches on wall murals depicting the City of Trees, and an employee wielding a floor waxer was giving the linoleum one last polish before opening day. All the "mates" were wearing Hawaiian shirts. Scott Dudek, the store's "captain," conducted a press safari of the grocery that's familiar to some Boiseans, but so foreign to others.
"We consider ourselves a local neighborhood store," he said.
Canyon County is about to get a triple shot.
Dutch Bros. Coffee is opening its third location in the area at 16040 Idaho Center Blvd. in Nampa Thursday, Oct. 24, at 5 a.m. The big perk is, the new location is handing out free drinks until it closes at 10 p.m.
Specifically, all 16-oz. drinks will be free of charge, including specialty coffee, smoothies, freezes and energy drinks.
This will be the 18th Dutch Bros. Coffee location in Idaho.
The Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series is bringing country star Jake Owen and special guest Jack Ingram to the Idaho Botanical Garden on Friday, Sept. 7, with doors at 5:30 p.m. and the show at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale today, Friday, May 25, for $29.50. Concert goers are encouraged to bring low-backed chairs or blankets and picnics. Outside alcohol isn’t permitted, but event sponsor 44 North Vodka will be on hand to satisfy cocktail cravings.
This Memorial Day, get out of the house and immerse yourself in a night of themed storytelling. Story Story Night's Legends: Stories of Heroes and Epics will offer "true stories on a theme, live and without notes.” The evening will begin with featured storytellers Rachel Baxa, Terese Reynolds and Rick Overton, followed by an open story slam. Limited priority seating tickets are currently on sale for $7, and first-come, first-served tickets will be available the night of the event at 6:30 p.m. for $5. The show starts Monday, May 28, at 7 p.m. at The Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St.
Tickets are also on sale now for comedian Kevin Hart's Let Me Explain Tour, which will be coming to the Morrison Center on Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m. A review from Hart’s performance in Memphis, Tenn., the first stop on the tour, assures audiences that Hart’s material is all new with a fantastic grand finale. Tickets are on sale for $57.50.
The theater production War Horse, which also takes place at the Morrison Center, still has some remaining tickets on sale. Though Morrison Center marketing director Scott Bodmer confirmed that tickets are sold out for the Thursday, June 7, performance, he said that there are still limited seats available for both Friday, June 8, and the matinee on Saturday, June 9. An additional show has been added on Wednesday, June 6, which still has good seats available. Tickets are currently on sale for $45-$75 at idahotickets.com.
Just out of earshot of the Treefort Music Fest, another event took Boise by storm Sunday, March 25.
The monthly Boise Urban Market opened its doors to a frenzy of activity, which quickly left vendors and attendees dumbfounded and dazed.
"Most of the food vendors sold out within an hour and a half," said Adriana White, owner and creator of Begin Vegan. "People seemed very excited; they just jumped in and wanted what we were selling."
BUM is a bi-monthly event hosted at rotating locations by a group of food enthusiasts that offers "homemade products made with loving and thoughtful hands," according to the website. Food items include a variety of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free choices, but the vendors often change, which makes each market unique.
Some things are winter essentials—warm coats, defrosting your car in the morning and cursing the cold. Ice skating fits in that category as well—just think of all the postcards, movie scenes and paintings of earmuff-clad people sliding around an ice rink.
If you'd like to partake in this classic winter activity, but don't want to break the bank, head to Idaho IceWorld today at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays are Family Nights at the rink, and that means skating only costs $5, which includes the rental of those awesome shoes with blades on the bottom. Bring the little ones, grandparents, third cousins, neighbors—whoever—have some fun, get a bit of a workout and imagine you're gliding through Central Park.
For a cool $10,000, you can jump out of an airplane spooning everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed foodie, Anthony Bourdain. And if you make it out alive, the two of you will bro down over burgers and beers.
All proceeds from your skydiving sojourn will go to benefit the Food Bank For New York City. Here’s all the deets from Gilt City, the website offering the deal:
One lucky Gilt City member with dreams of flight is invited to grab a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to skydive alongside the irrepressible daredevil Bourdain, with the able instruction of Above the Poconos Skydivers. A car service will pick you up at your home and tote you out to the jump site in Pennsylvania, where Bourdain will be waiting for you.
After you’re back on solid ground, you’ll enjoy a hearty meal of burgers and beer with the TV host at his favorite roadhouse, Hiram’s, in Fort Lee, N.J., before the car comes to take you back home.
OK, here's a harsh reality: Thanksgiving is one week away.
Here's a slightly harsher reality: Christmas and Hanukkah are roughly five weeks away.
If that thought just made you twitch at the prospect of finding gifts for all your family and friends, and the possibility of heading to the mall with 500,000 other people all fighting over the last black cashmere sweater that would be great for your mom, but at this point, you'll take whatever you can find so you don't show up with a popcicle stick birdhouse wrapped in old newspaper—don't worry, there is still time.
In fact, mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 3, and be ready to head to Canyon County for a couple of holiday gift markets stacked with unusual and handmade items.
First up, the Fair Trade Market and Holiday Gift Sale will fill the Evergreen Heights Mennonite Church in Caldwell (701 N. Indiana Ave.) from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Dunia Marketplace and other fair trade vendors will offer a wide array of gift items from handmade ornaments to jewelry, to home decor to rugs and even food. Several nonprofit and local refugee groups will also be on hand with items for sale.
If you need even more reason to head to the west end of the valley, Flying M Coffeegarage in downtown Nampa will host its sixth annual Hip Holiday Craft Market Extravaganza, featuring the work of numerous area crafters and artists. This year, the event will also include a DIY Design Loft hosted by The White Pine and Brass Razoo, as well as a kids crafting area hosted by Puffy Mondaes.
The Hip Holiday Market will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and always offers the distinct advantage of easy access to caffeine.
If all these shopping opportunities have you curious about life in the good old 2C, be sure to check out tomorrow's edition of Boise Weekly, with our own primer to life in Canyon County. And if you're still stuck for gift ideas, watch for our annual BW Gift Guide inside the Wednesday, Nov. 23, edition of the paper.
Soda fountains are making a big comeback across the country. And Boise is no exception.
The Soda Works, a new shop located at 3017 W. State St., is chocked full of sodas in every color of the rainbow. It's a small space, but with a smiling face behind the cash register and neatly arranged shelves, it doesn't feel crowded. Soda flavors range from the mundane, like cola and root beer, to the exotic, like pineapple, grapefruit, raspberry and cucumber.
Gabrielle Krake, who founded The Soda Works with her husband, mother and aunt, said the store currently stocks 108 flavors and will likely get more, including sodas from other countries.
What says "thank you for serving our country" better than a shiny car? While no one is pulling an Oprah and giving away free cars, Metro Express Car Wash is giving away free car washes to veterans all day to mark Veterans Day.
Just mention that you're a veteran to the attendant at any of the three Treasure Valley Metro Express locations and claim your free car wash (the super-powered vacuums are always free). Where to you find such car-cleaning wonder? Head to the Boise location at 1300 Front St., the Meridian location at 3296 E. Pine St., or the Nampa location at 1701 Caldwell Blvd.