Craft-loving downtown denizens have much to celebrate this month. The 8th Street Micro Mall is now officially in full swing. Located in the Idaho Building basement across from Superb Sushi and next door to the Alexa Rose Gallery, the mall features a mini convenience store as well as a number of local crafty small businesses. After picking up a pack of smokes and a soda, you can browse re-purposed clothing and trinkets at Box in the Basement, snag "human made" purses and screenprinted goodies at Bricolage or pick up a bamboo JJB Longboard at Sibb Custom Rides. This First Thursday, April 1, the micro mall will also welcome a new tenant--Dead Bird Gallery--which plans to display and sell photographs from Wayne T. Crans alongside work from an assortment of other local and international progressive artists. First Thursday will also feature an Erin Cunningham blowout sale at Bricolage. An assortment of 30 sketches, drawings and paintings from this Boise-based illustrator will be sold via silent auction. 5-9 p.m., 8th Street Micro Mall, 280 N. Eighth Street.
Down the block at the Old Pioneer Tent Building, 21 members of the Idaho Indie Works Etsy street team have also linked up to open their own boutique. Though the group has been hosting temporary First Thursday events in the space, Thursday, April 1, will mark their official grand opening in their new permanent location. Beginning at 5 p.m., you can enjoy music by Brock Bartel and Sam Baldazo, as well as food from Open Table Catering. 5 p.m., Pioneer Tent Building, Sixth and Main streets.
As you're wandering from boutique to boutique on First Thursday, don't forget to stop and smell the ... cabinet controller boxes. With leftover grant money from the Mayor's Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, the Downtown Boise Association has commissioned two more artists to cover drab downtown traffic control boxes with their colorful creations. Erin Ruiz (Sixth and Main, northwest corner) and Angi Grow (Eighth and Bannock southwest corner) will join other traffic control box artists Karen Woods, Bob Neal, Tarmo Watia, Pat Kilby and Amy Lunstrum.