Best of Boise

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It's Time: Best of Boise Polls are Open

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 1:05 PM

What's your favorite bar? Favorite museum? Favorite free parking space in downtown Boise? It's time for you to tell us because the polls are open in this year's Best of Boise

Consider this your invitation to nominate, rank and rate all the things you think best represent life in the Treasure Valley. Of course, we have some rules. For one: think local. To be considered the Best of Boise, nominations need to actually be OF Boise—at least based or located in the metro area. No out-of-town corporate oversight.

And two: you have to enter at least 30 nominations for your ballot to count. You have almost 130 categories to chose from, so this shouldn't be hard.

Lastly, don't stress about completing the entire ballot in one sitting. You can log as many nominations as you want, rest your weary fingers, and come back later to keep voting. Just be sure to submit your ballot by August 31.

We even have some new categories this year, like best neighborhood park, best local outfitter, best veterinarian, best Bloody Mary and best local farm.

Alright, it's time. Go forth and exercise your civic duty: Vote here.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tasty Annual Manual Teaser

Posted By on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 1:30 PM

The latest edition of Annual Manual is in the oven right now, and we're so tickled that it's almost done that we decided to offer a sneak preview.

Check out this image of one of our featured photos in the making—thanks to the folks at Guru Donuts.

Kevin Moran and Guru Donuts help make Annual Manual even more tempting.
  • Courtesy Guru Donuts
  • Kevin Moran and Guru Donuts help make Annual Manual even more tempting.

If you think that looks tasty, just wait until you pick up the new Annual Manual, on stands Wednesday, July 31.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Fiction 101 Entries Now Being Accepted

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 3:33 PM


Got a knack for telling a compelling story in a teeny tiny time period? Well, it's time to put your words, well, where your words are.

Boise Weekly's annual short fiction writing contest, Fiction 101, is back for its 11th year, which means it's time for writers to start putting their ideas on paper—and then editing the bejesus out of them.

All entries are due at BWHQ no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Here are the vital statistics you need to know:

• All entries must be exactly 101 words as counted by Microsoft Word (excluding the title).

• All entries must be fiction.

• No poetry allowed.

• No handwritten entries.

• All entries must be accompanied by a $10 per story entry fee.

• All entries must have the authors name, address and phone number on the BACK of each story.

• BW employees and freelancers are not eligible to enter.

Entry fees will be used to award cash prizes to the winners, as selected by an illustrious panel of judges. Those winning entries will be published in the Wednesday, Jan. 2, edition of Boise Weekly.

Entries can be dropped off in person or mailed to Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., Boise, ID, 83702. For more information, contact Office Manager Shea Sutton at 208-344-2055.

Also, be sure to mark your calendars for a little one-on-one time with our winning authors during First Thursday, Jan. 3. BW is once again teaming up with the crew at Rediscovered Books to host a special reading and question-and-answer session with the winning authors. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m., but look for more details closer to the event.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Super PACs Attack Shu's Idaho Running Company

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM


The lying thugs behind the attacks on Alan Heathcock, Boise Fry Company and Bittercreek Ale House are at it again, this time with an attack ad aimed at Shu's Idaho Running Company.

Luckily, we only have to endure one more day of this hateful bile until Best of Boise publishes Wednesday, Sept. 26. Then we can get back to the calm and reasoned debate of the presidential election.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Super PACs Target Bittercreek With Best of Boise Mudslinging

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM


Scandal! Outrage! ANGRY WORDS IN ALL CAPS WITH EXCESS EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!! The super PACs attacking Best of Boise entrants are at it again, and this time, they've gone after Bittercreek Ale House for its patio. Do their smear tactics know no boundaries?

If only this madness would end sometime around Wednesday, Sept. 26, when BoB finally publishes, just to select a date at random. If only ...

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Boise Fry Company Latest Best of Boise Super PAC Target

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 11:19 AM


The unchecked flow of money trying to influence Best of Boise voters has struck again. Its target this time? Boise Fry Company. And its allegations are too scandalous to be typed. They must be seen in the video below.

When will this madness end? Perhaps on Wednesday, Sept. 26, when Best of Boise publishes.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Final Week for Best of Boise Voting

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM


This is it, your final week to have your say about what and who are the best in town because Best of Boise voting ends at the stroke of midnight Sunday, Aug. 26.

If you've already started your voting process, make sure that you have answered at least 15 questions and validated your account through your email to ensure that your votes count.

If you haven't even logged on to start the ballot, now's the time. Click on the link and set up an account with Urban Chalk (the company hosting our survey this year), validate it and get to voting.

Remember, if you don't vote, you can't complain about the results.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Best Kept Secret in Best of Boise

Posted By on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM


Have you enjoyed watching the cut-throat competition of Best of Boise voting, carefully checking who's winning each category thanks to the handy dandy leader board?

Well, those days are over. Now it's time for the real anxiety to set in. For the final two weeks of voting, the daily rankings will be kept secret, so you're just going to have to rally the troops and cross your fingers until the final results are unveiled in the Wednesday, Sept. 26, edition of Boise Weekly.

You didn't really expect us to give up our favorite part of Best of Boise, did you?

For those who haven't voted yet, don't worry, there's still time. Voting is open through midnight on Sunday, Aug. 26. You don't have to complete the ballot all at once, but you do have to answer at least 15 questions by the close of the survey to have your answers count.

And very, very importantly, once you've set up your online voting account, don't forget to check your email and verify your account or none of your answers will count, regardless of how many categories you've voted in.

To find the survey, just go to the homepage and click on the link ... or you could just use this one.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Slideshow: 2011 Readers' Choice Winners Accept Awards

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Highlands Hollow

On Wednesday morning, business owners across the Treasure Valley tore open the Boise Weekly to find out if they had won a coveted Readers' Choice BOB. Photog Laurie Pearman snapped shots of BW staffers as they passed out certificates and stickers to some super giddy winners.

Here's a slideshow documenting all the celebratory smiles and high-fives.

Wanna meet these folks face-to-face? Make sure to stop by our big BOB bash on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 2-6 p.m. at the Linen Building for a cocktail, a nosh and some serious schmoozing.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Boise's Best Piggyback Ride. Honest Abe.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 4:00 PM

The Best of Boise Staff Picks issue hit stands today. And though it's packed with besty bestness, there was plenty more that was cut for space.

Like this one for example: Boise's Best Piggyback Ride? The Abe Lincoln statue in Julia Davis Park. Giddyup Mr. President, giddyup.

Check out the rest of Boise's best here.


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