BODO Boutique • Etsy Offline • Fatty Tacos 

BODO Boutique

Though BoDo's newest retail addition, Re Boutique, has had its doors quietly propped open since June 19, the shop is throwing on some glitzy recycled duds to celebrate its grand opening this First Thursday. Set up in an airy space near Stylish Stork and Atomic Treasures, the small shop features local artwork and recycled/re-purposed goods for Boise's more discerning, eco-conscious shoppers. Though the store is currently stocked with an abundance of jewelry and art, owner Mckinsey McCorkle-Swain is seeking more folks to consign their clothing. The consignment deal works like this: McCorkle-Swain accepts "cute and relevant" clothing bought within last couple of years and pays the owner 40 percent of what the item sells for. Artists who consign things like photographs, handmade jewelry or journals receive 60 percent of the sale.

Re Boutique's Facebook page claims the store is "designed to be a community project that takes a creative look at how to reuse, renew and re-purpose." Though we're not exactly sure what that means, we're pumped to stop by the grand opening for live music, merchandise give-aways and the icing on the proverbial cake--free gourmet cupcakes. A representative from McCorkle-Swain's other company, a natural and organic body care line called Penelope Parsnip, will be on hand giving massages and offering product samples.

Thursday, July 2, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., 405 S. Eighth Street, Suite 109. For more information, call 208-392-7940.

Etsy Offline

Didn't find the perfect recycled vinyl pendant or bedazzled belt buckle at Re Boutique? Fret not, the Idaho Indie Works Etsy Street Team is swooping to the rescue. For the third consecutive First Thursday, a coalition of more than 20 local crafters and artists are offering their vast collection of wares in the Pioneer Tent Building. Etsy sellers will bring items like handmade jewelry, greeting cards, art and food off the 2D interweb and out into the more tactile open.

Unsure what Etsy is all about? Visit etsy.com and browse through crafts created by thousands of independent sellers from more than 150 countries. Once you've spent all your grocery money on folksy wall prints and crocheted earrings, check out Sara Mosle's harsh critique of what she calls Etsy's "false feminist fantasy" on Slate.com's feminist blog, Double X. The article has been ruffling feathers and provoking heated Internet debates since it was published in early June.

Sixth and Main streets, Pioneer Tent Building. For more information on the Idaho Indie Works Etsy Street Team, visit idahoindieworks.blogspot.com. To read Mosle's article, visit doublex.com.

Fatty Tacos

While Newport Beach might be most synonymous with the similarly named mom-chic mail order clothing catalogue, the California town has a new export--the Chronic Tacos franchise. Meridianites have already caught a glimpse of the Mexican fast food chain's garish logo--a surfing cartoon character in a floppy sombrero with troll size toes holding two flaming tacos--at the corner of Eagle and Franklin roads. This First Thursday, Downtown Boise will receive its very own Chronic chain.

Courting the extreme sports crowd, Chronic Tacos has teamed up with The Board Room for its grand opening. Thursday, July 2, at 3 p.m., the new store will have a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by live skating demos and a special appearance of MTV skateboard stud Jason "Wee Man" Acuna. They also promise tons of give-aways from The Board Room throughout the evening.

Thursday, July 2, 3 p.m., Chronic Tacos, 106 N. Sixth St. For more information, visit eatchronictacos.com or call 208-941-7524.

Blanket Statements

Feeling a little bleary, worse for the wear and tear, after all this First Thursday consumerism? The Flying M has a new art show up where you can rest your faraway eyes. A steaming cup of locally roasted coffee and Grant Olsen's collection of adult security blankets and handmade patches made from secondhand wool, angora and cashmere will surely calm you down. Too bad you can't pluck the blankets off the wall and cocoon yourself inside.

On display through July 31. FREE, Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St. For more information, call 208-345-4320.

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