Mail April 30-May 6, 2008 

What About Nampa?

I was anxious to read Rachael Daigle's article on local area bookstores (BW, Feature, "Home for Bookworms" April 2, 2008), although by the end of the first segment, it was clear that Daigle, a self-professed "serious reader and serious book buyer" was unaware of a booklover's oasis right under her nose. Though located in Nampa, the Yesteryear Shoppe is by far the best bookstore in the Treasure Valley.

Since 1974, Dave Gonzales and his son Stephan have managed one of the Northwest's finest used and rare bookstores. The Yesteryear Shoppe consumes the entire space of the old Falk's ID department store in the historic downtown core. The Yesteryear Shoppe is overflowing with books on all manner of diverse topics, specializing in Idaho-related titles, Western Americana and first editions.

In addition to books, the Yesteryear Shoppe carries the valley's largest selection of vinyl records for the true audiophile. If there is something you can't find (or you are just overcome with your first visit into the Yesteryear vortex), ask Dave or Stephan and you can relax into a pleasant book coma while they find it for you. If you ask really nicely, Dave might even get out his outstanding collection of rare postcards to astonish you even further at the treat you've been missing all these years.

Take my word for it and support your local bookstore. Make a day out of it, call in sick if you have to, get over to the Yesteryear Shoppe, and prepare to be in a booklover's paradise.

—Nikki Gorrell, Boise

Chains Aren't All Bad

I do love and support BW, and though at times I don't always agree with its position, I appreciate that it takes one. I do have a a few thoughts about an article in this week's issue (BW, Food News, "The Way We Were," April 23, 2008).

In my humble opinion, Rachael Daigle wrote a very innapropriate and unwelcoming article to any future chain restaurant (or any other business with out-of-town ties) interested in downtown Boise. She basically blamed the passing of MilkyWay Restaurant on the (yet to be opened) Bonefish Grill. And she wrote this as if she were the voice of Boise, calling her readers "a bunch of giddy schoolgirls." As an owner of an independent downtown restaurant, a Boisean appreciative of alternate lifestyles and philosophies, committed to local products, recycling and sustainable agriculture, and as a board member of the Downtown Boise Association, Daigle was definitely not speaking for me.

Certainly, I am among the many that are saddened by the closing of MilkyWay. Mitch and Andrea, I consider friends. To blame it on another entity, however, especially one bringing new business possibilities, employment and marketing dollars to downtown, is absurd. Our small quadrant of this great city is beautiful and inviting to not only it's locals, but out-of-towners as well. We definitely want and need the tourist trade in our stores and restaurants. Should we say, "You can buy our goods, but just don't sell yours?" What would the position then be on touring artistic performances or concerts? These are from out of town. Where do their dollars end up?

I strongly support the independent restaurants, but I welcome the Bonefish Grill as I did the Spaghetti Factory and PF Changs. I believe Proto's is a chain as well. A good mix and variety in choices is good for all of us, and hopefully continues to raise the bar of quality.

I trust that there are very few who support Rachael's "Chain-Go Home" philosophy.

—John Berryhill, Boise

What We All Think

Hey, way to say what we all think (BW, Food News, "The Way We Were," April 23, 2008). I have nothing against corporate restaurants, they just do not belong in downtown corridors, put them out in the 'burbs where they belong. And as long as we invite them in, MilkyWay's closing won't be the last in the downtown, and that is flippin' sad.

I was in Seattle last week and I did not see a single chain restaurant downtown except for PF Changs, and the place was a ghost town on a Thursday night.

Nice work on your thoughts.

—Andrae Bopp, Boise

What's he On?

Wow, and here I thought the voters were "ultimate rule of law" in an election ... silly me (BW, Mail, "Get Over It," April 16, 2008). And if you actually buy the "fact" that Bush was "elected" in 2004 (BW, Rall, "Don't Move On, Start Over," April 9, 2008), I have some swampland and a bridge you might be interested in.

Rall may "hallucinate" (he doesn't) but you, sir, have flatulence of the brain.

—Kevin Karstens, Boise

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