Canine Companions

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Ruth Novella  The relationship between humans and dogs has long been a natural part of life. For these Boise residents, their dogs are their family, going on hikes, cuddling and even visiting their offices. Learn how these locals welcomed their pets into their homes and what makes each of their canine companions so special.  Chelsea…

Five Things to Expect When Adopting a Dog

 Article Kim Jones  In 2015, Coldwell Banker partnered with Adopt-A-Pet to encourage shelter dog adoption through their Homes for Dogs Project. Their initial goal was to rally CB’s vast network of offices and realtors to assist in finding homes for 20,000 needy pups, a goal that was met by September of that year. Now in its fourth year, the project…

Volunteer Opportunities

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Provided  Philanthropy is a large part of what makes our community so special. Whether it's donating your time, your belongings or food, Boise has many opportunities for volunteers to lend a hand. These three organizations, which all benefit children, are worth checking out.  Computers for Kids

Family Band

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Provided  Three years ago, Boise Lifestyle introduced readers to The Runaway Hamsters, a group of sibling musicians who raise money for children’s charities by sharing their talents. Since we last checked in with the band in 2015, they have had amazing success in achieving their goals and have raised thousands for the charities they support, such…

Beach Day, Idaho-style

 Article and Photography Roger Phillips  Idaho beaches are a little different than their coastal cousins. They’re not next to the ocean, and the surf is typically river waves. They tend to be considerably smaller than those at the ocean, but when you have a drink in your hand and your toes in the sand, does that matter?   A day at…

Preparing Your Heart and Home

 Article Julie Meyer  For more expert advice, contact Kami Brant of O2 Real Estate at 208.713.1933.  3138 S. Bown Way, Boise, Idaho, O2RealEstateGroup.com

August 2018 Around Town

Boise Woman Recognized at Plexus Worldwide Convention Boise resident Emily Burgess was recognized for the success of her home-based business during Plexus Worldwide’s Legacy Convention, which hosted 11,000 people at the Orlando Marriott World Center. Burgess shared tips and personal experiences with ambassadors to help them grow their home-based businesses and achieve their goals for … Continued

Patio Dining

 Article Julie Meyer  Patio dining is a great way to enjoy the beautiful summer weather we have here in Idaho.  We recommend trying one of these restaurants with great patios next time you are dining out.    Cottonwood Grille

Celebrating Family

When you think of family, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s the people you share your years with: the grandfather who tells you old war stories at the Thanksgiving table, the uncle who brings you souvenirs from his travels or the aunt who can almost perfectly replicate your grandmother’s best pie recipe. Or maybe it’s the people … Continued

Red Cross Honors Residents with Hometown Heroes Awards

The Red Cross of Greater Idaho celebrates humanitarianism with its annual Hometown Heroes Awards by bringing together community leaders, first-responders, emergency and safety personnel, businesses and others to acknowledge those who have saved the lives of others. Winners were honored in categories including water safety, fire safety, military, law enforcement, animal rescue and youth.

Realtor Golf Tournament Raises Money for Nonprofits

Local real estate professionals raised more than $29,000 at the 2018 Give-Back Golf Tournament benefiting the Realtors Community Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of life through housing-related projects and grants. Held at Shadow Valley Golf Course, 151 golfers and 47 sponsors participated. This year’s event raised more than $9,000 more than in 2017.

Mountain West Bank Reopens Downtown Boise Branch

Mountain West Bank celebrated the grand re-opening of its newly remodeled branch at 16th and State streets in Boise at an open house May 18. Boise Chamber of Commerce executives and volunteers were on hand to cut a ceremonial ribbon.

Hot Spots for Summer Fun

 Article Julie Meyer  This month, schedule some family time and create lasting memories. We recommend a variety of activities for you to experience with your loved ones. Some are old, some are new, some are close to home, some require a bit of travel, but whether you have a whole day to spend or only an hour, we hope you get…

July 2018 Around Town

Ada County Paramedics and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Celebrate New Paramedic Station The Ada County Paramedics and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center celebrated the opening of the new state-of-the-art paramedic station. As one of the busiest paramedic stations in the state of Idaho, Saint Alphonsus and Ada County Paramedics jointly built the structure to … Continued

Treasure Valley Middle School Students Introduced to STEM Fields

Vallivue and Sage Valley Middle School students visited the University of Idaho-Boise for a STEM Day full of activities and hands-on experiments to encourage kids to pursue careers related to science, technology, engineering and math. About 140 students participated this year — double the amount from last year's event.

Seymour Johnson Military Affairs Committee Visits MHAFB

Members of the Seymour Johnson Military Affairs Committee visited Mountain Home Air Force Base to give both Mountain Home AFB personnel and Seymour Johnson MAC members the chance to discuss similar issues that both base communities encounter. The members learned better ways of working together to handle these situations.

Summer Fashion

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Ruth Novella  Summer is a great time to mix up your style, try something new and add some fun pieces to your wardrobe. Teina Watts, manager at Walla Walla Clothing Co., shows us how to put together a summer look that meets the needs of younger women as well as more mature ladies. These outfits work for…

The Secret Is Out

 Article Julie Meyer  The rapid growth of the Treasure Valley has been a concern for some residents who fear that the things they love about this area will be lost if our city continues to grow at the current pace. The commercial real estate experts at Cushman & Wakefield Pacific share their insight.  “Resistance may be the largest challenge during this period of…

Idaho’s Best-Kept Secret

 Article and Photography  Property  Real estate opportunities in Tamarack offer something for everyone, from six-bedroom luxury homes to well-laid-out chalets and adorable two-bedroom cottages. Private tours available daily. For more information, visit TamarackRealty.net.

Q&A with Laurel Meyer

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Ruth Novella  Laurel Meyer has found that delicate balance between work that she loves, spending time with family, taking care of our environment and making Idaho a better place to live. When her children were young she made the decision to take a break from the retail world and sold her first shop.  Laurel explains, “As time…

I’m Your Huckleberry

 Photography Kris Westergard  Mark Allen's Huckleberry Cocktail  Difficult to cultivate and found naturally in the wild, huckleberry is the state fruit of Idaho. Bartender Mark Allen shares his berry-inspired cocktail.

Pool Party

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography JJ Jenkins  Backyard pools are trending in our area. Dion Battles from Snake River Oasis says there are a few factors that may be influencing this trend. As more people from California and Arizona move to Idaho, families are accustomed to having a private pool. Homeowners are also investing in recreation at home as opposed to taking big…

Dog Days

Ahhhh, summer. Time for backyard pool parties and family vacations. Time for kids to run after the ice cream truck when the telltale sound of its music turns onto your street to secure the perfect sweet treat to beat the heat. For the loud explosion of fireworks on the Fourth of July, the shriveled fingertips … Continued

Men of Influence

 Article Julie Meyer  Bill Connors, President & CEO, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce  What is the best advice you've received? 

Unique Local Hangouts

 Article Julie Meyer  Often we fall into the trap of doing the same old thing day in, day out. To inject a bit of excitement into your daily grind, check out these three new hangouts for you and your friends.   

Inside the Mind of a Musician

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Richard Meyer  How did you first get involved with music?  My father played bass in a jazz band when he met my mother during one of his shows in Butte, Montana. When I was a kid, he would play his old recordings for me and my siblings, much to our chagrin. I must have inherited…

Keith and Skyler Jones, Father-and-Son Owners of Dickey’s Barbecue

 Article and Photography  Family gatherings where we can barbecue in the backyard.  We absolutely love playing games, bonding and having discussions.

Harris Ranch

 Article Anjanette Sabin | Photography Provided  Back in the early 20th century, Dallas and Alta Harris founded their ranch in east Boise based on their values: stewardship of the land, preservation of wildlife and quality of life. A pioneer at heart, Dallas drafted the Warm Springs Village plan in 1976. His vision was ahead of its time, promising exceptional living…

Maverik Grand Opening at Victory and Cole

The grand opening of the new Maverik on the corner of Victory Road and Cole Road was held on March 22.

Zoo Boise Gorongosa Exhibit Groundbreaking

The city of Boise and Friends of Zoo Boise leaders broke ground on the new Gorongosa National Park Exhibit, which will expand the zoo’s footprint by 1.5 acres. The exhibit will generate $2 million toward efforts in Mozambique to protect wild elephants, lions, zebras and more.

C of I Faculty and Staff Years of Service Appreciation Dinner

The College of Idaho’s longtime faculty and staff members were recognized at its annual Faculty and Staff Years of Service Appreciation Dinner. Those who have served 15 years or more include Kerry Hunter, Jasper LiCalzi, Bev Robinson, James Dull, Allan Laird, Ignacio Martinez, Amy Truksa and Deb Yates. Photography by Adam Eschbach. ​

Dear Gents

While we will celebrate the dads in our lives on Father’s Day, June 17, you don’t have to be a father to find something you’ll enjoy in these pages. In this issue, we’ll introduce you to some influential men in our community. Learn about what makes them unique and how they’re impacting our great city. If … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

Soda Stop Celebrates Grand Opening, Ribbon-Cutting Soda Stop, 6026 Birch Lane in Nampa, has celebrated its formal ribbon-cutting and grand opening event. Soda Stop is a member of the chambers of commerce in Nampa, Boise and Meridian, as well as the Idaho Hispanic Chamber. Soda Stop has operated in soft open mode since February 14. … Continued

Road Warrior

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Ashleigh White  Me & My Bike  2017 Indian Roadmaster

Keep Burning

 Article Julile Meyer | Photography Ashleigh White  Burning calories for hours after your 60-minute workout is the goal at Orangetheory. They call it the afterburn. Coaches guide you through a heart-rate-monitored training designed to maintain a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. What is the best thing about being a coach at Orangetheory? “Teaching classes at Orangetheory allows…

Get Away with Some Girlfriends

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Kara Eaton  A girls trip to McCall is the perfect escape from the pressures of day-to-day life in the city. Try it once, and you may end up making this an annual tradition. Everything is within walking distance, from excellent food and unique, small-town specialty shops to the shores of Lake Cascade. The slower pace and village atmosphere…

Women to Watch

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Kelsey Parfitt  The Executive  Debra Leithauser, Director of Corporate Communications, Idaho Power

A House That Tells Your Story

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography David Fish, BluFishPhoto.com  Designer Alysse Matthews didn’t set out to start a company and become a business owner. Her love for decorating her own home turned into a passion. She began helping friends and enjoyed helping them create a home they loved.   “With the busy, lives we lead, we need a place we can come home to that we…

DIY Mother’s Day Brunch

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Kelsey Parfitt  Mary Anne & Ginger  Ingredients

Barbara & Her Girls

 Article and Photography  Mikelle's Pick: Apple Watch Series 3  Apple.com, $329

2018 Women of the Year Gala

The Idaho Business Review’s Women of the Year awards program recognizes women shaping Idaho’s economic and community well-being through leadership, mentoring and community involvement. The Women of the Year program, which featured keynote speaker Kristin Armstrong, supports workplace diversity and celebrates the accomplishments of exceptional female business leaders.

2018 Western Idaho FabSlam Showcase

The Western Idaho FabSlam Showcase in downtown Boise began when the Digital Harbor Foundation trained, and the STEM Action Center equipped teachers from 19 organizations to assemble and coach teams for a 3-D printing competition. Each team identified a transportation-related problem in their community that can be addressed using 3-D printing, and then developed a … Continued

Here’s to Strong Women

Though May is traditionally a time to celebrate mothers, at Boise Lifestyle, we want to take this opportunity to recognize all the strong ladies in our community. From entrepreneurs and CEOs to chefs, executives, and yes, mothers, these women are changing our community’s landscape and influencing its future. In this month’s feature article, you’ll meet some … Continued

May 2018 Around Town

Don’t Miss the Barber Junction at Harris Ranch 2018 Spring Parade Home Visit the 2018 Parade Home located in Barber Junction at Harris Ranch, East Boise’s premier community. The Viceroy encompasses sleek detailing, creating an inviting, modern home. The expansive windows in the stunning great room bring in an abundance of natural light. Looking for … Continued

Get Outside

 Article and Photography Roger Phillips  Warm, sunny days; sparkling waters reflecting off blue skies; and a chorus of birds at dusk that usher in a cool night—these are all sublime moments waiting for anyone heading into Idaho’s great outdoors for a camping trip.   Idaho is full of campgrounds ranging from Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, state parks, private…

The Best Spring Pie Ever

I absolutely love fresh strawberries when they are in season and my favorite way to enjoy them is when they are covered in chocolate! My mom was always a great cook, as is my sister. But I never did well following recipes because I loved improvising. A few years back, I was about to make a cheesecake and some chocolate-covered…

STEM Matters Day at the Legislature

Hundreds of Idahoans converged on the state Capitol for STEM Matters Day to explore and celebrate innovations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning. The third annual event, organized by the Idaho STEM Action Center, attracted students, educators, elected officials, businesses and STEM advocates from across the state. 

Defense Secretary James Mattis’ Idaho Visit

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis spoke with airmen during a town hall at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho. Mattis' visit included a meeting with base leadership and a town hall where he answered airmen's questions. Photography by Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Mosier. 

April 2018 Around Town

Hawley Troxell has announced attorneys Dane Bolinger, Adam Christenson, Jason Melville and Sarah Reed have been elected as equity partners in the firm.

Bringing Peace Through Produce to the Treasure Valley

It all started with a desire to bring a little piece of European sensibility back home to Boise, so Clay and Josie Erkins did just that when they realized there was a need for unpackaged and local produce in Boise. While living in Germany near a beautiful village where they worked as civilians teaching different recreational activities to the military, the…