Inspired by Success

 What defining moments set you on your career path?  My faith journey began at a young age, which gives me tremendous inspiration, guidance and strength in the work I do today. As a successful entrepreneur, my grandfather taught me the value of self-reliance, hard work and risk-taking, which to this day provides a solid foundation for all that I am involved with. My…

Where Your Recycling Goes

After finishing a candy bar (and sucking every last bit of chocolate off the plastic), you might move to throw the wrapper in the trash. That wrapper will head from your trashcan to the landfill. And there it will stay, for years upon decades upon centuries. However, if you live in Boise, Meridian, Eagle or Garden City, a different destination awaits…

April 2019 Around Town

Suzanne Bergmann Joins Ralston Group Properties Ralston Group Properties, an independent, locally owned and Boise-based residential and commercial real estate brokerage, has announced Suzanne Bergmann has joined the firm. Raised in Connecticut and receiving her bachelor’s degree from Sweet Briar College in Virginia, Suzanne’s early career in real estate included all transactional elements of residential property … Continued

St. Luke’s Provides More than $650,000 in Community Grants

More than 90 local nonprofit organizations across the Treasure Valley and McCall received in February Community Health Improvement Fund grants from St. Luke’s Health System totaling more than $650,000. The grants will support health-related programs and events, including healthy activities for youth, suicide prevention services and transportation to medical care.  

Spring in Boise

As mild as our winter was, I’m still excited for spring in Boise. While fall is still my favorite season here in Idaho, spring sure does rank high on my list. Everything around us is fresh and in the process of renewal. I doubt there are many places as beautiful as Boise in the spring. … Continued

Students Cheer on Idaho Sled Dog Challenge Participants

Sixteen teams from the United States and Canada took part in the 300-mile sled dog race in Adams and Valley counties in Idaho in late January. Students from local high schools attended the race to cheer on mushers and dogs alike. Photography provided by Jeff Riechmann

A Bird’s-Eye View

"World" Center? The first time I heard the cluster of buildings on the hill mentioned, honestly, I laughed. “The World Center for Birds of Prey” seemed lofty for our valley, 330-ish miles from any major metropolis. How little I understood the accuracy of the moniker and the scope of my error! With a sky-high mission and projects that circle the globe, the humble buildings…

State & Lemp

The rustic, unassuming charm that is the newly reopened farm-to-table restaurant Epek may seem a bit familiar.

Hunting for Treasure in Treasure Valley Ponds

Technically, I’m talking about fishing, not hunting, but treasure fishing doesn’t make much sense, so bear with me. I might be stretching the metaphor a little, but I’m not stretching when I say Treasure Valley ponds are a treasure chest for anglers. This gem of intel comes from a hardcore angler, and while you may know our jaded reputation for…

Inspired by Success

 What defining moments set you on your career path?  I quit college after two years. I realized one day that I did not want to be a teacher in our school system. I soon joined corporate America with a national lender.  I quickly worked my way up to a management position before starting my own lending company.

Heather Echevarria: Innovating Boise Since 2004

One of the first things you’ll notice about Boisean Heather Echevarria’s building and design portfolio is the diversity of her projects. Via her company, Innovative Custom Homes, her discriminating tastes come alive on major remodels, complete tear-downs, reimagined spaces and cutting-edge new construction. Boise is the ideal city, a virtual playground, for creating spaces called “home.” From the North End to…

Health and Wellness Come Home:

People are increasingly mindful of their bodies. Never before has such awareness of health and wellness permeated our lives as it does today. Finding organic non-GMO produce, cleaning products free of harmful dyes and phthalates, and of course, sustainable, farm-to-table dining has never been so simple or so sought-after. Mickey and Laurie Reynolds of Heart in Home Realty didn't set…

American Comfort

While the Homestead Bar & Grill may have all the trappings of a sports bar—TVs, ample beer selection, Buffalo wings, strip mall location—don’t call it that.

Home Style

To showcase some amazing Boise homes, we turned to April Florczyk and her team of real estate experts. These three unique homes are great examples of artistic design elements and distinctive style. With more than 17 years of experience in our local real estate market, April has honed her skills matching prospective homeowners with a home that perfectly fits their style. 

March 2019 Around Town

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Names Jennifer Misajet Vice President of Operations Saint Alphonsus Health System has named Jennifer Misajet the vice president of operations for Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. In her role, Jennifer will provide administrative and operational oversight for the medical center. She will have primary responsibility for ancillary services … Continued

Welcome Home

If you spend any time at all on the roads here in the Treasure Valley, you are well aware of the population boom. With an increase in people moving to our great state, our local housing market is strong, and the roads are getting packed. Obviously, our local community is getting noticed. With our annual Home … Continued

Entrepreneurs’ Organization Queens in the Castle

Author Elaine Ambrose was joined by 35 attendees for Entrepreneurs' Organization Idaho's Queens in the Castle December event. EO is a global network of 13,000-plus leading entrepreneurs. EO Idaho is looking to add members, especially women, who are ready to take their business to the next level and help make the local chapter even stronger. … Continued

Welcome Guests

Some are born with the gifts and talents of a natural hostess. Even if thoughtfulness and effortless charm are not your strengths, anyone can make guests feel relaxed and pampered by putting together a delightful welcome basket. 

Current Servicemen Deliver Christmas Gifts to Boise’s Veterans Home

Operation “Camouflage Christmas” brings revelry and merrymaking to the Idaho State Veterans Home each and every year. Members of the Idaho Air Guard, Idaho Army Guard, plus Navy and Marine Reserve units from Gowen Field delivered "wish list" gifts to residents at the home. Nearly 500 gifts were placed around the Christmas tree in the home's … Continued

Explore Hells Canyon When It Blooms in the Spring

Idaho doesn’t have a banana belt, it has a bunch of them, and the top banana is Hells Canyon. It’s North America’s deepest gorge, and the combination of low and high elevations makes a fascinating environment that attracts people year-round, but spring is a prime time for exploring it.

Art for All

1. Vox Poplar, Library! at Bown Crossing, 2153 E. Riverwalk Drive

What Are You Working on with Hammer & Stain

Hammer & Stain owner Jennifer Braaskma tells us about her business hosting public workshops that teach you how to use paint and stain to transform your unfinished wood project into a custom-designed piece of art.

A Date with the Arts

 So Much Fun!  -  Rent bikes downtown (weather permitting). $5/hr, Boise.GreenBike.com. Ride to Boise Art Glass (1124 W. Front St.) for a one-hour glass blowing class, schedule online, $80/2 people, check Groupon. Finished? Ride, walk or drive to Fork (199 N. Eighth St.) for dinner.

Andrus Center for Public Policy’s Women and Leadership Conference

The Andrus Center for Public Policy welcomed a sold-out crowd of 920 women and men to its sixth annual Women and Leadership Conference. The conference highlights women leaders across a variety of backgrounds to emphasize the importance of gender balance within America's leadership ranks and encourages both women and men to foster growth in themselves and … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

Boise Native Gives Ship Tour During Fleet Week Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Thomas Oloughlin, from Boise, talked to students on a ship tour aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry during San Diego Fleet Week 2018. SDFW is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams … Continued

Curating Creativity 

February—it’s the shortest month of the year, but there’s definitely no shortage of exciting things happening here in Boise.  When thinking of ideas for our Arts + Makers issue, we were inspired by the talented local creatives who beautify our community with their work. Whether it’s local theater performances, the Boise arts scene or handmade … Continued

Inspired by Success

When did you know you were going to have a career in art?

Confessions of an Art Addict

I admit it. I have an addiction. I'm addicted to great art in all genres and from all cultures.

BSU Broncos Skate with Special Needs Children

The Boise State Broncos hockey club took 15 people with special needs ice skating at the Manchester Ice and Events Centre in McCall. For some, it was their first time on the ice. Special equipment provided by Courageous Kids Climbing was available for those who faced physical challenges.

No Sled? No Problem!

Dashing through the snow on a one-horse open sleigh might make a great Christmas carol, but dashing through the snow on a snowmobile is a whole lot more fun. Snowmobiles are amazing pieces of machinery that make snowy places like McCall a vast playground and a great winter getaway.

Lindsay Grantham

 What defining moments set you on your career path?  I enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom for 14 years. However, I always found such joy and fulfillment when I was at the gym, and the fitness environment stretched me, pushed me, challenged me and gave me purpose. I joined Orangetheory Fitness as a Founding Member in January 2016 and instantly knew it…

Drink to Your Health

The juice and smoothie bar at the Boise Co-op uses only the best organic produce (local when in season). Drinks are made to order so you’ll enjoy the ultimate flavor and nutritional value.  When you peruse the menu, you’ll find something for everyone, even the most vegetable-averse picky eaters! Options include smoothies that are thick and often dessert-like. And the juices?…

Bring on New Year

January marks the beginning of not only a new calendar year but also the opportunity for setting personal goals. Perhaps you’ve resolved to exercise more regularly, take up a new hobby or volunteer at the local animal shelter. Whatever your goals may be, we hope the people, places, recipes and tips in this issue will … Continued

This Is How You Vegan

To me, health doesn’t only encompass our dietary or physical habits. It is also defined by the dynamic of our relationships, how we cope with stress or trauma, our thought processes and the way in which we treat the world around us.

January 2019 Around Town

Ice Ribbon at Indian Creek Plaza Open to the Public Residents in Boise can now make a quick trip to Downtown Caldwell to experience the Ice Ribbon at Indian Creek Plaza. The semi-permanent outdoor ice-skating attraction is the first in Idaho and seventh in the United States. Indian Creek Plaza’s ribbon is one-tenth of a mile … Continued

The Idaho Orkin Man

Regular pest services are an integral part of a clean and healthy environment. Insects and rodents perpetrate many illnesses and diseases. It’s through pest control that we limit the spread of things like West Nile Virus, foodborne illnesses, Zika virus, plague, hantavirus and others. Controlling ants, mosquitos, cockroaches, mice, bedbugs and other common pests is critical to a healthy lifestyle.

How to Find Your Winter Groove

I grew up on the Oregon Coast where 50 shades of gray described winter, not a tawdry novel. The weather ranged from overcast to misty to monsoon rains and gale-force winds, and if you loved the outdoors, it was a mental test of endurance. 

Gov. Butch Otter Auditorium Dedication

Gov. Butch Otter cuts the ribbon on his namesake auditorium at Idaho's new College of Osteopathic Medicine. ICOM President Dr. Tracy Farnsworth, Dean Dr. Robert Hasty, Student Doctor Jacob Boyd, Professor Dr. Dennis Rau and Professor Dr. Rodney Bates joined the governor and first lady Lori Otter for the ceremony.

New Year, New Success!

The new year fills us with energy to rise to new challenges. We feel inspired to achieve new goals. We resolve to be better. But a few weeks go by, and slowly we drift from our targets. Here are some tried-and-true tips for staying on track with New Year’s resolutions once and for all.

Live for Today, Prepare for Tomorrow

When and how did you discover you were serious about cycling? 

Inspired by Success

 What defining moments set you on your career path?  After being in the high-tech industry for several years with a part-time janitorial business on the side, the demand for care services from our senior clients emerged to a point that couldn’t be ignored. From there, we allowed the business to change and become who we are today.  What motivates you?

Wish List

 In the Kitchen with Jackie Kiralla  Why do you enjoy cooking?  Cooking is a combination of science and creativity—what could be more fun? I love both experimenting with new recipes and making tried-and-true family favorites. I also like collecting kitchen gadgets and appliances and putting them to use, sometimes with good results and sometimes not so much. Cooking and sharing…

Worthy Reads

Our worthy reads this month are classics. Published before 1923, all these books are public domain and available to download free online or readily available at the public library.

Staying In or Going Out: Sweet Treats for the Holidays

 Blue Ribbon Café & Bakery   515 S. Washington Ave., Emmett  Angelique (Angie) Rose Dauenhauer has been head dessert baker at the Blue Ribbon Bakery & Cafe in Emmett Idaho for the past six years. Angie discovered this recipe for pumpkin whoopie pies four years ago in an old baking book, and they were an instant hit. Big, fat, cake-like cookies are sandwiched with a…

For Auld Lang Syne

As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. And time sure has flown by this year as we can’t believe we’ve put together the final issue of Boise Lifestyle in 2018! It seems like just yesterday we were sitting down to write our January letter—talking about new beginnings—and yet, here we are, almost … Continued

Robert Comstock Store Raises Money for Birds of Prey Fund

Boise's Robert Comstock Store hosted the Peregrine Fund and the World Center for Birds of Prey on Aug. 25 and Sept. 15. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from those events was donated to fight conservation problems faced by birds of prey around the world. Visitors fell in love with Oliver, a milky eagle owl; and Bob, a kestrel.  

December 2018 Around Town

Boise’s Tyler Aragon Named Best Steak Master in the Region Tyler Aragon was recently named regional champion of LongHorn Steakhouse’s Steak Master Series, a grilling competition. He is one of 57 team members to achieve this distinction from around the country. Tyler is a Grill Master at LongHorn Steakhouse at 7997 Franklin Road in Boise. LongHornSteakhouse.com … Continued

Sparkling Wine Spectacular Gala Benefiting Life’s Kitchen

The annual gala was held on Oct. 12 at the JUMP Center. A delicious tapas buffet was prepared and served by staff and students from Life's Kitchen. Aurora Fisher was selected as the Davis Butler Student of the Year. The award was created in 2011 in memory of Davis, a former program graduate who was loved by … Continued

Four Winter Activities that Won’t Break the Bank

We’re in the middle of the holiday season, and many of us are hosting with a revolving door of family, extended family and other guests. Nothing against Idaho’s favorite winter activities, such as skiing and snowmobiling, but it can be tough to get a bunch of folks outfitted and into those sports if they don’t have the gear and the…

Winter Wonderland

McCall is an ideal destination for a fun winter vacation. With a wide variety of activities, breathtaking scenery and up to 300 inches of snow per year, McCall is the perfect place to enjoy snow sports and adventures. You may be familiar with the Winter Carnival, Brundage Mountain and Shore Lodge, but there is always something exciting and new to try.