Go ‘Glamping’ this Summer, Idaho Style

Some people might ask if you’re really camping when you’re sitting on a deck with a cool drink in your hand and staring at sparkling blue waters while a gentle breeze wafts across you on a long summer day.

Inspired by Success

 What started your career path?  One of our four kids was adopted from the foster care system 11 years ago. She had significant needs that forced our family to navigate a flawed mental and behavioral health system that kept us in a cycle of crisis. Due to significant needs and family crisis, we placed her in a residential care facility three…

Young at Heart

Technically, July is the hottest month of the year here in the Treasure Valley (glad it’s over). August averages only 1 degree lower, but it sure feels more intense to me. While the best weather is on its way, and it has been a while since I have gone “back to school,” I still get that … Continued

Paw Patrol

Most of us have a special place in our hearts for our pets, and they easily become members of our families. The same can be said of the working dogs in our communities. They quickly establish a place in the hearts of those they interact with during their jobs. Arco and Marymae are two such dogs—fantastic in their individual fields,…

August 2019 Around Town

Zee Christopher Awarded Small Business of the Year The Boise Metro Chamber awarded Zee Christopher the title of Small Business of the Year for 2019. Christopher Zahn (Chef Zee) says in a release that, “so many people over the past six years have helped make all of Zee Christopher the success it is today! Cheers to … Continued

A Village of Playhouses

The Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity got a boost from A Village of Playhouses in May. The raffle event featured playhouse kits put together and decorated by local businesses. Styles ranged from whimsical to traditional—and who can resist a castle drawbridge?

Idaho Gives

The Idaho Gives event raised nearly $2 million in its 24-hour span May 2. More than 12,000 donors chipped in small and large amounts to benefit 589 different nonprofits throughout Idaho. Many nonprofits celebrated at events around the state by showing their missions and skills.

Alive After Five Gets Boise Crowds Moving

Boise's Alive After Five kicked off with crowds taking advantage of the sunshine, fountain and live music. The event, which started up its yearly season in June, continues through each Wednesday in August.

Cosplayers and Fans Converge on Anime Oasis

Anime Oasis marked its 18th year with four days of panels, contests, costumes, hologram concerts, merchandise and more. The annual convention gives fans the chance to show their appreciation for Japanese animation and other fandoms.

Room to Grow

Creating spaces at home where your kids will want to spend time and bring their friends is a key factor in the design process for Jade Enzler designer for Maddyn Homes.

What I Brought Back

This year, my family and I went to Puerto Rico. This was our first trip to the Caribbean, so we were excited about seeing the island. I had to go on three planes to get there, so it seemed like it was really far away. Luckily, my mom brought lots of snacks, some coloring and movies to watch on the…

It’s All About Shapes, Forms and Colors

I wouldn’t say that there was a singular moment when I suddenly realized that I was an artist. I’ve had a few moments where I noticed my perspective changed dramatically because of art.

Build Your Bro Network

In the TV show Psych, Shawn and Gus work together to solve crimes. Their friendship is memorable; they have inside jokes, tease and laugh together, disagree and help each other out. While you may not need someone to help you solve crimes, having friends to hang out with, laugh together and encourage each other is important for men. Here are a few…

Summer in Boise

Summertime is a magical season. The kids are out of school, the sunshine seems never-ending and there’s no shortage of adventures that await. For many, summer evokes fond memories of childhood—sleepaway camp, family vacations and swimming until your fingers shriveled like prunes. We also celebrate our nation’s independence, host parties for our friends and family … Continued

Inspired by Success

 What set you on your career path with the BSA?  As a kid, I only made it to the Tenderfoot Scout rank—second of seven ranks. I truly loved scouting, but my troop did not have consistent leadership. I made a commitment long ago that if I ever served as an adult volunteer, I would be the kind of leader I wished for…

A Summer Classic

  —2 cups granulated sugar  —Zest of three lemons  —10 cups water, divided

July 2019 Around Town

Mike Krage Joins Idaho Potato Commission Produce veteran Mike Krage recently joined the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) as the new Retail Promotion Director for the Northeast and Midwest. Krage, based in Champaign, Illinois, will utilize category management, promotions and other marketing support tools to assist category managers and buyers in the Northeast and Midwest in … Continued

Women’s Day at The NEST

The NEST hosted an afternoon of celebration May 9. The event leaders served lunch with an iced tea and champagne bar and presented classes on flower arranging. They donated proceeds to the BCRF for breast cancer research.

Life Lessons

With years of experience in their fields and a passion for what they do, these Boise businessmen share some of the lessons they have learned along the way. They have overcome obstacles, challenged themselves and had some fun along the way. Each has found success doing what they love.  

Sliding into Summer at Idaho Ski Resorts

The clear, cool air, seemingly endless views and lush green slopes make ski areas as attractive in the summer as they are when swathed in snow and skiers carve gentle arcs across the mountain.

Driving the Dream

 2015 Dodge Challenger  Even before I was old enough to drive, I’ve always loved pony cars: Pontiac Firebirds, Ford Mustangs and Plymouth Barracudas, to name a few.  In 2009, Dodge released its third-generation Challenger based on the 1970 design, and I found my new dream car. In 2015, the Challenger experienced a new facelift which incorporated a circa 1971-style grill/split tail lights, and I…

Golfing for Charity

A day out at Warm Springs Golf Course served a dual purpose on March 30. The Golf “Fore” Vets tournament featured bogeys, birdies, the occasional bad slice and 68 golfers raising money for the Wishes for Warriors Corp.

Dude Food and Beer

In the spirit of the saying "real men don’t eat quiche," the question begs to be asked: What do dudes eat?   

For the Guys

Last month, we brought you our Ladies issue—it is ladies first, after all—and this month, we present our “Gents” issue, celebrating all things masculine. While our readership consists of 64 percent female readers, June is dedicated to the other 36 percent, the gentlemen of the Treasure Valley. With six sons, our family has our fair share … Continued

June 2019 Around Town

Boise Kind Aims to Make a Kind and Welcoming City Boise Mayor David Bieter launched the Boise Kind initiative at the Treefort Music Fest in March. The community-wide collaboration is aimed “to protect and promote the core values that make Boise a kind and welcoming city.” Part of the initiative includes the Kindness Count, which encourages … Continued

Treefort Music Fest Rocks Boise

Forts of every kind sprung up for the five-day Treefort Music Fest in March. Attendees could take their pick of forts, with options including Treefort, Storyfort, Alefort, Comedyfort, Hackfort, Kidfort, Filmfort, Foodfort and Yogafort. Photography by Matthew Wordell

Boise Flower & Garden Show Blooms at Boise Centre

The Boise Flower & Garden Show played host to a wide variety of flowers, trees and garden implements. The event also featured a flower show presented by the Southwest District Garden Clubs of Idaho, Inc. and the Treasure Valley Flower Show Judges' Council and a bonsai display from the Boise Bonsai Society. Photography by Jordan Gray

Silvies Valley Ranch

Just a short drive from Boise via Highway 20, adventure awaits at The Retreat, Links & Spa at Silvies Valley Ranch.

Survive and Thrive on a Mountain Campout

I won’t lie; I’m not a fan of Treasure Valley summers. It’s too hot for my temperate body and mild-mannered soul. I love the long days of summer, but I make a beeline to the mountains and crank up Mother Nature’s air conditioner—a fresh mountain breeze.

Broadway Comes to Boise

Boise is blessed to have access to a variety of cultural events, music and dramatic presentations. Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts is Idaho's premier performing arts center bringing world-class live performances to our community. 

Get Ready to Shred!

It's hard to find a watercraft that can top the thrill of a modern wakeboarding boat. If you want to wakesurf 8-13 mph and go for your first 360-spin or even kick up the speed to 18-23 mph and master your inverts, you’re going to need a wake boat.

Inspired by Success

 What set you on your career path?  I worked as a commercial fisherman and served in the military before deciding to attend college. I knew if I was going to spend the time, money and energy required to get a degree, I wanted a rewarding career. Journalism was a good choice because it's challenging, interesting and lets me make a…

Literally Priceless

 “Your son has a brain tumor.”  These are words a parent never wants to hear. It is difficult to imagine the impact such news would have on your life. The tumor would become the center of your universe, all life orbiting around it. The fears, tears, endless questions and doctor appointments; the medical bills beyond anything you know how to…

Inspired by Success

 What defining moments set you on your career path?  Susan: Wanting to create jobs for women inspired me.   Roshan: Choosing a career where I could be creative and use my leadership skills to help my family and community. 

Lessons in Life

 Lori Otter  Real Estate Professional, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services SilverHawk Realty  Life Lesson: Set Boundaries

May 2019 Around Town

Rosendahl Foot & Shoe Center Earns ABC Accreditation The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. recently awarded Rosendahl Foot & Shoe Center with a three-year accreditation award in foot orthotics, foot prosthetics and diabetic footwear needs. The honor recognizes Rosendahl for achievements in organizational management, patient care standards, quality assurance, supplier compliance and … Continued

Wicked Comes to Boise

The Broadway blockbuster Wicked returned to the Morrison Center in March.

Celebrating Women

With Mother’s Day on May 12 this month, our hearts and thoughts focus on the mothers in our lives and all the wonderful women in our community.  In this issue, we not only celebrate mothers, but we also highlight some wonderful women CEOs and directors in our community who really make a difference in our … Continued

Boise Spring Home Show Brings New Ideas

March's Boise Spring Home Show at Expo Idaho featured a wide variety of gadgets, innovations and ideas.

The Sweet Sounds of St. Patrick’s Day

Across the Treasure Valley, those enjoying St. Patrick's Day were treated to drums, bagpipes and dancing by four squads of Boise Highlanders. This group performed at The Hideaway Bar & Grill in Meridian.

Timeless Beauty

With just a few products and a few minutes, these quick makeup routines add a little something extra when you don’t have time to spare Makeup brush 101 Your guide to must-have makeup brushes   01 | ANGLED CONTOUR Use this to apply blush, bronzer or highlighter. The angled cut flawlessly defines and highlights your features. … Continued

Step into the Boise Foothills

Decades ago the foothills included a dumping ground and a military firing range. There was also a network of “self-created” trails commonly used by motorcycle riders, horseback riders, livestock, hunters and others.

Getting Your Dream Kitchen

If you ask someone which room in their house they would love to makeover, it would most likely be the kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of every home. It’s where meals are made and eaten, family and friends gather, laughter flows freely and memories are made. It’s easy to see why someone would want to make it as inviting, comfortable and…

Women’s Health:

When it comes to women’s health and wellness, certain issues often come to the forefront. Cari Powers, owner of Kaiafit gym in Boise, shares issues women face when it comes to a healthy lifestyle and offers tips to help.

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