28 Days of Local

So here we are: February. We survived the holiday season, we rang in the New Year and now we get to celebrate the shortest month of the year, the month of love and the knowledge that spring is just a hop, skip and a jump away. A lot happens in February. This month, we celebrate historically and culturally significant events…

Junior Achievement’s Inspire To Hire

Junior Achievement's Inspire to Hire is a day that introduces ninth through twelfth grade students to career opportunities. Students interact with business representatives and see displays from hundreds of Idaho companies. The event was held at Boise State University, as well as Idaho State University and the College of Southern Idaho.

February 2017 Around Town

The Idaho Education Association and the Boise Education Association observed National ESP Day by presenting small gifts to Education Support Professionals around the Boise School District, including a special ceremony at Horizon Elementary School. Longtime ESP member Debra Brown was singled out for specific recognition to acknowledge her many contributions to the school and the ESP community.

Clean & Easy Cooking

With the new year here, a popular resolution for many of us tends to be eating healthier. Though this may mean different things to different people, a majority of us want to eat foods with higher nutritional content, without being processed, artificial or fake. If you're not growing your food already, then to the grocery store it is, where more…

Eureka Brings New Tastes to Downtown

General Manager Bryan Forcina — and his new downtown bar and restaurant, Eureka — doesn't take the easy way out. Not on service, and not on ingredients. “When we have a choice to do something the right way or the easy way,” he says, “we do the right way.”

The Science and Artistry of Coffee Roasting

Colin Seeley will tell you that coffee doesn’t have to taste like salted caramel or vanilla beans. In fact, he’ll insist that coffee is best enjoyed in its purest form. Started in June of 2015, Seeley’s company, Ironside Coffee Roasters, set out to bring high-quality coffee to Boise. With a background in food science, he approaches coffee roasting on a…

Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him and Her

Parabo Press: Inspired by small-batch print processes, Parabo Press is the perfect gift for the photo-taking woman in your life. Offering products from square prints, both black and white and color engineer prints, 14-month photo calendars, glass prints and hardcover photo books, there’s truly something for everyone. Parabo.Press

A Pinch of This, a Splash of That

Two tablespoons of this potent wine reduction can be substituted in a recipe, such as a pan sauce, tomato sauce, or roast beef jus, that calls for one-half to three-quarters cup of wine. Add this reduction near the end of the cooking time—the way you might finish a sauce by swirling in some butter. The reduction can be kept for…

Gems in the Gem State

Some people have natural talent in most everything they touch. Others may need to cultivate and develop it, and still there are those who have raw talent but have no idea they do. Sisters Dee Dee Emery and Holly Curry claim they were never crafty types, even though Curry to date has been knitting for over 30 years now. In…

Travel Edit

travel at top- Steps of Style blogger, Amy Dreyer, brings a few local favorites along with her as she hits the streets of New York CIty.

House of Flowers

Ron Rankin, owner and florist at House of Flowers, has seen lots of changes in the 46 years he’s been working with flowers, but one thing remains consistent – people rarely stray from the classic dozen red roses when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Perhaps the more adventurous types will consider pink or yellow roses, but the red rose persists…

A Community Resolution

The beginning of any year brings a lot of new things. A new start, a new outlook and, of course, a New Year's resolution...or several. 
Some of the most common resolutions include resolving to eat healthier, to get to the gym more and, overall, a goal for better physical fitness.

January 2017 Around Town

The city of Boise has celebrated the grand opening of Idaho’s first commercial zero net energy building. The super-efficient and innovative building offsets the small amount of energy used by generating renewable energy, resulting in a net energy use of zero, and saving the city nearly $24,000 in annual energy costs.

Good Times

Junior Achievement of Idaho honored community members at its annual Spirit of Achievement Awards. The Silver Awards were presented to AT&T, US Bank and Washington Federal. Bronze Awards were presented to Intermountain Gas, Pioneer Federal Credit Union, Idaho Power, Icon Credit Union, St. Luke's, Todd Christensen and DeanCristomo.

Idaho’s Upscale Version of ‘Cheers’

For many pioneers, a better life meant leaving for parts unknown. Through rugged terrain, hostile weather conditions, and strangers, such a trek was not for the faint of heart. Fast-forward to 1999. Former hard-cider entrepreneur Kevin Settles embarked along the settler's route, taken many moons before. Though it took changing some laws, 15 years ago Bardenay in Boise, Idaho became…

The Benefits of Honey

Honey is great for your skin! Did you know that raw organic honey is great for your skin too? Honey has natural antibacterial properties, so it is an effective acne treatment option, and it is loaded with antioxidants and enzymes, so it helps boost your skin’s immunity and fights free radicals to help slow down aging.

Getting Healthy

My sole purpose for the last 18 years has been to help people lead a healthier life and my daily endeavors contribute towards this mission. How you achieve healthy living is down to your preferences and goals. All I can do is deliver the information you need to help you choose your own direction. How do I define healthy living?

The Volvo S90

There’s a reason Uber has chosen Volvo for their plans of having driverless pickup vehicles; Volvo is already honing in on that level of technology. Although Tesla has already disrupted the auto industry with its fully electric, self-driving cars, Volvo is a quiet contender in the luxury vehicle sector. Their S90 may be a more affordable option to Tesla’s Model…

True Veggie Tales

You might have grown up hearing "Eat your broccoli! I see where you hid those peas! Finish those peaches!" Sound familiar? For many, it felt like our mothers might be punishing us at dinner, with a heaping spoonful of stinky brussel sprouts or some other potentially creamed, unrecognizable vegetable. Perhaps you thought fruit only came inside a green Jell-o mold.…

Over the Hill…In Style.

At the printing of this article, our Boise writer L. M. Florenzen actually made it through her 2nd Spartan Sprint this time in the Top 10 for her age group. If you know anything about fitness, you’ve probably done some cross training. This is synonymous with Reebok. If you have heard of Reebok, then you know they sponsor the annual…

Happy Holidays

"Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling too. Come on, it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you." If you couldn't tell, we're snuggled up by the fire, drinking some peppermint hot chocolate and dreaming of sugar plums—reading this month's issue of Boise Lifestyle, of course. Thanks for joining us!

Idaho Sheep on the Move

The streets were quiet and coming slowly alive in the early morning hours in Ketchum, Idaho, as you could see shop owners sweeping in front of their businesses and city custodians taping off orange cones on the main street. Everything was getting ready for what would be a bustle of activity on this final day of the Trailing of the…

Homemade Holidays

A gratitude jar is a timeless keepsake that you can make year-round for anyone, or for any occasion, for little to no cost—ensuring you'll get points for creativity and thoughtfulness. Using a repurposed food or canning jar with a lid is preferable, but a small, plain or decorated cardboard, wood or tin box will also work. Use scraps of paper…

Five Ways to Protect Your Family

There is no love like that of a parent for their child. As parents, we will give anything to keep our children safe and protected. We build homes in the right neighborhoods, buy phones so we’re always in touch, get GPS watches for our little ones and regularly monitor their social network. There is an innate responsibility we feel to…

FarWest’s Harvest Festival

FarWest's Harvest Festival in October featured hayrides, a scavenger hunt, games, pumpkin painting, craft booths and a guess-the-weight-of-the-great-pumpkin contest. This year's festival entry fee served as a donation to the Ada County Boys & Girls Club that serves kids around the Treasure Valley.

December 2016 Around Town

Deborah Page, a back office staff member at Audigy Certified Treasure Valley Hearing and Balance, has received Audigy Group’s “Outstanding First Impression-Individual“ Award for exceptional service to patients—for the third consecutive year.

December 2016 Parting Thoughts

Muffled voices from the living room trickled into my childhood bedroom. I was 5 years old. Groggy and hair askew, I sauntered out in my Little Mermaid pajamas into a scene of bustle and clamor. The house was packed with people: my aunt, uncle and cousin. Both of my parents. Members of my aunt's extended family visiting from out of…

Prestige Diamonds and Jewelry

After being involved in the jewelry business on a smaller scale for many years, Jeff and Stacy Beem embarked on a new adventure. The pair knew it was the right time to build the jewelry store of their dreams: Prestige Diamonds and Jewelry, located in Meridian.

North End Modern Update

Before Mark Clark and his building team began working on this Boise North End home, it had a small kitchen, a dilapidated garage and traditional styling that paid heed to early 1900s architecture but didn’t fit the style and needs of the homeowner. Though much of the original home was preserved, this home has been artistically updated to function for…

Ride On!

The City of Trees, known as Boise, is a bike-friendly environment with access to the Boise Green Belt that intertwines near the river, colleges and parks. Out of such an environment has arisen the Boise Bicycle Project. This organization is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community cooperative group that works to make sure everyone has access to a bike, regardless of income…

Thankful.

The penultimate month of the year is always a special one—one in which we're reminded of the wealth of gratitude we have for the people in our lives and for the Boise community.

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

One of the most anticipated Treasure Valley events of the year, the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic, draws hundreds of people each day to Ann Morrison Park. With 25-30 hot air balloons each day, the Classic celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016.

November 2016 Around Town

The Idaho Botanical Garden announced the hiring of Erin Guerricabeitia as its new executive director. Guerricabeitia is responsible for overseeing the garden’s daily operations, member services, programming, events and horticultural efforts. She will be charged with cultivating new sources of financial support for the garden, acting as a liaison between board and staff, and implementing the strategic and master plans…

A Slice of Hospitality

Jim Temple is a retired World War II Navy veteran who just celebrated his 90th birthday at Overland Court Senior Living and Memory Care in Boise.

Telaya Winery

Before Earle Sullivan, along with his wife Carrie, committed his life to the art of winemaking, he was traveling 280 days out of the year as the COO of a pharmaceuticals company. He wanted to spend time with his two boys, while still engaging in an intellectually stimulating career. Everything he’s done since then has been purposeful in innovating the…

Trailhead Offers New Hub for Boise Entrepreneurs

A group of entrepreneurs—Jason Crawforth, Karen Meyer, Faisal Shah and John Hale—had all started businesses in Boise or been involved with them in some way. But they soon realized there wasn't a local resource that focused on helping people start and scale businesses.

Local Beer Lovers at Home at PreFunk

PreFunk Beer Bar in Boise started in 2013 with 10 bar stools and 20 tap handles. Owner and founder Justin Flynn said his original aim was to provide a space for residents to fill up growlers of local and regional craft beer to enjoy at home. In fact, Justin says the bar was the first growler fill station in all…

What Have You (Technology) Done For Me Lately?

Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Houzz, Snapfish, email, texting, web browsing, Linked In, computer glitches, updates and viruses. Hey, technology! You are supposed to make my life easier. Come on, help me out here.

The Friendliest Place on Earth

I had just moved to Boise. I didn’t know my way around yet… Where should I do my grocery shopping? Where’s the nearest post office? What church should I attend? Time to get started, I drove to the local Winco ready to conduct my first “audition." Perhaps this would be my new grocery store.

WineFest

WineFest is the primary fundraiser for the Basque Museum's exhibits, educational programs, Ikastola (preschool), and other efforts. The 19th annual celebration gathered 800 people, with 15 wine distributors, 121 wines, auctions, pintxos (Basque tapas), and dancing. The celebration is usually the third Friday of August on the Basque Block. Photography Larry Ridenhour, Eneko Tuduri and Basque Museum & Cultural Center

Hello Boise!

I'll say it again—Hello Boise! And welcome to October. When you think of this particular month, what comes to mind? Perhaps it's the spookiness of Halloween and the idea of Boise's little rugrats dressed up this year's popular icons knocking on your doors for a sweet treat.

Idaho Botanical Garden

On August 20, the Idaho Botanical Garden hosted a fun Bug Day for celebrating and teaching kids about bugs. The garden offered ladybug releases, bug races, Insect Olympics, edible insects, and a bug safari. At the end of the day, participants earned a Certificate in Bugology as new bug experts.

October 2016 Around Town

The annual Albertsons Boise Open is bigger than ever. With new designation as one of four Web.com Tour Finals Event, it will host its strongest field of golfers to date. The Top 75 Web.com Tour players from the regular season will play against 75 PGA Tour players for 2016-2017 PGA Tour cards. Offering a $1 million purse, which is the…

YMCA’s Master Track Program

Writer and activist Betty Friedan once said, “Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” Those of us who have sauntered, crashed or headed clawing and screaming into middle age have come to realize new adventures and transformations await us so we had better get busy living.

Cinder Winery

Though it may seem like breweries are popping up almost every other week along Chinden, wineries are quietly taking center stage as visitors discover that Walla Walla and the Willamette Valley might have some competition. Cinder Winery is tucked neatly into, what some might call the “wine and beer district” of Garden City, just a stone’s throw from the Split…

Catch the Spirit of Ste. Chapelle

Looking for a getaway, or perhaps planning a wedding? Look no further than enriching you and friends with a visit to Ste. Chapelle. You will find this enchanting Idaho getaway tucked away in one of Idaho’s beautiful wine growing regions: the Snake River Basin area.

Cool as a Cumcumber

Slice cucumbers into wedges. Bring water and vinegar to boil; mix in sugar and salt. Stir until dissolved. Turn off heat and let cool. Meanwhile, prep the garlic. Peel the garlic cloves and then give them a smash.

Steps of Style | Travel Edit

1. Travel Edit - Steps of Style blogger, Amy Dreyer, shares her packing list for a trip to the "CIty of Love" - Paris

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

It’s about that time I find myself asking, “How is it September already?” Sure, we all asked it when Easter rolled around, and again when Independence Day came and went, but there's something about the end of the summer season that makes us feel like there's still so much we need to cram into the last few months of the…

Foothills Med Spa One Year Anniversary

Foothills Med Spa just celebrated their one year anniversary with an open house! Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres by Three Girls Catering, Cinder Wines and sweets from Nothing Bundt Cakes. They are looking forward to another great year helping Boise look beautiful!