New Boise Farmers Market set to open April 6 on 11th Street
The new market was created by vendors who split from the Capital City Public Market, a 20-year-old farmers market on 8th Street in Downtown Boise.
The Boise Farmers Market will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays on the north side of the Republic parking lot on 11th Street between Front and Grove streets.
It will feature produce grown within 200 miles of Boise and local specialty foods. All vendors must sell at least one product with a local ingredient, such as Cucina di Paolo lasagna made with local spinach.
The market will open with about 25 vendors. Parking will be available adjacent to it.
Meridian is helping to catapult the Valley out of economic lows
The fast-growing city is on its way back. It now boasts new road projects, a population on pace to overtake Nampa's, and the state's largest retail development - CenterCal's $300 million The Village at Meridian.
The city issued more than 1,000 residential construction permits in 2012, a first since 2006. It also issued half of all commercial permits in Ada and Canyon counties. Meridian issued about three times as many commercial permits as Boise did.
Meridian built its recovery in part on its abundance of undeveloped land, compared with Boise's urban core.
Retail roundup: Home Depot hires and new restaurants
Here are developments in the Treasure Valley's retail sector:
Æ Lucky Fins Seafood Grill is moving to the former Brick Oven Bistro space next to the Grove Plaza in Downtown Boise.
The restaurant will have an indoor/outdoor bar with a roll-up door. It will serve seafood and other fare from fish and chips to sushi and martinis. The owners hope to open by June.
Æ Idaho Pizza Co. has reopened at Glenwood and State streets after changing ownership and closing Dec. 31 for a remodel.
Æ MickeyRay's Roadhouse Barbecue is now open on Milwaukee Street near Boise Towne Square at the former Macaroni Grill space. Owner Mickey Shields closed the Southeast Boise location.
Æ Home Depot says it will hire more than 200 seasonal workers for its Boise-area stores. The jobs will include full time and part time. Visit careers.homedepot.com/jobs to apply.
'No Lawyers' bar continues to have Boise's most ironic name
Jody and Butch Morrison, owners of Crescent "No Lawyers" Bar & Grill at 5500 W. Franklin Road, are still in court.
The Morrisons caught a trusted employee embezzling in 2010 and hired Givens Pursley to get back some of the tens of thousands of dollars in stolen money. They sued their accountant and U.S. Bank for cashing $86,500 worth of "deposit only" checks for the embezzling employee. They dropped the suit against the accountant after reaching an agreement with undisclosed terms.
Rising Chinese wealth provides openings for Idaho companies
Nearly every segment of Idaho's economy, from agriculture to aircraft parts, stands to benefit from China's growing prosperity. Idaho exports to China have risen to $5 billion from $700 million in the last 26 years. "China is hungry, and they need more and more of our products," says Manuel Menendez, a businessman who has been dealing with China for 30 years. He spoke at a daylong Chinese Business Summit in Boise.