Brewery, retailer, fitness studio, restaurant fill North End marketplace

adutton@idahostatesman.comJune 18, 2013 

— This is a transformative year for the shopping center just west of Albertson's supermarket on State Street in North Boise, with four new businesses opening and a restaurant expanding.

"It's very popular at the moment," said Mark McAllister, the property manager for Cameron Investments. "It's a great center, it's well located, the tenants out there are fantastic."

Cameron Investments is a commercial real estate company based in Boise, managed and principally owned by Richard Clark and Kenneth Pursley.

The shopping center, which saw empty spaces and turnover in recent years, has no vacancies as of June.

McAllister said the company had an offer on a former Moxie Java coffee shop's space within days of it going vacant. (The Moxie shop's owners decided to close that location while rebranding their coffee-shop chain.)

The new tenant will be Cloud 9 Brewery.

The organic nanobrewery — just smaller than a micro-brewery — started in earnest as a homebrewing hobby for owners Jake and Maggie Lake.

After years of encouragement from friends and other business owners, the Lakes started planning a four-barrel brewery and restaurant. The pooled personal savings, loans from family, and proceeds from a Kickstarter fundraising campaign and the sale of their house.

They hope to open in November at 1750 W. State St., with a total of 25 to 30 employees.

"We've been looking [for a space to lease] for probably eight or nine months," Maggie said. The Albertson's center "was right, and the neighborhood has been really supportive."

They expect to be open from lunch to late-night hours Tuesday through Sunday, closed Mondays.

Cloud 9 will have 12 taps of specialty beer, such as salted caramel stout, honey basil ale, and staple beers including porter, stout and pale ale.

"We plan to be the first certified organic brewer in the state of Idaho, and to make sustainability a priority," the Lakes wrote in a letter to city planners.

The other new/expanding businesses:

  • The Barre (pronounced "bar"), a fitness studio that teaches barre — a combination of ballet, pilates, yoga and dance — and "oula" dance classes, has a target opening date of July 1 at 1776 W. State St.
  • A Carl's Jr./Green Burrito restaurant will occupy the building formerly occupied by a Burger King restaurant.
  • Mazzah Mediterranean Grill is expanding into the former UPS store.
  • Cloth, a fabric store, opens this month next to the Anytime Fitness gym.
  • Janjou Patisserie, a French bakery and cafe, opened last winter at 1754 W. State St. Pastry chef and co-owner Moshit Mizrachi-Gabbitas started Janjou as a brand several years ago, baking out of a commercial kitchen and selling wholesale to the Boise Co-op and other grocers.

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