Fashion-conscious ladies of the Treasure Valley, rejoice! Many really cool shops have opened in the last 12 months in the Boise area. And Treasure Valley women love to shop local. It's the tangible experience of seeing the clothes, trying them on and developing relationships with our favorite shops, boutiques and salespeople.
350 N. Milwaukee St., Boise Towne Square, 375-5239, shopposhboutiqueboise.com
Originally opened in late 2012, Posh Boutique moved into Boise Towne Square last year, one of the few locally owned and run boutiques to thrive within the mall setting. Posh grew out of owner Nadia Pieper's love of beauty and fashion (she's been a MAC Makeup employee for six years), and her search to establish her own style. Nadia's love of retail and entrepreneurial spirit run in the family; her mother, Debi Pieper, owned one of the first clothing boutiques in Eagle - Best Friends Boutique - back in the '90s.
All the pieces in Posh reflect Nadia's personal style as well as her mother's style and the things they are watching trend on Pinterest and in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Fashions range from dramatic party looks to classy bohemian outfits.
SHOPPING & STYLE: A few brands that Posh carries and that, as of now, are exclusive are: Timing, Elan, Like Dreams, Double Zero. Posh also carries Paige Premium Denim, Miss Me, Urban Expressions, M and M Couture and many more.
884 Broad St. in BoDo, Boise, 331-4126, swankboutique.net
Swank opened in BoDo, near P.F. Chang's and White House Black Market, in November 2013. The Boise location is storefront No. 2 for owner Jody Mallonee, whose main store is in Spokane. Mallonee says she aims to provide shoppers with reasonably priced pieces that echo top designers. Within moments of stepping inside the Boise boutique, you will see that goal played out, wall to wall.
From the featured Coordinates Collection bracelets made famous by fashion icon Rachel Zoe to vintage-inspired mega-hot brand Wildfox Couture, everything in Swank is geared toward the shopper who wants the hottest pieces - without breaking the bank. Swank strives to stay a step ahead of the fashion game by giving clients a nearly constant rotation of inventory.
SHOPPING & STYLE: Swank carries Coordinates Collection jewelry, Wildfox, Free People, hYOUman tops, SOLD denim, and a line of gifts and decor by Papaya Art, a cool southern Oregon company that began with greeting cards and has expanded into wall hangings, handbags, stationery and tons of other beautiful pieces.
THE ARCADE BUILDING
1615 W. State St., Boise, 477-1615, thearcadebuilding.net
The Arcade Building is the brainchild of fashion photographer Erika Astrid Hendrix and visual artist Mindi Burt. They opened their shop/artists co-op in November as a "place for artists to work, promote, showcase, sell and collaborate, while maintaining an artist's budget." The Arcade Building houses a boutique that sells clothing, shoes, accessories, handbags and jewelry from a variety of vintage sources and local designers, including Astrid Hendrix's Asuyeta line and Coup Clothing from resident artists Design Bandits.
The Arcade Building is more than a store, however; local artists can lease space throughout the building, from traditional meeting rooms to photography studios and recording space. The Arcade Building hopes to encourage and support local talent. As its Facebook page states, "The Arcade Building is the blank canvas where artists conjure, collaborate and construct their dreams, no matter what the creative endeavor."
SHOPPING & STYLE: Fashions found at The Arcade Building range from feminine to edgy, with a dose of hipster flair and eclectic creativity thrown in to boot. Hunting for fashion treasure in The Arcade will feel very much like home for local transplants from Portland or Seattle. Be sure to check out Asuyeta's unique leggings and cozy Euro-style sweaters, and keep your eyes peeled for the occasional pair of Jeffrey Campbell shoes.
1148 N. Orchard St., Boise, 577-8921, misscourageous.com
To many Boise residents, Miss Courageous is a local artistic institution. Founder Millie Hilgert has had a space at the Capital City Public Market for seven years. She moved her studio to a commercial space two years ago and then officially opened her new storefront in November. Hilgert is well known for her inspired Lego jewelry, accessories and gifts. Expanding her unique craftworks into Boise's premier "geek chic boutique" was a natural fit for Hilgert.
After running her booths at markets, fairs and bazaars for many years, Hilgert was thrilled to fulfill her lifelong dream of opening her own shop.
She calls her style "pop-inspired," saying that "pop culture and pop art have always been a major influence in my work. I've curated a selection of local arts and crafts as well as other commercially produced items that complement the products that I make. It's a fun environment full of kitsch, nostalgia and geek-chic."
SHOPPING & STYLE: Star Wars skirts, snarky dish towels and kitchen implements and a wide array of gifts any "geek" or pop culture person in your life would love. Besides her own creations, Miss Courageous' other local artists include LadyBug Press, Epik Creations, Swinging Martinis, Girl a-go-go, Chuckletree, Don't Eat the Soap, the Black Scottie, Cathy Scarlett and more.
THE THREADED ZEBRA
257 E. State St., Eagle, 972-0030, facebook.com/TheThreadedZebra
The Threaded Zebra opened in October 2013. Entrepreneur Kristalina Steininger had a vision for a quaint yet on-trend boutique. Not long after opening, her mother, Michelle Dell-Colli, as well as her father joined her venture into the world of fashion.
Much of the family is now involved, siblings included, supporting each other and working together to grow the boutique.
The Threaded Zebra's slogan is "Trendy Not Spendy," and its goal is to offer the newest styles ranging from $7 to $99.
"One of my favorite pastimes has always been shopping with my girls," Dell-Colli says. "We wanted to create an atmosphere that felt fun and funky, yet comfortable for all ages. We have customers that range anywhere from 13 to 84 years old. We have three generations shopping for the latest fashions."
SHOPPING & STYLE: The Threaded Zebra is an exclusive local carrier of Big Buddha handbags, high-quality but inexpensive, funky purses connected to the Steve Madden brand. The store also carries Nikibiki brand, which is made in the U.S., including camis, leggings and dresses by this well-known brand. The Threaded Zebra also features jewelry, iPhone accessories and gifts made by local artisans such as Millie Hilgert (Miss Courageous) and Jaidyn Erickson.