Art Zone 208
3113 N. Cole Road, Boise
Art Zone 208 opened earlier this year in the Library Plaza on the corner of Cole and Ustick roads. With a motto of “Where Creativity Lives,” Art Zone 208 is a co-op gallery, full of handmade items that are designed by a creative group of more than 40 local artists — including painters, sculptors, jewelers, potters, weavers and more. The store holds regular classes on a variety of art forms such as illustrating, drum making and clay work. The store also holds First Friday parties from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month.
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4774 State St., Boise
Fussy Hussy opened in December on the corner of State and Collister streets. This large boutique is packed with women’s clothing, shoes and accessories and also houses a charming array of furniture, décor and fun vintage finds. The clothing in Fussy Hussy is mostly new with a few pieces of carefully curated resale items and vintage treasures sprinkled in. Prices range from $5 to higher-end lines that are hard to find in other parts of Boise such as Neon Buddah, Vintage Collection, Chambri, Ethel and Martini. Many of these fashion pieces are discounted, and many are one of a kind. Fussy Hussy also sells off-the-rack sample prom dresses and wedding gowns at amazing prices. I spotted a beautifully beaded $1,450 dress marked down to $399.
Boise Electric Bikes
2422 W. Main St., Boise
Want to live life more car-free? Boise Electric Bikes is a full-service electric bike shop, selling not only e-bikes, but providing commuters and outdoor enthusiasts alike with options for a healthy and economic update for the urban lifestyle. E-bikes are an easy and accessible way to get around town without a car, and without breaking a sweat going uphill when you’re hauling groceries or kids.
Robert Comstock store
3957 E. Monarch Sky Lane, Meridian
The Village at Meridian; 888-4055
Many people know about local legendary designer Robert Comstock and his gorgeous line of high-end menswear clothing. But did you know that he recently opened a shop in The Village at Meridian? Comstock designs luxurious, high-quality fashions for men that sell at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and other high-end department stores across the nation. Once a season passes for each line, Comstock sends the overstock from those stores here to the Treasure Valley to his menswear store, where he slashes prices by 70 to 90 percent. This store is a great resource for men looking to buy high-quality clothing — both professional and casual — at a major discount.
Kid to Kid/Uptown Cheapskate
1574 N. Wildwood Way, suites 110 and 112, Boise
376-6488 Kid to Kid;
629-7460 Uptown Cheapskate
The owners of Kid to Kid have moved their store from Milwaukee Street and expanded into a double-whammy shopping mega-store near Fairview Avenue and Five Mile Road. One side is Kid to Kid, carrying new and gently used children’s and infants’ wear, equipment, toys and the like. The other side is Uptown Cheapskate, a young adult resale store for casual and career wear. You can sell your clothes for cash or get 25 percent more in store credit. Be on the look out for news about Uptown Cheapskate’s grand opening.
350 N. Milwaukee in Boise Towne Square
Boise just welcomed its first Michael Kors designer store, which opened in Boise Towne Square’s lower level. Michael Kors is a luxury handbag, footwear, clothing and accessory designer from New York City. He is known for his unique translation of classic American sportswear for women.
Wholistic Beauty Boutique
1615 W. State St., Boise; 841-9062
Opened by holistic health practitioner Colleen Fletcher Owen, the Wholistic Beauty Boutique is a unique presence in Downtown Boise. Owen has been in the business of natural health for more 20 years and is a licensed massage therapist, hypnotherapist, licensed esthetician and more. When she began her career as a massage therapist, she suffered from skin rashes brought on by the chemicals in the oils and lotions she was taught to use. She developed her own products and pioneered the Naturopathica Skin Care Line. The Wholistic Beauty Boutique also has everything from yoga classes to cellulite peels to beautiful jewelry and gifts from local artisans.
Lux Fashion Lounge
817 W. Idaho St. (in early July), Boise; 344-4589
Downtown Boise’s beloved vintage and trendy thrift store Lux Fashion Lounge is expanding and moving to a new location. The store, currently at 785 W. Idaho St., will have its grand re-opening this July at 817 W. Idaho, less than a block away. The new store will have all the same clothing and accessories that we have grown to love at Lux, with the addition of gifts, retro kitsch, books, cards and all kinds of fun. Book lovers will be happy, too. The Rediscovered Bookshop on 8th Street is expanding into Lux’s soon-to-be-former space.
3107 W. State St., Boise
Geek-chic mega-boutique Miss Courageous is also moving and expanding. The new space, alongside Bee Wise Goods and Serendipity boutique, is three times the size of her previous shop and is named Re-POP Gifts. “Miss Courageous remains as the products that I produce, and my presence at the market and shows will remain as Miss Courageous,” says owner Millie Hilgert. “Re-POP Gifts says more about what the store is about ... Re- (recycled, reimagined, revisited, regarding) POP (pop culture, pop art). I will continue to carry a curated selection of pop-culture inspired products, including local, regional, national and international artists. ... Bicycle and beer-related items will also play a part, alongside the Super Hero, Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who and other pop culture items.” Re-POP Gifts’ grand opening is June 5-7.
Know about a new store or a store relocation that Treasure readers should know about, too? Email Tanya your ideas and questions for Treasure at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit her blog, stylespygirl.com, for more Treasure Valley shopping news.