Best of Treasure Valley

BOTV 2015 - Shopping

If you like shopping, then you love the Treasure Valley.

The options — from clothing shops such as Again Consignment in Eagle to car dealerships such as Peterson Auto Group — are limitless.

This year’s Best of Treasure Valley highlights the wide spectrum of options that are available to shoppers – especially shoppers looking for a local touch.

In the market for a new bike? Voters say you might want to start with George’s Cycles, Bob’s Bicycles or maybe the Boise Bicycle Project.

Looking for some quality jewelry? Check out Lee Read, Artsmith’s or Hal Davis Jewelers.

If you choose Lee Read (which finished in first place for Best Jewelry/Watch Store), you’ll be shopping at a business that has been serving the Treasure Valley for more than 50 years. What was once a small shop in Downtown Boise is now a sprawling, 10,000-square-foot store in Meridian.

“In fact, a couple came in yesterday who started out with my grandparents in Downtown Boise,” said Lee Read President Sarah Read, who runs the store with her sisters, Rebecca and Rachel. “She worked at the bank with my grandma, and they would go to the store from time to time, just to visit Lee, which is really cool.”

Read said one of the benefits of having a longtime family business in the Treasure Valley is building long-term relationships.

“It’s great, because we’ve seen these people get engaged, we’ve seen them have their babies,” she said. “It’s just fun to see the familiar faces, and five decades is a lot of familiar faces.”

Mike Shuman sees his fair share of familiar faces at his shop in Boise. He is the owner of Shu’s Idaho Running Company, which finished in first place in two categories: Best Athletic Shoe Store and Best Local Shoe Store.

For Shuman, the joy of being a business owner in the Treasure Valley boils down to one thing.

“Oh, my God, the people,” he said. “The people are incredible. The other business owners are great, but it all involves the people.”

Like Read, Shuman has watched the Treasure Valley’s retail market blossom in recent years.

“I think diversity is always good,” said Shuman, who opened his store at 1758 W. State St. in Boise nearly two decades ago. “I think it’s fun to see (new stores) come to town. When I go someplace, I always spot out the things that I’ve never seen before. … And the next thing you know, they’re coming to Boise. So that’s been kind of fun.”

And while there are plenty of new shopping options there are also plenty of tried and true stores — like Lee Read and Shuman’s — that have been serving Treasure Valley customers for years.

Dragonfly has been a Downtown Boise shopping icon since 1983, and it was honored as the Best Local Women’s Clothing Store.

Zamzows, which opened its first store more than eight decades ago, won for Best Pet Grooming and Best Local Pet Store.

So, yes, go ahead and shop until you drop. There are plenty of options — and loads of Best of Treasure Valley winners who will be happy to see you.

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