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Tanya Carnahan column: What’s new for Treasure Valley shoppers

Marla June’s Clothing Company, 811 W. Bannock St. Boise, opened last fall in Downtown Boise.
Marla June’s Clothing Company, 811 W. Bannock St. Boise, opened last fall in Downtown Boise. doswald@idahostatesman.com

Marla June’s

811 W. Bannock St., Boise

333-9561; marlajunes.com

Marla June’s Clothing Company is a family-owned women’s clothing boutique that first opened in Pendleton, Ore., in 2005. In 2014, the family opened a new boutique in Kennewick, Wash., and then in November 2015, the Boise shop opened.

Founder Marla June had long dreamed of opening her own clothing store. “My goal was to create an atmosphere where women could relax, feel good about themselves, choose from a great selection of fashion and styles and to have a ‘fun place to shop.’ ”

Marla June’s boutiques carry the latest jewelry, handbags, shoes and other offerings from beloved designer Brighton, and also stock fashions from brands like Rian, Eric Michael, Born Soft, Henry & Belle, Dear John, A&N, Tribal, Karen Kane, Komorov, LAMade Arratta, Hazel and more.

The Diamond Girls

213 S. 11th St., Boise

853-6670; diamondgirls.co

The Diamond Girls was founded in 2009 by Natalie Piccola and Lisa Zimowsky, who have been in the jewelry business their entire adult lives. They have worked in all facets of the industry, including national chain stores, independent jewelers, goldsmithing, appraising and wholesaling.

While appraising, they noticed a trend of consumers purchasing diamonds on the internet sight-unseen. Piccola and Zimowsky knew that with their wholesale experience, they could match or beat the internet price, keeping dollars in our community and giving local customers the chance to understand exactly what they’re paying for. They started The Diamond Girls in a small, private office on an appointment-only basis, eventually moving Downtown to open a larger shop that was more their “vibe.”

The store hosts a comfortable environment with sports on the TV, and fridges full of drinks and libations. They even offer celebratory cigars.

The Diamond Girls love to work on a by-appointment basis, offering a one-on-one experience that makes the whole buying process easier. That being said, their new shop is walk-in friendly.

LaBry Fine Art Gallery

404 S. 8th St., Suite 166, Boise

985-6337

LaBry Fine Art Gallery, inside the 8th Street Marketplace in BoDo, opened in December. It’s a passion project from longtime art collector John LaBry, who moved to Idaho a few years ago to work in Micron Inc.’s product development division.

LaBry Fine Art focuses on art in a variety of media that is both technical and evokes emotion, in prices that range from around $100 to several thousand dollars.

LaBry plans to rotate the artists quarterly, and in the coming months, work from LaBry’s collection of African art also will be featured. (LaBry collected many pieces while in the Congo River region.) Gallery hours are 1 to 7 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, noon to close Saturdays, and by appointment.

Ruby Lou Clothing Boutique

130 N. 8th St., Boise

333-9610; shoprubylou.com

Ruby Lou Clothing Boutique had been a shopping staple on Old State Street in Eagle since 2003. This month, the iconic local fashion treasure moved to a new space in Downtown Boise.

Founded by owner Lou Baxter Russell, the new shop is stocked with brands like Michael Stars, Lilla P, Tribal, Hudson, Brighton and more. Stop by to experience fashion “with a bit of a quirk” and laid-back luxury.

Ruby Lou is one of the boutiques showcasing its items in Ballet Idaho’s Spring Fashion Show at 7 p.m. March 5. Tickets and more details at BalletIdaho.org/events.

Idaho Handcrafted Arts & Furniture

6453 W. Fairview Ave., Boise (Linda Vista Plaza)

891-8588; etsy.com/shop/IdahoHandcrafted

Idaho Handcrafted Art & Furniture sells locally handcrafted art pieces of every kind, as well as handmade, artistic and functional furniture. From hand-crafted earrings to meticulously painted fruit baskets to outdoor firepits crafted from horseshoes, this eclectic shop carries something to suite every taste. You can find items to decorate your home or accessorize your look in many styles and price points. Stop by in person or peruse items on their Etsy site and Facebook page. The artisans accept commission work as well.

2 Chicks in a Coop

10051 W. Emerald St., No. 120, Boise

327-0768; 2chicksinacoop.com

The 2 Chicks in a Coop Contemporary Boutique was founded by Debbie Nolan and Cynthia Thompson, two friends who started painting in the backyard for friends and family, and discovered a love of all things vintage, hip, shabby chic, farmhouse, cottage and distressed.

The shop combines designs and decorations to fill entire rooms, from couture-inspired pillows to refinished one-of-a-kind vintage finds. And each piece of custom-designed furniture always starts with a solid, quality piece.

The shop’s space is as eclectic as their finds; they share space with ExecuTrain, a computer software training company. Head in past the reception desk, and keep an eye out for signs pointing the way.

Sand Hollow Vintage and Sand Hollow Trading

Jenny Mann was born and raised in Emmett on a cattle ranch. Her love for vintage treasures began at a very early age, as she and her “young, hip Grandma would venture into town for our ‘Daisy Day,’ and we’d always end up at our local thrift stores where we’d scour for just the right finds to take back to the ranch.”

Mann opened her handmade-goods store online — Sand Hollow Trading — in November 2014, selling reusable hand warmers, heating pads, eye pillows (featuring lavender from her garden) and drink sleeves.

The vintage side of her business opened about a year ago, and she has more than 100 5-star reviews on her site. Just like she did with her grandma years ago, Mann is again on the hunt for once-loved treasures. “I love giving old items a new purpose.”

Delivery is free in the Treasure Valley.

BeefWhip Candle Co.

2802 N 28th St., Boise

995-5496; beefwhipcandleco.squarespace.com.

BeefWhip Candle Co. was recently started by Boise husband-and-wife team Keith and Kelly Tracy, two self-described candle nerds who burned candles endlessly in their home “since we’ve known each other!” Discovering they could make their own to save money, they began experimenting with scent combinations. Friends and families loved the candles, too — and a business idea was born.

Within a few months, they were selling their products in Treasure Valley stores and online. The candles’ clever and quippy names range from If Fall Farted, a blend of apple peel and whiskey, to Her Tulips on My Tulips, which, as you might guess, smells primarily like ... tulips. Their cool products can be found at North End Organic Nursery, Payette Brewing Co., Mixed Greens, Press and Pony, Flying M and Hyde Perk. The couple will also have a booth at the Capital City Public Market starting this spring.

Know about a new store or a store relocation that Treasure readers should know about, too? Email Tanya with your ideas and questions for Treasure at tanya@stylespygirl.com. Visit her blog, stylespygirl.com, for more Treasure Valley shopping news. Some of the information for this feature comes from company websites and other press-release information.

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