Ava Rae Boutique
755 W. Broad St., Boise
(303) 995-9185; avaraeboutique.com
Ava Rae Boutique is a sweet and fun little shop packed with grab and go fashion items that won’t break the bank.
Owner Marissa Krebs has always loved fashion and shopping, but when she became a mother she found herself needing to restructure her time. She yearned for a shop she could “run in and run out and grab outfits that I can just throw on and go, while still looking fashionable!”
So she launched Ava Rae Boutique, named after her daughters, Ava Leigh and Adalyn Rae, to fill that need. Stocked with everything from tulle skirts to cleverly worded T-shirts to unique accessories, Krebs’ cheery boutique has something for every fashionista.
108 N. 6th St., Boise
Idaho Made, formerly Indie Made at 6th and Main, has changed its name to reflect a distinct change in ownership. The shop now has four owners, all artists of various mediums, who have expanded the number of artistans and items within their shop. Beautiful jewelry, adorable children’s clothes, delicious delectables and clever items of whimsy continue to fill the store from wall to wall, delighting shoppers of all styles while promoting and supporting the local art community.
824 W. Idaho St., Boise
West Elm is a full-service furniture and home décor store that launched in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2002. The grand opening for its first Idaho store, in the former Anthropologie space, was slated for Thursday, June 9. West Elm’s high-end, midcentury modern and fashion-forward lines are a decorator’s delight and will be a welcome addition to the shopping corridor along Idaho Street.
The company also puts a focus on the work of local artisans and crafters. You’ll find Idaho-made furniture from Derek Hurd’s Studio 1212, fiber art from Aletheia DSGNS, logo items from Idaho is Love, stationery from Ladybug Press, postcards and prints by Melanie Folwell, decor from Lost Little Things and Nystrom Goods and lotions and soaps from PuurBody.
Weekend BBQ Store
102 N. 6th St., Boise
The Weekend BBQ Store, which opened in November, is a fabulous little shop that packs a big punch. It’s loaded with everything you need for your outdoor cooking activities — from the grill or smoker to the pellets or charcoal, sauces, rubs and a wide assortment of handy accessories. The shop has free home delivery.
Owner and manager Anne Leibow is quite purposeful about the shop’s small size and limited hours of operation; it’s only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday. She says, “We’ve packed a lot of great products into this 600-square-foot store and sell only the best of the best. And, generally speaking, nobody buys a barbecue grill on Monday morning, so why be open then?”
Leibow also strongly believes in giving back to the community; 2 percent of every sale is donated to the Women’s & Children’s Alliance.
807 W. Bannock St., Boise
Sisters Kelsey and Megan Miller grew up in Boise but moved away during their college years — Kelsey to San Francisco and Megan to Portland. Both young ladies were deeply inspired by the shopping and styles they found in those cities but always knew they wanted to work together on their own curated shop back home someday. When the spot formerly occupied by Barbara Barbara opened up, they knew it was their perfect opportunity.
Shift Boutique is stocked with brands you know and love, like Free People, BB Dakota, BCBG Generation and Chinese Laundry, along with LA lines at lower price points than many big box stores, like Lush, Lumiere, Audrey 31 and En Crème.
Stop in for a fantastic selection of dresses, rompers, shorts and T-shirts inspired by Kelsey and Megan’s love of the fashion-forward styles you would find right now in San Francisco and Portland.
7550 W. Fairview Ave., Boise
Tara’s Treasures was founded last fall by married Boise couple Tara and Stephen Warren, who noticed the lack of local discount stores with new merchandise. They felt that the Treasure Valley was missing a prime niche, that true deal seekers had to choose between thrift stores or national “off-price” chains, and they wanted to provide a local, affordable option in between.
They offer new, overstock, closeout and scratch-and-dent items from national department stores and manufacturers. Skechers, Puma, Adidas, Nike, Citizen, Michael Kors and Everlast are just a few of the discounted brands customers will come across.
Tara’s Treasures has treasures indeed, from children’s shoes to furniture, jewelry, sports equipment and home décor.
3573 E. Longwing Lane, Ste. 100, Meridian
Hope Ave. first launched barely a year ago in Salt Lake City and opened its seventh location in The Village at Meridian this spring. Stocked with fun, breezy, romantic fashion pieces, this shop is sure to bring a smile to any fashion lover’s face.
Styles range from trendy T-shirts to bohemian dresses to the latest trends in denim and jewelry. Always on trend and budget-friendly, Hope Ave. is open at The Village seven days a week.
Young Art Lessons
350 N. Milwaukee St., Boise
Earlier this year, I was at a huge mall in North Seattle with my daughter, and we walked by a children’s art studio inviting parents to “drop your child off for an art lesson while you shop.” “Mom, I want to do that!” my little one exclaimed, while I envisioned an hour of glorious “me time.”
This brilliant fusion of drop-in child care and hands-on instruction has found its way to Boise Towne Square. Parents can choose from a menu of lesson times and intensity, ranging from 15 minutes to multiple hours; classes start at $12.95 for 15 minutes, $19.95 for 30 minutes and $29.95 for one hour. Materials, canvas and paints are included.
350 N. Milwaukee St., Boise
Located in the north branch of Boise Towne Square near Dillard’s, PLAYlive Nation is an arcade and video gaming lounge franchise that features the latest in technology and popular electronic games. You can play by the hour or become a member for additional perks. Entire families can also join on a shared plan. PLAYlive Nation is available for parties and competitions, or as just a cool place to hang out after school.
Bricks & Minifigs
10150 W. Fairview Ave., Boise
There’s a lot happening for kids in the Treasure Valley. If you’re a parent, you’ve likely heard the news about the Lego store Bricks & Minifigs on Fairview Avenue. Or, like me, you get reminded with an insistent, “Mom, Mom, MOMMY PLEASE CAN WE GO IN THERE,” every time you drive by.
This place is indeed a haven for creative kiddos passionate about Legos as well as grinning grown-ups reliving the beloved mini-worlds of their childhoods.
Wonder how much that old set is worth? Bricks & Minifigs buys Legos from customers and pays in cash or store credit based on weight. The shop also hosts parties in its special-event room and welcomes home-school groups, families and special-needs groups to experience their hands-on shop.
10870 W. Fairview Ave., Ste. 101, Boise
Pi Baby Boutique opened in November, founded by local mom Heather Weavers, who had recently given birth to quadruplets. The inspiration for her shop came during the pregnancy because she “struggled to find great quality, unique items for the babies.” After buying everything online, she realized there was a need to find these products in the Treasure Valley, “to touch, feel and see these products for my babies.”
The shop primarily carries infant and children’s apparel, as well as cloth diapers, cloth diaper accessories and car seats. Pi Baby is proud to be the only authorized Tula Baby Carriers retailer in Idaho. The boutique has also partnered with Boise Cloth Diapers to offer cloth diaper classes on the third Saturday of each month. Pi Baby also carries a wide range of unique baby clothing brands, such as KicKee Pants and MilkBarn, to name a few.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.