Boise International Market celebrated an official grand opening on Saturday, after being open since October.
“We thought we’d give business owners some practice time and introduce ourselves to the community,” said Lori Porreca, owner of the market with Miguel Gaddi. The market at, Franklin and Curtis roads, is now home to 18 vendors, who represent 15 different cultures and speak 20 languages.
“This is the best of Boise,” said Mayor Dave Bieter. “People from all over the world — like my grandparents from the Basque Country and people from Ethiopia last week. This is the story of our city and our country.”
A Mexican shaved ice vendor will open next week and two more businesses in the next several weeks, which puts the market within a several of vendors of capacity. “We are growing every month,” says Porreca, who says that several business owners, who had been working other jobs as well, have shifted to full-time at the market. “This is very much what we were shooting for when we were starting (the ground work) two and a half years ago. ...
“It’s not our project any more. It’s a community project.”