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Shop unique products and support local on Small Business Saturday

Stop by Artisans For Hope on Saturday, Nov. 25, for an open house and sale of handmade products made by refugee artisans.
Stop by Artisans For Hope on Saturday, Nov. 25, for an open house and sale of handmade products made by refugee artisans.

The shopping season is upon us! And you hear that? That’s all of our credit cards crying.

We all do some damage this time of year buying for family and friends. And it can be difficult when that certain someone has everything.

So if unique and far from ordinary is what you’re after, then be sure to add this stop to your Saturday itinerary.

Artisans For Hope will open the shop and studio for an open house and sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25, at 723 N. 15th St., Boise.

Get all your holiday shopping done and gift handmade products made here in Boise by the refugee artisans of Artisans For Hope. Seventy-five percent of the purchase price goes to the artisan who crafted each item.

Artisans For Hope began in 2010. The resettlement community offers free sewing, knitting and other handcraft classes to interested refugees.

Community volunteers and refugee students and artisans work together toward the common goals of skill building, English language acquisition, and simply enjoying one another’s company.

For more information or to volunteer and/or donate, go to or contact Carrie Utley, AFH executive director, at

Einstein’s Oilery is letting it grow for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Einstein’s Oilery is celebrating No-Shave November with matching funds for all employee and customer donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

It’s that time of year again when the Einstein’s team collectively ignores the clean-shaven grooming policy, sets aside their razors and embraces the scruff for a month in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

All participating Einstein’s employees are making donations to St. Jude’s and Einstein’s is matching dollar for dollar.

In addition, Einstein’s is matching all customer donations received at any Treasure Valley Einstein’s location up to $10,000.

Einstein’s currently has eight locations throughout the valley.

Locate one nearest to you at

Time for a Christmas tree

While you’re out braving the roads and crowds to score those Black Friday deals, why not pick up your Christmas tree? Two birds; one stone.

The Boise Vista Lions Club will be selling trees at Memorial Stadium, 5600 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, beginning Friday, Nov. 24.

The lot will remain open until all trees are sold. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Scout the selections of 2-foot to 10-foot Noble, Nordmann and Grand Firs. Prices start at $25 and up.

There will be free candy canes for the children and free dog biscuits for your pet.

The Boise Vista Lions Club is a nonprofit volunteer community service organization supporting the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.

Michelle Jenkins: 208-377-6451