Finally finding their way: Downtown could get directional signs soon

The Capital City Development Corporation has been leading an effort to add so-called "wayfinding" signs to Downtown Boise for more than five years.

The Boise Weekly first wrote about the effort in 2013 - but progress was anything but quick.

After a multitude of delays - the project is finally starting to inch forward.

The agency is set to put up a set of signs all across the downtown core and beyond to help make it easier to find top attractions in the City of Trees.

The signs will actually look somewhat like trees - with metalwork designed to look like branches.

They will feature an olive color, with accents of purple, orange and other colors (typical Boise colors like blue and green are harder to use due to federal highway sign standards).

CCDC, the Ada County Highway District and the City of Boise have approved the sign program - and will start with a test sign in front of Julia Davis Park this fall.

The original Boise Weekly story noted that Missoula spent $100,000 on its sign project. The Boise project will cost taxpayers quite a bit more - $1.465 million according to CCDC estimates.

A wide variety of signs are planned:

Gateway

Screen Shot 2017-09-24 at 10.37.25 PM.png

These large signs would be more than twelve feet tall and would be located at the major entrances to the downtown core. They would extend the tree theme on to the sign face and would feature large "Welcome to Boise" messaging.

Directional

Screen Shot 2017-09-24 at 10.37.36 PM.png

Downtown would be split into five "zones," which each would be color-coded.

  • The central business district would sport purple
  • The currently largely-vacant western area would go with yellow
  • The area around the Capitol would be deemed North and take on a red hue
  • The eastern part of downtown around St. Luke's would be orange
  • The area south of the Boise River, which includes Boise State and several major parks would be themed in blue.

Bike

Screen Shot 2017-09-24 at 10.40.40 PM.png

Signs to help bicyclists would be added throughout, giving approximate bike-riding distances to major attractions. These signs would carry the themed district colors.

Map kiosks

Screen Shot 2017-09-24 at 10.40.08 PM.png

A number of map kiosks are planned, with local areas as well as a downtown-wide map. The samples included in public documents say "City Wide," but only depict downtown.

Parking

Screen Shot 2017-09-24 at 10.35.46 PM.png

To help drivers find a place to stow their cars, blue parking signs are in the plan.  Smaller pedestrian versions would help folks on foot get back to their cars.

Quilt-like tile project coming to downtown intersection

Screen Shot 2017-10-07 at 5.38.05 PM.png

A new public art installation is planned for Downtown Boise -- on the ground.

The intersection of 8th and Fulton - near the Foothills Learning Center - is set to see a mosaic tile project from local artist Jason Keeble. 

The project is set to be installed this fall, and will feature a multi-color zig-zag pattern in the area between the crosswalks.

"This area is in great need of a color splash," Keeble wrote in a design presentation. "This design offers a chance to brighten up the area in a fun and engaging pattern."

Keeble notes that the installation will look different depending your viewpoint.

The Boise Department of Arts & History is behind the project - with a cost-share from the City of Boise and Capital City Development Corporation. It is one of a number of projects along the 8th Street corridor in various stages of execution.

Corrects: 8th Street not 9th Street  

Growler bar CopenRoss hopin' to open on Boise bench

copen-r.png

CopenRoss Growlers is working to build out a space in the Hillcrest Shopping Center for a new growler bar.

The bar will open in a portion of the old Round Table Pizza spot in the center's parking lot. It will feature beer, cider and winer with a local emphasis - plus kombucha and small plate food options.

From the CopenRoss site:

Charles and Lisa Ross are true beer aficionados. Their love for beer is so deep that when they travel, they make it a goal to check out the local beers and breweries wherever they go. The happy, beer-loving couple decided to turn their passion into a career by opening up a restaurant in Boise, ID.

Build out on the space is underway

Outdoor learning pavilion planned for Anne Frank memorial

rendering-top.jpg

The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights has applied to add a new outdoor learning pavilion to the existing Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial along the Boise Greenbelt at 8th St.

The new 940 square foot pavilion would add a covered space to the now fully exposed memorial.

The 22 foot high structure would cost about $800,000 to construct

The shelter is part of a capital campaign that is nearing its goal, which would also include: "New human rights quotations inscribed throughout, a tribute to the late human rights advocate, Marilyn Shuler, and a new outdoor kiosk with short videos on the history of human rights in Idaho."

Boise Pie Co. set for Orchard St.

Screen Shot 2017-10-08 at 10.40.44 AM.png

Boise is getting a new restaurant focused on serving up homemade pie.

Boise Pie Co. is slated to go into the former Quizno's location on Orchard St. near the Idaho PTV studio.  Bridgette and Terrance McAbee recently moved to the Treasure Valley from Florida - and are excited to get started.

"(We) decided to start a small restaurant that serves up homemade pies, gourmet sandwiches, sides and soups," Bridgette McAbee said.  "Everything will be made in house from scratch, (and) our food will reflect our Southern roots."

McAbee says the pies will be baked in-house, and include a key lime pie with juice imported from Key West, as well as a chess pie that is served around the holidays.

"Boise Pie Co. and Eatery will have a warm and rustically charming interior that is as inviting and comforting as our food," McAbee promised. "We are excited to be in Boise and hope to grow with this amazing city. "

The store is currently in the permitting process and expected to open by late this October or early November.

Pay more to park? CCDC proposes new downtown rates

p-crunch.png

The Capital City Development Corporation, citing an increase in demand, plans to hold a public hearing to raise parking rates in its downtown Boise garage.

Every type of parker would be affect by the increases - including hourly, monthly and hotel guests.

From our April story:

The Capital City Development Corporation, which administers the public parking garage in the Downtown Boise core knows it has a problem -- one it anticipated.

CCDC chair John Hale said during a public meeting earlier this month that the tight parking situation is a "good problem to have."

"This continues to be a problem that is growing, it is not leveling off," Hale said. "We as a board are going to have to make some tough decisions in the next 90 days."

Those problems include a fully sold-out allotment of monthly parking spaces in the publicly-owned garage system. A growing number of workers are turning to paying the daily rate to stow their cars in the public garages, which is causing garages to fill up and divert folks who may be coming to downtown for just a few hours to a less-ideal parking spot.

CCDC has seen an 81% increase in so-called all-day parkers - and the number has spiked in recent cold-weather months.

“We have attempted to accommodate everybody," CCDC parking & facilities director Max Clark said. "Historically we’ve been able to do that because it’s (been) a sleepy downtown."

The agency last raised rates in early 2016 - which caused about ten people to cancel their parking passes, according to Clark.

For those who park their cars in any one of the agency's six public garages, the hourly rate would increase by about 17% - from $2.50 per hour to $3 per hour.  The popular "first hour free" program would be retained for those who are able to get in and out quickly. The maximum daily rate would also rise - up 20% from $12 to $15.

Currently, the monthly rate at each garage is different - but under the plan, rates at all garages would increase significantly.

Here's the breakdown:

Capitol & Main (aka Capital Terrace)
Current rate: $135/mo.
Proposed rate: $175/mo.
Percentage increase: 23%

9th & Main (aka Eastman)
Current rate: $135/mo.
Proposed rate: $175/mo.
Percentage increase: 23%

9th & Front
Current rate: $120/mo.
Proposed rate: $140/mo.
Percentage increase: 15%

10th & Front
Current rate: $120/mo.
Proposed rate: $140/mo.
Percentage increase: 15%

Capitol & Myrtle
Current rate: $120/mo.
Proposed rate: $140/mo.
Percentage increase: 15%

Capitol & Front
Current rate: $120/mo.
Proposed rate: $140/mo.
Percentage increase: 15%

Two new garages are set to come online soon - the 5th & Broad St. garage - which would set monthly parking at $175, and the 11th & Front garage that's part of Parcel B - which would offer a deal at just $100 per month.

Several other miscellaneous parking types would also increase - including hotel valet, which currently costs $2.85 per use -- and would would more than triple in price to $10.

Folks who self park for a hotel would see the daily rate rise from $5.70 to $10 - an increase of 75%.

The monthly "night plan" - which allows workers who work the late shift downtown - would increase slightly from $43 per month to $50.

A public hearing is slated for noon on November 13th at the CCDC board room - 121 N. 9th St., Suite 501.

UPDATE: Dancing pixel display expanded

gbad2.jpg

The Greater Boise Auditorium District voted to move ahead with an expanded pixel display on the side of the Boise Centre along the 8th St. alley.

More light bars will be placed across a larger section of the building, both vertically and horizontally - giving a more dramatic appearance. The final appearance was approved at a September 1 GBAD meeting. 

EARLIER STORY - April 28th: Dancing pixel display planned for Grove Plaza approach

IMG_8204.PNG

A dynamic light show is planned for Boise's revamped convention center this summer.

The Greater Boise Auditorium District plans to affix a series of vertical bars to the side of the Boise Centre West building - which will be sync'ed to music and the newly revamped Grove Plaza fountain. 

The pixels bars will be installed along the wall - spaced every few feet.

“There’s nothing like this in Boise. There’s nothing like it in Idaho,” Boise Centre AV Manager Chris Morrison said during a public meeting Thursday.  

A static rendering of where the pixel bars will be placed. Courtesy Greater Boise Auditorium District.  

A static rendering of where the pixel bars will be placed. Courtesy Greater Boise Auditorium District.  

"The idea is that this is seamless," Boise Centre business information technology guru Svend Knutsen said. "As you approach on 8th street you see the fountain and as you enter you see the experience and hear the sound."

Morrison & Knutsen laid out the plan for the GBAD board - showing a mesmerizing demo video (below). Everyone in attendance in the meeting seemed awed by the demo (including me).

Video demo from Martin. Unlikely we'll see a techno soundtrack in Boise.

The product is from Danish manufacturer Martin - a sister brand to speaker makers JBL, Harman Kardon and others. The Pixline uses video with a soundtrack which makes it easy to program and use. The pixel bars will feature LED lights inside of a housing that has a diffusion filter. The filter will be rounded which will make it visible from all angles - including bouncing light off the ground and neighboring hotel building.

"The idea is to keep the sound and the music refreshed seasonally," Knutsen said. "(It could) perhaps correspond with local events, community highlights and perhaps things that are going on on the plaza."

Blue and orange on game days? Red and green for Festival of Trees?

Speakers mounted on poles along the south spoke and the Grove Plaza will allow one continuous experience along the walkway and in the main plaza.

Mounting diagram. Courtesy Greater Boise Auditorium District

Mounting diagram. Courtesy Greater Boise Auditorium District

The bars will be mounted twelve feet off the ground to help ward off vandalism.  Project managers also said they wanted to be restrained in how many pixel bars they used.

“We’re trying to keep it away from the Vegas effect but make it more welcoming," Boise Centre assistant executive director Cody Lund said. “This will help for lighting and safety reasons, as it’s a bit of a dark path.”

GBAD says it has shared the plan with the City of Boise, Capital City Development Corp, Idaho Transportation Department and Boise's arts commission and has received positive feedback.

The project will cost $75,000-$100,000 and is part of the budget for the Boise Centre expansion. They should be in place by July.

New mall store puts a bomb in your bathtub

Cosset_Therapy_Bomb_-_Sweet_Kisses_1024x1024.jpg

Cossett Bath & Body is set to open in Boise Towne Square on the lower level next to Sketcher's.

The store primarily sells "bath bombs" - little balls of ingredients that fizz up when dropped in water. You can pick up a selection of bombs with names like Sweet Kisses for around $7 each and drop them in the tub for a fizz-tastic cleaning experience.

 

St. Luke's plans to build another downtown Boise hospital - updated with renderings

New renderings filed with the City of Boise show what a new St. Luke's campus on the west side of downtown near the Boise River could look like if approved and built:

PREVIOUS STORY - AUGUST 28: St. Luke's plans to build another downtown Boise hospital

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 11.56.05 AM.png
 

While St. Luke's Health System works on a total revamp of its historic downtown campus on Bannock St., it has another hospital in Downtown Boise in the works.

SLHS filed a conditional use permit application with the City of Boise for two buildings at 2619 W. Fairview Ave. - a hospital structure and a parking garage.

The hospital building would be four stories high according to renderings, with a five-story parking garage. 

The current dirt lot near 27th Street once housed the Thirftway Home Center and was part of the bustling Fairview Ave. corridor before the completion of the Broadway-Chinden Connector changed traffic patterns in the area 25 years ago this month, leading to decline. This site shouldn't be confused with the nearby Americana & Shoreline location that is a possible future home for a Boise ballpark.

The 27th & Fairview hospital building would have the standard St. Luke's brick, bronze and stucco look. The garage would have space to park more than 700 cars and 68 bicycles - nearly two-thirds more vehicle spaces than is required by the City of Boise. 

ALSO NEARBY:
Timber + Love to revamp Koppel's Browseville site

Site plan

St. Luke's says it hasn't yet made a final decision on the project, but communications manager Anita Kissee said the health system is "in the midst of the next Planning and Zoning steps, which includes filing a conditional use permit. "

The CUP notes the location could support outpatient clinic space and a "short-stay inpatient facility with complementary imaging and surgical services." Orthopedic specialty services are also likely to be in the mix, according to SLHS officials. Nearly 4,000 square feet of permeable athletic turf is also planned for the site.

Saint Alphonsus Health System also announced plans for a hospital downtown - just blocks from the main St. Luke's facility

Packaging a narrative: Inside the Boise Stadium push

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 7.50.01 PM.png

NEWS ANALYSIS

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter hopes a stadium will be built in his downtown.

In the past ten days, in coordination with public agencies in which he has control or large influence, a carefully laid out plan has rolled out to sell it to the public.

First, a carefully pitched story in the Statesman.

Next, a jolly public hearing.

Then, a Facebook post on the City’s public page (followed by misleading information, more on that in a moment).

On Thursday, a quick window of public feedback.

Precise. Tight. Simple.

It follows a pattern I've observed over the past year for projects that include the City of Boise, Capital City Development Corporation, Greater Boise Auditorium District and others.

Leaders toil very quietly for months - working hard to keep their work from public view.  When the time is right, they uncork the plan and move as swiftly as possible. Public feedback is generally nominal - and sometimes later presented in a misleading way. 

In a diminished media era with little to no scrutiny on City Hall and related agencies - it’s more straightforward than ever to move forward a preset agenda.

Public leaders do everything they can to avoid scrutiny before they are ready.

As readers of BoiseDev know, many stories and scoops are borne from public records. In fact, most are.

That doesn’t mean we don’t engage with spokespeople, business leaders and others - but good stories are more often found in public meetings and records than in “access journalism,” which comes from writing positive stories in order to get more tips and scoops  

I don't get a ton of access. In fact, I get the distinct impression some folks wish they didn't have to deal with the scrutiny. Sometimes emails go without response. I've been derisively called "our friend Don" in interagency emails, and had emails go back and forth with code like "DD" and "a local journalist" so the public records are harder to find. I've also observed evidence that officials are using their private emails to conduct public business.

That's all a bit agitating at times - but it's an easy reminder that journalists work for their readers and not for public officials whose salaries are paid with tax dollars.

After our initial story on the stadium last February, a member of the CCDC board and Boise City Council, Scot Ludwig, went to a another news outlet with full details on the stadium. 

The move startled folks with both of those agencies - with a flurry of emails traded back-and-forth essentially saying "it wasn't us." It also surprised the developer - who told me at the time he wasn't expecting the story.

I had inquired about the stadium, requested documents and been given very little information - due in part perhaps to coverage of the Boise streetcar and other municipal issues that took a more critical look than is often found elsewhere.

Two sources with knowledge of the situation say the story was rushed to another reporter because they were fearful of a more critical dig into the issue.

Extensive public records requests this year show public officials work to shield things from view, or decide how to frame them. When I began looking at a hush hush closed-door meeting with top business leaders on the stadium last month, I was not provided with documents but instead had to ask for them in a formal request. The City, by state law, can delay handing them out for up to ten days.

As soon as the request was made - a note went from the folks who handle the public records request to city spokespeople - cc’ed up to and including the mayor - noting the request came in and that they would “have to turn it over after ten days.”

The document existed and would have been an easy email forward.  But by working the mechanics of the process, they were able to keep the public in the dark until they were ready to run their plan.  

Back to that Facebook post.

Several commentors noted they weren't happy that tax dollars were being used.

The City of Boise official account noted "there will be zero impact on personal taxes."

This is untrue.

After I commented pointing this out -- noting that the $3 million comes from the City of Boise General Fund - an account which is made up of tax collections, the City backtracked.

"Don and David, our apologies if we came across misleading. Yes, the $3 million is from the general fund which does come from tax payer dollars, however, your taxes will not see an increase for this project."

Citizens will have to make up their own mind if public tax dollars should be used for a private development. But the only way this can happen is if leaders are forthcoming and honest.  

There are many additional angles to the Boise Stadium story that deserve public scrutiny.  There is a significant opposition group that is forming - and though its motives aren't fully clear, they appear ready to dig in and fight at a level perhaps unseen in local government in a while.

I'll keep digging. (And if you know something, I always appreciate your tips - don@boisedev.com is easy-to-remember!)

Edited to remove a couple of paragraphs that may have caused confusion.

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 7.51.21 PM.png
Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 7.45.37 PM.png

Boise could see new riverside park if the "ifs" can be worked out

Sue Howell Park plan via City of Boise.

Sue Howell Park plan via City of Boise.

The City of Boise's Parks & Recreation Department is working to annex a parcel of land in East Boise near Highway 21, which could add another park along the river.

Nothing is a done deal just yet, according to Parks & Rec chief Doug Holloway.

A potential donor has stepped up and said it would like to give a skinny strip of land near the Boise Greenbelt to the City of Boise.

But the land isn't actually a part of the city yet - instead hanging out in unincorporated Ada County.

Cart, meet horse.

"The first thing that has to occur that it had be annexed before they could consider taking it," Holloway said.

Officials have to get the land and some other parcels connected to it officially incorporated to consider the donation request.

And to do an annexation, a neighborhood meeting has to be held - and citizens have to be informed on what exactly the point of the annexation is for.

"We can’t recommend annexation without a purpose," he said. "You have to have a public meeting.  That’s hows some folks are familiar with this."

To help illustrate what the park might look like - staffers drew up a concept for the tentatively named Sue Howell Park. It includes concepts like a children's nature trail, environmental discovery playground, splash pad, open play areas and more.

The request would add about 20 acres to the City of Boise - with roughly eight of those dedicated the possible future park.

If everything goes well, it could make for another riverfront park named for prominent local women (Ann Morrison, Julia Davis, Kathryn Albertson and the like). But there are a slew of ifs still, according to Holloway.

If Planning & Zoning approves the annexation, and if the donor decides to finalize the donation and if Boise City Council accepts it and if money is found to develop it... some day east Boiseans may have a new spot to hang out and stroll.

Stay tuned.

Couldn't get Michael Kors: retailer closes Boise store

Screen Shot 2017-10-02 at 10.10.35 AM.png

The fancy retailer of handbags, watches and shoes has shut down its outlet in the Boise Towne Square.  No reason given.

Kors was part of a mini-boom of luxury retailers to open at the mall in recent years - including next door neighbor Coach.

Boise Juice Co. coming to SE Boise

Boise Juice Co. is set to open its second location in Boise.

Last fall, the cold-pressed juice and smoothie outlet opened its first store on State St.

The second location will be located in the Southshore Shopping Center at ParkCenter Blvd. and Apple St., next to Albertsons.

On Facebook, the juice outlet said they hope to have the new store open by January. "We have a remodel ahead of us but will get the doors open as soon as we can!"

No permits have been filed just yet.

This story came in on the BoiseDev Facebook group - join in to see what's going up around town!

ALSO READ:
Old Pizza Hut to become Albertsons fuel center

Rosauser's to close Meridan store

Rosauser's in Meridian. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Rosauser's in Meridian. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Rosauser's Supermarket plans to close its only Treasure Valley outlet, BoiseDev has confirmed.

An employee at the store says some departments will close in the next few weeks - particularly those which sell perishable items. The mainline portion of the store could be open as late as December 2, depending on liquidation sale progress.

The store opened in 2012 - and was the only local outpost for the Spokane-based grocer. It was located along the busy Eagle Rd. corridor but struggled to gain traction with just a single location as opposed to multi-location chains like locally-owned Albertsons and Winco, as well as Walmart, Fred Meyer and others.  When the grocer entered the market, it intended to open additional stores.

 About 70 employees are affected, according to a news release. Perscriptions will be automatically transferred to Albertsons. A new Albertsons will soon open nearby at Eagle and Fairview in a former Shopko space.

 

Historic 8th St. bridge to get LED upgrade

One of the oldest bridges in the City of Boise is about to get outfitted with brand new technology.

The Capital City Development Corporation and City of Boise are partnering to add LED lighting the the 8th Street Trestle Bridge.

PLSM.com screenshot. CCDC cited this bridge in Clarksville, TN as a model for the work to happen on 8th St. in Boise

PLSM.com screenshot. CCDC cited this bridge in Clarksville, TN as a model for the work to happen on 8th St. in Boise

Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0

Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0

The bridge is more than 100 years old, constructed in 1911 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It crosses the Boise River near the Ann Frank Human Rights Memorial and was built by the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co.  It was the first bridge crossing over the river, eliminating the need to take a ferry to get from the city core to then-rural areas south of the river.

ALSO READ: 

Dancing pixel display planned for Grove Plaza approach

The City of Boise Department of Arts & History awarded an estimated $75,000 bid to Rocky Mountain Electric to do the lighting install. 

According to CCDC, which will contribute urban renewal tax dollars to the project, it will include "adjustable and programmable LED lighting for seasonal and special occasions." The agency says the upgrades will also help boost pedestrian experience and safety.

The lights should be up and running by late this year.

McDonald's to give 'retro' store a modern redo

Screen Shot 2017-09-24 at 8.19.42 PM.png

The McDonald's at Overland and Cole near I-84 in Boise is about to get a revamp.

The building was constructed in the early 2000s, replacing another McD's elsewhere on the site.  It was given the chain's "retro" look with large golden arches and red and white tile accents - reminiscent of the look given to the chain's eateries in the 1950s.

The update will tone down most of the retro styling and replace it with a more modern greige stucco and brown brick look.  The large illuminated yellow (OK, golden) arches will remain.

Hayden Beverage to purchase Dawson Taylor

Dawson Taylor Coffee Roasters will soon have a new owner: Hayden Beverage.

The Boise-based distributor of beverages is buying the coffee roaster and cafes from founder Dave Ledgard.  Hayden is best known for distributing beer, but offers a wide variety of wines and non-alcoholic beverages in its pipeline.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hayden CEO Dodds Hayden told BoiseDev he is excited to expand the business in a new way.

Photo Courtesy David R. Day - DavidRDay.com

Photo Courtesy David R. Day - DavidRDay.com

"I see the passion people have around coffee. It parallels the passions they have around wine and craft beer," Hayden said. "In the beverage world, that's what we do: We provide high-end specialty beverages."

Hayden says the distributor has always tried to focus on the higher-end part of the beer and wine market - with local brands like Payette Brewing, Sockeye Brewing, Ste. Chapelle and Cinder. 

CEO Dodds Hayden

CEO Dodds Hayden

"The high-end specialty coffee was just a great fit with what we do," he said. "Almost all the customers we deal with and deliver to have a coffee offering. It seemed like a natural fit. I’m not sure why traditionally beer distributors have not been engaged in coffee."

Ledgard will stay involved with the business under its new ownership.

“He is going to stay and run it, so we don’t expect to have a huge transition," Hayden said. "He’s been doing it for 18 years... at Dawson Taylor and several years before that. I just think he’s got the best quality coffee in in Southern Idaho.”

Hayden will also keep the two Dawson Taylor retail locations - the long-time downtown cafe on 8th Street, and a newer pour over location on Lusk St. It will be Hayden Beverage's first foray into retail operations. At first, Hayden says he considered letting that part of the operation go - but after doing a close study of the business, he felt the cafes had great people and were worth holding on to - and building up

IMG_0749.JPG

"I thought 'maybe we just get out of that. Maybe we just hire that off and let them run it as long as they pour Dawson Taylor.' But as I got to see the regulars down there and the number of people who are loyal and frequent and saw and met baristas and managers I said ‘there’s no way I’m going to let that go.'"

Some changes are in store - but Hayden says it will be primarily cosmetic with some cleaning up.

"It's not a hip glass and steel thing, but a homey really comfortable atmosphere.  New floors, ceiling tiles, lights - all the surfaces just need to be redone.  The brand is about the quality of coffee, the people and being a local roaster."

Beyond the current locations, Hayden says they don't want to move further into the retail space.

"My aspiration is not to be a retail coffee guy. I’d love to have other coffee shops use Dawson Taylor. I’m not in a hurry to have a bunch of Dawson Taylor coffee shops out there. My aspiration is to build Dawson Taylor into a little more breath and depth within our region - the Treasure Valley and beyond."

He says grocery retail is an area of possible expansion.

"They play a little there, I think there’s more potential there."

Hayden says he is looking forward to moving into another corner of the beverage industry.

"I’m really excited," he said. "I’ve never been in producing before. I’ve looked in wonder and envy as they produce these great products. I’m excited to be involved in producing a product."

The deal is expected to close this week.

Photo Courtesy David R. Day - DavidRDay.com 

Photo Courtesy David R. Day - DavidRDay.com 

Cars, couches and a Boise subdivision: things you can buy on Craigslist

A fully approved subdivision development in the Boise Foothills is for sale -- listed on Craigslist.

The so-called Reserve at Deer Vally development is in Pierce Park Gulch - described as "the last remaining undeveloped Gulch" in the Boise foothills. It was approved in 2015 from a plan by developer Larry Leasure, according to Idaho Statesman reporting at the time.

The Craigslist posting says the 95-lot development can be yours for just $5.5 million.

Downtown jeweler to move, expand

ZKzq08qQ.jpg

Portsche's Jewelry plans to move from its current spot on 9th St at Bannock St. to a new, larger location nearby.

According to filings, the local jeweler sales & repair shop will move to the former Chico's space on Idaho St. near The North Face.  

The new space will be nearly 3,000 square feet. Signage out front notes the new location will open after the holiday season in early 2018.