A panorama from the new store's front door on Idaho St.
A panorama from the new store’s front door on Idaho St.

When I first dug up word of Boise getting a West Elm store last fall – I thought it was a great addition to downtown. It took over an Anthropologie space when that retailer moved to Village at Meridian. Downtown has struggled with national brands for a while – and West Elm is a big get for the Capital City’s core.

The store formally opened Thursday. The light space takes advantage of the spot’s historical, somewhat industrial nature – with lots of trendy exposed brick, creaky wood floors and even a natural skylight. Here’s a look inside: