Another longtime downtown business pulls up stakes

Brownfield’s, a fixture at the corner of 5th and Idaho in downtown Boise has closed – consolidating with another location in Meridian.  

The medical supply company sold prosthetics and orthotics from a building custom built for the business in 1960 – a span of 56 years. 

It hails from an era where unique and specialty business were a key piece of downtown: musical instruments from Dunkley’s, art supplies from Boise Blue and the like. All three of those businesses no longer call downtown home.  

The building is currently for lease. It could soon get a high-profile new neighbor if plans for a five-story mixed-use retail and housing project from developer Clay Carley are realized across 5th Street. 

ALSO READ: 5th, 6th streets set for conversion  

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Don has been covering news in Boise for 20 years. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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