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Boise-area lodging industry holds its own in first part of year (access required)

As debate continues over plans for a new Boise convention center, numbers point to general stability in the Boise-area lodging industry. Ed Pilkerton, general manager for Boise Centre on the Grove, said last week that 2003 hotel room-tax collections in ...

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Nancy Lemas named Woman Entrepreneur of Year by Idaho Business Review (access required)

Nancy Lemas, principal and managing broker of downtown Boise commercial real estate firm Commercial Northwest, has been named Woman Entrepreneur of the Year for 2003 by the Idaho Business Review. Lemas, 49, was selected from a field of six finalists ...

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Boise landlords use amenities to lure office tenants (access required)

Some office professionals employed in downtown Boise never have to leave their building to work on their golf game. That’s because Boise-area developer Bill Hodges earlier this summer installed a 25-by-30 foot golf practice facility in the 13-story Key Financial ...

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Report: Spike in gas prices fuels jump in cost-of-living (access required)

During August, the overall Boise-area cost of living increased 0.6 percent, the result of another substantial hike in gasoline prices, according to the Wells Fargo Boise area Cost of Living Report. “Other than transportation, August’s other categorical changes were negative,” ...

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Former eBay strategist shares insights at Innovator awards (access required)

Being innovative is not something that just happens overnight. J. Richard Rock should know. As the founder of San Jose-based XIAN Advisors LLC, Rock earns his living consulting with high technology and life science start-up companies about strategy, debt and ...

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State and Bloom center adds bakery outlet (access required)

Wonder / Hostess Bakery Outlet opened recently in a 2,871-square-foot endcap space at The Shops at State and Bloom, bringing the shopping center to approximately 60 percent occupancy. The center of 15,540 square feet was completed two-and-a-half years ago on ...

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Dance studio planned in Meridian (access required)

Construction is expected to begin this month on a Fred Astaire Dance Studio on a 1.5-acre lot in the SilverStone Corporate Center on Eagle Road, south of Overland Road, in Meridian. Franchisee Del Bradford said last week that the 7,000-square-foot, ...

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Furniture 'villa' debuts in Meridian (access required)

Bella Fina, a furniture and home accessories store, plans a Sept. 22 opening in Meridian, off Interstate 84 on Sonata Lane, near Lee Read Jewelers. The 14,000-square-foot store, designed to resemble a rustic Italian villa, will sell boutique-style furniture from ...

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Reebok opens store in Boise outlet mall (access required)

Shoe retailer Reebok International has opened in the Boise Factory Outlets mall, its first store in Idaho. The Massachusetts-based company opened the store Sept. 4 in a 10,800-square-foot space on the east side of the outlet mall, adjacent to Levi’s, ...

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