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Boise Group Homes building planned on Ustick (access required)

A Boise man plans to build an office building for a non-profit, disabilities-training center in west Boise this summer. According to plans submitted to the City of Boise, Richard Davis is seeking a conditional use permit to construct a one-story, ...

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Batteries Plus charges into Valley market (access required)

Batteries Plus, a Wisconsin-based seller of common and not-so-common batteries, plans to light up its first Idaho store in early July on South Cole Road. Franchisees Tom Sellin Jr. and Tom Sellin Sr. have purchased a 5,000-square-foot building on South ...

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Coldwater Creek sees 35% net income increase in 1st qtr. (access required)

Coldwater Creek Inc. reported a more than 35 percent increase in its net income for its fiscal first quarter, ended May 3. Net income increased $500,000, or 35.4 percent, to $1.9 million, or 12 cents per diluted share, compared with ...

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Thornton Oliver Keller loses Thornton, who starts new firm (access required)

The founder of one of Boise’s dominant commercial real estate companies, Tim Thornton of Thornton Oliver Keller, and two other TOK brokers have left TOK to start a new firm. Thornton, who founded the company more than a decade ago, ...

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Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce presents small biz awards (access required)

Three Boise small businesses were singled out for their accomplishments last week by the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce during the chamber’s Metro Expo spring trade show. For the second year, the Chamber combined the Small Business Awards luncheon with ...

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Lookin’ Sporty retailer closes Northgate store because of slow economy (access required)

Lookin’ Sporty, a retailer of pro sports memorabilia, has closed its Boise store in the Northgate Shopping Center and moved its inventory to a second store in the Boise Spectrum, across from Edwards Cinemas. Store co-owner Patricia Narasimhan said last ...

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Boise Moose Lodge relocating to Calderwood Business Center (access required)

Construction is expected to start in mid-June on new quarters for the Boise Moose Lodge and an office/retail building in the Caldwerwood Business Center at the southwest corner of Overland and Maple Grove roads. Planned are a 3,240-square-foot Moose Lodge ...

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Lookin’ Sporty retailer closes Northgate store (access required)

Lookin’ Sporty, a retailer of pro sports memorabilia, has closed its Boise store in the Northgate Shopping Center and moved its inventory to a second store in the Boise Spectrum, across from Edwards Cinemas. Store co-owner Patricia Narasimhan said last ...

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Commercial bldgs., Asian eatery planned on Ustick Ave. in Boise (access required)

A Boise developer is seeking conditional-use approval from the city to build three commercial buildings, including an Asian restaurant, on a 7-acre parcel on Ustick Road. Ron Sargent, a partner in development entity Nokomis LLC, hopes to build the single-story ...

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Ethnic hungers feed demand for specialty grocery markets (access required)

Specialty markets can take off when they meet pent-up demand, as Dan Ansotegui found out after he opened his Basque Market in downtown Boise 2 1/2 years ago. “It’s been excellent,” said Ansotegui, who operates the Basque Market at Grove ...

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