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Boise retailers, marketers have differing opinions on how to promote downtown (access required)

While downtown Boise retailers and marketers remain concerned about the economy, few question downtown’s viability – but many differ about how best to promote the area. Like many retailers across the country, downtown Boise store owners have felt the pinch ...

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Boise P&Z turns down 'bulky' Cathedral Place apts. (access required)

The future remains uncertain for Cathedral Place, a 139-unit apartment and parking complex in Boise’s North End that was rejected last week by the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission. The P&Z voted against the development after a lengthy hearing Feb. ...

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Rubber Rainbow relocates Broadway store (access required)

Rubber Rainbow, a retailer of condoms and personal lubricants, has relocated its 5-year-old Boise store in the Broadway Park Plaza to a free-standing building on Broadway Avenue near Warren Street. Owner Caryn Thompson said the move, completed Feb. 1, was ...

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Chico’s slates May opening for first Idaho store (access required)

Chico’s, a Florida-based retailer of women’s clothing and accessories, appears to be headed for downtown Boise this spring for the opening of its first Idaho store. Sue Frofhiefar, an assistant to Boise appraiser Larry Knapp of L.D. Knapp & Associates, ...

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Guitar shop keeps folks coming in for 'rapport' (access required)

John Pisano still enjoys a moment of giddiness when a new shipment of guitars arrives in his store. For nearly 20 years, Pisano has been selling guitars and other stringed instruments such as banjos and mandolins from his Old Boise ...

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TableRock Printing relocates to larger Boise office space (access required)

TableRock Printing plans to relocate its Boise printing company this week to a larger office space at 11th and Grove streets. Co-owner Lisa McGee said she and her husband, Justin, planned to move Feb. 3 into a 12,000-square-foot ground floor ...

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Boise court reporting firm relocates (access required)

Boise court reporting agency Associated Reporting Inc. has relocated its 12-year-old downtown Boise office to the corner of 17th and Jefferson streets. Co-owner Pam Leaton said the move, completed in late January, was prompted by a need for more space. ...

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Fast-food chains offer new choices (access required)

Fresh winds are blowing through fast-food land. Once upon a time, fast food was quite simple: burger, fries and a Coke, supplemented eventually by things like chicken sandwiches and chicken nuggets – powered a few big chains and a handful ...

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Boise, Meridian to get more Sonic drive-ins in February (access required)

Sonic, the Oklahoma-based hamburger chain that came to Idaho two years ago and fields two drive-ins in the Boise area, is set to expand its presence in the Valley through multiple franchisees. Two more Sonic drive-ins are to be added ...

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Boise, Meridian to get more Sonics in February (access required)

Sonic, the Oklahoma-based hamburger chain that came to Idaho two years ago and fields two drive-ins in the Boise area, is set to expand its presence in the Valley through multiple franchisees.Two more Sonic drive-ins are to be added next ...

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