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Fine-dining restaurant, Desert Sage, closes doors (access required)

Desert Sage, a fine-dining restaurant in downtown Boise, closed Oct. 31 after five years in business, and plans announced previously for an expanded Desert Sage on ParkCenter Boulevard were derailed. Executive Chef and part owner David Root cited declining sales ...

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National retail assn. survey shows many shoppers planning to buy Halloween-related merchandise (access required)

Despite fears about the economy, shoppers are haunting stores in force to buy Halloween-related merchandise. According to a national survey by the International Mass Retail Association, three-quarters of U.S. consumers planned to shop for Halloween this year, and expected to ...

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Boise-based White Cloud Mountain Coffee sells its Garden City-based Moxie Java unit (access required)

Boise coffee roaster White Cloud Mountain Coffee has sold its Moxie Java espresso-shop licensing company to a Grangeville couple for an undisclosed price. Jerome Eberharter, White Cloud founder and CEO, closed the deal last week, selling the Garden City-based company’s ...

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Boise airport reports 31% drop in passengers from same month last year (access required)

The Boise airport reported a drop of more than 38,000 passengers departing Boise during September, a 31 percent drop from the same month last year. Boise Airport Manager John Anderson said that according to airport “enplanement” figures, 83,415 passengers boarded ...

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Ore.-based Lithia Motors to move Ford complex to new site in Boise (access required)

Lithia Motors Inc. plans to purchase a 16-acre parcel on Maple Grove near Fairview Avenue – with a partially built, derelict Smith’s grocery store – and plans to move its Ford franchise from Fairview Avenue to the new site late ...

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Boise to get French pastry shop (access required)

Très bon! Boise will get its first French pastry shop and bakery early next year with the planned January opening of the Café de Paris in the Adelmann Building at Capitol Boulevard and Idaho Street. Owner and chef Mathieu Choux ...

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Spending – a way to show support for one another (access required)

The “Marketplace” Column When President Bush told Americans in recent weeks to go out and shop – in essence, live our lives normally – he had a point. It can be argued, of course, that spending our hard-earned dollars for ...

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Oregon real estate firm buys Boise outlet mall (access required)

S-Sixteen, an investment entity of the J.R. Simplot family, has sold the Boise Factory Outlets mall to a Portland-based real estate firm for $7.6 million. Canterbury Real Estate Services Inc., Portland, purchased 22 acres and 162,000 square feet of retail ...

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Five Rivers furniture store plans 2nd area branch (access required)

A Five Rivers upscale furniture store, the second in the Treasure Valley, is planned for late November in the Eagle Marketplace at Chinden Boulevard and Eagle Road. Owner John Billington said he has leased a 7,300-square-foot space that formerly housed ...

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Contractor uses baking soda as restoration tool (access required)

A Meridian contractor has expanded his business to include a relatively new technology that employs baking soda as a cleaning agent in commercial and residential restoration projects. Mark Russell, 43, is the co-founder of Pacific Construction & Interiors, a home-based ...

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