Boise Mall area

West Boise coffee shop hopes to cheat death

Deathproof Coffee is now open in a portion of the former Kmart on Fairview Ave. near Five Mile Rd. in Boise.

The shop offers the usual fare of drip coffee, lattes, tea and cold brew - but wraps it all in a black and red pop art vibe with a retro feel and lots of skulls and crossbones.  For Friday the 13th, the owners offered a 13% off sale.

Hours are 8am-5pm Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday and 9am-2pm Sunday.

Idaho Pizza prepares to move Fairview store

Idaho Pizza Company is set to move its location on Fairview Ave. near Cole Rd. to another location a few blocks away.

The local pizza chain has applied to remodel a portion of the former Hastings in the Westgate Shopping Center for a new restaurant.

Idaho Pizza Company plans to take up about 7,300 square feet. A portion of the Hastings store was demolished to accommodate a new CVS pharmacy under construction on the site.

The new restaurant will be about a third larger than the existing location at Fairview and Eldorado St.  That building is currently listed for sale.

This will be the second IPC location to migrate slightly west to a former video store - the Overland location reopened in an old Blockbuster Video building

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Macy's to roll out "At Your Service" in Boise store

Macy's is retooling a portion of its last remaining Treasure Valley store to help ease online sales.

The company has applied to remodel a dressing room space on the lower level of its Boise Towne Square store for a large customer service area it is calling At Your Service.

“The At Your Service center consolidates guest experiences that lend towards fast and specific transactions," Jeremy Judd, VP Store Manager at Macy’s Boise Towne Square said.

Currently, behind plastic sheeting near the store's west entrance, a series of counters can be seen by shoppers.  Filings with the City of Boise show the retailer is adding a stock room and remodeling a total of 1900 square feet.

"The focus for the At Your Service center is servicing our customers by providing a separate line for fast, easy pick-up of their Buy Online, Pick-up in Store (purchases), providing expert associates to assist with the return and a quick location for payments on their Macy’s cards as well as Macy’s account inquiries," Judd said.

He noted that other registers will remain open, but this service center will allow "for the other purchasing counters and associates to focus on service and selling for our shoppers that would like more time and attention."

Large new indoor trampoline park set near mall

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A large new trampoline park is set to open in the former Sports Authority space in Milwaukee St. near the Boise Towne Square Mall in Boise. 

Altitude Trampoline Park has applied to revamp the 42,500 square foot former store behind Barnes and Noble - spending nearly a million dollars to do it, according to permits.

The park is expected to open this summer, and is one of more than 50 facilities open or planned.

Altitude says it offers activities like jumping, dodgeball, fitness classes and competitive jumping as well as birthday parties and group events.

The facility will have space for up to 621 people.

Altitude will compete with JumpTime Idaho, which has two locations - and a planned Fly High Trampoline Park around the corner on Fairview Ave.

Boise Towne Square to get burger joint, Egyptian restaurant


A pair of stories from the Idaho Statesman of note to folks who frequent Boise Towne Square Mall:

GoodBurger will go into the old McDonald's space in the food court. According to the paper, the new restaurant will feature Snake River Farms beef, milkshakes and more.

Next door, the long-empty Taco Time space will feature Aladdin Egyptian Cuisine - a restaurant that closed more than a decade ago on Broadway Ave.

Tai Pan Trading closing doors


Tai Pan Trading Post on Milwaukee St. in Boise is closing. 

The Asian-themed home goods store is liquidating inventory and fixtures.

East Idaho News notes the Idaho Falls and Orem, Utah stores are also closing.

Tai Pan Trading says it is "an importer of quality home décor products at affordable prices."

With the Boise and Orem closures, all locations of the chain will be out of business.

Boise Marie Callendar's to close its doors


A staple of the Boise dining scene is closing up shop.

Marie Callendar's Restaurant and Bakery will shut down after dinner this Friday January 26th, an employee confirms.

The Fairview Ave. restaurant has been serving pie and comfort food for decades, with a focus on holiday deserts. It is the only Idaho location and will not reopen. Employees were told the restaurant lost its lease.

Landmark downtown restaurant could soon lose its lease
- Meridian Corner Bakery closes its doors

Marie Callendar's has nearly 60 restaurants - with more than 50 in California, two in Utah and four in the Las Vegas area. The chain also licenses its name to ConAgra Foods, which manufactures a line of pies and frozen dinners.

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Another McDonald's closes


The McDonald's in Boise Towne Square has closed.

It is the latest in a string of local Golden Arches locations franchised by Darmody Enterprises to close in recent years - including a standalone store on Apple St., and express kiosk in the Airport Chevron and a location inside the Boise Airport.

Efforts to reach the Darmody family were not successful.

This leaves a second vacancy in the food court- the Taco Time next door has been vacant for quite some time.


New trampoline park set for Boise

Courtesy Fly High Trampoline Park

Courtesy Fly High Trampoline Park

Fly High Trampoline Park is set to open a new location on Fairview Ave., in the former Rite Aid space in the Westgate Shopping Center. 

Fly High has two locations - in Ft. Colins, Colorado and Reno, Nevada. 

The indoor park features a variety of trampoline surfaces, foam pits and features like trampoline basketball and dodge ball. It is aimed at kids with birthday party features and services. 

Fly High enters a market currently served by Jump Time, which has locations in Meridian and Downtown Boise.  

Couldn't get Michael Kors: retailer closes Boise store

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The fancy retailer of handbags, watches and shoes has shut down its outlet in the Boise Towne Square.  No reason given.

Kors was part of a mini-boom of luxury retailers to open at the mall in recent years - including next door neighbor Coach.

Trek Bikes to open first Idaho store


High-end bicycle manufacturer Trek plans its first store in Idaho.

The retailer has applied to remodel the former Archivers space on Milwaukee near Fairview. The $50,000 remodel will transform the 5,600 square foot retail space for Trek's use.

The typical store sells bikes, accessories, shoes and outerwear as well as performing service functions.

The company sells bikes of all types with many price points well over $5,000.


Roz & Ali are getting dressed up in the Barn

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Shoppers at the Dress Barn on Milwaukee St. in Boise will notice a new name for the store: Roz & Ali.  The women's retailer is replacing signage on the store according to permits filed with the City of Boise.

Roz & Ali is a Dress Barn brand, described as a workwear line for women. Or, in their marketing language:

Walk with confidence in our most refined pieces... because you're the boss at work and everywhere else.

The same thing is going on in Wichita, Kansas - according to the local paper in that area.

Boise to get Maserati dealership

  • You want a Maserati? You better work bitch.
    • Britney Spears
  • Loving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead-end street
    • Taylor Swift
  • But all you do is complain it ain't a Maserati.
    •  Tori Amos
  • He drove a Maserati, lived up in the hills
    • Journey
  • You got to pretend your face is a Maserati
    • Ted Nugent

So I guess they're cool?

Dennis Dillon plans to add a Maserati showroom to its existing dealership on Fairview Ave. near Mitchell St.

Maseratsi and Fiats will be shown in a building behind the Mazda/Kia dealership - in the former Isuzu Lincoln/Mercury dealership building that was formerly operated by Lithia.  The building will get a $478,000 makeover to accomodate the upscale brands.

A new entry-level Maserati Ghibli retails for around $75,000.  Britney's right.

Pendleton Woolen Mills to open Boise mall store

Portland-based Pendleton Wollen Mills plans to open a new store at Boise Towne Square.

The retailer will go into the former Go! Calendars/Books/Games/Toys space next to Sephora on the mall's lower level.

Pendleton is known for blankets and wool clothes - and opened its first store in the eponymous Pendleton, Oregon in 1896. The chain grew to more than 70 stores across the country.

Bonus fact, via Wikpedia; In 1960, a band formed as the Pendletones - named for the company's wool shirts. The group later changed its name to the Beach Boys.

Pendleton currently has an outlet store at the ghostly Boise Factory Outlets east of Boise.

Boo! Here's where Spirit Halloween will pop up in Boise this year

Yeah. It's already time to start thinking about that scary fall holiday.

Spirit Halloween rents empty storefronts for a few months around the October 31st holiday each year to sell costumes, wigs, face paint and the like.

This year, according to filings with the City of Boise, Spirit plans to haunt the former Shoe Carnival store at 303 N. Milwaukee St. as well as the former St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store location on Broadway Ave. near Iowa St. This will be the company's second year in the Milwaukee location.

Stores should open around August 15th, according to Spirit's website.

The company often opens stores in Meridian and Nampa - though filings for those locations aren't readily available.

Open and shut: J. Crew replaces Boise store screenshot screenshot

The J. Crew store in the Boise Towne Square mall has closed.

In its place: A J. Crew Mercantile store.

What's the difference? Essentially it is a hybrid between a full-price J. Crew store and a factory outlet J. Crew Factory store.  The retailer's wordsmiths put it thusly:

J. Crew Mercantile is a brand-new way to shop the J.Crew style you love with new deals every day. Featuring a collection of original styles once only found at J. Crew Factory stores, J. Crew Mercantile is even more of everything you love about J. Crew in convenient locations near you.

Racked put it a little more bluntly: J. Crew Mercantile is exactly like J. Crew Factory except it's in malls

A staffer told BoiseDev the new store would accept returns from the old store through the end of August.

The J. Crew Mercantile officially opened today. The store it replaced opened in 2011.

(Thanks, Alex, for the tip!)