New in McCall

Summer goods outlet marks second year in former McCall Drug


After Albertsons Companies purchased the McCall Drug, it moved the pharmacy into the nearby expanded grocery store building.

But for the second summer, it is making use of the former drug store building to sell summer goods at outlet pricing. The Albertsons Summer Outdoor Center carries grills, water toys, coolers, tents, camp chairs, outdoor furniture and more.

This is the second summer for the outlet shop.

Ridley's McCall gets total overhaul

With Albertsons moving into the McCall market and doing a large revamp of its store on Lake St., Idaho-owned Ridley's also mounted an aggressive update - even rebranding as Ridley's Among the Pines.


The newly-updated store on Deinhard Lane near the resort town's southern gateway underwent a top-to-bottom remodel.

New features include an in-store Dawson Taylor coffee shop, second floor dining area, sushi bar, upgraded sandwich shop, beer cave and more.

The store's Payette Sporting Goods & Outfitters store was updated and remodeled, with camping supplies, fishing poles, guns & ammo and other items to take advantage of Central Idaho's outdoor options.

The store also rolled out a partnership with Skip - which allows shoppers to download a mobile app, scan groceries and pay without ever visiting a checkstand.

The store remodel was completed in early June.

Cafe 6 three 4 serves up breakfast, lunch and more

A new breakfast and lunch joint is now open in McCall's Roosevelt Arts area on the east side of the lake north of Downtown.


Cafe 6 three 4 opened on June 8th. Its name is a nod to the main phone prefix for the McCall area.

It features service for both breakfast and lunch. Items like the Idaho waffle (made of shredded potatoes with sausage) and heuvos con-cheros (a jalapeno cornbread muffin with eggs, bacon and more) highlight breakfast. For lunch, 6 three 4 features five choices, including The 208 (ham or turkey on artisan bread with fixings and a mustard aioli). 

Brown rice bowls, salads and soups round out the menu.

The cafe also serves up coffee drinks, wine, beer and tea. Nitro coffee and a nitro berry hibiscus tea are on tap.

The eatery is open 7am-3pm Tuesday-Sunday.

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McCall Moxie gives way to Payette Dream

With the number of locations for Moxie Java continuing to dwindle, the chain's outpost on Payette Lake on a prime corner in McCall has closed.

In its place is locally-owned Payette Dream Coffee House, which has expanded its offerings to inlcude breakfast items like breakfast burritos, omelettes and waffles.

The owners have also expanded the small ice cream counter and are emphasizing this offering with new decor, an increased selection and signage. The coffee house has a prime location just a few feet from popular Ice Cream Alley which often has a long wait time.

The owners have even bigger dreams - they are currently remodeling the old Country Treasures space next door for the future Payette Dream diner.  Build out on the diner is underway. And around the corner they hope to open Payette Dream arcade.

Ruby's Kitchen serves up coffee, juice and grub near Shore Lodge

After the Alpine Pantry closed in McCall on the towns west side near Shore Lodge, it left a void for the breakfast and lunch crowd who wanted to venture off the resort property.


Just before Thanksgiving of last year, Ruby's Kitchen filled the need - opening in the same building as the Pantry across from Rotary Park. Owned by Misty and Chris Braden, and named for their daughter Ruby, the new restaurant is open 6:30am-4:00pm each day.

The small eatery features coffee selections, as well as a variety of lunch and breakfast options. In the summer, seating is available outdoors on picnic tables along Idaho 55.

A small convenience store rounds out the space, much like it did for Alpine Pantry, with a focus on locally-sourced items. The store features a line of cold pressed juices made locally called RubyRei, featuring beets, kale, mint and other fruits and vegetables. A few local craft and gift items are also available.

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The Boardroom busts boredom with new McCall location

More than 20 years ago, The Boardroom opened its doors on State Street in Boise.

Now the shop designated to all the sports you can do on a board has opened a second location in McCall.

The new space on Idaho 55 near the Pancake House features a selection of snowboards, skateboards, longboards, and wakeboards - plus gear and accessories to go along with those sports.

The new store opened in August of last year, and is marking its first full summer on the city by the lake.

"A smaller footprint of The Board Room in Boise, we bring our expertise and collective to the McCall community along with a mix of our most trusted and premium brands," according to

Header photo: The Boardroom Facebook page

New bookstore fills gap left in McCall


The Barn Owl Books opened last fall, filling the void left by the closure of Blue Grouse books when it was acquired by Albertsons Companies as part of the purchase of McCall Drug.

Mike and Amy Cooper opened the store in Alpine Village in September. It features the usual selection of fiction and non-fiction tomes, plus a number of books by Idaho authors and themed to central Idaho. A selection of children's books and Idaho gifts are also available.

The store also includes a community room with readings and events.

Summer hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-6pm, and Sundays noon-4pm.

New Albertsons store gives McCall shoppers an upgrade

During the summer of 2017, visitors to the former Paul's Market might have felt like they were shopping in a construction zone. After being acquired by Albertsons Companies, a new store was built literally over the top of the old supermarket - and remained open for business nearly every day.

Related: Ridley's McCall gets total overhaul

Now complete, the new store features greatly expanded selection, as well as new bakery, produce, beer and fresh meat departments.  New fixtures and finishes are seen throughout the store.

The portion of the building that used to house a small amount of variety goods like clothing has been removed and replaced with an expanded two-story structure. New exterior architectural detailing matches the "log cabin" look of many buildings in the resort town.  

The store under construction last summer.

The store under construction last summer.

The expanded store feature a pharmacy for the first time, after Albertsons acquired McCall Drug and Blue Grouse Books on nearby 2nd Street. 

The store also has McCall's first Starbucks location (Shore Lodge serves a small selection of Starbucks products in its gift shop), as well as a second-floor mezzanine with outdoor seating.

Shore Lodge swaps Narrows restaurant and bar

McCall's Shore Lodge shut down completely last fall. Every room, every restaurant... everything.

Crews swooped in and knocked out a number of projects - including renovating the restaurants and an update to woodwork throughout the nearly 70-year old lodge on Payette Lake.

Crews moved the existing bar to the space where The Narrows restaurant was - and pulled the dining room into the old bar space.

The restaurant has been renamed Narrows Steakhouse with an updated menu.

"A definitive Idaho steakhouse where the singular focus is to distinctively serve the finest food and drinks in one the most stunning dining environments anywhere," in Shore Lodge blog speak.

The revamp gives the restaurant a more cozy feel, while the bar has sweeping views of the lake. The project took several months to complete, and is now in place for the summer season.

"We are excited for this project, as it will give a fresh new look to our common spaces," Lodge officials said in an email blast about the project.

New Cutwater restaurant starts first full summer Shore Lodge

Shore Lodge has a new restaurant to start the summer season, with The Cutwater.

The restaurant first opened late last summer in a space on the lower level of the lodge building.

The centerpiece of the new restaurant is a 2,000 gallon saltwater aquarium filled with tropical fish and a living coral reef.  Officials say the tank will weigh about eight tons when filled.  Crews used a crane to hoist the tank over the Lodge last summer.

The restaurant features American fare with pricepoints for meals under $30.  

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served with indoor and outdoor lakefront seating.

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Wild River Java to give McCall a jolt with new building


One of the few drive-thru options in McCall is about to bulk up.

Wild River Java on Highway 55 near Deinhard Lane is replacing its small coffee kiosk with a much larger location just a few feet away.

The original Wild River closed on June 19th so crews could demolish the building and finish driveways for the new spot.

"We have upgraded our equipment to provide more consistent beverages each time you come no matter who is working," store management wrote on Facebook. "Also, we are increasing our staff size to better and more quickly serve you! We want you to have the ultimate experience when you visit Wild River Java!"

The store is set to open in coming weeks.

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Courtesy Wild River Java

Courtesy Wild River Java