What does it cost to build an arcade for grown-ups?

The City of Boise issued a permit last week for Dave & Buster's renovations at the Boise Towne Plaza on North Milwaukee Avenue. Word is the new Boise entertainment center will open in December. The value of the building permit? A cool $2.7 million. Sound like a lot? To put it in context, that's what it costs to turn a former Circuit City space into a 24,000-square-foot restaurant, bar and arcade with the appropriate bathrooms, walls and everything else. It also cost them about $25,000 in fees to get the permit.

Treasure Valley nonprofit thrift stores: The guide

I missed a few stores in a list that accompanied Sunday's story about thrift stores. It's always hard to get everyone into a list like that — this is a very big valley — but one of the reasons we launched this blog was to create a "go to" source for shoppers, diners and anyone else in search of retail info, and what better place than that for a full listing?

So here's a list of nonprofit thrift stores in the Treasure Valley. I'd like it to be a work in progress, so if you find any that are absent, or if any new ones open, please post a comment. I'll add 'em:

Free breakfast, shopping discount for age 60+ at Grace Place next Friday

After our story about local thrift stores ran in Sunday's paper, I got a call from The Grace Place — Love INC thrift store. Turns out they're having an event next week. The store will have a free continental breakfast for seniors age 60 and over next Friday, Sept. 21, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. They're also giving 60-and-older shoppers a 10 percent discount all day.

The store is usually open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, but they're opening early next Friday for the breakfast.

Nakedology grand opening Friday

The Nakedology cosmetics store has its grand opening Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. on the lower level of Boise Towne Square mall near Macy's.

The first 50 customers will get free goodie bags. Mrs. Idaho 2012 will be there for a meet-and-greet from 7 to 9 p.m.

The store sells skin care and cosmetics products and has tanning beds and spray tanning.

Whole Foods is now hiring

Whole Foods Market is schedule to open this fall. Last we reported, it will open around Thanksgiving. Now they're in full hiring mode. If you search for Boise on their jobs website, you'll see dozens of openings. My favorite is "Specialty Coffee/Tea/Chocolate Specialist" — yum.

Here's a list of the full-time openings:

  • Bakery Team Member
  • Bakery Cake Decorator
  • Meat Cutter
  • Coffee Bar/Barista Team
  • Bakery Production Team Member

Shoppers pack new Boise-area Goodwill store on State Street

The second Goodwill store in Boise opened Thursday morning at 9 a.m. on the northeast corner of Glenwood and State streets, and more than 300 shoppers went through the doors in the first 15 minutes, according to officials with the nonprofit that owns the store.

Two Idaho retailers rank in nation's Top 100

I just stumbled across this list of 100 retail "power players" in the U.S., put together by a National Retail Federation magazine.

Two companies headquartered in Boise made the list.

WinCo Foods is No. 78. According to the list, WinCo had $4.6 billion in U.S. sales last year, 6.1 percent growth over its 2010 sales; and 80 stores nationwide, or 2.6 percent more than in 2010.

Albertsons is No. 82 on the list. It had $4.1 billion in U.S. sales last year, a 5 percent decline over 2010; and 211 stores, or 4.5 percent fewer than in 2010.

Sneak peek of Boise's new Goodwill

Boise will get its second Goodwill store tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. The first 500 people through the doors at 7000 W. State St. will get a free shopping bag. One shopper will win an iPad.

I got a sneak preview of the store, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what buyers snap up tomorrow. Here are some of the highlights I saw:

A green loveseat that appears (to me) to be vintage furniture from the 1960s-1970s and in great shape

In-N-Out hopes to "someday" open in Boise

After tallying the votes in our contest, and seeing an In-N-Out commercial on TV recently, I sent a note today to the folks at In-N-Out to see if they're eyeing Boise.

Sounds like Treasure Valley fans may not be out of luck forever.

Their vice president of planning and development said In-N-Out isn't planning to open any restaurants in the Boise area in the near future, but they "hope to be there someday."

As for any TV advertising, it might just be spillover from other markets, he said.

Hey, Trader Joe's: the Treasure Valley reeeeeally wants you

The results of our contest are in! The winner of our $100 gift card to the Boise Towne Square mall will be notified next week.

But for now, the rankings:

  • No. 1: Trader Joe's
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