Boise's Terox footwear is making a footprint

This week's Business Insider has a story about the local flip-flop maker Terox, which is growing fast in part because of its "Made in America" sticker — something that's rare in footwear — and the way the flip-flops are formed to the foot.

I was delighted that we got a chance to cover Terox in Business Insider, as I've been meaning to write about them here. (Our own Vicki Gowler sang their praises in her Best Thing feature.)

Check out the BI story, and catch Terox online at, on their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

Garden City McDonald's reopens Wednesday

The McDonald's restaurant at 4825 Glenwood — cross street Chinden — will reopen Wednesday after a renovation of its exterior and interior. The store will have a double-lane drive through, new furniture and a plasma television, among other upgrades.

The store will have a grand re-opening Wednesday with:

  • 69-cent hamburgers
  • 79-cent cheeseburgers
  • two Egg McMuffins for $3 during breakfast
  • free smoothie and frappe samples
  • an appearance by Ronald McDonald during dinner hours
  • special discounts for the first 500 people through the door

One dollar of every Extra Value Meal sold during Wednesday's grand opening will benefit the Idaho Ronald McDonald House.

By the way, we'll have a profile of the local McDonald's franchise owners — it's a family company that started decades ago — in an upcoming edition of Business Insider.

Jerry's Rookie Shop having a "summer blast party" Saturday

Jerry's Rookie shop — a sports card and memorabilia shop at 3021 W. State St. in Boise — is having a special event Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Here's the scoop:

  • Special prices
  • Special raffle tickets for each purchase
  • Everyone gets a raffle ticket for showing up
  • They're selling 40 boxes of Finest Football cards for $150 apiece

Jerry's is asking people to pay cash if possible, and with debit card as a backup option. They'll take credit cards if they have to, but no checks.

Party time at R. Grey Gallery

The Downtown jewelry gallery won top honors in a recent ranking of the country's coolest small jewelry stores. To see the in-depth, photo-packed profile, click here.

They're celebrating over at R. Grey Gallery on Friday, Sept. 14, with a party from 5 to 9 p.m. The party is open to everyone, and there will be live music, entertainment, food and drinks.

The award was pretty huge for R. Grey, since they were up against 107 other shops. The annual competition has been running for 10 years. Stores were judged for their facades, their interiors, the store's biography, how they advertise, their website and their individuality.

"We knew we had a good chance of getting in the top three, but when we heard we had won we were elated," said Robert Grey Kaylor in a press release. "It is a huge honor to have this title. Our business has continued to expand over the last 26 years, and our goal is to continue to make changes and improvements to make it even better."

Your online buying-power score: a new kind of tracker

This isn't an Idaho-only story, but it surely applies to Idaho consumers and is a story I recommend reading. A recent New York Times story describes how folks are being tracked and scored based on how valuable they are as consumers. There are algorithms that judge your spending potential based on your job, salary, home value, what you buy and how much it costs.

Want to know your score? Tough, says the NYT. The scores are private, and they're bought and sold to companies looking to pinpoint their customers.

The takeaway: Your consumer characteristics can determine such things as whether you're pitched a premium credit card or a plain-vanilla one, and how your customer-service call is routed. Some worry the scores could push financially strained consumers into bad lending deals and otherwise erode their choices.

What do you think?

Qdoba will give Boise State students free burritos Monday

The recently opened Qdoba Mexican Grill at 590 S. Broadway Ave. in Boise will give free burritos to Boise State students all day Monday, Aug. 27.

The special is to welcome students back to school. Students must bring a valid Boise State University ID card to the Broadway restaurant to get a free burrito.

More on the French pastry shop opening in Boise's North End

A Boise woman who's been stocking the Boise Co-op with cookies is opening her own pastry shop this fall on State and 17th streets. It will be in the shopping center across from Albertsons.

If you want a glimpse into what they'll be selling, check out the Janjou website, its Flickr page or its Facebook page. If you're looking for a barista or baker job, make sure you check out the Facebook page.

Moshit told me she and her husband searched for three-and-a-half years for the ideal storefront. "That area is just perfect for us," she said. "It's the North End, and a cute little shopping center [with] a lot of restaurants" nearby.

More about the Downtown Boise bar with classic arcade games

Spacebar Arcade, which the owners hope to open at the end of the month, will have the following arcade games, as listed on the bar's Facebook page. Already I'm hearing calls for NBA Jams and Tempest to be added to the list — but it's pretty long already.

UPDATE: New games will be rotated in on a regular basis, says one of the owners.

Which one is your favorite?

Lunar Lander
Missile Command
Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
Mortal Kombat
Donkey Kong
Moon Patrol
Wizard of Wor
Pole Position
Crystal Castles
Road Blasters

Downtown is getting a cheese and charcuterie shop

If you missed the most recent Food Notes column from Dana Oland, it included the soon-to-come Downtown restaurant Bleubird. The restaurant will serve cheeses, meats, antipasti, jams and other cheese-plate companions, plus salads and sandwiches. Dana reports that Bleubird is slated to open later this month at 224 N. 10th St.

Click here to check out Bleubird's Facebook page.

This weekend's grand re-opening at the Nampa Sportsman's Warehouse

The Sportsman's Warehouse in Nampa has been shuttered for a few years. But now it's back, and it did a soft opening last Thursday. There's a grand opening this weekend, though, with some goodies for early birds. Click here for a story or here for the post on the Into the Outdoors blog to read more about it.

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