Enter our contest: Which retailer do you hope to see in the Treasure Valley?

We just launched a new contest — tell us who you're hoping will come to the Treasure Valley next! We've had H&M and Nordstrom Rack, Whole Foods, Gordmans, Dave and Buster's and other national and regional stores and restaurants build and open in the Boise-Nampa area just in the past year.

Who do you hope will be the next to announce?

There's a sweet $100 gift card to the Boise Towne Square mall up for grabs. We're doing a random drawing for that prize.

Vote here: http://idahostatesman.upickem.net/engine/Welcome.aspx?contestid=66679

Teen Vogue back-to-school events Saturday at Boise Towne Square

The back-to-school fashion event at Boise Towne Square mall is coming up this weekend, with sales and live concerts by Dylan Hyde, a 15-year-old pop artist who was born deaf but has undergone surgeries to restore his hearing. The event is in collaboration with Teen Vogue magazine.

Hyde will perform Saturday at 1 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. at the mall's center court near Sears. Several stores in the mall — including Kohl's, American Eagle and Aeropostale — will have one-day sales.

McDonald's throughout southern Idaho will give away backpacks

McDonald's restaurants in the Treasure Valley will give away nearly 3,000 backpacks starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11.

The backpacks will be given away to students in kindergarten through the 8th grade.

More details:

  • Free backpacks are available while supplies last.
  • Lines may form starting at 7:30 a.m., according to a company press release.
  • The child must be present to claim the backpack.
  • One backpack per child.
  • McDonald's in Mountain Home, Weiser and Ontario, Ore., will also participate in the backpack giveaway.
  • Offer doesn't apply to airport McDonald's.
  • Students who show up for a free backpack after supplies are gone will get a coupon for a free Happy Meal, according to a company spokeswoman.

Want updates from your Idaho McDonald's? You can follow them on Twitter: @IdahoMcD

Wine and beer tasting at Pacific Rim on Mondays

The new wine store and grab-and-go restaurant, Pacific Rim Wine Stop at 2870 W. State St. in Boise, will host free wine and beer tastings all summer long, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday evenings.

The tastings will include samples of the store's food menu, which now includes wraps with Thai barbecue chicken, bay shrimp Caesar and pulled barbecue pork.

Usual store hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sunday and open Monday for tastings and other events only. Want more info? Call 342-3375.

Your afternoon free-coffee update

Holy smokes, Boise loves its free coffee. If you're heading down to the grand opening of the new Dutch Bros. at Franklin and Orchard for a free cup of joe, be ready for a line. Here's a (really low-quality, sorry) photo I just snapped that shows only the front of the car line:

Free coffee for Dutch Bros. grand opening at Franklin, Orchard

The new Dutch Bros. Coffee at Franklin and Orchard in Boise will kick off its opening Friday with free drinks all day, from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

All kinds of drinks of any size will be free. "You can go as many times as you want" that day, but only one per trip, said a company spokeswoman.

The store's address is 101 S. Orchard St., in the parking lot of Fred Meyer. A spokeswoman for the Oregon-based company said to expect traffic jams from cars lining up for free drinks.

Mattress Land now open in Nampa

A new Mattress Land Sleep Fit Center has opened in Nampa. The store is at 16573 N. Marketplace Blvd. and is the chain's third location in the Treasure Valley. There are 19 stores in the U.S., mostly in California. The other local stores are at 7940 W. Rifleman in Boise and 3163 E. Lanark St. in Meridian. Nampa store hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, according to the Mattress Land website.

Check out this photo of the new store from the ribbon-cutting ceremony, just posted on the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Boise's R. Grey Gallery named coolest small jewelry store in the U.S.

A jewelry trade magazine has named the R. Grey Gallery on 8th Street in Downtown Boise as the Coolest Small Store in the U.S.

The magazine wrote an in-depth profile of the specialty jewelry store and its owners, highlighting the store's unique touches like its glass-art pieces. Click here to read it. My favorite part is the Q&A with owner Robert Kaylor at the bottom of the page.

Boise's new H&M: A sneak-peek at the company's fashions

We broke the news yesterday that H&M will be opening its store at the Boise Towne Square mall late this fall. They've already started posting jobs — check out today's paper or visit hm.com for more info — and expect to hire more than 60 people.

The Swedish company makes affordably priced and mid-priced, trendy clothes. I'd say their style is a cross between Forever 21, Urban Outfitters and Target — garments you can wear to work, hip and casual duds for going out, lots of color and unique fabrics and prints.

Here are a few of the items they're advertising on their website for sale in stores this September:

Gordmans department store now open in Meridian

The department store chain Gordmans has now opened its second Idaho store. The 50,000-square-foot, newly built store opened in Meridian Thursday at Eagle Road and Fairview Avenue.

We reported the opening plans in an April story about national retailers coming to the Treasure Valley.

The store will have its grand opening July 26 to 29. The publicly traded company's CEO Jeff Gordman will present a $2,500 check to the Meridian Joint School District at a 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting July 26. Gordmans has a program that contributes money to local schools, and since 2000 has contributed more than $1 million to public school systems in 18 states, the company says.

The grand opening will include drawings for gift cards worth $25 to $100 and other special promotions.

Gordmans also recently opened a Nampa store at 16740 N. Marketplace Blvd.

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