Panache opening a second salon and spa in Eagle

The Panache salon and spa at 1115 N. Cole Road in Boise has been around for about a dozen years. They're opening a new location at 11 N. Fisher Park Way, in the Eagle Island complex, this August.

The new salon will have a grand opening from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 4. They'll be serving food, wine and beer and giving $100 Aveda gift bags to the first 100 people who show up.

Next stop for the Boise Food Truck Rally? The outlet mall.

The monthly Food Truck Rally has gotten insanely popular. (See also: Michael Deeds' writeup that manages to give dramatic tension to cupcakes and Alex Kiesig's excellent feature on the rally.)

For the next event — 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 13 — the trucks will set up camp in a giant parking lot out on I-84 — at the Boise Outlets. It's a way out from the recent Downtown Boise and Boise Bench spots. But it's nice to see the trucks rallying at a place that's more spacious and more accessible to a big chunk of the Valley. Not to mention the proximity to ice skating.

Retailers are angry about Supreme Court decision

I didn't think I'd be able to merge retail and Thursday's Supreme Court decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act. Turns out I was wrong.

The National Retail Federation said after the ruling that "as the voice of retailers of all types and sizes, we're disappointed."

Buy Idaho showcase at Ste. Chapelle Winery on July 15

The local association Buy Idaho will host a show from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on July 15 at the Ste. Chapelle Winery in Caldwell.

Vendors and members of Buy Idaho will have booths, and there will be wine, lunch for sale and live music. Tickets are $10 per person ($8 for wine club members) and include a wine tasting. A trade-show booth space costs $50 and includes two tickets to the event.

Visit or call 343-2582 for more information.

Caliente salon has moved, open house is Saturday

Caliente Full Service Salon opened in the mid-1990s at Fairview Avenue and Curtis Road. But the owners have bought a new building, at 605 S. Americana Blvd., and moved the salon there.

Co-owner Bruce Beerman said they're hosting an open house to show off the upgraded salon this Saturday from 4 p.m. to about 10 p.m., with appetizers and a Walla-Walla winery pouring glasses of wine.

REI will host a free campsite-cooking class

The REI store on West Emerald Street in Boise has a calendar of events happening at the store and around Idaho.

The evening of July 11, the store will have a very timely class for those of us who love camping but can't do anything more advanced than s'mores and hot dogs. The Camp Cooking Basics class had 56 spots open as of Tuesday morning.

Also upcoming: a bike maintenance basics class. Click here for the full calendar.

The Blue & Orange Store selling tickets Tuesday to Kellen Moore signing

On its Facebook page, The Blue & Orange Store in the mall on North Milwaukee Street gave some details about the Kellen Moore autograph signing this Saturday.

They'll be selling photos (with one ticket valid for two autographs) on their website Tuesday, June 26, starting at 9:30 a.m. These will be sold online only.

Click here for the full rules. The store's website is

Clothing swap Friday in Boise

While a clothing swap isn't this blog's traditional fare, it's something we thought readers may enjoy.

Meridian business Babe on a Budget is hosting a clothing swap Friday night, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Fasten-It, 134 N. Cloverdale Road in Boise. This is not a free event; it costs $15 if you haven't already bought a ticket. If you're not familiar with clothing swaps, they're events where a group of people gather to trade clothes.

Ice cream sandwich shop opens next to Greenbelt, whitewater park in Boise

If you're hitting the Greenbelt this weekend or taking your kayak out for a spin at the new whitewater park, you might notice a brightly colored hut. It's the Yak Shack, a new business venture by two local women. The Yak Shack, at 31st and West Pleasanton Ave., serves drinks, snacks and Sugar Sugar ice cream sandwiches in flavor combos like:

  • mint/chocolate
  • guava-cheesecake/gingersnap
  • salted-caramel/chocolate
  • lemon-blueberry/meringue

We profiled the business earlier this month in Business Insider. But I happened to ride by last weekend, grabbed a Bahama Boise (coconut-mango ice cream/lime sugar cookie) and snapped a photo.

The Yak Shack and Sugar Sugar

Restaurant and retail roundup


  • The Associated Press reports that Olive Garden and Red Lobster are struggling. Their Florida-based corporate owner hopes to recapture diners by changing menu and prices. Revenue at Olive Gardens open at least a year fell 1.6 percent in the company's last quarter. The drop was more than twice as steep for Red Lobsters open at least a year. Boise's Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants on North Milwaukee Street are among those. Pricing is part of the problem. For example, a Red Lobster price increase of $1, to $12.99, for the "Festival of Shrimp" drove people away.
    Read the full story.

  • The Idaho Statesman's Dana Oland's weekly wrap-up says the Boise Co-op's pet food store is open. The Griddle Restaurant is days away from opening a second location on ParkCenter Boulevard. The Soul Food Extravaganza and Taste of McCall are around the corner.
    Read the full story.

  • We've got a review of Tony's Pizzeria Teatro next to the Egyptian Theatre in Downtown Boise. Fun fact: Owner Tony Vuolo is the brother of Gino Vuolo, who owns Gino's Italian Ristorante in Meridian.
    Read the full story.


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