<p>Boise Co-op is one of those places it's easy to find yourself at multiple times a day. Maybe the first stop is a quick swing-in for organic milk and some freshly baked bread. But then, oops, you forgot to pack a lunch and you're back at the deli counter for a half sandwich and a sid…

<p>Need colored markers? A fancy notebook? Kids' crafts? Cerulean blue oil paint? Cadmium red acrylic? Poster board? Colored poster board? Woodworking tools? Regardless of what supplies you need to express your visual, artistic, creative side, we'll bet Boise Blue Art Supply has it. An…

<p>Admittedly, "best meat" is not the ideal choice of words for a Best of Boise category title hoping to elicit serious responses. Apparently, many of you out there think rather highly of what's in your britches. After laughing our way through all the responses and winnowing it down to…

<p>Ufta. Sometimes, readers, you amaze us. This year, we threw in a couple of wacky reader questions just to mix it up. Best Use of Stuffed Animals in Local Marketing is one of them. What's amazing about the winner in this category isn't the winner. After all, it's exactly what we had …

<p>We are a fool for a pun, so we're glad our readers are going to jamaca us write about Jamaca Me Tan. The salons must be doing something right because along with seven Treasure Valley locations, the Boise-based company has jamacaed the move into Arizona, with five locations there. (W…

<p>For nearly 40 years, the little store with the giant diamond ring atop the building has served Boiseans' jewelry repair needs. But Artsmith Jewelers is also the go-to place for those looking to find unique or custom-made pieces. Whether you want to design a fashionable ring from scr…

<p>We'd be a wee bit surprised if Inkvision didn't win this one each year. Not because the other shops in town aren't fine establishments, but because when we see spectacular ink, it is often done by someone at Inkvision. We would proudly hold up any of the skin art that comes out of t…

<p>Stress sucks. It's hard to put it more plainly than that. Unfortunately, nearly all of us have to deal with it to some degree (unless, of course, you are one of the blessed few who live off never-depleting trust funds, jetting between homes in Italy, Sun Valley, Malibu and Bali. And…

<p>Though there are a handful of places around town where you can pick up mass-produced essentials like mini-pig launchers, boxing nuns or cat butt magnets, the Flying M gift shop also offers an assortment of items like jewelry and purses crafted by local designers. That's why, when ou…

<p>For more than 100 years, tobacco consumers have been stopping into Hannifin's for supplies. It's the only downtown location to sell smokes and smoke-related paraphernalia, and even through the societal shifts regarding smoking, the corner store with the dark interior has stayed stro…

<p>It's pretty hard to beat Edwards Greenhouse. In fact, in Best of Boise land--where the hanging fuchsia pots and wind chimes sway eternally in the warm summer breeze--it's almost impossible. Every year we ask you green-thumbed readers where to find the best place in town to show up w…

<p>We're so happy this category can still even exist. Places like Rediscovered Bookshop are becoming a rare breed, and we feel fortunate to have Rediscovered as a thriving member of our community. The place is extra cool, not just because they carry used books, new books, poetry, ficti…

<p>When looking for something manly to do around Boise, options abound. There are plenty of sporting events, sports to compete in, drinking and sporting events. There are gun shops, decent smoke shops and a modicum of strip clubs. But if you want to feel truly manly, go buy yourself a …

<p>We all know the old truism about the early bird and his worm-catching skills. But for Boise early birds, the prize is the best veggies. If you're not on Eighth Street with a reusable tote by 10 a.m. on a Saturday, you're not going home with the choice roughage. And if popularity kee…

<p>Our readers don't require anything fancy from their favorite watering hole. At Neurolux, it's all about basics: cheap and potent drinks, ample ashtrays and a jukebox brimming with indie classics. Hungry? There's nothing stuffed with fig. But if you head outside, Tim the Hot Dog Guy …

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<p>If the results in this category aren't indicative of Boise's collective priorities, we don't know what is. Running shoes before a sweet pair of polka dot wedges. It's true, though. Give Boise its Tevas, Keens and Vasques, and all is well. So just what sets Shu's apart from other ath…

<p>In the immortal words of Liz Lemon, "Uh, doy."</p> <p class="placed">Second Place: Tie: Doyle's Broadway Music Company and <a href="http://www.boisepubliclibrary.org/">Boise Public Library</a>

<p>In a place like Boise, which proudly boasts about its deep Basque heritage, it only makes sense that a place like the Basque Market would come out on top of this category. And this is unquestionably one result we can get fully behind because we here at <i>Boise Weekly</i>…

<p>Wow, who knew a race for best hair salon could be so exciting? First and second place in this category exchanged the lead several times, but when the dust settled, Goliath had been slain. That's right, after years of domination, Graeber &amp; Company was bested by the little sal…

<p>We think a conspiracy is afoot at the Idaho Youth Ranch, but it's one we're happy to be complicit in. We think people with cool stuff who want to support IYR's important cause drop their stuff off there. Then other cool people who also want to support IYR shop there and buy up the c…

<p>Walking through Boise Co-op Wine Shop's narrow aisles, it's easy to pretend you're a rich European noble looking to pluck a vintage Chateauneuf de Pape from your well-stocked cellar to serve in the parlour while debating the merits of Kant's <i>Critique of Pure Reason</i>…

<p>Someday, technology will progress to the point where you can open your fridge and every item you could possibly want from Boise Co-op is inside. Like fresh, locally made tomatillo salsa or almond-stuffed green olives or lemon meringue gelato. The future holds such sublime gluttonous…

<p>Going through Metro Express is like being in a parade. Just wave to the sudsy soapies, smile big at the giant sponges and buffers, guffaw at the spray guns and throw candy at the blow driers. No, don't throw candy while you are in the car wash, but when you emerge, nearly a block fr…

<p>Though modern history is rife with famous Barbaras--Bush, Morgan, Eden, Walters--Boise's longtime downtown boutique is so rad they decided to double the amount of Barbarism. With a selection of fancy cocktail dresses, top-notch jeans and unique blouses, the shop's selection is diver…

<p>OK, here's the scenario: You look around your home and realize that couch and mattress you picked up off the curb back in college and the papasan chair just aren't going to cut it anymore (besides, no one should ever have a roadside mattress). Scenario No. 2: Your living room is loo…

<p>Want a lunchbox from Rome? How about a beau petit morceau de bijoux from Paris? Been looking for a dusty little British book? You don't need a plane ticket or a Paypal account to get those things. You'll probably find them at the Antique World Mall. The huge complex contains aisles …

<p>Boise City Taxi has a reputation for being the fastest cab company to get to you on a moment's notice. But did you know the drivers will ferry your sorry ass to and from Sun Valley? (Don't even think about the fare.) They're also happy as clams to transport your restaurant to-go ord…

<p>What makes a good bank these days? One that's still open. OK, bad joke. Idaho Credit Union has all the stuff we presume people look for in a bank (we wouldn't know, we're not in banking and get paid in Flicks tickets): free checking, low loan rates, locations open six days a week, e…

<p>It's impossible to write about the YMCA without singing, "It's fun to stay at the YMCA," so we'll get that out of the way first. Now, we're going to go out on a limb and say the downtown Y takes top honors because it has the best pool and slide combo in town. OK, maybe there's more …

<p>Jim's is like a fantasy land for adults. You can imagine yourself as a famous chef, standing at your six-burner Viking range, flipping flapjacks. You can imagine all the laundry folded and put away, the sheets crisply tucked in, the mud stains vanquished. You can lose yourself in th…

<p>When is a T-shirt shop not just a T-shirt shop? When it's <a href="http://www.palmercash.com/">Palmercash</a>. Listen Boise, we're just gonna come straight out with this: Props to you for knowing what a good thing we have here with downtown Boise's new Palmercash store. …

Every family should have a doctor, a lawyer, a mechanic and a pharmacist&shy;&mdash;if not as a relative, then as a close personal friend. Ladd takes care of the pharmacist part, and by being locally owned and operated, they can technically count as family, too. And, of course, they …

<p>When MacLife opened in Boise, we were a bit intimidated. Apple computers, apparently, only attract geniuses, and chances are, if we have to talk to one of them, it's because we don't know something and, ergo, are not geniuses ourselves. They totally redeemed themselves, however, whe…

<p>More than once, we've been accused of being just a little off. But thanks to Wellspring, we're at least figuring out how to get our yin and yang in balance. The school focuses on Chinese Ama massage, which attempts to help patients get their energies flowing just right. But better t…

<p>Grass is so 20th century. In this day and age, front yards and back yards are becoming much more productive. Say you're looking for a place to stick your tomato plants--or to be more accurate, you're looking for someone who will do the actual hard work part for you--you can offer up…

<p>We love our UPS and FedEx delivery people, but when we need important documents delivered across town in a hurry, we call Northstar Cycle Courier. Owners/messengers Patrick Sweeney and Warren O'Dell keep our packages safe, our environment healthy and, with their cheap rates, they ke…

<p>As newspapers look for "new revenue models" and "ways to capitalize on the Internet economy," <i>Boise Weekly</i> thought long and hard about what our readers want. The answer was sitting right in front of our faces the whole time: Y'all love to eat and drink. So we came…

<p>Whether your beloved pooch is the adventurous type that cares more about what makes its smell inviting to other dogs, or you own a fluffy type that demands all the ribbons, bells and whistles, this dog wash is for you. Pull up and settle in to a self-service dog wash station, and fo…

<p>Karin Kimura, co-owner of A2O Fitness, is built like a brick house. When you meet her, you want her to whip you into the same shape. To introduce themselves to Boise, A20 held a media weight-loss competition. <i>BW</i> and Fox 12 went head to head, and <i>BW</i&…

<p>Forego spending time fishing through Craigslist for used tanks, equipment and unwanted aquatic species, and instead go straight to Fish Aquariums and Stuff. For those with a thing for the fishies, it's a lifesaver in a sea of confusion for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums. Th…

Orchard is becoming a one-street shop for sweet deals on ethnic foods. From Bosnian to Argentinean to Asian to Middle Eastern, you can get it all. But if you're after the best pre-mixed curry blend in town, then India Food Market is where it's at. Trust us. </p>

<p>No, the best day-olds are not found in the birthing chambers at either of the saints. But you can find a sweet little baby of equivalent weight and nearly equivalent size at your local Big City coffee shop for just $1. And with names like Cinnamon Roll and Blueberry Scone and Bear C…

<p>Hill Road's newest development, the 36th Street Garden Center, is a place for lingerers. After polishing off a crisp bottle of vinho verde on the bistro's European plaza-meets-construction-site-patio, you can peruse the various items for sale in the garden center. With an assortment…

<p>Though the Roosevelt Market might not carry big sticks, they do have quite an eclectic assortment of pantry items for a small neighborhood convenience store. While the presence of goodies like rice wine vinegar, coconut milk and water chestnuts seem like an obvious nod to the epicur…