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Local Shops Make State Street A Shopping Destination
Shop where you live at more than 25 locally-owned businesses on Boise's State Street, between 15th street and 36th street.
Millie Hilgert, a.k.a. Miss Courageous, is something of a Boise icon. Anyone who loves the Capital City Public Market recognizes her bright stall full of goodies. She took it a level up last year when she opened Re-POP Gifts, a place where she could sell her started curating the work of other local artists, and decided to start working with other vendors to bring Boise a large dash of geek chic. Jonesing for some Doctor Who merchandise? Re-POP is your shop.
Always the innovator, Hilgert teamed up with Gabrielle Krake of Bee Wise Goods and Colleen Fletcher of Wholistic Beauty Boutique to reach out to other State Street merchants. Together they founded State Street Shops and its Instagram-famous hashtag #statestreetshops. You can find a directory at each of the three founders stores.
Gabrielle Krake, now the owner of TWO Bee Wise locations on State along with Boise's Bakery (co-managed by her talented daughter Isabelle), is a creative force. She handcrafts many of the items sold in her stores, helps bake for Boise's Bakery, and teaches some of the classes offered at Bee Wise. She’s constantly working out new ideas and is an inspiration to many local business owners.
Colleen Fletcher has created something that could be called a spa, but Wholistic Beauty Boutique is much more. Not only does she help with your skin, she balances your chakras, sells organic body care, and teaches musicians how to create better body mechanics. This is the place for group meditation, energy healing work, and massage. Contact her for a free consultation to see what modality works best for you.
These three women and their fantastic vision are bringing a renaissance to a street that for the past few years has only been considered a thoroughfare to many Boise commuters. They’re urging you to look around. These businesses are close to downtown, many offer free parking, and all are bicycle friendly.
Stop for coffee, baked goods, lunch, or just to browse. Don’t forget to check out #statestreetshops on Instagram!
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