BOISE -- For the fifth year in a row, the Downtown Boise Business Association reported more businesses have opened than closed downtown.
Findings, a high-end clothing boutique, opened on Idaho Street in spring 2013.
See Jane Run used to be here, and we actually had been looking at Boise for a while as a place that we wanted to put one of our stores, said Findings manager, Julie McQuary. So when this location became free, we pretty much jumped on.
McQuary said word-of-mouth and pedestrian traffic are driving people into the store.
We don't have a name that people automatically recognize so we thought it would be kind of a slow start, said McQuary. But actually almost right off the bat we had a lot of people coming in the door.
New in 2013
Alavita, another new business, just celebrated one year of business this month.
The first year's been fantastic, said manager Peter Dietrich. We haven't done any advertising so it's been all by word of mouth, and it's been great.
Created by Cameron Lumsden, who started Fork, Alavita has experienced success already, with a menu focused on local ingredients.
He got the concept traveling through Italy a couple years back and he thought, nobody in Boise really makes their own pasta and does all their sauces by scratch, said Dietrich.
If that doesn't suit you, there are several businesses opening this year.
Opening This Year
-Woodland Empire Ale Craft
-The Mode Lounge
However, 2013 was not a success for all the shops and restaurants downtown. Many businesses closed last year.
Closed in 2013
-Cricket Clothing Company
-La Vie En Rose European Bakery and Bistro
-See Jane Run
-Cellar 616 Tasting Room
-The Red Headed Finn Pub
-The Old Spaghetti Factory
-Brick Oven Bistro