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

10 Barrel Brewing


Babcock Design Group

Cellar 616

Grove Fitness Club & Spa

Idaho iRepair

Mixed Greens

Pur Zen Massage Therapy

The Studio


The Dish

Angells Bar and Grill Renato


Stillwater Float Center

Wellness Chiropractic for All


Boise Creative Center Art Studio

Guru Donut

Yokozuna Teriyaki

Lucky Fins

Bodo Chiropractic

Serenity Arts by Mary

Rolling In Dough


Dharma Sushi and Thai

Les Filles

Swank Boutique


Tech Savvy

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

-Trader Joe's

-Ruth's Cris


-Panda Express

-Bogus Brewing

However, 2013 was not a success for all the shops and restaurants downtown. Many businesses closed last year.

Closed in 2013

-Baguette Deli

-Cricket Clothing Company

-La Vie En Rose European Bakery and Bistro


-See Jane Run

-Helly Hansen

-Cellar 616 Tasting Room

-Grape Escape

-Gamekeeper Lounge

-The Red Headed Finn Pub

-Ice Bouquet

-The Old Spaghetti Factory

-Brick Oven Bistro

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