BOISE -- Saturday was a big day in Boise, as the Boise hole officially became a memory. At the ribbon cutting, Mayor Bieter called the Eighth and Main building the crown jewel of Boise's downtown. He praised the brains behind the operation for going in during a poor economic time and shaking the curse.
Organizers said they wanted this to be the event of the year and thousands from around the Treasure Valley came to the concert to help make it happen.
It's really a celebration, I think, fitting this historic occasion, filling the Boise hole, building the tallest building in Idaho, said Nicola McIntosh, from Zions Bank.
The Zions Bank team is moving into their new home at the Eighth and Main building, along with several other businesses and restaurants.
We're just starting to see the building fill with those neighbors, said McIntosh.
It wasn't just exciting for the business community. Saturday was also a time of excitement for people enjoying the event.
It's great, I love it, said Jim Phillips, who stopped to enjoy the food truck rally with friends. The atmosphere is great, the music's great, I love all the people out here eating and enjoying the food trucks.
Phillips has lived in the Treasure Valley for 15 years. He lives in Nampa, but says he comes to Boise often for special events.
It's good to see that they filled the hole, said Phillips. It's nice to see something there. I didn't think they would, but it's good to see they got it done.
The event was a fun celebration, but the importance of filling the Boise hole is not lost on Boiseans like Nate Thompson.
It's epic, Thompson said. It's bringing so much business to downtown. I'm excited to see Trader Joe's and a lot of other businesses come in because I think it's going to flood Boise with the sort of economy that we need.
Thompson is looking forward to raising his son in Boise's new chapter.
You know, it feels promising, to be honest with you, said Thompson. I think with the Jack's Urban Meeting Place still developing and all sorts of other great opportunities, it's going to be a great environment for our kids to grow up in.