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Make Local a Priority

A list of local businesses that you can support over the holidays as you shop for unique gifts

Article by Editorial Staff

Photography by Provided

Originally published in Boise Lifestyle

If there’s one thing we don’t have to remind any of you, it’s that the Treasure Valley is a great place to live. We’ve got first-class restaurants, unique shopping venues, world-class culture and communities that are regularly celebrated by newspapers, magazines and websites across the nation.

After spending the day cooking traditional family recipes, telling stories about this last year, and falling asleep as football or a movie plays in the background, Thanksgiving marks the end of fall and the beginning of the holiday shopping season.

As Black Friday and Small Business Saturday marks the official start to the Christmas shopping season, please keep in mind the importance – and personal value – of shopping locally. By that we mean buying holiday gifts from locally owned, independent business owners who live here, pay taxes here, send their children to school here and want Boise, Eagle and Meridian to prosper as much as you do. When you shop locally, your dollars have a multiplier effect that touches your life in more ways than you probably ever imagined.

Independent business owners spend their profits here – not just on goods but also on a wide variety of support services, from architects to accountants, building contractors to computer consultants. They also carry locally made goods that reflect the unique tastes and interests of their communities. Local business owners donate more to local charities, are more likely to serve on local boards and support a variety of community causes and events.

Think of three independently owned businesses you know you would miss if they weren’t around anymore. Make a point of stopping in to say hello and make a purchase, however small.

Shop local this Christmas. It matters. You’re creating jobs, promoting community development, funding more city services, supporting a host of local charities and helping keep Treasure Valley the unique and wonderful place we all know it to be.

This list is just a few of thousands of local retailers and restaurants that you can support today and over the holidays as you shop for unique gifts for your friends and family.


With arborists and staff trained in proper techniques for tree care and maintenance, including all aspects of pruning.


A gorgeous real cowhide swivel chair by Paul Robert. America the Beautiful Dreamer and Renditions continues to offer unique furniture for every room of your home.


Whether you’re looking for a mortgage, auto, home equity, or other lending product, they have a loan for that.


Fire season has arrived with custom-built fire tables and natural stone gas fire pits to fit your outdoor living space. 


Lovely woman’s accessories. Great gift ideas with optional gift wrap.


Ski-in/ski-out 3 bed, 4 bath residence located directly on the snow front at Tamarack Resort, featured as one of the best up-and-coming resorts in North America on @snowbrains.


We work to preserve and grow your assets. King, Barrios & Bartlett Investment Group creates investment plans that integrates with your vision for your family and your future.


Windows, doors and siding to builders, designers and homeowners. Representing Marvin, Pro-via and Western Windows and Doors as well as James Hardie Siding Products.


It's like a gift in your inbox! Text 313131 to receive the best dry cleaning savings. Serving Boise for 40 years and a Meridian location as well. 


Family-owned and operated since 1960 and delivering the best brands at the best possible price, while delivering award-winning customer service.


Idaho's largest coffee shop recently celebrated 30 years of doing what they love! They are celebrating their passion for coffee & the awesome customers with Holiday gift baskets and coffee.


20% Off luxury hair extensions, and hair color services on first visit when you mention "Lifestyle magazine". Catered lunch and dinner from Crave Delivery available.


New development Tesoro nestled at the base of the East Boise foothills in the coveted Barber Valley. Experience the difference with Teal Point Custom Homes.


Pizza Monday! $30 for your choice CACi pizza + a bottle of red or white wine. Only on Mondays at


Ricochet can fill your home with the best quality lightly used furniture from modern to mid-century.


A seven-acre plant paradise full of everything your home garden and landscape needs. selection of perennials, annuals, shrubs, evergreens, trees, large pottery and houseplants.


Pet hair, dirt, and grime, are eliminated using the Zr lifter, counter-rotating brushes to loosen the deeply embedded dirt and debris in carpet fibers.


Surround yourself with unique items for your home and garden, inspiring joy through sight, scent, and touch. Experience the organic beauty of nature at

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