September 26, 2012
Finding a longtime favorite, non-big-box store in downtown Boise got a little difficult this year, with boutiques bouncing around the city or shuttering doors for good. The year left shoppers with questions like "Why did Barbara Barbara & Co. cross the road?" (Answer: To make room for Bend, Ore.'s 10 Barrel Brewing.) And "What happened to that cute little lingerie shop?" (Ella's Room closed the doors on its Boise location.) Men were left wondering where to get their metrosexual style on while buying local (Modern Man and Armanio both closed up shop) and Belle Boutique played with the hearts of local shoppers by closing its downtown location and a few months later shuttering the doors of its Meridian location, too. Piece Unique/Shoez jumped over to the west side of downtown, leaving the BODO corner kind of sad looking, and Rolling Rack rolled away. Here's hoping we see more staying power in downtown shop windows.