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Modern Hotel Helps With New Year's Resolutions

Friday-Saturday Dec. 28-29

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As 2012 draws to a close, there's a final to-do list item waiting to be crossed off before New Year's Eve Champagne-soaked bashes: a resolution. But committing to a really good one can be tricky, and nobody wants to brag about a promise, only to break it Jan. 1.

That's where Modern Resolutions at Modern Hotel and Bar comes in.

The hotel/bar is turning some of its first floor rooms into pop-up shops for local nonprofits, businesses and artisans Friday, Dec. 28, and Saturday, Dec. 29, from 5-10 p.m. Each "shop" will feature a theme, offering visitors the chance to peruse the top New Year's resolutions—and maybe find one that fits.

"The whole point of this is to give people a place to come and get a jumpstart on their new year's resolution," said Jay Saenz, events and social media manager at The Modern.

Within the hotel's rooms, Usful Glasswares, Bricolage, Hyde Park Books and the Cabin Literary Center will inspire visitors to become more thrifty, handy or well-read, while personal trainer Renu Medispa, and Graeber and Company salon will focus on outer beauty and health. In another room, Duck Club Presents, Treefort Music Fest, the Record Exchange and Radio Boise will present visitors with local listening options for the new year, should your resolution include tuning your ear to better music.

Speaking of music, the event includes entertainment from Hillfolk Noir, The Deep Dance Experience and more.

But it's also a party that offers warm alcoholic drinks to steel against the cold, as well as the bar's usual libations and full restaurant menu. According to Saenz, Modern Resolutions expanded from previous plans to include more than 20 local vendors, more rooms and even the parking lot, incorporating live entertainment and music. Hillfolk Noir will circulate through the event, while a room featuring Story Story Night organizers will allow visitors to step inside and tell the stories of resolutions past.

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