Canned food lines the shelves at a new store next to the Boise Co-op Wine Shop. One five-star entree includes turkey, duck, chicken, sweet potatoes, carrots, peas and granny smith apples. But this gourmet grub is not meant for man, it's for his best friend.
The co-op unofficially opened the new Co-op Pet Shop on June 4. The store carries all of the co-op's previous pet goods, along with a 30-percent increase in product, including bulk dog and cat food and doggie ice cream (coming soon). The shop also stocks do-it-yourself dog food, some of which suggests adding meat.
Zachary Jones, pet supply buyer for Boise Co-op, pitched the idea of an off-site pet supply store 18 months ago and the co-op's current renovation plans finally made it possible. The co-op will soon add self-serve islands to the deli and put in a dining area. Changing the location of the pet products to outside the main store will help make room for these alterations.
The Co-op Pet Shop will hold its grand opening on Monday, June 25, and will operate Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
And in other animal food news, Payette Brewing Company recently announced that it will be donating its spent brewing grains to Idaho Fish and Game for beer bear bait.
"Idaho Fish and Game will be using our spent grains to safely trap bears for research, relocation, whatever IDF does," Payette wrote on Facebook.
And in other brews news, Bogus Brewing's Collin Rudeen is adapting the CSA, or community supported agriculture, model for beer. Bogus plans to offer a CSB membership and eventually open its taproom doors, which will likely be in Garden City, to the public. According to its website:
"What's really cool about this idea is that it will give us the flexibility to have a ton of variety and experimentation ... And of course, you'll getting something new and exciting every month with your CSB membership."
Bogus Brewing is currently raising funds for the first phase of the project on Kickstarter. As of press time, it has raised over $9,000 of it's $30,000 goal.
And in sadder news, Twig's Cellar officially shut its doors on June 8. According to a press release:
"The economy has taken its toll on us and at some point one must make the decision not to continue. We will be open for wine only (no food) on Thursday, May 14, from 4-10 p.m. to visit with all our wonderful customers and say goodbye to the cellar."