The community cheered when the doors officially opened at the Boise International Market in April. No less than Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, was on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, celebrating what quickly became a gathering place for refugees and new Americans. By this summer, more than a dozen small shops and restaurants filled the space on the 5800 block of Franklin Street, with proprietors hailing from places like Colombia, Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq and Somalia. Then tragedy struck, when a blaze destroyed the building on Sept 5. Again, the community was quick with its support, raising more than $50,000. By the end of September, plans were already well established to restart the market.
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