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Rosie Made

2033 N. 35th St., 208-908-8232, rosiemade.com. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

As a former corporate buyer for Fred Meyer and JoAnn's Fabrics, Alicia Vanderschuere had grown weary of purchasing products from overseas. She also felt strongly about supporting women-owned or run businesses. After starting her own business as an online outlet, Vanderschuere opened Rosie Made as a brick-and-mortar store off State Street on Sept. 12 this year. Shelves, cabinets and tables in the cozy corner shop are now filled with teas, chocolates, toys, jewelry, hats, bags, scarves, soaps, lotions and more, all made by individuals or companies which meet Vanderschuere's criteria: items must be U.S.-made; and vendor businesses must be women-owned or co-owned, have 50 percent or more female management or have a female leader, such as a president or CEO. Vanderschuere also looks for products that are organic or green, and about 60 percent of the wares in Rosie Made are created by Treasure Valley- or Idaho-based artisans like Arno chocolate barks from Twin Falls, and Nampa-based Anuera, which makes all-natural nontoxic body scrub, lip balm, cough remedy, facial products and even a household cleaner and deodorizer.

With Rosie Made, Vanderschuere hopes to help change the way we think about what we buy.

"People need to pay attention to where stuff comes from," she said.

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