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Upscale Downtown

Thursday, Nov. 7


Here are a few words Boise Weekly has been bandying around about this November's First Thursday events: "boutique," "premium," "new." A crop of Downtown Boise Association members are expanding Boise's selection of upscale products, from fashion to food.

As the saying goes, beauty is only skin deep; but for many people, beauty is the product of good habits like diet, exercise and attention to detail. For those with an interest in the "details," there's Blush by Jamie Rose (405 S. Eighth St.), purveyor of luxury cosmetics, skin- and body-care products, candles and scents. For the beauty queen looking to soothe her senses and do a little pampering, Blush is where she'll find it this First Thursday.

Proof Eyewear (439 S. Capitol Blvd.) has been on the tip of Boise's tongue for three years now. Since its humble beginnings in an Eagle garage, this authentic Idaho startup has scored big with a Kickstarter campaign and landed notices in InStyle and Newsweek magazines, among others, with its wood sunglasses and spectacle frames. Wander down to its flagship store on Capitol Boulevard for raffles, giveaways and screenings of ski and snowboard films.

For people who love shopping, the thrill isn't in buying, per se, but in seeking and finding. Judging by its name and selection, that's an ethic that the folks at Findings (814 W. Idaho St.) have taken to with gusto. Findings is hosting its first shoe trunk show on First Thursday, and browsers can nosh on appetizers while perusing a selection of autumn and winter footwear for men and women from Frye and Donald J. Pliner. There will also be giveaways, gifts and a raffle for a pair of shoes, as well as 10 percent off fall and winter shoe collections.

Clothes almost never wear out all at once, making closets more like turnstiles for old and new styles rather than repositories. This is the grand opening and introductory First Thursday for Les Filles (274 N. Eighth St.), which has the essentials and accessories to fill the gaps in a woman's wardrobe. Shoppers get 10 percent off everything while sipping wines courtesy of Rolling in Dough (928 W. Main St.), located in the Idanha Building where La Vie en Rose used to be, which is also holding a First Thursday shindig of its own, including tastings of sweet and savory appetizers. This pastry stop has the cookies, tortes and cakes Boise craves, but also a growing menu of take-out and to-go goodies, as well.