When: Thu., Aug. 4, 5-9 p.m. 2016
Boise State University released a study in 2015 on Boise's arts economy that showed 75 percent of local creatives want to stay in the City of Trees. The problem for many of them is there are few places for upcoming artists and makers to show their work. Mid-century modern furniture and housewares retailer—and downtown Boise newcomer—West Elm (824 W. Idaho St.) is already doing its part with a corner of the store dedicated to local makers. During West Elm's inaugural First Thursday event, meet a new crop of Boise-area would-be West Elm vendors, including Ladybug Press, collage and mixed-media artist Pam McKnight, Forest Moon Soap, woodworkers from Studio 1212 and many more. Beer from Payette Brewing and appetizers will be available.