Idaho Business

Sally Spaulding

Hospitality has been doing well in Boise. With the completed construction of two hotels and a third on the way, Boise’s hotel service is on the rise.

The owner of the Inn at 500 in Boise, Brian Obie, celebrated the launch of Obie Hospitality with a ceremonial flag raising that revealed the new company logo. Obie Hospitality only operates two hotels right now: the Inn at 500 and the Inn at the 5th in Eugene, Oregon, but he says more are in the works.

Economic Innovation Group

The Economic Innovation Group is a Washington D.C.-based research and advocacy group focused on the decline of entrepreneurship and rising income inequality. Policy director John Lettieri says despite a popular narrative that disruption and change is constant in the business world, entrepreneurship across the country is actually quite static.

Lettieri says low job turnover, employment in startup companies and slow migration patterns represent that something fundamental is changing in the economy.

Holiday shopping, Downtown Boise, Retail
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As Black Friday approaches, cities in Idaho are reminding shoppers to think about local stores too.

American Express has popularized Small Business Saturday over the last few years. But in McCall, the idea of shopping local during the holidays is a tradition that pre-dates the credit card company’s initiative. That’s according to Nicole Musgrove of McCall’s Chamber of Commerce.

“I think most people try to buy anything they can from local businesses,” says Musgrove.

Harrison Berry / Boise Weekly

As the Grove Plaza continues to shape up in downtown Boise, the newest addition is the opening of a third Gyro Shack location in the Treasure Valley. But before the local franchise could expand too much, it had to solve a saucy problem. 

Boise State Public Radio

The popular augmented reality game Pokemon Go has gotten Boise players out and about in the downtown as they play from their smartphones. According to the Idaho Statesman, there has been an influx of business at some shops, including pizza-by-the-slice vendors Pie Hole.

Grab app

There's been a lot of news lately about long lines at airports. The head of daily operations at the Transportation Security Administration was removed from office earlier this week, as frustrations mount at the country's bigger airports.

A Boise teacher in her 70's is helping kids learn outside of the classroom in an usual way: with a tablecloth.

Micky Afnan began her career as an educator in 1958. She taught high school, then elementary students.

While teaching the younger children, she recalled a colorful tablecloth her mother made when Afnan was a child. It included a map of the U.S. with the state capitals. Afnan says the cloth helped her memorize all of the capitals in a few months.