This is an adorable little shop full of Basque and European import items. They also have a meet and cheese case and host wine tastings at least once a week. It's clean and well-organized with a friendly staff. The neighborhood is unique - the Basque Block is quiet with tree-lined streets. It's also in downtown Boise which makes it an interesting contrast.
Be sure to check out the restaurants in the area.
What to buy: I purchased some croquettes and a bottle of wine. There are a number of items specific to the Basque community and quite a few others that are European.
What to pay: The prices were very reasonable.
About every two blocks, you will find an abundance of these theme stores, that will help you with your Garden City purchases.
All you need is a car title and a driver's license and you can enjoy all of Garden City's amenities.
What to buy: Plenty of dive bars to go around, if you need to buy custom cigarettes, this is the place to go....
What to pay: Everything is very cheap here.
Boise CO-OP is a favorite for the funky North enders and artsy fartsy health food junkies of the city. For an abundance of tofu-based or chemical free goodies this is the spot.
Keep in mind that the CO-OP is rather popular and parking is fiercly won on peak times.
What to buy: -Great selection of import wines and beers. (plus all the cheese and snob food to accompany)
-The deli counter offers tasty lunches (note the long table along the front of the store to sit and relax with said lunch)
-Wildflour locally baked cookies (Peanutbutter Choco-chip rocks!)
-Currently a nice place to grab a bottle of the Idaho wine (Special Harvest) Riesling from vineyard St. Chappelle .. light and fruity and goes down quickly...
What to pay: Used to be cheaper, expect to pay high prices for organic goodies in Boise, for a large shopping trip head to another store instead.
This is the store for Palmercash, which makes interesting, vintage, and unusual T-shirts. It also sells other similar T-shirts made by others in addition to its own shirts.
What to buy: T-shirts and similar clothing items.
What to pay: The shirts are rather expensive for t-shirts.
The Thousand Villages is a not-for-profit Fair Trade store. They have all sorts of wold wide artisan created crafts, knick nacks, coffee, chocolates, rugs, decorations, sculptures, carved wood, candle holders, pots, vases, toys, frames... It is a perfect place to find a gift for someone who has it all and a great store to browse in general. There are so many beautiful items in this store it is impossible to summarize them.
What to buy: Grab a fair trade chocolate and some coffee at least.
What to pay: Due to its non-profit nature it seems that the prices are lower than what you would pay for these types of items normally. Most items are handmade so check all of the ones of a type and pick out the one you like best.