Shopping In Boise & The Treasure Valley

boise shoppingAs the Treasure Valley continues to grow, so does the number of nationally recognized chains that enter the marketplace here. Nampa's selection of shopping malls and retail outlets have grown significantly over the past few years. Where once shoppers had to plan trips to malls in Seattle, Salt Lake, or Portland, families today can find a myriad of stores to please Moms, Dads, and kids alike. Major shopping areas and chains include:

Shopping Areas

Boise Towne Square—Built originally in 1988 and completing another expansion just this year, BTS serves as the main mall for our area. It has over 100 individual stores, and five major anchor chains: Macy‘s, Dillard‘s, JC Penney, Sears, and Mervyns. The restaurant chain Cheesecake Factory opened in December of 2006, and Borders Books and Music will also move to the mall in the spring of 2007. The mall also includes well known chains like Abercrombie and Fitch, Eddie Bauer, Coldwater Creek, Williams-Sonoma, Victoria‘s Secret, and Banana Republic.

The Village at Meridian—A great gathering place for family and friends, The Village at Meridian offers upscale apparel and specialty retail, fine restaurants and cafes, Village Cinemas. Designed with European style architecture, the buildings and tree lined village streets surround a park setting complete with a children's play area and world-class show fountain with hourly shows choreographed to lights and music. Located in the heart of Idaho's Treasure Valley, The Village at Meridian is a unique and unexpected destination you have to experience for yourself.

At the corners of Fairview and Eagle roads, there is another major shopping (strip) mall area, with stores including Wal-Mart, Marshall‘s, Ross, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Babies R Us, Old Navy, in addition to a wide variety of restaurants and food chains.

To the east of town, Boise hosts the US Factory Outlet Mall, which has a selection of outlet stores for major chains like Vanity Fair, Eddie Bauer, Coldwater Creek, and Levi‘s. The Outlet Mall is also the location for Idaho Ice World, Boise‘s public ice rink.

Downtown Boise is also another great place to shop, especially if you‘re looking for boutique clothing, fine art pieces, and unique shops. The area also has a fast-paced nightlife, including lots of restaurants with cultural flair. There‘s also ample parking so you can stash your car safely and walk all around the downtown core. The first hour of parking is free!

National Chains In Boise & Nampa

Also new in Downtown Boise is the newly revitalized 8th Street Marketplace area, now known as the BoDo (pronounced with long O sounds) development. This new revitalization of the downtown area includes many new restaurants like P.F. Chang‘s, and new clothing giants like Ann Taylor Loft and JoS A Bank Clothiers. The development also includes a new hotel and an upscale Edwards 7 Theater Cineplex. This area is also tied into one of Boise‘s hottest music/concert spots, The Big Easy, and Boise‘s comedy club, The Funny Bone.

In Nampa, there are three major shopping areas: Karcher Mall/Nampa-Caldwell Boulevard, the new Karcher Road exit, and the Garrity exit. Karcher Mall is a small mall with several chain stores in and around the area. At the new Karcher Road exit, a significant group of large chain stores have recently expanded into the Nampa area. Finally, new strip malls are joining the Wal-Mart and Sam‘s Club at the Garrity exit, further demonstrating the phenomenal growth Nampa is experiencing.

Boise & Nampa Fast Food Chains

Learn more about living in the Treasure Valley with our Boise Relocation Guide or by getting in touch with The Mike Brown Group at 208.278.4300!

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