At The Cornerstone Bistro, Chef Benjamin Thorpe composes a different menu every week based on the fresh, seasonal ingredients made available by local farmers. Specializing in northern Italian and fusion American cuisine, he transforms Mother Nature’s organic offerings into rustic small plates, innovative entrees, and homemade desserts, such as pies and tarts aromatic enough to hang from a car's rearview mirror. A weekly chef's table slides Chef Thorpe’s edible handiwork further into the spotlight, inviting diners to gather for a lineup of specially prepared courses during meals outfitted with specific themes.
Featured on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in 2011, Bouncin Bins sells and rents colorful inflatable bouncers of every ilk, from giant slides to obstacle courses. An online catalogue helps party planners select and rent a range of high-grade vinyl inflatables for their celebrations. In addition to themed bounce houses, it also offers dunk tanks, water slides, and interactive inflatable games, such as boxing rings, bungee runs, and oversized sumo suits for wrestling or forcing people to respect your personal space on the train.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand
out from the competition?
Blue Planet Photography offers small group and one-on-one photography
classes and workshops in Idaho, across the U.S., and abroad. Classes cover a
wide range of photography-related instruction, from buying equipment and
learning camera operation to Adobe Photoshop post-processing and best
business practices. My goal is for you to have a clear understanding of the
fundamentals of photography, including light and the relationships between
aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, so that you have the knowledge to select
whichever shooting mode and exposure settings fit the particular situation
you're in. It's not just a manual-versus-auto debate, it's using the camera
to its full extent to achieve the results you desire. In addition to the
fundamentals, I encourage exploration and experimentation, following your
own inner drive and developing a personal way of seeing.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I've been photographing since I was quite young. In my first career as a
wildlife biologist I had my camera wherever I went and made photographs in
many very beautiful places. When I had the opportunity to strike out on my
own, photography was the logical choice. I've always enjoyed teaching, so
classes and workshops were a natural addition to the business.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the variety. Every day is different with something interesting to see
and a new challenge. I'm always learning and improving, meeting new people
and helping them become inspired and excited about photography, helping them
to rediscover the art of seeing.
Serenity Stables & Event Facility’s five acres of land are dotted with a regulation-size arena, covered stalls, and indoor facilities, creating a horse-riding haven for equine enthusiasts of all ages. Experienced, encouraging instructors lead riding lessons, which can be tailored to meet the needs of everyone from first-timers to professional cowboys hoping to learn the secret of galloping into the sunset without squinting. Teachers inform pupils about basic Western and English riding techniques, roping, queening, flags, and barrel racing. Serenity Stables also offers full boarding services and rents out their facilities for dances, musical events, birthdays, and interventions for oats-addicted unicorns.
Each week, Brown Box Organics' staff updates its menu to showcase the freshest in-season fruits and vegetables. The crew works with local farmers to source certified organic produce from carrots to kiwis to avocados. They also supply artisanal breads and local, organic meats and dairy. All goods arrive at customers' doors via free delivery.
The brand-new Import Outlet furnishes homes with luxe leather furniture, eclectic works by local artists, large bronzed mirrors, and consignment memorabilia from rural Idaho. Import Outlet groups together corresponding accessories throughout the store and highlights them with professionally arranged floral displays ($5–$150) and mini ticker-tape parades. Chocolate walls set off local artist Keith Couch's photography and the store's popular large wooden signs by Americana Comfort, such as the cheeky "Girls Just Want to Have Wine" sign ($35.99). Myriad decorative knickknacks—including 3"x6" scented candles ($7.40), 20-inch wrought-iron candlesticks ($12), and hen-in-a-basket sculptures ($18.78)—sprawl out across the store's various tabletops and bookshelves. Ongoing in-store specials and an extensively stocked half-off display make browsing never boring, unlike reading editor’s letters in National Geographic back issues.