Prague-born Filip Vogelpohl kindled his passion for glass blowing within his Boise home garage. As his knack for flame-working increased, Vogelpohl left the garage and traveled the world, honing his craft under the tutelage of internationally renowned glass blowers. Now, Vogelpohl welcomes fledgling glass blowers into his studio for small group classes. He also invites spectators to watch the studio's artists as they shape molten glass and borosilicate into jewelry or vases, which then go up for sale in the gallery. On the first Thursday of every month, the furnaces keep firing until 9 p.m. during free glass-blowing demonstrations as a part of the First Thursday Art Walk.
Boasting more than 150 superstores nationwide, Hastings keeps entertainment enthusiasts entertained and enthused with 20,000 square feet of new and used movies, music, games, books, novelty gifts, and more. Adorn coffee tables with an array of readable coasters, including Jon Stewart's Earth ($13.99 used/$18.99 new), or add to video libraries with a vast selection of classic and newly released DVDs, such as The Social Network ($19.38 new). Hastings also hooks up sundry electronics with helpful accessories such as the iPod Touch G3 Defender case ($19.99), which protects portable jukeboxes from spillage and Henry Winkler's elbow. Hastings' rental service for films and video games makes it as easy to try before you buy as the popular online service NetHusbands.
Bronco Gallery is Boise State's very own fine art gallery and frame shop. We have a variety of fine art and accessories commissioned from students, alumni and some local artists and artisans. We are also a complete full service custom frame shop ready to design, mat and frame your artwork as well.
Get your page-turning finger licked and ready for an editorial exploration of Idaho's history, landscape, architecture, geology, outdoor recreation, and more. Created by and for Idahoans, Idaho magazine shares the stories of the state one month at a time. June's issue featured the first installment of a thoughtful two-part recollection of late wordsmith and conservationist Ted Trueblood, an excerpt from F. Willard Robinson's book Hit the Silk!: How a Boise Native Helped to Save George Bush, Sr., In World War II, and lots of handsome high-end ink. Check the archive to see more past stories.
Twisted Ewe invites crafters of all stripes to come together and chat, collaborate, and inspire one another amid sunny yellow walls lined with shelf after shelf of bright skeins of yarn. The store’s encouraging, communal environment becomes apparent in open knit nights, the Kids' Korner, and the staff’s willingness to discuss the advantages of making socks with alpaca yarn versus sasquatch fur. Additional guidance for constructing sweaters and scarves fills the pages of knitting and crocheting books and magazines, and Twisted Ewe’s classes provide hands-on instruction for projects ranging from crafting a cardigan to creating dutch mitts.
As winner of one of Boise Weekly's 2009 Best of Boise awards, Need to Bead earns local recognition with friendly, knowledgeable staffers who teach a variety of classic and modern jewelry-making techniques. Customers can tote along their own beads or purchase beads ($0.02–$150 each) from the store's glittering selection—which includes vintage beads from the 1930s–1960s, Swarovski crystals, and hand-blown kryptonite—to assemble into lobe adornments under the guidance of experienced instructors. Up to 12 students gather at a long, wooden table to peruse 1,300 available project designs for inspiration and use the studio's tools to craft earrings with a personalized touch. The enclosed kids' room allows children to play, watch movies, or imagine what it's like to fill out tax forms as their parents fashion glimmering accessories.