Though James and Laura Heiberg count chef Ryan Lancaster among their good friends, that wasn't why they hired him to man the griddles at John Doe’s Grill. Instead, the brother-sister team of restaurateurs recognized that Chef Ryan's experience as head chef at The Dish and Square would help him infuse plates of casual pub fare with surprising twists. Ingredients such as rosemary au jus, sun-dried tomatoes, and homemade red hot sauce bedeck John Doe's traditional sandwiches and burgers, which nestle into diner-style red plastic baskets lined with checkered paper. Three large-screen high-definition TVs broadcast sports games in keeping with the laid-back vibe, and a game room invites patrons to shoot darts and billiards between sips of beer or rounds of hot potato with sizzling-hot quesadillas.
As an offshoot of Sierra Trading Post, Derailed.com holds fast to the same business model as its parent company: bargaining with top brands to procure overstocks at heavily discounted prices. But like a youngest sibling taking up juggling cats, it strives to differentiate itself from its older counterparts. It stands out with a youthful vibe thanks to skate, surf, and SUP apparel and the staff's laid-back attitude. They'll happily answer questions and make recommendations on their throngs of camping gear, running shoes, collegiate attire, and bicycle accessories from brands including Hurely, Billabong, and Teva. Though their merchandise boasts an average discount of 48% off the retail value, shoppers can save even more—customers receive a $10 coupon when they sign up for emails, and clients of the Give & Go Referral program get a $20 egiftcard when the friend they referred uses their own $10 email coupon.
Meridian Floral, a full-service florist, offsets customers’ winter blues with fresh arrangements fit for any occasion. The company's exclusive spring bouquet combines daisies, carnations, alstromeria, and larkspur in a vase full of vibrant blossoms. The exclusive tropical bouquet commingles Birds of Paradise, asiatic lilies, bear grass, and ti leaves that evoke the calmness of kicking back in a hammock with a cold drink in one hand and a fistful of plants in the other. To collect flowers, customers can stop by the Meridian Floral shop, located just off I-84, or phone in a delivery order ($7 fee not included with Groupon), provided their delivery address is within the bounds of Boise, Meridian, Nampa, or Caldwell Valley.
Dead-On Archery is a 4,000-square-foot archer’s sanctuary that helps bring the feel of the outdoors indoors with mounted animal-head trophies and lifelike animal targets. On any given day, National Field Archery Association master instructors teach budding Robin Hoods key shooting techniques with traditional and compound bows. The copious space also hosts seasoned archers during range practice as they aim for paper targets and three-dimensional targets, such as deer. An onsite shop repairs broken crossbows and outfits customers with such equipment as bowstring wax, feathers, and full-body steel-plate armor.
Seasoned barkeeps fill glasses with the aromatic pours from a rotating selection of 12 wines, and the cellar stocks a slew of bottled vintages from Idaho wineries to far-flung international locales. Guests can also indulge in sips of 38 domestic and international beers. It's all a part of the new ownership at Corkscrews, who complement their libations with a freshly concocted menu that showcases pizza, salads, a spread of cheeses, and desserts, from cheesecake to ice cream with almonds. On top of filling Corkscrews' cozy environs with daily live entertainment, the owners enjoy renting out the facility and its team of wine handlers for private events such as holiday parties and Flat Earth Society meetings.