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.
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.
A menagerie of games, comics, and miniatures waits at Phoenix Fire Games, where an eager staff made up of hardcore and family gamers is ready to help out with recommendations. A clean and open gaming-area sets the stage for game demos—from the staff's personal stock—or massive games of Magic: The Gathering. Customers can peruse miniatures, RPGs, dice, and comics, or settle in for weekly game-nights.
Yogurtz distinguishes itself from other similar dessert shops by its breadth of flavors and toppings, its sizable square footage, and its efficiency—customers divide into two lines to add toppings and to pay, ensuring that wait time is miniscule. Self-serve machines pour out 20 low-fat or fat-free flavors, all of which are certified kosher, and many of which are gluten-free. The frozen treats include non-fat white chocolate mousse, seasonal fresh pumpkin pie, and sweet Belgian chocolate with no added sugar. All flavors are certified to contain live and active probiotic cultures.
At the topping bar, more than 100 sweet and savory accouterments await to adorn yogurt, crowning cups in hot and cold syrups, candies, fresh fruits, and nuts. Waffle cones and waffle bowls are baked fresh daily, and can cup frozen desserts at no extra charge. After decorating their dishes, guests settle into a dining area with more than 200 seats, including an 84-seat patio and a separate party room.
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.
The fashion-forward staff at Renewed Expressions consignment boutique stocks a frequently rotating inventory of women’s clothing in misses, juniors, and plus sizes up to 3X. Shoppers can eschew the worn-out threads and still-attached previous owners that characterize the selection of many other consignment stores and peruse carefully selected duds from such name-brand manufacturers as Banana Republic, Hollister, Jones New York, and Abercrombie & Fitch. Feminine hips can find a flattering fit in a versatile denim skirt or prepare for doing business by slipping into a pair of dress pants. Elegant black dresses gather night gazes whereas day dresses eliminate the stress of deciding what to wear to upcoming black-tie barbecues. The selling price for most items averages between $10 and $15. Shoppers looking for expert advice in designing a fall wardrobe can make an appointment for a consultation with one of Renewed Expression’s knowledgeable fashionistas or email the wardrobe consultant from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.