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.
Wireless Toyz's friendly team of electronics experts repairs and restores mobile phones to showroom quality. The proud parents of iPhones can bring them in for an engineered rebirth to mend cracked screens resulting from accidentally dropping the phone or flinging it skyward while using the still-in-beta boomerang app. Those with a BlackBerry can opt for repairs to any of the contraption's delicate parts, including charging ports ($59.99) and lenses ($30), and owners of other mobile devices can receive such fixes as cell-phone data recovery ($50) or a digitizer/screen repair ($85). All services and repairs are covered by a 90-day parts-and-labor guarantee, ensuring customers won’t need to resort to communicating by tin-can telephone.
In its year-end review for 2012, Boise Weekly cheekily named The Soda Works the "Best Soda Shop that Bloomberg Would Approve Of." Perhaps the magazine thought the New York City mayor would admire that only cane sugar, fruit juice, or stevia sweeten more than 90 of the shop's offerings. These are among more than 150 total sodas, from old-school varieties such as Kiss and Faygo to the contemporary concoctions of Sprecher and Jones Soda Co. Besides beverages, The Soda Works stocks classic snacks such as Jennieʼs chocolate macaroons and Zapp's kettle chips, made by keeping a potato in a teakettle until it boils down into chips.
Earth Keepers preserves the natural world by taming botanical unruliness on the home front using eco-friendly, yard-beautifying artillery. Earth Keepers’ dedicated champions of Mother Nature scoot up to abodes ready to restore order to unkempt soil-toupees. Grassy places in the sun can be mowed and trimmed to optimal emerald equilibrium ($25–$100 based on size) or aerated so that future generations can graze on healthy, gorgeous blades ($40). To make sure lawn-hydrating pipes stay in tip-top shape, garden gurus can start up or blow out sprinklers in preparation for warm weather ($25). Earth Keepers also boasts a lengthy resume of general labor skills, enabling the replacement of hard-to-reach light bulbs and investigation of ticking packages in the basement ($25/hour).
With more than 20 types of insoles, Good Feet helps heal foot and lower back pain through a unique three-step system. The system’s Exercisers help re-engineer wayward feet into a more ideal weight-distribution system while Maintainers help lock in and preserve these newly improved patterns. Similarly, the company’s line of Relaxers helps support arches while providing stable comfort. The staff conducts a free personal fitting for all customers, and construct insoles for all shoe types, including dress loafers, athletic wear, or blue suede running spikes.
Piloted by a professional driving staff, Boise Party Bus's fleet whisks between 16 and 24 clientele away on celebratory jaunts customized for special occasions and tours. Each non-smoking ride arrives equipped with a full bar, hardwood dance floor, and miniature water park built into the tire rims as a driver accommodates requests you make throughout the trip.
Alongside services for private parties, Boise Party Bus's passengers charter the fleet for the Best of the Northwest Wine Tour or Snake River Valley Vineyard Tour to sample boutique wines at five local destinations. Guests on The Great Idaho Brew Tour make pit stops at up to six of the state's best brewers for pours of craft brew on a voyage that Boise Weekly lauds as "a genius idea."