Boise's North End & Hyde Park Street Fair
BOISE’S NORTH END, located northwest of the Idaho State Capitol and reaching to the Boise Foothills, is one of Boise’s most attractive and coveted neighborhoods. Nestled in trees and greenery, the North End is a short bike ride or leisurely stroll downtown. This Saturday, I decided to make a day of it and visit my old stomping grounds where I’d meet a friend for coffee in Hyde Park. Starting at the Capitol and finishing at the Hyde Park Street Fair in Camel’s Back Park, you can see the full tour in my video and here are a few highlights.
HYDE PARK STREET FAIR is an annual event to raise funds for the Boise’s North End Neighborhood Association. Food vendors, retail shops, musicians and artisans from all walks of life gather at this event, which hosts thousands of visitors each year—if you want a good parking spot, come way before 9am and bring your walking shoes. As you’ll see in the video, the best view of the fair is to walk up Camel’s Back Park for a view of downtown Boise, the Capitol, and the fair right below. The fair used to along Hyde Park Street but grew into Camel’s Back Park due to the number of vendors and visitors. Come in the morning if you want to visit the vendors without the crowds. However, if you wait passed 11am, expect to see a lot people, dogs, and food lines.
CALLE 75 TACOS with owner, Mike Weems, has authentic handcrafted street tacos with fresh ingredients. They started getting customers as soon as they opened and I don’t think business stopped until the fair’s closing at 10pm. There’s a lot of food for everyone at the fair, but I was looking for something deliciously healthy and I found it at CALLE 75 TACOS. Wouldn’t you know it, they have a “North End Taco” complete with avocados and fresh veggies topped with some amazing sauces on two gluten-free tortillas. LOCATION: The Village in Meridian and stay tuned as they are opening downtown on 11th street across from Neurolux. Also, they cater events. Visit CALLE75TACOS.com
KINGDOM HENNA with owner, Joanna Russell, has been getting a bit of buzz in the Treasure Valley. She masterfully blends crushed henna leaves into a deep, dark paste, and like a master baker swirling floral designs on a wedding cake, Joanna will do a similar work of art on your skin—you just need to tell her where to put this henna tattoo. No need to overcommit, however, because these all-natural, plant-based tattoos wear off within 7 to 10 days. With the intricacies of these floral and artistic designs, one would think Joanna was doing this all her life. On the contrary, this Computer Programmer turned Artistic Sage, took this art up in recent years when she decided to make some lifestyle changes in work and motherhood. When she’s not at events or home, you just may find Joanna with a client at a coffee shop for some one-on-one “coffee shop henna” time – it’s just you, Joanna, two cups of coffee, and some pretty fierce designs. Joanne and I first connected through Instagram (@kingdomhenna) and she direct messaged me out of the blue one day, letting me know of a small business meet up group she heard about. A very kind gesture indeed, and while I never made it to the meeting, I did end up meeting Joanna at the Hyde Park Street Fair where her mom and cousin were helping her to man the booth. As you can see, I was pretty stoked about my henna tattoo! Visit KingdomHenna.com
BOISE CO-OP is a homegrown, member-owned food cooperative, but they’ll be sure to remind you that anyone can shop there. If you are looking for an array of organic produce, bulk foods, and specialty items, you will find the co-op to be a helpful source of hard-to-find ingredients and foods. It was at the co-op, years ago, where I discovered snacks made out of Spirulina, blue-green algae, and cold-pressed oils, such as organic coconut oil, which was not available except for a couple places in town. Want to know what it feels like to be a local in the North End? Go to the co-op. Have a friend who is intolerant to most foods on the food pyramid? Invite them for lunch at the co-op’s hot bar. Thinking about a juice detox? The co-op’s juice bar can set you up for a full week’s worth of fresh elixirs, smoothies and juices to get all that gunk out of the trunk, so to speak. Locations: North End (Boise) and The Village (Meridian). Visit boise.coop
REFLEXOLOGY with Mark Cook is not exactly a foot massage at your local spa, but it can be a life changing experience for you mind, body and soul. Mark, an Advanced Reflexology Specialist, will introduce you to a world of healing from the inside out, but first take off your shoes and socks and get comfortable. According to Mark, reflexology originated 5000 years ago with evidence of hieroglyphics in Egypt and evolved in every continent in the world. “I’m not a doctor, I’m a detective,” Mark states as he explains how the ancient practice reduces stress, balances energy flows and supports the immune system. In the simplest of terms, the feet and other extremities, such as the hands and ears, are extensions of the blood flow to and from our organs. Due to our body’s connections, don’t be surprised if Mark knows about that “issue” you’ve been having “you know where” even though you didn’t tell him about it. Reflexology is not only done for help to relieve and reverse ailments, but it is also a good preventative measure, increasing circulation and overall wellbeing. Located at 1310 So. Vista, Suite 28 (Boise, ID) and 126 So. Main St., Suite A-1 (Hailey, ID). Tel: 208.788-2012. Visit Reflex4usa.com