We are so excited to announce that Ruby Bloom has officially opened on Tuesday May 19, 2020 at Indian Creek Plaza in downtown Caldwell. Ruby Bloom will be offering floral and plant services for all occasions and gifts for those you love. They will also be offering creative classes of all kinds.
Bruce and Laura DeLaney opened Rediscovered Books in September of 2006 to create a place where people could find books and conversation. Since then, Rediscovered Books has grown into Boise’s downtown community bookstore, and even added a location in Caldwell, providing literature for the Boise area, author events, and an expert staff to help match customers with the right books. Rediscovered Books is active in engaging in discourse about interesting books, and we are always ready and excited to share our passion for reading.
Rediscovered Books supplies books many of the valley’s local school libraries, and we are dedicated to helping get books in the hands of children in Idaho. Rediscovered Books also has over 30 book clubs registered at our store and hosts three monthly book clubs in our reading room. Rediscovered Books also hosts a variety of events, from our infamous Book & Booze nights to traditional readings and signings. We are passionate about bringing quality authors to Boise because we believe Boise is a place with fervent readers who are excited about books.
Fireside Mallow was born from a backyard campfire and sleepover when our daughter, Grace, had a light bulb moment and rushed into the house and yelled, “We should open a gourmet s’mores store!” We didn’t act immediately but the idea stayed in our minds, prompting conversations about how the store would have to revolve around an exceptional marshmallow. Our search came up empty in looking for a source for better than average mallow. We began to research and experiment with recipes until they came up with the perfect hand-crafted mallow.
You can find handmade natural soap, bath, body and grooming products inspired by the traditions, beauty and scents found in the back country of Idaho, nestled in the Pacific North West. Their natural soaps are hand poured in small batches to ensure each bar is a work of art. Essential Oil scents blends inspired by the natural wonders of Idaho. Idaho Soap Co. uses scents of nature: pine, lavender, fir, sage, patchouli, citrus, cloves to create blends reminiscent of hikes in the mountains, floats down rivers or relaxing by an alpine lake. All the things they love about Idaho.
Cliff Metcalf has worked in the produce industry his whole life. His dad sold produce locally when he was growing up, and he started his own business in 1993 with an old pick-up and a few half-bushel baskets, working out of a Sears parking lot in downtown Caldwell. Fast-forward to 1997, when Cliff decided to open his own brick-and-mortar grocery store in downtown Caldwell on Blaine Street – Cliff’s Country Market. Today his business operates a unique model; Cliff’s Market has two full bakeries (one is dedicated gluten-free when the demand rose about 10 years ago), and the store is almost 100% non-GMO (genetically modified). Besides the bakeries, they also make their own jam and salsa in-house, and have lots of private label products. Additionally, Cliff tries to source locally whenever possible – in the summertime, he’s loaded up with local produce like cantaloupe, watermelon, cherries, peaches and corn. They also stock local meat, eggs and dairy products year-round, making it easy to pick up all the ingredients for an entirely Caldwell area-produced meal. Cliff is passionate about his business and making life better for those in his community. “People in Caldwell deserve the opportunity to buy non-GMO and gluten-free products without having to drive to Boise or other nearby towns, where these same items tend to be more expensive. No one deserves to be hit with paying higher prices based on the way they have to eat.”That type of passion for his customers has no doubt been a huge factor in Cliff’s Country Market’s success.
Around seven years ago, the Bicandi Family turned tragedy into triumph. Their two daughters had been selling corn in tents on their current 6-acre property in Caldwell when someone stole their tents and cashbox, causing matriarch Bobbi to turn around to the old barn on the property and say “Blue Barn Produce.” From there, they completely gutted, painted and cleaned out the old horse boarding facility onsite and turned it into the gorgeous big blue barn you see today.
“We were inspired by an old farm stand in Payette called Perdems,” says owner Bobbi Bicandi. “Everything was always immaculate, and they really supported a lot of local businesses. We have lots of regular customers, many come twice a week, and we want to make sure our space is up to their – and my - expectations.”
Corn is still their number one bestseller (they are famous for it around these parts), but they also do lots of peppers, peaches, tomatoes and pumpkins, among other vegetables. Most everything at the produce stand is sourced from about 25 acres (the family farms 2,400 altogether), and anything they can’t grow they get locally; berries from Emmett, cantaloupes and melons from Nyssa (Oregon), milk and cheese from the Buhl area and eggs locally. They also use the berries to make and label their own jam, and sell pies from local bakery Sweet Spot.
In addition to their strong farm stand, Blue Barn also does a lot of flowers. They have a greenhouse, and do hanging baskets and custom arrangements – they even started doing weddings this year! On their beautiful farm they hold two events each year, a “Mother’s Day Spring Fling” in May and a “Fall Harvest Festival” in October, each attracts a large crowd.