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Good shopping cents!

images-2“My momma told me— you better shop around…”

If you’ve got that shopping bug but don’t want to dip into your grocery money, cheer up, call a friend, put on your shopping duds, jump in the car — and don’t forget your purse! You can get some great bargains, there are lots of sales right now. Here are a few places to get started:

Again Consignment Clothing, 222 East State Street in Eagle. Winter clothing is halp-price, but get this: they’re having a $3 sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7! There’s so much going into the $3 bins, they had to rent the space next door! Tip: Get there early for the best stuff.

American Clothing Gallery, 100 N. 8th Street. Winter merch is 75% off!

Atomic Treasures, 409 S. 8th St. First Thursday discounts on EVERYTHING! Tip: They just added HUNDREDS of boots to their inventory!

Karen Louise Fashion Boutique, 625 W. Main St. EVERYTHING in the store is on sale, 25% to 50% off!! Tip: Open until 9 p.m. on First Thursday.

Helly Hansen, 860 W. Broad St. (Almost) everything in the store is marked down: 30% to 50%!

The Record Exchange, 310 N. 9th St. First Thursday special: $2 off any used CD or DVD ($5.99 & up) — ALL DAY LONG. In the gift shop: $2 off any sale gift over $5.99. In the coffee shop: $2 off 12-ounce espresso drinks.

Snake River Winery, 786 W. Broad St. 20 % off all case sales.

White House Black Market, 836 W. Broad St., $25 off your purchase of $125 or more, or $50 off $200 or more.

Know of any other good sales? Let me know and I’ll get spread the good shopping news: jeannehuff@gmail.com


For goodness sake!

jhuff1Dear Readers,

At the expense of being seen as “tooting my own horn,” I am going to toot away. As of today, Sunday, March 1, nearly 1,500 readers have stopped by “First, the good news,” since its Feb. 19 debut. About 120 have joined the Good News Army by enlisting on the “First, the good news” Facebook group.

“First, the good news” is now a bi-weekly column at the Idaho Business Review and this blog is linked to from the IBR Web site. Look for other news organizations to be linking to the blog: Boise Weekly, Idaho Press-Tribune and Fox 12, for starters.

So far, I’ve gotten a thumbs-up for “First, the good news” from:
— The Downtown Boise Association
— Mayor Bieter
— Boise’s economic development department
— Idaho Business Review
— Fox 12
— Boise Weekly
— Idaho Press-Tribune
— Tracy & Margo at 107.1 K-Hits
— Many well-wishers and supporters, from business folks to just plain folks

Coming this week, look for stories on:
First Thursday: What’s the haps
Interview with former Idahoan Gary Bermeosolo
Ain’t got no money but still want to party? Here’s how you can!
Walks like a man: Interview with Faith, the biped dog
Shop on a dime

That’s just what I’ve come up with so far. Send me YOUR ideas: jeannehuff@gmail.com.

Until then, start every day with “First, the good news.”



Give ‘em the business and shop around

Psst. Don’t be afraid. Contrary to what you may be hearing, it’s all right to go shopping. I actually shopped in broad daylight Saturday and guess what? I wasn’t a bit embarrassed. You can really get good bargains (try the 3 B’s on Broadway or the Grocery Outlet, you’ll be surprised and amazed — good deals on Zeppole bread and decadent Dellalo dipping oil at 3 B’s, Norma Jean merlot at G.O. ).

And guess what? It’s not all shuttered doors and “closed” signs out there. Yeah, some retail stores and restaurants have closed and others may join them, but — there are many out there, open for business and weathering the storm. Some are even seeing growth. Seriously.

Here are a couple to cheer for, send me more so I can pass the good news along:

• See Jane Run Director of Marketing Deb DiFanti said that in January, the stores’ sales actually grew by 20 percent. Plus, the store is launching a local See Jane Run Half Marathon and 5K “I run for chocolate and Champagne” in Boise on June 20. A portion of each registration will go to Boise Komen for the Cure. http://www.seejanerun.com/t-See-Jane-Run-Half-Marathon-and-5K.aspx
• Locally-owned and operated Goodwood Barbecue Company
http://www.goodwoodbbq.com/ was founded in 1999 by Steve Cooper and Mike Mantooth and is still going strong. Recently, I spoke with Kevin Hughes, area director for the Boise market, about Goodwood’s ongoing success in the current economy.

“Sales-wise, we’re maintaining,” Hughes said. “We’ve reduced our management levels at each of our stores, but no one’s hit the unemployment line.” Hughes said it’s important to pay close attention to the numbers and monitor your business accordingly.

One of the first things the company did was bring staff members together and talk turkey — about what was happening with the economy and the affects it would have on everyone, including employee AND customer, or “guest” spending.

“It’s an overall education that we’re all in this together,” Hughes said, adding that more and more, he’s seeing the dining-out experience become more special. “It’s become a conscious decision. People can’t afford to do it five times a week anymore and when they do go out, they want a special occasion. We want to provide the best possible experience. We’ve always stressed the value of our staff, but out of a pride factor, a sense of community factor, we owe our guests the best possible experience when they come through our doors.”

And, Goodwood has not raised menu prices, reduced portion sizes or substituted ingredients to save money. “We make things from scratch,” Hughes said proudly. “We view our business as building relationships with people.”
Hughes said Goodwood customers are pulling for the restaurant company

“People come in saying, ‘gosh, we’re so glad you’re so busy.’ It’s remarkable,” said Hughes. “It almost brings tears to your eyes.”