In the Bag

Necessity, the cliche goes, is the mother of invention.

For Bella Modi founder Kim Mitchell-Catlett, necessity hit the day the strap broke on favorite pair of shoes.Read more

On a Roll

We’ve all seen it: an athlete twists an ankle, and then TV announcers use instant replay to analyze what could have happened.

Over. And over. And over again.

Like most of us, Chris Dean quickly grew tired of watching such replays. But one day, while watching an NBA game at his brother’s house in San Jose, Calif., he started seeing the replay of one player’s ankle roll differently.Read more

Where are they now?

Those who watch the entrepreneurial reality show Shark Tank know one of the most interesting parts of each episode is when they feature updates on the businesses a year or two later. We’re taking a page out of their book and doing the same with the Boise companies we’ve profiled over the past year.

Let’s get started…Read more

Going Places

Tanya Carnahan has always been worldly. The daughter of globetrotting missionaries, Tanya was born in Morocco and lived in dozens of countries by the time she was a teenager.

Eventually, things settled down and Tanya started a family of her own in the outskirts of Seattle.

Life was good. Then — inexplicably — her family, including her newborn son, started getting sick.Read more

Paper Pushers

Frannie Wilson and Nichole Schoener say they’re impulsive, but it’s hard to believe looking around their immaculate store, Paperie + Pen, at The Village in Meridian.

Like Frannie and Nichole themselves, the space is classy but quirky, upscale but unpretentious. It all feels so intentional; not impulsive at all. But the partners insist their shared impulsiveness is the very thing that got them to where they are now…Read more

Special Op(portunity)

“It’s like holding onto a tiger by its tail,” says Kryptek CEO Butch Whiting about his company’s spectacular rise. “If we would’ve assembled a team of 100 industry experts and asked them to accomplish what we’ve accomplished in the past year, they would’ve said we’re crazy.”

But Butch and his team aren’t crazy. They’re dogged. They’re tough. And ok, maybe just a bit crazy…Read more

Passion to Fashion

An attorney and a designer walk into a bar… and come out with a company.

Like many business ideas, the concept for Wear Boise was born over beers. “We were just doing what we do all the time,” says Lisa McGrath. “Hanging out with friends, brainstorming business ideas.”Read more