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

Out There.

For Annalisa DeMarta and Ken Johnson, family camping trips have transformed into a family business: LoneCone.com, an e-tailer focused on outdoor gear for the whole family.

The company, which sells through Amazon, it’s own website and — beginning in May — a retail showroom in Boise, is now a profitable, growing and well-respected retailer.

But it wasn’t always this way…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

Action Hero

August Johnson wanted to take a selfie before he — and most of the world — even knew what a selfie was.

The full-time commercial real estate appraiser and some-time metal sculpturist welded a cellphone-sized metal box and used screws to attach suction cups. He then used those suction cups to attach his camera to a mirror, set the camera’s timer and take a selfie.Read more

Picking up the Pieces

To locals, Usful Glassworks is a place to drop off used wine and alcohol bottles. To foodies, it’s the place that supplies upcycled drinking glasses to popular restaurants like Fork and Red Feather.

And while both are true, there’s more to it than that.Read more

Fish Out of Water

You might say that fish fertilizer is in Thomas Lansing’s blood.

The son of an environmental activist and a commercial fisherman, Thomas spent much of his childhood exploring Idaho’s great outdoors. As an adult (and founder of Carp Solutions), he’s trying to keep it that way as he builds a career.Read more