Why Nampa? Continued.

To follow up last week’s “Why Nampa?” entry, today we’re sharing a more personal take on the Nampa community through a few of the vibrant, welcoming Nampa residents we interviewed. Behind the city’s growing businesses, schools, and regionally-recognized attractions lives a hard-working, ambitious community of friendly faces. Our first video highlighted Nampa’s cultural hot-spots, entertainment, and popular attractions. Our second video takes a deeper look at who these people are. Whether they’re communing around outdoor sports, music festivals, art shows, or parades, Nampa residents are quick to share their favorite things about living and doing business in a city they love. Watch this video and meet some of our new friends:

Laura Alvarez Schrag, Pondera Consulting

Monique N. Michel Duarte, Ballet Folklorico Mexico Lindo

Joel Pearsall, Northwest Nazarene University

J Phil Harrop, Saint Alphonsus Health System

Thank you to everyone who helped us with this video project.

AIGA Idaho Education Series Talks Web.

AIGA Idaho hosted a ‘Web Design for Print Designers’ event catering specifically to the print world and the process of working with developers to design for web. The discussion covered usability and common web standards, highlighting helpful features and anatomy’s while walking guests through layouts. Photoshop demo’s were included detailing web comps and best practices in setting up files and saving graphics. Helpful tips were also given in regards to communicating with developers, from asking the right questions to the technologies available to help in this process. Speakers included our very own web master John Briggs,  Javier Barrera, the interactive director at Pluto and Steve Norell ,interactive designer at Drake Cooper.

Rizen Thanks + Giving.

Rizen is celebrating the season by fulfilling the Christmas wish list of a local family in need.

We’d love it if you would consider joining us…


Working through the Women’s and Children’s Alliance Christmas Family Sponsorship Program, we’ve posted the family wish list below. If you’d like to participate, select the item you’d like to contribute and let us know via email or a comment what it is you’d like to donate (so we can scratch it off the list).

We’ll be collecting gifts between now and December 10. Just drop them off at our office (or, we’ll even come and pick them up). We will wrap them up and deliver them to the WCA.

Rizen will match every gift donated with a gift card for groceries, housewares, gas, or clothing.

We hope you’ll join us in this effort…

Mom: Age 31 (favorite color: purple)

Sizes: Pant, Maternity Medium; Shirt, Small/Medium; Coat, Medium; Shoe, 7.5

  • Comfy Shirts
  • Pregnancy Leggings
  • Coat
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Socks
  • Pajamas
  • Long-Sleeved Shirts
  • Slippers
  • Pregnancy Pillow
  • Gift Card for Maternity Bras & Underwear
  • Ear Warmer/Headband
  • Target Gift Card

Girl: Age 9 (favorite colors: purple & pink)

Sizes: Pant, 9-11 Girls; Shirt, Medium Girls; Coat, Medium Girls; Shoe, 1

  • Underwear (Size 8-9)
  • Socks
  • Leggings/Soft Pants
  • Books
  • Art/Craft Supplies
  • DVDs
  • Hair Accessories
  • Loves to Sing – Singing Related Items
  • Boots
  • Gloves

Girl: Age 7 (favorite colors: purple & pink)

Sizes: Pant, 7-8 Girls; Shirt, Medium Girls; Coat, Medium Girls; Shoe, 12-12.5

  • Coat
  • Underwear (Size 8-9)
  • Socks
  • Leggings/Soft Pants
  • Books
  • Art/Craft Supplies
  • DVDs
  • Hair Accessories
  • Gloves
Baby On The Way: Will be born in 7 months
  • Gift Cards: Babies R Us
  • Stomach Headphones
Household Needs/Wants:
  • Coffee Mugs
  • Wal-Mart Gift Card

Why Nampa?

We’re proud to deliver one of our latest video projects, Why Nampa?, highlighting Nampa as an attractive, viable place to do live, work, and play. We’ve been working with the City of Nampa’s Economic Development office on their current “Why Nampa” campaign, aimed at attracting professionals to live and work in Idaho’s second largest city. To capture the cultural highlights of Nampa, we visited locals’ favorite restaurants, coffee shops & bars, retailers, and entertainment venues. In this video, you’ll see several of Nampa’s favorite community events and businesses, including the Lakeside Lavender, Sawtooth Winery, Snake River Stampede, Warhawk Air Museum, WOW! Country Fan Jam, and Nampa Farmers Market. We also visited Nampa colleges, Northwest Nazarene University and College of Western Idaho, which serve as powerful, educational influences in the Nampa community.

Take a peek at our video to see a quick montage of wakeboarders, bartenders, cowboys, artists, baristas, students, pilots, winemakers, cyclists, farmers, engineers, rockstars – all the eclectic, diverse, hard-working, neighborly people that make up the City of Nampa.

BAF Bowling League.

You may recall our blog post earlier this year about competing in a kickball league. Well, we’re at it again, but this time it’s bowling. Thanks to the Boise Ad Federation we are competing against many of our closest friends in the ad industry in what appears to be a pretty competitive league. At least that’s what the scoring system tells us (scratch games, handicaps, etc. etc. etc.).

Our kickball season ended with a hard to swallow loss in the championship game, landing us a solid 2nd place finish. The bitterness is lingering and we would be lying if we said we weren’t shooting for first this time around.

See you on Wednesday night fellow competitors!

Payette Brewing.

Mike Francis, a Boise native, left the corporate hustle and bustle of Boeing to pursue his dream of working in an industry of his own, brewing beer. In 2010 Mike headed home to establish Payette Brewing Co. and the rest is history.
We recently joined with Boise Valley Economic Partnership in sitting down with Mike and getting the full story. We hope you enjoy what he had to say as much as we do.

Well Done MetaGeek.

Last night we had the honor of attending the grand opening event for the new MetaGeek offices in The Owyhee, formerly The Owyhee Plaza. The office space is fantastic, but more than that, the company is really something special. Boise’s rising tech industry has been a point of discussion around here for a while now. It is great to see companies like MetaGeek paving the way by not only keeping their product development local, but also by bringing jobs to the Treasure Valley as they continue to grow.

Congratulations on the opening of your new office and keep up the good work!

Sippin’ in the City.

Congrats to our Idaho Wine Commission on putting together another great Sippin’ in the City! The sold-out food and wine tasting event was hosted last night at the Linen Building in Boise. Nearly 250 patrons were treated to a variety of local whites and reds from eight different Idaho wineries, along with appetizers and desserts from Idaho Preferred, Open Table Catering, and Zeppole. With the sounds of live music and clinking glasses, guests enjoyed a night of meeting new people and celebrating Idaho’s growing wine industry. Great job to IWC Executive Director Moya Shatz Dolsby and her team on making this annual wine event another big success.