She's Going to School!

OYes, yes I am!

When we first launched our Kickstarter campaign in the summer of 2013, my goal was to open a little bakery in my families shop to save money for college someday. At the age of 14 I basically had no idea what it would be like to own my own business. But with the help and guidance of my awesome family and my Mom's entrepreneur background... WE DID IT! For 3 1/2 years I baked and baked and learned so many valuable lessons. I can't even express in words how grateful I am (though I will try ;)).

Photo Credit: Sidewayz Films

Photo Credit: Sidewayz Films

Photo Credit: Soft Elegance Photography

Photo Credit: Soft Elegance Photography

Photo Credit: Soft Elegance Photography

Photo Credit: Soft Elegance Photography

This has been the best experience for me in so many ways! I've met so many cool and artistic people -- I've learned more than I could have ever imagined possible. With different interviews here and there, learning the basics of customer service, improving recipes and more.

Now that it's time for me to go to school, I will be putting the bakery on pause for a couple of years while I go to school and focus on our latest endeavor - Makers Unwound. I plan on writing (recipes + more) and taking photographs for our grass roots quarterly.

What's going to happen?

I will stop baking completely by March 4th 2017 at 5pm.

I'm turning my focus to something new and will no longer have time for my bakery but I want you all to know that I accomplished my goal! In the beginning it started out as someday maybe applying for a Culinary Arts Program or something artistic. I have decided to apply at CWI for learning and growing in a Horticulture program, pun intended. ;)

Come into the shop and be sure to ask us for our recipes! We'll have a limited supply of simple booklets filled with our favorite recipes by the 7th of March (follow along on social media for updates) They will be offered at our shop or online soon.

The kitchen will serve the purpose of a "test kitchen" for Makers Unwound and Bee wise Goods will continue to provide a great little stop in your day for a gift or unique find.

By March 7th we will no longer have seating or coffee/tea available.

I feel so honored to have been able to do this, with support of the community, my family + friends and all the people I've met along the way! Heres to a new season of life!

Thank you for coming along, stick around to see what we'll be doing next. ;)

We'll be actively keeping you up to date on our Instagram accounts, which you can find at @BeeWiseGoods + @MakersUnwound.

Niclas Krake Photography

Q + A... With Us!

Your most asked questions... ANSWERED!

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BBMacarons

Q: When + What is Macaron Saturday?

A: Macaron Saturday is when we serve Macarons in the bakery! Two slightly crunchy, chewy and soft meringue cookies held together by a creamy French Buttercream. 

Once per month, on the 1st Saturday of the month, we have two flavors of macarons and our goal is to sell out. We have had many different flavor combinations like Lemon + Raspberry, Peanut Butter + Jelly, Peppermint Hot Chocolate with a dollop of marshmallow fluff and so many more. 


Q: How long have you been a shop in Boise?

A: We opened in 2011 with a main focus on small-batch, glass bottled soda and tasty snacks. Shortly after opening The Soda Works, a space became available next to us and we opened Bee Wise Goods in late November 2011. After being open for a couple of years, we transitioned to focus on local + handmade artists with a little bit of everything. We liked to call ourselves a Modern Mercantile ;).

In October 2013, Just Baked Boise was born! We renovated half of our shop for the kitchen and after a brief name change to Boise's Bakery, we have been in our little spot for about 6 years.


Q: What's your favorite treat to bake?

A: Right now I love to bake cookies. They're fast, scrumptious, chewy or soft, and you can eat them when they're still warm! Because let's be honest, that's the best part ;). Our favorites tend to change all the time, but I love to bake new recipes.


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Q: If I'm an artist/maker, can I get my art/craft into your store?

A: We like to keep our inventory as full as we can! You can send us emails with specific questions, a little about yourself, photos of what it is that you make and we'll be happy to get back to you with more details. Please Note: We only buy from wholesale linesheets. If you are just starting out, contact us once you are ready to sell wholesale.

Email: beewisebags@me.com


Q: Does the bakery take special orders?

A: We do! You can check out our regular goodies here: Menu

Can't find what you're looking for on our menu? We can almost make anything in almost any flavor. Once you have an idea of what you want to order, email us! We'll reply with as many details as possible and we'll do our best to answer your questions. Contact is Key! So make sure you have at least 2 weeks in advance from your event/celebration to get a spot on our calendar. Please note: we no longer make cakes, check Flourchild on Overland rd, hers are amazing!

Email: info@boisesbakery.com


Q: Do you have Gift Cards for your shop?

A: Yes! Come into the shop at 3017 W. State Street Boise, ID 83703, and we'll whip one up for you! *$5 minimum.


Q: Which is the best selling bakery item?

A: Two words: Sugar... Cookie.

Our sugar cookie, also known as Sweet Dottie is my Great, Great, Aunt's sour cream cookie recipe with a sweet almond, American buttercream. We serve it everyday that we're open (unless otherwise stated).

We gave it a bit of an update, and now have a vegan friendly option!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

- Isabelle & Gabrielle

Make this! Sweet Dottie Cookie

This is the last recipe of our 3 Part Series.

Missed the other recipes? Watch HERE.

Cookie:

  • 3/4 cups vegan butter
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup vegan sour cream (our favorite is the Tofutti brand)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • egg replacer = 2 eggs (we used Bob's Red Mill - following instructions + measurements)

Directions: Watch video above.

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-3 tablespoons non-dairy milk

Frosting Directions:

In a stand mixer, beat together butter and extracts until combined. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar on low speed until combined. Adjust speed to medium and beat together completely. Add another cup and repeat process until all sugar is used. Add milk a little at a time until consistency is fluffy and easily spreadable.

Recipe Notes:

  • This dough becomes softer and more delicate the longer it is out of the refrigerator, so work quickly when rolling the dough out.
  • The more times you re-roll the scraps, the tougher the cookie will be. Avoid re-rolling more than twice if you prefer soft and tender cookies. 
  • The frosting will become lighter and fluffier the longer you beat the sugar and butter together. 

Exciting News!

More exciting news coming your way, friends! We have recently added seating in the bakery at our original location! Now you can snag your favorite treats from the shop and sit for a spell. So what are you waiting for? Grab a friend and come hang out with us!

Opportunities Coming Our Way.

We warmly welcome Penny Lane Kids Toy Store to our little section of State Street, moving from the Market Place on 17th and State.

Where to, might you ask?

As we continue to be natural movers and shakers and we try new things and learn new skills, we have recently had some wonderfully serendipitous events unfold, that we have prayed about as a family and as small business owners...

Don't worry! We are not closing,

We are moving out of our 2nd location and putting all our focus on our Original location (3017 W. State Street 83703). We think Penny Lane Kids will be an awesome addition and fit that space so well! And, also to give the State Street Shops an even more diverse one-stop shopping experience for you and your family!

Chop! Chop!

This will be happening fast, and we will be working hard to move and reorganize. If you follow @BeeWiseGoods or @BoisesBakery on Instagram, you might spot a few props we will post up for SALE!

Our Passion.

We feel our very 1st location is the best fit for our little shop and what we can offer. After having the 2nd location, experimenting with classes being held in the shop and taking care of two stores, we want to give you the best experience as we can and to offer a quaint stop in your busy day.

 

Back-to-School Crafts

The ending of August can only mean one thing...it’s back to school season! Time to say goodbye to the long, carefree days of summer and hello to schedules & lesson plans. But even with school back in session, you can still spend quality time with your kiddos creating unique and fun craft projects that will spark their imagination and enrich their classroom experience. Look for a few ideas? Take a look at some of favorites below.

How handy is this roll up pencil case from Innova Crafts?? With a simple supply list, and zero sewing required, you can whip up one of these in no time. We especially love the ribbon & button closure...super cute, but still easy enough for little hands to open.

Image: Lia Griffith

Image: Lia Griffith

While you’re at it, why not create some fun toppers for those pencils? These adorable versions, courtesy of Lia Griffith, come together quickly with a little felt, glue, and a simple blanket stitch.

And last but not least, spark their love for reading with a special DIY bookmark! These laced ones from Handmade Charlotte are created with fiber board (from old cereal and cracker boxes) and a little bit of bright embroidery thread. These bookmarks are so clever, even the adults might be tempted to make one, too.

 

 

Happy crafting!

Upcoming Classes

We have more classes coming up this month, folks!

 

First up is our Upholstery 101 class, happening this Saturday, August 20th, from 11am-1pm. This observation-only class will take you through a guided, step-by-step upholstery tutorial. Bring your notebooks, cameras, or sketchpads to take detailed notes, and determine if upholstery is the type of project for you. Spaces are limited so be sure to reserve your spot quickly! Sign up is available here.

 

Meet the Makers: Mónica Galván of Alethia Designs

Are you a fan of macrame?? Well, then you’re in for a treat with today’s Maker post!

 

Ever since she was first introduced to the art of macrame in 2010, Monica Galvan of Aletheia Dsgns has been creating gorgeous fiber pieces that would make any macrame lover swoon. From wall hangings to plant hangers to delicate necklaces, Monica’s attention to detail and pattern are apparent in each and every one of her lovely creations. Currently, we carry her jewelry line in the shop and we’ll be adding her wall hangings to our inventory in the near future!

 

Fortunately for us, Monica is also the instructor for each of our Macrame Classes here at the store! Be sure to check out her next class coming up on Saturday, August 27th, from 1pm-3pm. Sign up is available here!

 

 

Also, there is another Boise Flea coming up on Sunday, August 14th from 10am-4pm! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover vintage treasures & antiques, local handmade goods, and some tasty offerings from our favorite food trucks. See you there!

 

 

 

Summer Fun!

It may seem hard to believe that August is already upon us, but there’s no denying that the summer season is quickly rolling along! However, there are still plenty of weeks left to head outside and soak up some sun. If you’re needing a few ideas for great summer activities, check out our favorites below!

Hiking, biking...

Anyone living in Boise knows that there is no shortage of beautiful parks throughout our city. Whether it’s hiking through the hills at Camelsback, exploring the rose garden at Julia Davis, or a game of bocce at Municipal, you’re guaranteed to find something fun. And don’t forget that several parks have access to the Greenbelt where you can bike, walk, or run right next to the Boise River.

 

Whitewater...

We’re also anxiously awaiting the opening of Esther Simplot Park! As of right now, there isn’t a confirmed opening date, but the Greenbelt path between Whitewater Park Blvd and the 36th pedestrian bridge is available to the public. According to the park’s website, this 55-acre site will include everything from trails to wetlands to grassy open areas. There will also be a playground, bridges, and a stream that connects the park’s two ponds with Quinn’s Pond. Be sure to check out the park’s website for more details!

 

Like we said, plenty to do! So get out there and enjoy our lovely city!

 

 

 

Coming Up for #MacaronSaturday...

As we get busier at the bakery and Macaron Saturdays become increasingly popular (thanks you guys!), we have updated how we'll take Pre-Orders for the Macarons from the previous way you can read about here. Check it out!

Pre-ordering will be available 1 week before a Macaron Saturday and end on the upcoming Wednesday at midnight (July 27th). If you want to save some ahead of time, you will be responsible for keeping track of when to pickup and paying in advance online.

Just purchase through Bee Wise Goods SHOP. 2 flavors will be available, this week (July 30th) will be:

  • Watermelon
  • S'Mores

We will continue to serve them in the bakery twice per month (1st Sat. and 3rd Sat.) for anyone to swing by, or if you don't want to pre-order. Just a heads up, they sell out fast! Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Click here to pre-order yours! (This link will only be active until July 30th 2016). We will post on our Calendar and the BB Menu.

Follow us on Insta @boisesbakery to get the latest updates for any news, events etc.

Thank you!

We have changed Macaron Saturday up a bit and want to give you the details! To get the same delicious Saturday treats!

HOW TO ORDER:

1. Select 1 of the 2 flavors.

2. Select the desired quantity.

3. Click "ADD TO CART" and fill out the required fields (your Name and Phone Number).

4. If you wish to order both flavors, click our business name at the top left corner of the checkout page to return to our HOME page.

5. Click SHOP at the top navigation bar, scroll down and click "Macaron Saturday", then click the secondary flavor and repeat steps 2 and 3.

6. Now you can review your order and checkout. You will see your Order Summary on the right and the Contact & Shipping on the left. Fill out the Contact & Shipping and click CONTINUE.

7. Now select "In-store Pickup ONLY" for the Delivery Options (we don't ship our Macarons). You will be responsible for picking up on Saturday.

8. Fill out your billing information and click SUBMIT ORDER.

Makers Unwound: Dream to Reality

It’s a beautiful thing when dreams become reality, wouldn’t you agree? For us, those dreams are coming to fruition with the release of the very first issue of Makers Unwound on October 1st, 2016!!

 

Makers Unwound is a unique keepsake magazine that is ALL about creatives from right here in the Pacific Northwest. Inside each issue you’ll find delicious recipes, fun projects, and local stories from various artists in this amazing part of the country that we get to call home. This publication is truly a family affair and you can rest assured that you’ll see plenty of photography, and even an advice column, from our little BeeWise clan.

 

Ultimately, our hope is to create something that inspires you, whether that means completing a project for yourself or making something to share with others! For more information about the magazine, visit our Makers Unwound page. To pre-order, simply click here!

 

Happy Creating!