International Market vendors open for holidays

Posted at 6:58 PM, Nov 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-28 20:58:59-05

It's been several months since a devastating fire shut down the Boise International Market.

Those of you who have been missing the cultural exchange and unique food options are in for a treat.

Through January, a temporary location with a handful of the original vendors will be open.

The original owners of the Boise International Market still haven't gotten clearance from the insurance company regarding the damaged building.

So in the meantime, a temporary market has been set up by some of the vendors.

The market on Franklin Road was like a second home to many of them. After so much work was put into the grand opening, it was highly disappointing for them to see their hard work go up in flames.

The original owners were out of town with plans to get married when the fire broke out.

"They flew back into Boise and Mayor Bieter was kind enough to offer to marry them at city hall," said Carlos Duncan with the Economic Opportunity of Jannus. "So, it kind of brought some happiness right after that sad time, which was very good."

Community members and market supporters set up a GoFundMe account to help off-set the cost of living for families who were unexpectedly out of a job.

The owner of the Ethiopian restaurant had a household of five to support. Kibrom Milash and his wife leaned on the catering side of their business to stay afloat but say they couldn't have survived without the extra financial backing.

"We are so thankful for Boise people because it meant a lot to us," Milash said. "They were helpful."

Milash and his food are back and will be set up at Trailhead on 8th Street every Saturday as part of the new Global Community Market.

Duncan, the business development specialist who helped out, was pleased with the crowd their first day back in business.

"The foot traffic is great, it partners well with the inside downtown Boise Farmers Market," Duncan said. "So, it becomes more of a destination having the two markets right next door to each other."

Food, coffee, jewelry and unique clothing and gifts can be found inside.

The vendors seemed just as glad they're back together as their customers who couldn't wait for their return.

"Everyone just keeps telling me they are missing my food, and they are excited to have that food every time," Milash said.

Milash plans on opening a restaurant along State Street in Boise sometime in Jan. 2016. For more information on his catering business, dial (208) 703-0564.

Until then, you can get a taste for Milash's cuisine and others each Saturday at Trailhead from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It's expected that a few more vendors will be at the Global Community Market in the weeks to come.