The Boise Bubble Podcast

Welcome to The Boise Bubble!

About the show

The Boise Bubble Podcast is a look into one of the fastest growing cities in America, from the perspective of the people lucky enough to live here. Issues and topics that interest and impact our entire Treasure Valley community, from food, to urban adventures, to exploring the Idaho wilderness, to the complicated and captivating experiences of the people you pass every day. Shane and Natalie Plummer bring together their experience in social media, local business, corporate development, outdoor adventures, and fumbling through marriage, to bring you conversations that will help you discover why this is one of the most sought after places to live.


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    Episode 17: Bantering with The Boise Boys

    August 18th, 2021  |  53 mins 33 secs
    boise, boise boys, boise dev, business, community, development, eagle, growth, hgtv, idaho, in n out, local, meridian, treasure valley

    Did you realize there's a national home improvement/house-flipping TV show based in our city? No? Well, we're excited to put you in the know! The Boise Boys is a unique HGTV gem that highlights Boise, tangibly raises the bar of home offerings, and gives us a good chuckle in the process. In this episode we meet with co-creators and partners Luke Caldwell and Clint Robertson to talk about the show, give us a behind-the-scenes look into making a TV show while trying to run a business, and offer a sneak peak into their next project that will have a genuine positive impact on our city and entertain us along the way.

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    Episode 16: How to Treefort

    August 4th, 2021  |  51 mins 35 secs
    boise, boise dev, business, community, development, eagle, growth, idaho, local, meridian, music, music festival, treasure valley, treefort

    It might as well be a verb, because Treefort has grown from a dope music festival to a killer city-wide showcase of what makes Idaho and Boise amazing: music, food, drink, art, stories, kids events, and even yoga! It's such a local staple that the city of Boise honored it with the title of "Cultural Ambassador" in 2015. As amazing an event as it is, it's also a little intimidating trying to figure out how to experience it. In this episode, we meet with co-founder and marketing director Megan Stoll and publicist Marissa Lovell to educate and demystify. If you're going to live in the Treasure Valley, you should check out Treefort; and if you're going to Treefort, you'll benefit from this episode.

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    Episode 15: Local Politics and Growth with Tammy de Weerd

    July 21st, 2021  |  1 hr 6 mins
    boise, community, eagle, idaho, local, mayor, meridian, northwest, politics, treasure valley

    In a time of economic uncertainty, head-spinning growth, and evolving community identities, people often wonder “Who’s steering this ship?” In this episode we lean on an expert in this arena, former mayor of Meridian Tammy de Weerd, to demystify the role of mayor, explain the dynamics of local government, provide insight into city planning and development, and offer her forecast of Meridian’s next chapter.

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    Episode 14: BONUS BUBBLE - Making Friends

    July 14th, 2021  |  29 mins 51 secs
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    Episode 13: Fire Up the Grill with Mark Anderson of The Grill Dads

    July 7th, 2021  |  1 hr 3 mins
    boise, boise dev, business, community, development, eagle, growth, idaho, local, meridian, treasure valley

    Chatting with one of Boise’s celebrities, Mark Anderson of The Grill Dads.
    Mark is known for his Food Network series as well as winning “Guys Big Project”. You may also recognize him from his regular appearances on the Today Show, and his substantial social media pages.

    In this episode Mark shares with us snippets of his journey from advertising to grilling to Food Network Star - and what it’s really like to appear in a reality TV show. (Spoiler alert, it isn’t always fun!)
    We also discuss what it’s like to create a show for a national television network, and what he’s been up to lately. We’ll get some advice on grilling tips for the summer, and… his very favorite restaurant in the Treasure Valley.

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    Episode 12: Housing Market Update 2021

    June 23rd, 2021  |  49 mins 43 secs
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    Episode 11: BONUS BUBBLE - Quitting a Job

    June 16th, 2021  |  20 mins 58 secs
    boise, idaho, meridian, northwest, personal, quitting a job, treasure valley

    This episode is the first in a series of off-week mini-conversations called "Bonus Bubbles". In these we'll touch topics not necessarily tied to the Treasure Valley. In this episode, Shane talks about a recent life event of quitting his job (after over 10 years!), some thoughts on employer-employee relationships, and offers a few lessons-learned. If you're considering a similar career shift, you may find something useful in this one.

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    Episode 10: Date Night!

    June 9th, 2021  |  1 hr 1 min

    A candid discussion on the importance of continuing to date throughout a relationship. We run through some of the reasons why it’s been so beneficial, some of our suggestions for making them more intentional, and also some of our very favorite dating options in the Treasure Valley. We touch on Shane’s weird phobia. And, as a bonus, mention our favorite local sex shops.

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    Episode 9: New Development in the Treasure Valley

    May 26th, 2021  |  34 mins 57 secs
    boise, boise dev, business, community, development, eagle, growth, idaho, in n out, local, meridian, treasure valley

    Ikea. Nordstrom. IN-N-OUT!

    Living in the fastest growing city in America means….development! In this second installment of our conversation with Boise Dev’s Don Day, we chat about what development is coming to the Boise area. Which national businesses he expects to see. And those he does not plan on heading our direction. We discuss the new growth in Meridian Downtown including it’s new urban living center, Old Town Lofts. We chat about our favorite new 8th Street Restaurant, news on Topgolf and “The Boardwalk” - the newest project to come to Garden City.

    Also… what’s happening with the huge field on Fairview and Eagle across from The Village at Meridian? We also talk on on the multifaceted issue of affordable housing in the Treasure Valley.

    After the episode, keep listening. We have a bonus micro episode with Marc, the Volkswagen of Boise’s fun coordinator. He was a REALLY bad salesman. And he tells us why. ;)

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    Episode 8: Local news with BoiseDev

    May 12th, 2021  |  43 mins 41 secs

    In this first episode of a two part series, we sit down with Don Day of BoiseDev. We discuss how this locally owned news outlet came to be and what need it fills in the Treasure Valley. We chat about the nature of development here and how residents get their news.

    We also discuss the new BoiseDev offering - the daily “Idaho First” publication. We invite listeners to ponder the idea of news sourced without a paywall and beyond the algorithm.

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    Episode 7: Comparative Perspectives

    April 27th, 2021  |  1 hr 10 mins

    First impressions have a real impact that affects the future of a relationship. Being in the Treasure Valley for so long can make us forget those first few experiences that quietly shaped our future, what we first loved about this place, or what we struggled with. In this episode, we’ll share some of those experiences from people who have come to Idaho from very different places -east coast, west coast, and the South- in hopes of increasing our awareness of and appreciation for our home and those who have come to share it with us.

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    Episode 6: Spring Hiking in the Valley

    April 13th, 2021  |  40 mins 43 secs
    boise, community, hiking, local, outdoors, trails, treasure valley

    A follow up to Episode 004 wherein we and our guest, Tyler Sisson, talked about the outdoors. After finishing that conversation, we felt we should have shared more recommendations for beginner hikes and outdoor day trips. Here we share a handful you’ll appreciate that are close to home.

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    Episode 5: Idaho Stay-cations

    March 30th, 2021  |  1 hr 2 mins
    backyard, boise, hikes, idaho, local, nature, outdoors, outside, vacation

    COVID has limited our ability to travel, but in doing so has provided us an opportunity to explore our home state. Idaho is flush with options for day trips and stay-cations that are both memorable and affordable. In this episode we share ways you can discover new family favorites and romantic excursions with the help of a resident expert, Katie with Traveling Spud.

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    Episode 4: Venturing Into the Mountains

    March 16th, 2021  |  1 hr 6 mins
    backyard, boise, camping, exploring, foothills, idaho, local, outdoors, wild

    An introductory discussion about the Idaho outdoors, the mountains, what makes them special, how to enjoy them responsibly, and which resources can help you get started.

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    Episode 3: Food in the Treasure Valley

    March 2nd, 2021  |  59 mins 39 secs
    boise, food, foodie, idaho, local, treasure valley

    This week we sit down with Alex Milles at Boifood media and discuss all things food in the Treasure Valley. We discuss some of our favorite spots around town as well the overall restaurant industry here in Idaho. If you want to hear more about the state of food in the Treasure Valley, go check out Alex's podcast "The Table Rock", available everywhere.

    Follow him @boifood

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    Episode 2: Into the Deep End - Californians coming to Idaho

    February 16th, 2021  |  51 mins 31 secs
    boise, california, conversation, idaho, real estate

    A jumping-off point for a charged topic that affects us all. How do we tackle such a grizzly bear? Well, let’s start by listening to stories, then maybe questioning those we tell ourselves. Comments and stories from people on both sides of the issue, shared by members of the community.