Lori Porreca and Miguel Gaddi opened the Boise International Market in October of 2014 after years of work turning their vision into reality. They transformed a vacant strip mall on the Boise Bench into a thriving international small business incubator and multicultural community hub. They saw the need to create a space for Boise’s diverse population to gather, start small businesses, and share their unique offerings with the broader Boise community.
I spoke with Lori and Miguel about the story behind their vision and the progress they have made over the last 9 months. We’ll discuss topics including the community need they saw, how they chose the location and building, the process of renovation, and how they recruited tenants to create a bustling community center with a variety of international vendors.