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Boise’s Basque Market: A success story 11 years and counting

The Basque Market was established in December 2000, on the Basque Block in Downtown Boise, Idaho. Since opening, the Basque Market has quickly become the leader in Basque catering, and is famous for preparing large paellas for parties, weddings, anniversaries, and other events. A variety of classes on paella, sangria, tapas or wines are also offered every month.

Tucked between the Leku-Ona and Bardenay restaurants, and right across the Basque Center in the Basque Block in downtown Boise is the Basque Market, where you can find a variety of Basque and Spanish goods almost impossible to come by elsewhere, such as turrones, piquillo peppers or anchovies. Owners Tony and Tara Eiguren have been serving lunches, tapas, and wines since they took over the store in 2006, and they even have a take-home deli case filled with ready-to-eat dishes.

Many Boiseko Gazteak parents look forward to Tuesday nights, when they can relax inside the Basque Market with a glass of wine, some tapas and good conversation while they wait for their children’s Basque dancing practice to be over. Tapas are also served on Saturday nights and First Thursdays.

The Eigurens, who purchased The Basque Market in 2006, attribute their success to the unique products they sell and treating customers like family. “When we purchased the Basque Market in 2006”, said Tony, “we faced many challenges in the beginning, learning a tremendous amount about so many unique products that we were selling, along with balancing our family life and our teaching careers. During the first year, my wife Tara and I were still teaching and balancing a new career as small business owners. We attribute some of our success to the fact that we offer such unique and special products from the Basque Country and the Iberian Coast, which no other business offers in Boise and the surrounding areas. We also treat our customers like family, always intending to create a very welcoming and comfortable atmosphere, just as if they were invited to our home for a glass of wine!”

When asked about a special moment at the Basque Market, Tony says there is not one special moment that stands out, but many special moments that make up every day instead. “On the one hand,” he says, “there are many regular customers who sit on the patio with their favorite bottle of wine, or come in for tapas they love, and who have become good friends of ours. On the other hand, many visitors stop by the shop as they pass through on vacation.” He tells us that meeting so many interesting and new people every day really makes their job enjoyable and rewarding.

During this year’s San Inazio festival, the Basque Market stayed open longer hours to accommodate all the people that flooded the Basque Block to enjoy the festival and served delicious tapas on the new Tapas Bar, plus they cooked paellas out on the patio throughout the weekend.

Whether you have yet to visit the Basque Market or you are one of their regulars, I have good news for you. For the next 48 hours, you can get $14 worth of Basque Market goodies for only $7. Check out today’s AmazonLocal deal and get yourself some vouchers. I got five of them this morning!

For more information on The Basque Market, click here.

The Basque Market
608 W. Grove St.
Boise, ID 83702

Phone 208-433-1208
Fax 208-433-1215

Hours: Monday thru Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm

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