Idaho's first shopping center - Vista Village
It started with a simple idea.
Boiseans need a convenient place to shop, conduct business and check things off the family to-do list. A place with free parking, great local stores and all the basics to make life easier.
With the goal in mind, Ernest G. Day founded Idaho's very first shopping center -- way back in 1949. The Boise-area developer and real estate agent leveraged his company's growing portfolio to establish the first retail outpost away from the downtown core, just a few minutes from the Boise Union Pacific Depot.
Many of Boise's biggest retail names have been a part of the Vista Village retail fabric over the years - from one of the first Albertsons grocery stores, to Jim's Appliance and Furniture to Ford Drug. Today, the center is home to the city's most eclectic mix of unique local retailers and convenient national brands. The center's 2006 remodel was designed to not only give the decades old shopping destination a fresh look, but help serve as a catalyst for revitalization in the surrounding Depot Bench neighborhood.
Vista Village is managed by Day Realty Co. Inc., a third (and fourth) generation family-owned company founded in 1908, among the state's oldest continually owned and operated businesses. Yep, the grandkids and great grandkids run the business now, teamed up with great merchants that make this little piece of Boise history part of the city's vibrant future.