First Thor’s Day: Danger Sunset & Orange Creamsicle

First Thor’s Day: Danger Sunset & Orange Creamsicle

June First Thor’s Day with our yearly release of DANGER SUNSET and ORANGE CREAMSICLE and a fresh batch of NECTARON 5000 Hazy IPA!
Kismet Kitchen open and serving food from 3pm-8pm.
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~ DANGER SUNSET 2022~
South Beach of Miami, 1986. The engine purring like a tiger in Crockett’s white Ferrari Testarossa. The scents of coconut and strawberry tingle your nostrils with pure ecstasy to send you on your journey into the DANGER SUNSET. Spontaneously fermented sour blend aged in oak barrels and finished with strawberries and coconut.
8% ABV
Draft, 500ml Bottles, t-shirts, racerback tanks and pullover hoodies available!
~ ORANGE CREAMSICLE ~
Dessert Berliner Weisse made with milk sugar (lactose), more than 400 lbs of Cara Cara oranges and Madagascar vanilla beans. Slightly tart and sweet.
7% ABV
20 IBU
Draft & 16oz cans available.
~ NECTARON 5000 ~
Hazy IPA made with Skagit Valley malt and wheat and Nectaron, Nelson Sauvin, Triumph, Moutere & Motueka hops.
6.5% abv
Draft & Cans
Tarta de Queso Beer Collaboration Release

Tarta de Queso Beer Collaboration Release

We are super excited to release our newest Dessert Berliner Weisse made in virtual collaboration with Basqueland Brewing!
Basqueland Brewing is located in the heart of Basque country in San Sebastian, Spain. Boise has the largest Basque community in the US. Therefore, we all thought it would be fitting to make a sour dessert beer modeled the popular Basque dessert, Tarta de Queso.
~ TARTA DE QUESO ~
Raspberry Cheesecake Dessert Berliner Weisse. Made with real cheesecake bites, milk sugar, Madagascar Vanilla beans and 440 pounds of Raspberries.
8.5% abv
Draft & Cans available.
Kismet Kitchen will also be offering a few Basque specials all day Friday, May 27, including a Tarta de Queso dessert. Menu tbd.
The Void at Barbarian Brewing

The Void at Barbarian Brewing

THE VOID food truck will be at Barbarian for Thor’s Day, May 26!
The Void offers a plant-based vegan menu, serving artisan burgers, breakfast wraps, and comfort food. The seitan, ‘fish’, and root patties are made from scratch, in house, along with sauces and cheeses. Lots of gluten-free options. See Instagram for location changes.
Kismet Kitchen has an off-site event and will not be open on 5/26.
Thor’s Day: Canadian Lager & Little Wolf IPA

Thor’s Day: Canadian Lager & Little Wolf IPA

Bringing back our CANADIAN LAGER and a fresh batch of LITTLE WOLF IPA for Thor’s Day, May 26.
THE VOID food truck will be open and serving food from 4pm-8pm.
About The Void: ARTISAN PLANT-BASED FOOD. REDEFINING THE MEATLESS BURGER ABOVE AND BEYOND…
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~ CANADIAN LAGER ~
Light, crisp and refreshing Canadian style lager that aged in tank for 6 weeks. Made with pale malt, corn, rice, and Willamette hops.
5.5% abv
Draft only
~ LITTLE WOLF IPA ~
West Coast style IPA made with Skagit Valley malt and El Dorado, Citra, Comet and Mosaic hops.
6.5% abv
Draft & Cans
Thor’s Day: Hey Arnold! & Kiwi Guava Wolf Paw

Thor’s Day: Hey Arnold! & Kiwi Guava Wolf Paw

HEY ARNOLD! is back for the summer!!! And, we’re rolling out a new Wolf Paw Hard Seltzer for Thor’s Day!
Kismet Kitchen will be open and serving food from 3pm-8pm.
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~ HEY ARNOLD! ~
Kettle sour packed with 52lbs of Arnold Palmer iced tea & lemonade mix and 1500 black tea bags.
4.5% ABV
10 IBU
Draft & 16oz Cans available.
~ KIWI GUAVA WOLF PAW ~
Hard Seltzer made with real kiwi and guava fruit. A great Barbarian option for low carb or gluten sensitive diets.
5.5% abv
Draft & 16oz Cans available.
Thor’s Day: Persephone Porter

Thor’s Day: Persephone Porter

New Beer Thor’s Day with a fresh batch of PERSEPHONE PORTER!
Kismet Kitchen will be open and serving food from 3pm-8pm.
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~ PERSEPHONE PORTER ~
Robust Porter with a sweet caramel flavor, balance by hints of chocolate and coffee. Persephone is the Greek Goddess of the Underworld.
5.5% ABV
20 IBU
Draft & crowlers available.
Mother’s Day Brunch w/ Kismet Kitchen

Mother’s Day Brunch w/ Kismet Kitchen

Mother’s Day Brunch with Kismet Kitchen! 12pm-3pm. No reservations needed- First come, first serve.
Menu:
⁃ Cinnamon Roll with Cream Cheese Frosting $7
– Kismet Muffin, Malheur Sausage, Western Farms Scrambled Eggs, Ballard Cheddar, and Whole Grain Mustard Maple Syrup $11 add Potatoes $3
– Bacon and Curried Potato Breakfast Burrito, Ballard Cheddar, Scrambled Eggs, Spicy Mayo $12 add Spicy $1
– Mushroom, Gruyere, and Kale Frittata, Whole Grain Mustard Aioli, Crispy Kale, and Curried Potatoes $14
– Nduja and Pesto Quiche, Fennel Slaw, Parmigiana-Reggiano, Curried Potatoes $15
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Kismet Kitchen will be closing at 3pm on Mother’s Day.
Barbarian will be open from 12-8pm serving beer-mosas, beer, wine and n/a drinks.
Please dress for colder weather as we have limited indoor seating and plenty of outdoor seating!
First Thor’s Day: American Wheat & Death by Snu-Snu

First Thor’s Day: American Wheat & Death by Snu-Snu

New Beer Thor’s Day with fresh batches of AMERICAN WHEAT and DEATH BY SNU-SNU!
Kismet Kitchen open and serving food from 3pm-8pm. In addition to their regular food menu, Kismet will be offering a special Cinco de Mayo menu:
⁃ Chips and Kismet Salsa $5
⁃ Chips and Beef, Bean, and Cheese Dip $7
⁃ Braised Chicken Tostada, Creme Fraiche, Avocado Purée, Cotija, Spicy Slaw, Cilantro, Diced Onion $12
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~ AMERICAN WHEAT ~
American Wheat / Hefeweizen… think Widmer Hef! Light and easy drinking for the warmer days ahead.
4.5% ABV
20 IBU
Draft & crowlers available.
~ DEATH BY SNU-SNU ~
The newest candy sour! Made with real Gushers candy and 200lbs of strawberries and 320lbs of kiwi fruit. IYKYK
6.9% ABV
10 IBUs
Draft and 16oz Cans available.
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Minors allowed until 6pm on the weekdays and 4pm on the weekends.
Dogs are allowed on patio only and must be on leash.
Thor’s Day: Triple Release

Thor’s Day: Triple Release

New Beer Thor’s Day at our new Brewery Taproom! Releasing fresh batches of WOLVES ON PARADE Hazy IPA, BARBARIAN PALE ALE, and Belgian style TRIPEL!
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Kismet Kitchen open and serving food from 3pm-9pm.
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~ WOLVES ON PARADE ~
Hazy IPA made with El Dorado Hop Hash, and Moutere, Citra and Azacca hops. Rally round the brewery! Pocket full of hops…
6.5% ABV
30 IBU
Draft & 16oz Cans available.
BARBARIAN PALE ALE ~
West Coast Pale Ale made with Amarillo, Comet, Strata, and Vic Secret hops. This Pale Ale is piney and dank with a hint of citrus and passion fruit flavor
5% ABV
30 IBUs
Draft and Crowlers available.
~ BEGLIAN STYLE TRIPEL ~
Our Belgian inspired Triple was brewed traditionally in the manner of the Trappist monks. This golden ale is spicy with a sweet finish and hint of fruit notes.
9.7% ABV
Draft & Crowlers available.
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Minors allowed until 6pm on the weekdays and 3pm on the weekends.
Dogs are allowed on patio only and must be on leash.
Murder Mystery Night at Potter Wines – Witches Edition!

Murder Mystery Night at Potter Wines – Witches Edition!

Ladies, it’s your night! Grab your wands, capes, brooms, spell books and the fierce will to live eternally. You’re going to need it!

Storyline Synopsis:

The members of the 1300th Witch’s Coven are set to arrive for their yearly gathering. The witches will prepare brews, practice new spells, and gossip about warlocks!

However, some witches are openly concerned that the chemistry of the coven hasn’t been right lately. Relations among the coven are so spicy, a few have voiced strong opinions about making some of the witches attend sessions with a counselor to learn how to get along before the gathering. Onyx Blazen isn’t taking heed to any of the nonsense and has made it mandatory for all witches of the coven to attend.

You are a member of the 1300th Coven. This is where your story begins.

Each ticket includes:

  • One glass of wine or beer*
  • Appetizers (Individual Charcuterie Plates)
  • Two hours of fun, excitement and surprises
  • A host to lead you down a path of mystery, clues and suspense

Upon registering for Murder Mystery Night Potter Wines – Witches Edition, we will email each participant seven days before Murder Mystery Night with their character name, character background, and suggested costume. Please provide email addresses for EACH attendee when registering.

This witchin’ party is so nice, we’re going to throw it twice! Please be sure to choose and double-check your preferred date when you check out.

*Non-Alcoholic drinks will also be available

*Each Murder Mystery Night requires a minimum of 10 people. If the minimum is not met, your ticket will be refunded or can be applied toward a future date.

*Costumes are not required, but strongly recommended. Individual costume suggestions will be provided ahead of time for each participant.

*Must be 21 or older to participate.

*In the case of a refund, please note a small portion of Eventbrite’s fees are nonrefundable.

Thor’s Day: Peanut Butter Bits & Thor’s Mane

Thor’s Day: Peanut Butter Bits & Thor’s Mane

New Beer Thor’s Day at our new Brewery Taproom! Releasing fresh batches of PEANUT BUTTER BITS Ice Cream Ale and THOR’S MANE Golden Ale.
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Kismet Kitchen open and serving food from 3pm-9pm.
Minors allowed until 6pm. Dogs allowed on our patio only and must be on leash.
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~ PEANUT BUTTER BITS Ice Cream Ale ~
Golden Stout made with milk sugar, 100lbs of (he who must not be named) peanut butter candy, extra chocolate, peanut butter, and vanilla.
8% ABV
30 IBUs
Draft & 16oz cans available.
~ THOR’S MANE ~
Easy drinking Golden Ale made with expressive yeasts.
5% ABV
20 IBU
Draft & crowler available.
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Minors until 6pm, leashed and friendly dogs on the patio.
Murder Mystery Night at Potter Wines – Witches Edition!

Murder Mystery Night at Potter Wines – Witches Edition!

Ladies, it’s your night! Grab your wands, capes, brooms, spell books and the fierce will to live eternally. You’re going to need it!

Storyline Synopsis:

The members of the 1300th Witch’s Coven are set to arrive for their yearly gathering. The witches will prepare brews, practice new spells, and gossip about warlocks!

However, some witches are openly concerned that the chemistry of the coven hasn’t been right lately. Relations among the coven are so spicy, a few have voiced strong opinions about making some of the witches attend sessions with a counselor to learn how to get along before the gathering. Onyx Blazen isn’t taking heed to any of the nonsense and has made it mandatory for all witches of the coven to attend.

You are a member of the 1300th Coven. This is where your story begins.

Each ticket includes:

  • One glass of wine or beer*
  • Appetizers (Individual Charcuterie Plates)
  • Two hours of fun, excitement and surprises
  • A host to lead you down a path of mystery, clues and suspense

Upon registering for Murder Mystery Night Potter Wines – Witches Edition, we will email each participant seven days before Murder Mystery Night with their character name, character background, and suggested costume. Please provide email addresses for EACH attendee when registering.

This witchin’ party is so nice, we’re going to throw it twice! Please be sure to choose and double-check your preferred date when you check out.

*Non-Alcoholic drinks will also be available

*Each Murder Mystery Night requires a minimum of 10 people. If the minimum is not met, your ticket will be refunded or can be applied toward a future date.

*Costumes are not required, but strongly recommended. Individual costume suggestions will be provided ahead of time for each participant.

*Must be 21 or older to participate.

*In the case of a refund, please note a small portion of Eventbrite’s fees are nonrefundable.

Frites Night with Kismet Kitchen at Coiled Winery

Frites Night with Kismet Kitchen at Coiled Winery

Preorder your Steak or Clam Frites and enjoy them at Coiled Winery with some local wines or take your meal (and wine) togo! We will be serving in the Tasting Room from 6-8pm! Follow the link to view the whole menu and reserve your spot!

Dance Classes at Coiled Winery

Dance Classes at Coiled Winery

Join us at Coiled Winery for dance classes! This week we will be focusing on country swing! The class begins at 7pm and for $60 a couple, you get a lesson and glass of Coiled wine, not to mention a night of fun!

Potter Wines 10th Anniversary Wine Dinner Featuring Crisp

Potter Wines 10th Anniversary Wine Dinner Featuring Crisp

Join us for an unforgettable evening as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary with a four-course wine dinner with Crisp!

Indulge in a delicious four-course dinner with fantastic company in an intimate setting.

Each ticket includes:

  • Potter Wines Signature Welcome Drink
  • 4 courses, brilliantly prepared by Jake and Christina Sandberg of Crisp with a wine specifically paired with each course (see full menu image below).
  • Discussion with the Winemaker in an intimate, yet relaxed setting.
  • A celebration of the last 10 years and what is to come!

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

Dinner: 7:00 PM

Relocation Celebration- Final Weekend at Chinden

Relocation Celebration- Final Weekend at Chinden

We’re finally moving!
The relocation celebration of the Original Barbarian Brewery & Taproom kicks off Friday, March 11.
Join us all weekend in saying goodbye to so many firsts: beers, friendships, successes and failures- we couldn’t have done it without all of you!
Additional seating, special guest bartender appearance (Saturday) and Kismet Kitchen Food Truck serving delicious eats:
-Friday 4:30-7:30pm
-Saturday 2-6pm
-Sunday 2-6pm
Please note:
-6pm on Sunday, March 13 marks the LAST DAY OF OPERATIONS at the original Barbarian Brewery & Taproom on Chinden.
-The NEW Barbarian Brewery & Taproom is located on 32nd & Clay in Garden City and will open Spring 2022!
–Follow: @barbarianbreiwngindaho & https://www.facebook.com/barbarianbrewing for updates.
Paella at Potter Wines

Paella at Potter Wines

Truth Reveal: We get equally excited about food as we do wine around here!
If you adore a good paella, please join us at the tasting room for a taste of Spain’s cuisine icon!
We’ll have a special guest cooking up his favorite version of the dish. So grab a glass of wine with us and enjoy the results!
Saturday, March 12th @ 4pm and until food runs out!
*No tickets required, first-come, first-served.*
Relocation Celebration- Final Weekend at Chinden

Relocation Celebration- Final Weekend at Chinden

We’re finally moving!
The relocation celebration of the Original Barbarian Brewery & Taproom kicks off Friday, March 11.
Join us all weekend in saying goodbye to so many firsts: beers, friendships, successes and failures- we couldn’t have done it without all of you!
Additional seating, special guest bartender appearance (Saturday) and Kismet Kitchen Food Truck serving delicious eats:
-Friday 4:30-7:30pm
-Saturday 2-6pm
-Sunday 2-6pm
Please note:
-6pm on Sunday, March 13 marks the LAST DAY OF OPERATIONS at the original Barbarian Brewery & Taproom on Chinden.
-The NEW Barbarian Brewery & Taproom is located on 32nd & Clay in Garden City and will open Spring 2022!
Murder Mystery Night at Potter Wines – Speakeasy Edition

Murder Mystery Night at Potter Wines – Speakeasy Edition

It’s the 1920’s in Chicago and you’ve been cordially invited to a dinner party…

Two rival gangs coming together as one during the height of Prohibition, what could possibly go wrong? You’ve found yourself thrown into the middle of what has become a murder investigation, Speakeasy Edition!

Each ticket includes:

  • One glass of wine or beer*
  • Appetizers
  • Two hours of fun, excitement and surprises
  • A host to lead you down a path of mystery, clues and suspense

Upon registering for Murder Mystery Night at the Potter Wines Speakeasy, we will email each participant seven days before Murder Mystery Night with their character name, character background, suggested attire, and 1920s lingo to practice. Please provide email addresses for EACH attendee when registering.

So grab your mobster buddies or flapper gals and join us for a swingin’ evening! Let’s see who’s still standing at the end…

*Non-Alcoholic drinks will also be available

*Each Murder Mystery Night requires a minimum of 10 people. If the minimum is not met, your ticket will be refunded or can be applied toward a future date.

*Costumes are not required, but strongly recommended. Individual costume suggestions will be provided ahead of time for each participant.

*Must be 21 or older to participate.

Relocation Celebration- Final Weekend at Chinden

Relocation Celebration- Final Weekend at Chinden

We’re finally moving!
The relocation celebration of the Original Barbarian Brewery & Taproom kicks off Friday, March 11.
Join us all weekend in saying goodbye to so many firsts: beers, friendships, successes and failures- we couldn’t have done it without all of you!
Additional seating, special guest bartender appearance (Saturday) and Kismet Kitchen Food Truck serving delicious eats:
-Friday 4:30-7:30pm
-Saturday 2-6pm
-Sunday 2-6pm
Please note:
-6pm on Sunday, March 13 marks the LAST DAY OF OPERATIONS at the original Barbarian Brewery & Taproom on Chinden.
-The NEW Barbarian Brewery & Taproom is located on 32nd & Clay in Garden City and will open Spring 2022!
-Follow: @barbarianbreiwngindaho & https://www.facebook.com/barbarianbrewing for updates.
Thor’s Day: Lavender Lady & Canadian Lager

Thor’s Day: Lavender Lady & Canadian Lager

Lavender Lady Sour and a Canadian style Lager releasing for First Thor’s Day, March 3!
Kismet Kitchen will be serving food from 5-8pm. This is our LAST Thor’s Day at our original taproom!
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~ LAVENDER LADY SOUR ~
Kettle sour made with 320lbs of peaches, lavender, juniper and a hint of lemon. Modeled after the cocktail of the same name made with gin and egg whites.
6% abv
Draft & 16oz cans available.
~ CANADIAN LAGER ~
Light, crisp and refreshing Canadian style lager that aged in tank for 6 weeks. Made with pale malt, corn, rice and Willamette hops.
5.5% abv
Draft & Crowlers available.
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Online Ordering for Quick Pickup:
https://barbarian-brewing.square.site/
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Photos with Santa & Ornament Decorating

Photos with Santa & Ornament Decorating

Santa is coming to town – and he’s stopping at Western Collective!
Come get your photo with Santa every Saturday, starting November 27, from 10am-2pm 🎅🏻 Then, decorate a custom ornament using our Polaroids!
We’ve got hot chocolate for the kiddos, and Irish coffee for the young-at-heart, plus our selection of breakfast snacks.
See you there! ❄️
Photos with Santa & Ornament Decorating

Photos with Santa & Ornament Decorating

Santa is coming to town – and he’s stopping at Western Collective!
Come get your photo with Santa every Saturday, starting November 27, from 10am-2pm 🎅🏻 Then, decorate a custom ornament using our Polaroids!
We’ve got hot chocolate for the kiddos, and Irish coffee for the young-at-heart, plus our selection of breakfast snacks.
See you there! ❄️
Photos with Santa & Ornament Decorating

Photos with Santa & Ornament Decorating

Santa is coming to town – and he’s stopping at Western Collective!
Come get your photo with Santa every Saturday, starting November 27, from 10am-2pm 🎅🏻 Then, decorate a custom ornament using our Polaroids!
We’ve got hot chocolate for the kiddos, and Irish coffee for the young-at-heart, plus our selection of breakfast snacks.
See you there! ❄️
Photos with Santa & Ornament Decorating

Photos with Santa & Ornament Decorating

Santa is coming to town – and he’s stopping at Western Collective!
Come get your photo with Santa every Saturday, starting November 27, from 10am-2pm 🎅🏻 Then, decorate a custom ornament using our Polaroids!
We’ve got hot chocolate for the kiddos, and Irish coffee for the young-at-heart, plus our selection of breakfast snacks.
See you there! ❄️
History of Garden City

History of Garden City

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History of Garden City

A Brief History of Garden City

Why is Garden City called Garden City? What’s with all of the Atomic Era business signs on Chinden Boulevard? And what the heck is a “chinden,” anyway?

 

To find the answers, we have to go back in time.

Oregon Trail Roots
Originally, the land that is now Garden City was part of the greater Boise area. When Major Pinckney Lugenbeel established a military post in Boise to provide protection for Oregon Trail immigrants and local settlers back in 1863, he commandeered land along the Boise River to grow hay for horses. (It was given the rather uninspiring name “Government Island.”)

Putting the Garden in Garden City

By 1884, the government had pulled much of its presence out of the valley, and the land went up for sale. By 1890, cattle rancher Thomas J. Davis had bought over 600 acres and began leasing it to Chinese immigrants.

In the latter half of the 19th century, Chinese immigrants were a huge part of the population in what would become the Treasure Valley. Many of these hard-working laborers arrived here in search of gold, but growing and selling produce was less back-breaking. They raised hogs and row crops like strawberries and onions. Their neat gardens gave Garden City its name — in fact, Chinden Boulevard is a portmanteau of “Chinese” and “gardens.”

A Village Is Born

By 1949, most of the gardens in Garden City, along with the Chinese immigrants, were gone. But there was a large enough population in the area for Ada County to grant village status to the land now known as Garden City.

The timing wasn’t a coincidence. Boise, the village’s next-door neighbor, had just banned gambling. The business owners of the new Garden City sensed an opportunity to build “amusement centers” — otherwise known as gambling houses — to fund the village and make a small fortune. The new village fathers promoted Garden City as a place where industry, home builders, and small businesses of many stripes were welcome. But it wasn’t a lawless community: a 1950 pamphlet boasts the “law-abiding community has the best of police protection.”

Gambling Is Good for Growth

Garden City boomed for a few years as gamblers flocked to the slot machines at establishments like the Hi Ho Club and the Circle M. And, of course, the village took a share of the profits. Gambling revenues paid for a new water system, a city hall, a park and playground, and much more.

But the party was over by the mid-’50s. The Legislature stepped in and banned gambling, including slot machines and more benign vices like lotteries, in an effort to improve morality.

Building Big Business

Garden City leaders folded on gambling but decided to double down on businesses. They began attracting the village as a great — and cheap — place to set up shop. Just about anyone was welcome in Garden City: nightclubs, over 18 shops. It was a cheap place to build a home, too, without many of the housing regulations required by other cities. In the 1970s, Garden City was a mashup of industry and free-for-all housing. 

Making Garden City Bloom Again

By the 1980s, the village — now an officially incorporated city — was in the throes of an identity crisis. City leaders worked hard to tighten regulations and make living and working in Garden City safer and cleaner while strengthening business ties.

An unexpected benefit of years of tumult, however, was that Garden City’s affordability attracted a community of artists looking for cheaper housing and studio space. By 1998, when artist Surel Mitchell built a home in Garden City, the town was primed to experience a renaissance. Thanks to her ceaseless efforts, Garden City began attracting a reputation as a haven for creative thinkers and doers.

Today, the city continues to evolve. Travel down Chinden Boulevard today and you’ll catch glimpses of 1950s nightclubs and 1960s office parks, but you’ll also see thriving businesses. The gardens that lined the river have been replaced with the Greenbelt and a series of parks. Garden City is reinventing itself yet again — this time, for the better.

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