Dani Flaming’s home-based business is growing quickly both in terms of sales and prestige.

Earlier this month Flaming’s business, the Fringed Pineapple, was voted the “2018 Idaho Boutique of the Year” and “2018 Idaho Mobile Boutique of the Year” by the Boutique Hub, theboutiquehub.com, a networking resource for small businesses in fashion.

Flaming runs the business both online from her rural home in the Firth/Basalt area as well as from a custom-wrapped cargo trailer that she drags to rodeos across the region. Flaming’s husband Cameron competes in rodeos as a calf roper and “I wanted to be able to do my thing while he does his thing,” she said.

The Fringed Pineapple started as a “side thing” while Flaming wasn’t working at her former job as a bookkeeper at a tanning salon. She was interested in being able to work for herself so that she could enjoy more of the country life with her family at their “little old farmhouse” on six acres 15 minutes outside Shelley. She launched her business Oct. 5 with a single rack of clothing, but as she devoted more time to the venture “it went a little crazy.”

She primarily sells women’s clothing, boots, shoes and accessories in categories described by the Boutique Hub as western, boho and country. Many of her store’s graphic T-shirts sport a rodeo theme.

Flaming has been selling goods she’s found at wholesale markets in Denver and Dallas but she said the Fringed Pineapple will be coming out soon with its own designs, courtesy her mother Rebecca Lanier, of Idaho Falls, who’s a talented artist.

This summer Flaming’s boutique trailer has been a fixture at rodeos across the region, “going almost anywhere and everywhere.” And when she’s not selling out of her mobile boutique, her website, thefringedpineapple.com, stays busy with orders from all over the world from Canada to Australia.

This summer Cameron has been helping her keep up with the online orders by handling shipping duties, but with him going back to his regular job as Blackfoot High School’s agriculture teacher, she may have to get more help soon.

“Right now it’s kind of outgrowing us,” Flaming said.

Flaming’s business also can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/thefringedpineapple.

Flaming isn’t the only eastern Idahoan to have been recognized by the Boutique Hub. Pocatellan Lindsay Heyneman’s online business Lettie Boutique was honored as the “2018 Idaho Online Boutique of the Year” and was first runner-up in the “2018 Idaho Boutique of the Year category.”

Lettie Boutique specializes in women’s affordable and contemporary styles. For information go to lettieboutique.com.

Gov. announces 2018 Idaho awards

for Leadership in Energy Efficiency

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter earlier this month announced the recipients of the 2018 Idaho Awards for Leadership in Energy Efficiency.

The awards “acknowledge Idaho companies that exhibit leadership in implementing energy efficiency measures at their local facilities/buildings,” a Governor’s Office news release said. The award recipients are separated into two categories based on the type of facilities used and the business they operate: buildings and industry.

The recipients under the Buildings category are:

• Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg

• Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls

The recipients under the Industry category are:

• Agropur, Inc. – Jerome Cheese in Jerome

• J.R. Simplot’s Don Plant in Pocatello

This year, Otter also announced a recipient for the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency. The award honors “a single facility/organization that demonstrates a commitment to energy efficiency at all levels of the organization through their programming, implementation and promotion,” the release said.

The recipient of the Governor’s Award is Idaho Power Company in Boise.

16th annual Experience Rexburg is Sept. 22

Experience Rexburg will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22. The event at South Center Street and East 2nd South is to welcome back the Brigham Young University-Idaho students.

Business owners wishing to letting the students know about their business, what it offers and where they are located, can contact the Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce by phone at 208-356-5700.

An estimated 5,000 students are expected to attend.

Booth space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Booth applications can be picked up at the Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce, 167 West Main St., Suite 2 or online at rexburgchamber.org.

Jackson, Wyo., awarded $2.29 million

to purchase electric buses

The Federal Transit Administration announced Friday that it will award $84.45 million in grant selections through its low- or no-emission grant program.

The program funds the deployment of advanced technology transit buses and infrastructure with “low or no” emissions, a Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities news release said. Projects include the lease or purchase of electric technologies. Fifty-two projects in 41 states will receive the funds.

Jackson, Wyo., will receive the largest funding amount awarded, $2.29 million, the release said.

Ribbon cutting planned

for Homestead Assisted Living

The Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Tuesday at Homestead Assisted Living, 407 West 1st North in Rexburg.

The facility added 18 rooms in its addition to building No. 3 and it is building 28 more independent living cottages.

Beehive’s Berger to speak

at Rexburg Chamber Forum

Shane Berger, of Beehive Federal Credit Union, will be the featured speaker at the Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s September forum.

Berger’s topic is “Serving the People of the World.” The forum will take place at noon Sept. 12 at the Chamber’s offices, 167 W. Main, Suite 2.

Lunch available for $10. RSVP to 208-356-5700 or jeanine@rexburgchamber.com

Idaho Innovation Center

to host QuickBooks classes

The Idaho Innovation Center will host QuickBooks classes this month. The classes are targeted toward owners and employees of startups or existing small businesses who manage their own bookkeeping.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The class fee is $199. The class’ dates are Sept. 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27 at the Idaho Innovation Center, 2300 N. Yellowstone Highway.

Call 208-523-1026 or email traci@iictr.com to register.

Fisher’s Technology to hold grand re-opening

Fisher’s Technology will celebrate its new location, a newly renovated office at 408 Shoup Ave. in downtown Idaho Falls.

The event, which runs from 4:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 13, will feature a Greater Idaho Falls Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting, hosted appetizers and drinks, live music and raffle prizes.

Bingham Memorial Hospital

offers free valet parking services

Bingham Memorial Hospital has announced that free valet parking service at the hospital has returned.

The service is available from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for all patients and visitors at the hospital. To use the service patrons should pull up to the hospital’s main entrance at 98 Poplar St. and check in at the front desk.

For information about the valet service, call or text Joseph at 208-680-6066.

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