Learning & Playing

Next door to the Bear & Blue workshop is The Hollow—a combined gift shop, coffee house, and taproom all packed into a small woodsy den. We wanted to offer locals & tourists a place to shop our products, but we also wanted them to be able to enjoy the atmosphere that inspires us. The room is filled with handcrafted chess tables and games, locals’ photography and art, and Idaho-made products.

About once a month, we host an event in The Hollow to highlight and learn about the entrepreneurs/makers/artists behind these products. The events are called Whistle Stop Tours.

“Obviously I enjoy making things. Just as much, I like learning things. As we’re figuring out how to build our own ideas, I’m interested in knowing how other entrepreneurs have tackled their challenges. That’s why we started hosting introduction and tasting nights.” — Bear

Historically, a “whistle stop tour” was a style of campaigning where a politician would make brief appearances at small towns via train, often as a virtual drive-by. We’ve adopted this classic old term to represent bringing entrepreneurs (or at least their stories) here to Idaho Falls. We take the opportunity to learn a bit about their businesses and how they got started, along with the passions behind their products. Plus, we focus on the nuances of tasting different consumables.

Playtime doesn't end with The Hollow. Sometimes we partner with others to organize excursions with/to other businesses, such as touring Idaho wine country. And sometimes we'll just goad our customers & friends into a bum-freezing tube float down Warm River.

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The Hollow at Bear and Blue