About 20 small business owners, many of them refugees, lost their livelihoods and their dreams when the Boise International Market burned down over the weekend. But the market’s owners Lori Porreca and Miguel Gaddi lost their business and their dream as well. The partners in life and business worked for years to make the market a reality only to lose it after less than a year of operation. They were out of town to get married when the fire happened.
In the 10 months since the first shops and restaurants opened, the market had become an important part of the Boise community. Tens of thousands of dollars have been pledged to help the vendors and many loyal customers are wondering when and if the market will be rebuilt.
Porreca and Gaddi say it will come back but when it does, a lot will be different. Porreca and Gaddi talked with Adam Cotterell about the future of the market. You can hear their mostly unedited conversation here.
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