Shop, Dine & Play Everyday!
From specialty shops to fine dining, Old Town is a magnet for people looking for a unique experience. Clothing, antiques, housewares, sporting goods, art galleries and
other stores make Historic Old Town a destination for shoppers. Places to eat, serving everything from subs to fine international dishes, stand side-by-side with bars, coffee shops and bakeries. For
those who want to be pampered, there are day spas, beauty salons and candy treats to ease the hustle-and-bustle of 21st century life. Banks, architects, lawyers, accountants, and doctors round-out
Old Town's business community. All this amongst the beautiful historic buildings that speak of the past and create the perfect ambience for a unique experience.
Take a stroll through Old Town and you will see beautiful window displays, one of a kind items, and local shop keepers that will welcome you into their stores. Below are a couple of site-seeing, shopping and dining ideas we think you will enjoy! This stroll begins and ends at the Old Town Pavilion.
Literary Pavers - As you walk through Old Town, take time to read the "Literary Pavers" located in the sidewalks along the way. These pavers have been commissioned by the Pocatello Arts Council and feature poems, prose and writings by local writers and artists.
Pocatello's only outdoor art gallery is located in Old Town on the corner of N. Main St. and W. Lander. The High Winds Gallery features large framed pieces by local artists. The pieces change quarterly with the seasons. The gallery was made possible by the Pocatello Arts Council, Stan & Sharon Gates, Doug & Kerry Harmon, Old Town Pocatello, Inc. and our talented local art community.
The Marshall Public Library (6) is home to two beautiful sculptures outside and a collection of paintings, sculptures and photographs inside. The sculpture at the front of the historic Carnegie Library section of today's modern library features "Liberty Through Imagination" which captures the experience children find inside the library. The sculpture was designed and built by Jason Brown, Joshua Sprague, Colin Warnock and Doug Warnock in 2003.
The rear entrance of the Library features a sculpture made of recycled guns collected by youth in our community and stands as a symbol against gun violence. The sculpture was created by collaboration between Dennis Proksa and the Pocatello Youth Forum in 1997.
Simplot Square (5) , the site of the now demolished Bannock Hotel, is home to "Frolicsome Fish." This stainless steel sculpture features flowing water during the warm months. The piece was created by sculptor Dennis Proksa and architect Bruce Poe.
The Downtown Reach of the Portneuf Greenway (2) features a marble engraving depicting pioneers and covered wagons by Kristene Thomas McCulloch. Included in the Reach is Pioneer Park which features a kinetic sculpture by Joshua Sprague. Across the street on the corner of W. Benton and S. Arthur, inside Ifft Trappers Park, stands turadot a public sculpture by Douglas Warnock. Constructed in 1997 of cast bronze, stone, water and light.
One of only two Greyhound Bus Station signs still "running." See it on the 200 block of West Bonneville and don't forget to take a good look at the Union Pacific Depot. Pocatello was originally a railroad town and the railroad continues to operate out of the Depot today.
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The Union Pacific Railroad Depot (3) Still used by the Railroad today. Pocatello owes its foundation and much of its development to the railroad industry. With the construction of the Utah Northern route in 1878 and the Oregon Short Line in 1882, Pocatello’s future as a north-south junction point became assured. Pocatello became known as “The Gate City” because of its early importance as a junction point and rail route through the mountains.
"A Star Is Born" Museum Exhibit - Opened September 7, 2012 - The Historic Princess Theater was open at 120 South Main Street, inside the Nicolette Hotel, and was featured in the classic musical, "A Star Is Born." Judy Garland sang about "being born in a trunk, in the Princess Theater, in Pocatello, Idaho." The building still stands today, as The Whitman. The area where the theater was open is still welcoming guests. Step inside the lobby and see the entire exhibit, including the trunk. The Bannock County Historical Society and Museum created and maintains this beautiful exhibit.
Oldest Wood Building - The oldest wood building in the city of course is located in Old Town. See it at 326 W. Center St. The original Wade's Bakery Building is now home to Decadence Board Shoppe, a wonderful marriage of the past and present.
Center Street Underpass – A work in progress! The Center Street Underpass is in need of a complete facelift, not just so it is more visually appealing, but so it is safe for drivers, pedestrians and can withstand the day to day use it experiences for many years to come. A consultant has been contracted to complete a design/concept plan for the eventual renovation of the underpass. The project will hopefully include a new parking lot to the immediate South, a pedestrian pathway across the west side over the underpass as part of the Downtown Reach of the Greenway, and increased lighting, security and visibility for pedestrians. Our fingers are crossed for construction funds no later than 2016.
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Leadership Pocatello Park (8) A building once stood here. Where buildings once stood, today you will find a parking lot or preferably a pocket-park. This small park is a beautiful access point from the free public parking lots along North Union Pacific Avenue to Main Street. Many thanks to Leadership Pocatello, the City of Pocatello, the City of Chubbuck and the Ifft Foundation for helping to make this park clean and beautiful again!
This year, take the Holiday Challenge! Make your holiday shopping list and do all of your shopping in Old Town. Experience for yourself shorter lines, less stress and pressure, personalized service second to none, and people who really care about our community. Sounds like holiday shopping this year can be a pleasant and enjoyable experience!
Shop, Dine & Play in Old Town Pocatello
Old Town Pocatello, Inc.
420 N Main St
Pocatello, ID 83204
Christmas Open House
Idaho’s Antique Row invites you to an Open House, where you can experience the sights and sounds of Christmas past and enjoy light refreshments as you explore each unique, locally-owned shop. Be sure to pick up a gift tag (one per family), have it stamped at each store, and leave it at your last stop in order to be eligible to win one of 5 gifts, donated by: Her Alibi Antiques, 211 S. 4th; Kanda’s, 410 S. Main; Old Town Mercantile, 134 N. Main; Vain & Vintage, 149 N. Main; and Elwen Cottage, 334 N. Main. You need not be present for the drawing, but 5 lucky winners will get to pick a wrapped gift from under the tree at Kanda’s, beginning at 7:30 pm Friday night. Get your free selfies with Santa from 3 to 7 pm at Kanda’s as well! Be sure to bring your camera!
Downtown Dollar Drop
The Old Town Pocatello elves will be out and about in our community on Saturday. Beginning at 10am they will be distributing hundreds of "Downtown Dollars" to be spent at the participating shops and restaurants in Old Town. It pays to shop small and we are helping you spend even more in our beautiful downtown!
First Friday Art Walk
The January First Friday Art Walk will be held in locations throughout Old Town on Friday January 4. The festivities will begin at 5pm and will include local and regional art, live music, food, wine tasting and more. Plan now to come stroll through Old Town and enjoy the charm of our monthly Art Walk!
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