2023 Events News

Community Appreciation Event

Community Appreciation Event

Sunday, March 19 at 1pm

You are invited to join us as we celebrate 28 years in Hyde Park and say goodbye to our home at 1609 N 13th Street. 

This is the last day that the shop will be open at this location and yes, we are still looking for a new home.  

Hours on Sunday, March 19: 10am-4pm.


1:00pm – Refreshments

1:30pm – Remarks from founders & community. Prayer flag ceremony

4:00pm – Doors close

Appreciation Event

Dunia Patio
2023 News

Update on our Move out of Hyde Park

Hello friends! 

As you know, Dunia Marketplace has been priced out of our lease and will need to leave our place in Hyde Park by March 31, 2023. Where are we moving to? Well, we don’t know yet.

We asked all of you for advice (thank you for completing our survey), and we are listening.  As you have suggested, we are looking for space downtown, on the Bench, in Garden City, and of course in or near Hyde Park. We are combing through commercial real estate websites, walking possible areas, and reaching out to owners of properties that are empty but not listed.  We are learning that affordable commercial property is hard to find.  (Emphasis on affordable!) 

So, we’ve signed up with a commercial real estate agent to help with the search. 

We are also talking with Artisans For Hope, another local non-profit, about possibly moving together to a new space.  Artisans works with refugees to create and sell textile handicrafts. We already carry many of their beautiful handcrafted items.  We are both excited about this possibility! 

Meanwhile, our move date is looming.  Our last open day at this location is Sunday, March 19.  We will have an event at the shop that afternoon and we invite you to join us!  More details on this soon. 

We haven’t lost hope of finding a new place just yet.  As the only fair trade non-profit in Idaho, we know our mission is special. But we are preparing for the possibility of being closed for a short while.  Even if we find a new place today, we would need a little time to get that space ready.  So, we are looking for pop-up opportunities in the interim and will be adding more to our online shop (We offer free local delivery).  We hope the recent coverage by KIVI News, Boise Dev and Hey Boise! will provide a promising new lead.

It’s hard to imagine ourselves in a different place. We have been a part of Hyde Park for 27 years!  This sweet old home holds the stories of hope, culture, and creativity of artisans both locally and throughout the world.  We are community. 

Thank you to everyone who has come into the shop or called to check in on us.  The outpouring of support and the sharing of memories have filled our hearts. These touch points remind us that this challenge is simply a new chapter in our own continuing story.  We hope to see you on March 19th.  Until we know more…

With much gratitude,

JamieLou Delavan, Executive Director

2022 News

Big News! Changes Ahead!

Dear Friends of Dunia Marketplace,

We have big news.

We are dismayed to announce that we have unexpectedly been priced out of our lease. We will need to leave our current location by March 31, 2023. While we are incredibly sad to be leaving our sweet home of 27 years we do not, at this time, have any intention of closing.  This means we are actively looking for a new storefront. And we are hoping that one of you may know of our next new perfect place.  

We are taking this time to reflect on our 27 years in Hyde Park and using this unexpected opportunity as an exciting new chapter in our story.  We recognize that 27 years is an incredible life for both a small non-profit and a local business!  We are curious, what do you see as the next steps for Dunia? What does Dunia 2.0 look like?  We are inviting you, our longtime friends, and supporters, to help us define the future for Dunia.

So tell us!  You can find a link to our survey HERE.  We will use the feedback received from the community to help guide us in our next steps.  We hope that you will help us write this next chapter.

Thank you for your support!

JamieLou Delavan, Executive Director