Does anyone else feel like this week has been one punch in the stomach after another?

On Monday, we found out that a restaurant that's operated in Downtown Boise for 26 years unexpectedly closed it's doors for the last tine. Based on the very kind messages you guys left on our Facebook page, we know the loss of Old Chicago in Downtown Boise hit close to home for you too. While it was a chain restaurant, the heart and soul of that restaurant was the local management and staff who made things like Miracle on Idaho Street happen year after year.

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Later this week, we found out that just down the street Ben & Jerry's has scooped their last cone. A note on the door explained that the terms of a 10 year franchise agreement have come to a close and the local owners have chosen to not sign on for another 10 years. Like Old Chicago, Ben & Jerry's was so great to charities her in the Treasure Valley. They helped raise thousands of dollars for charities like the Women's and Children's Alliance through their annual Free Cone Days.

Then I scrolled across another announcement on Facebook last night that totally shocked me. In a post to their followers, Linder Farms announced that 2020 would be their final season in Meridian. Fans of the corn maze and pumpkin patch were quick to thank the operators for 17 years of memories posting all sorts of photos like their kids standing proudly in front of their growth chart, photos of marriage proposals that happened among the pumpkins and moms who took a bump photo at Linder Farms and later came back with their kids after they were born.

We're so sad to see them go, but Linder Farms asked fans to keep an eye on their social media accounts for announcements about the special celebrations they'll have this fall as they put a bow on the final year on the farm.