By Shelly West Photos Kimberlee Miller
An imaginative and creative inventory that no one else in the Treasure Valley offers.
Owner, Star Moxley, is no stranger to glitz and glamour. Having worked as a costume designer for Shakespeare plays and the theater for thirty-five years, Star has created a unique store with exciting offerings reflective of her theatrical background. “We have a wide mixture of fashion accessories as well as costume accessories,” Star comments.
Crazy Neighbor opened in August 2014, after the closing of her costume shop. Star decided to switch her focus to curating items that other stores in the Treasure Valley are not likely to carry, with the idea in mind that the store would mostly feature hats.
Located on Grove Street, amid other interesting merchants, the outside of Crazy Neighbor looks like a cute little boutique, but once inside, the well thought out inventory really comes to life.
The front of the store boasts dark rich shelving lined with classic and contemporary hats made by vendors such as Woolrich and Goorin Brothers. In addition to, a brand worth noting, Bailey of Hollywood, which is one of the oldest U.S. hat companies still in operation.
Star and her store manager, Cinda, are well-practiced at fitting the perfect had to your head shape. While they carry hats year-round, they switch out inventory seasonally. Currently, their stock includes winter hats made of felt and wool in a variety of shapes such as the classic fedora, newsboy, pork pie or bowler; while the canvas and straw versions will arrive on shelves in the coming months for the hot Boise sunshine or occasional garden party.
In addition to the impressive selection of hats, they also stock other accessories such as wallets, ties, and gloves. “We also have a large selection of sunglasses and readers, ” Cinda adds. “Also, the Ben Nye makeup is top-of-the-line makeup.”
Star notes, “Only a few stores are allowed to carry Ben Nye makeup, we are only one of two or three in the state who carries the line. You have to get permission to sell the makeup and the prices are controlled.”
“As far as makeup goes, it’s high-quality and affordable,” Cinda explains. “There truly is something for everyone in this store. We tried to offer a haberdashery for men with the hats, bowties and cuff links and unique wallets. We also have jewelry, eyelashes, and accessories for women who like scarves and wigs. Our store is also known for handbags.”
The immense selection of wigs is impressive. They have everything from classic styles to vivid and brightly colored wigs for anime or costume parties.
Star sums up the store by saying, “You usually buy accessories when you buy the outfit. You come to Crazy Neighbor for unusual items. Instead of multiple items available, we have one or two, making it unique.”
Crazy Neighbor is a distinctive source for accessorizing your wardrobe or completing your outfit for a costume party or masquerade ball. Open Monday-Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-3. Located at 1415 W. Grove Street.