Boise’s Growing Nerd Culture

Photos by Kimberlee Miller

Cosplay and Curiosities

By Chelsea Chambers

The Reveal

Mark and Tina Freckleton took on a chance on a new vocation that was much different from their previous careers, and for them, that was one of the best choices they’ve ever made! Going from extremely high-stress jobs to building costumes all day was something that neither of them could have ever predicted, but they each absolutely adore. “Every day is different,” says Tina. “We have evolved and grown so much. And we just love our customers!” The Reveal celebrates its fourth year in business this August and caters to all varieties of needs from rentals, custom costume creations, and assorted gag items.

Mark and Tina saw a niche when local costume stores like The Costume Shop and Jokers Wild started closing. They took the seasonal experience they had managing Halloween shops, and jumped at the chance to open their own store. Boasting nearly forty years of marriage, that impressive dedication and determination can be seen in the way that they operate their business and how they treat their customers.

The term “custom-made” often means “high-priced,” but Mark and Tina pride themselves in their ability to work within the customers budget to get them exactly what they want, without breaking the bank.

Visit The Reveal at 1753 S Broadway Ave, Boise, ID 83706 for your year-round costume needs!


When reading the reviews for Re-POP, there is a very common theme: unique. And this is one of the most accurate descriptors for the store and its vast array of gifts and wares. There are so many upcycled, creative, and unique finds at Re-POP that you won’t be sure where to start.

Miss Courageous, a jewelry and accessory brand inside Re-POP, is a series of products made entirely out of reused materials. Millie Hilgert, the designer, crafts everything out of supplies that were once used for another purpose. And we admire that sort of determined upcycling! Miss Courageous is an an eco-friendly, eccentric, and highly unique set of accessories that you won’t find anywhere else!

From pop culture gold photoshoot sets, elaborate knick-knacks, and everything you could ever desire for your particular fandom, Re-POP truly has it all. Including a life-size TARDIS. From Harry Potter magic to local crafts and everything in between, stop in to Re-POP today. There’s no telling what you’ll find!

Upcoming Events

  • Boise Wizard World Comic Con – July 13, 14, 15 at the Boise Centre West on Front Street. Don’t miss William Shatner and Ron “Hellboy” Perlman who will be guests at the event!
  • Get into Character with the Treasure Valley Avengers – During Wizard World Comic Con, July 14 (from 1:00 – 2:30 at JUMP). Learn tips and tricks from these incredibly talented cosplayers!
  • Boise Comic Arts Festival (formerly Library Comic Con) – August 25, 26 at JUMP. Panels, exhibits, workshops, local and internal comic creators, and more!
  • FortCON – September 21, 22, 23 at Expo Idaho in Garden City. A convention for Fortnite fans, with tournaments and a Fortnite Cosplay Contest.