All posts tagged: Alaska

Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Laureate: Connie Yoshimura

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This article was originally written for Alaska Business.   Growing up, Connie Yoshimura had no role models to look up to—so she became her own. Yoshimura was born in Chicago but spent the first six years of her life in Decorah, Iowa, before moving to Webster City, Iowa, where she was raised by her maternal grandparents. Yoshimura is a third generation Japanese American. For Yoshimura, growing up as a biracial woman in a community like […]

From homebrew to storefront: Zip Kombucha is first of its kind

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This article was originally written for The Spenardian.   You may have sipped on Ginger Rogers at Double Shovel Cider Co., or bought a growler of your favorite Blueberry Mary kombucha from La Bodega, but Zip Kombucha now has its own brick and mortar in Anchorage’s Spenard neighborhood. Zip Kombucha’s storefront officially opened Sept. 23. “Our grand opening went really well. It was so amazing to see many of our original fans come in and be […]

Paving the path: A look at homesteaders of early Anchorage

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This article was originally published in Alaska Magazine.   Many homesteaders that journeyed to Alaska were brought to the last frontier via the military and the Homestead Act. The act made 160 acres of land available for people to live on for 5 years. In that time, homesteaders were required to develop the land for farming and build a house. If they met those requirements, they would receive full ownership of their land. After World […]

‘Starting small and thinking big’ at Mo’s Deli

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This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press.   A Jewish deli has opened in Anchorage, stocked full of matzah ball soup, potato latkes and pickled tongue. Husband and wife duo Jason Ellis and Betty Sheldon, sole owners of Mo’s Deli, opened the doors on June 11, 2018. Since the grand opening, people have been “coming out of the woodwork,” Ellis said, from old high school friends to members of the Jewish community. One […]

Akutaq on the go: New food truck offers Alaska focused foods

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This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press.   Leila Smith has always enjoyed experimenting in the kitchen. She was raised in Emmonak and Kotzebue and grew up making creative dishes with her dad, like mongolian moose and smoked caribou brisket. “I love to cook… I’ve always had a knack for it,” Smith said. Smith moved to Anchorage after graduating high school; she has a background in rural and economic development. She worked in […]

Chicken Shack channels southern cooking with chic style

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This article was originally written for the Anchorage Press.   Chicken Shack, a new eatery on the west side, opened its doors on May 2. It’s modern and chic. The design is similar to restaurants in Seattle and Portland, and that isn’t a bad thing. A Facebook review says that Chicken Shack is “New. Different. Needed in Anchorage.” Opening day went better than initially expected. “We had blown through almost 500 pieces of chicken breast, […]

Cultivated by community: Spenard’s first neighborhood garden debuts in May

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This article was originally written for The Spenardian. A group of Anchorage women have banded together to build the first community garden in Spenard. Leading the charge is Michelle Wilber, program manager for the Alaska Community Action on Toxics’ Yarducopia, Alivia DeBusk, a member of the Anchorage Permaculture Guild, board member of Alaska Cold Climate Permaculture Institute, and owner of Adrift Gardens, Julie Leonard, Spenard resident, and Iris Crook, North Star resident who assisted with […]

‘Used things are better anyways:’ Triangle Shirts re-brands thrift shop items

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This story was originally written for Last Frontier Magazine.   The first thing you’ll see walking into Gemma Amorelli’s shirt-mobile is a mannequin with googly eyes glued all over its face, sporting one of her thrifted tank tops. To the right, there’s a wall of earrings made from thrift shop finds. Barbie arms, miniature shark figures and Hot Wheels are just some of what she’s used to make into thrift shop art. “Made in small […]

With lack of publications, journalists take reporting into their own hands

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This article was originally written for True North Magazine. In recent years, a new form of journalism has emerged during a time when media is changing to cover the under-reported or not reported at all. From the dozens of staff laid off at the state’s largest newspaper to Anchorage’s alt-weekly being written by solely contributors, Alaska journalism is missing the mark on the local stories. Alaskan writers are taking journalism into their own hands through […]

Peggy’s: A slice of Mountain View history

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This story was originally written for Mountain View Post.   Lying on the western edge of Mountain View, Peggy’s Restaurant might just be the oldest restaurant in Anchorage. Established in 1944 and formerly known as Peggy’s Airport Cafe, the original one-story building was a common stop for bush pilots flying into Anchorage’s Merrill Field, conveniently located just across the street. Nancy Burley has owned Peggy’s Restaurant since 1988. Her daughter, Crystal, helps run day-to-day business […]