All posts tagged: Spenard

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 […]

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 […]

Bikes connect the Spenard community

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This article was originally written for The Spenardian. Spenard is a hub for biking culture. There are a plethora of cycle shops that have settled into the neighborhood, including The Bicycle Shop, Speedway Cycles and Fatback Bikes, but more continue to flock to the area. Many residents who live in the neighborhood live close to good food and local businesses, which makes traveling on two wheels oftentimes a healthier and more eco-friendly alternative to driving […]

Paper Peony: A blooming business

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This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press.   Now that the trees have shed their leaves and winter is upon us, people might need a pop of color in their life. Natasha Price’s love of flowers bloomed at her first job at Carrs on Huffman Road in the floral department when she was 14 years old. Today, Price runs Paper Peony, a flower design business in Anchorage. Price might be more well known […]

New route system aims to increase efficiency, ridership

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This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press.    People Mover is debuting its new route system come Oct. 23, which will have more consistent stops on major roads and fewer in neighborhood areas. The change hopes to deliver riders more efficiently to their destinations. Anchorage resident George Hyde’s main source of transportation is the bus, which he has been riding for the last six years. He typically takes Route 75 to go to […]

Faces of Spenard: Michelle Wilber

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This story was originally written for The Spenardian.   Michelle Wilber has been a member of the Spenard community since 2008. “I really found that the downtown/midtown/Spenard area was sort of the center of the universe for me,” Wilber said. Wilber grew up in Anchorage and left for college, but moved back to the state after getting her degree in physics from Caltech Institute of Technology in Pasadena. She is currently a masters student at […]

The Church of Love: More than just a nave

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This story was originally written for The Spenardian.   The Church of Love is, quite literally, a church. Throughout decades, the name has changed from the original Lake Spenard Baptist Church, and has had different ministries fill its pews. Since the 1950s, the landmark on Spenard Road has transformed into what is now a creative space for artists and the community. Sculptures were made, albums were recorded and other creative endeavors were born from where pews […]

Productive pests clean taxidermy at the Alaska Beetle Farm

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This story was originally written for The Spenardian.   Two freezers that were severed in half and sealed together operate as the makeshift beetle tank for Max Walton’s Alaska Beetle Farm. Walton’s roughly 100,000 dermestiadae beetles live in the freezer-turned-tank in his garage, which doubles as his workspace. Chunks of styrofoam lie in the tank for the beetles to burrow into and pupate. Skulls from different animals fill the container, some with horns and antlers and […]

Nationally recognized Bambinos Baby Food opens storefront in Spenard

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This story was originally written for The Spenardian.   Zoi Maroudas, founder and CEO of Bambinos Baby Food, opened the doors to her new storefront on Sept. 1. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place the day before, in which Gov. Bill Walker was in attendance. “This all started with the idea of helping parents find real, traditional food that is dedicated to infant quality nutrition,” Maroudas said. Maroudas saw the need in the market while […]