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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 […]

New donut shop focuses on homemade, locally sourced pastries

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This story was originally written for The Spenardian and published in the Anchorage Press.   It’s the best dessert, Chris Thomas, a detective for Anchorage Police Department says he has ever had. “There was a bacon maple fritter that I would gladly cut someone for. It was next level,” Thomas said. “I feel like this would be a perfect meeting food. Eating this would easily be the most productive thing anyone did during the meeting. […]

Introducing The Writer’s Block: Built by Spenardians

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This story was originally written for The Spenardian.   According to Vered Mares, if you’re looking for a wide selection of Alaskan-written books in Anchorage, you’ll have to buy a ticket out-of-town.“The only other bookstore in the city that sells a really terrific selection of Alaska books is in the airport at Mosquito Books, but you have to have a boarding pass to get there,” Mares said. Mares notes that the Anchorage bowl has several […]

Alaskan-made intimates by Love, 49 will make trunk show debut at The Beauty Room

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This story was originally written for The Spenardian.   Bea Barth learned how to hand sew from her aunt in the Philippines where she grew up. Now Barth, alongside her best friend Kristina Carlson, has launched one of Alaska’s first intimates company. Love, 49 began in February of this year after Barth and Carlson saw a limited market of local handmade lingerie in Anchorage. Love, 49’s intimates will soon be available to purchase at local boutique and […]