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From cart to storefront

From cart to storefront

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Words by Mackenzie Pope Photos by Young Kim Blue Market AK is a new business in Spenard, but the values and the people behind it have been here for years. If you frequented the Spenard Farmers Market, you might have seen the custom-made Little Blue Market cart stocked with bulk goods, low-waste alternatives and friendly…

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In the beginning: Lake Hood

In the beginning: Lake Hood

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The shores of Lake Hood and Lake Spenard, near Ted Stevens International Airport, are decorated with dozens of small floating bush planes. The body of water makes up the world’s busiest seaplane base, which handles nearly 200 flights a day. When summer turns to winter and the water freezes over, hundreds of planes based at…

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The last issue

The last issue

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Work on issue 6 has already begun, and we are so excited that we’ve managed to produce this work for two years now. The magazine has seen so much support from neighbors, and Spenardian fans afar. We are eternally grateful. Issue 6 will be the last print issue of The Spenardian. After that, our team…

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Windmill to receive critical facelift, bringing back ‘former glory’

Windmill to receive critical facelift, bringing back ‘former glory’

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Sitting in the Koot’s parking lot is arguably one of the largest — both physically and figuratively — symbols of Spenard. The ornamental windmill, decorated with lights of green, red and white looms over the neighborhood. “I didn’t think it would become the icon it is today,” former owner of Chilkoot Charlie’s, Mike Gordon said….

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In the beginning: Northern Lights Center

In the beginning: Northern Lights Center

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The Northern Lights Center strip mall is home to many Spenard mainstays. Middle Way Cafe, Title Wave Books and Kaladi Brothers Coffee have been storefront neighbors for some time now. Big name retailers and trendy restaurants, like REI Co-op, Hearth Artisan Pizza and a revolving sushi bar, bring people from the far reaches of the…

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