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My Great Uncle Joe Spenard: Before and after Anchorage

My Great Uncle Joe Spenard: Before and after Anchorage

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Words and photos courtesy of Monique Spenard This is the second part of the “We’ll Have a Parade” article in Issue 5. By the age of 21, Joe Spenard was living in Montreal, Quebec working as an electrician. He was living in a large boarding house and he had already been working there for 12…

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A walk down Fireweed Lane

A walk down Fireweed Lane

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Photo courtesy of Lynn Brautigam Boots Growing up in the town of Spenard was much different than growing up in the neighborhood today. Lynn Brautigam Boots would know — she was born in Spenard when the state was still a territory. As a child, Boots and her family would pick berries where Replacement Glass on…

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‘This could only happen in Spenard’

‘This could only happen in Spenard’

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Words by Abigail Slater Photos by Young Kim For residents of Spenard, the Thursday Food Truck Carnival has become such a large part of the neighborhood’s landscape, it’s easy to forget there was a time when the parking lot beside Koot’s was completely devoid of cupcakes, burgers and families. Darrin Huycke didn’t plan on becoming…

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A Spenard Walking Tale: September 22, 2019

A Spenard Walking Tale: September 22, 2019

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Words and photo by Darcy Stein My husband and I share one car. While you may have all just gasped aloud — Anchorage being the driving city it is — this actually works for us. As us Spenardians know, one of the many perks of our cool, quirky hood is location, location, location. The places…

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Spenard’s very own house of wax

Spenard’s very own house of wax

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Photos by Young Kim Spenard is home to several small art studios, but none of them are quite like Spenard Art Studio. Started by co-collaborators Cheryl Lyon and Gayla Ranf, the studio is unique in its focus on encaustic, or beeswax art. Lyon and Ranf opened the art space in July, and since then they’ve…

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