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Reduce, reuse, recycle

Reduce, reuse, recycle

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“Reduce, reuse, recycle” is a phrase that the owners of The Writer’s Block don’t take lightly. Everything has a “second life,” says Vered Mares, one of the four owners at the Block. She says they attempt to have as little waste as possible — by using “every bit of everything that we have.” “Nothing gets…

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“Spenard Roadhouse celebrates 10 years of being a ‘neighborhood gathering place’”

“Spenard Roadhouse celebrates 10 years of being a ‘neighborhood gathering place’”

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Words by Mariah DeJesus-Remaklus. About 11 years ago, Laile Fairbairn and Jo Ann Asher had a vision. They wanted a family-friendly space where a mom could have her drink while the kids ate good food, a gathering place for “casual fine dining.” At the time, Fairbairn already owned Snow City Cafe and Asher had Sacks…

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The traditional barbershop: A ritual worth preserving

The traditional barbershop: A ritual worth preserving

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Words and photo by Darcy Stein. Earlier this winter, I spent some time traveling around Mexico with my husband. A few weeks into the trip, he was in need of a visit to the barber. Being in an unfamiliar place and not speaking the language as fluently as we wished was initially a daunting task….

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A brief history of West’s auditorium

A brief history of West’s auditorium

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What do Grateful Dead, Elvis Presley, Ozzy Osbourne, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and June Carter all have in common? They have all performed in the West High School Auditorium. Starting in 1954 it was for many years the major performing arts center for Anchorage. From live elephants to rock ‘n’ roll artists, the auditorium has…

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