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Alaskan business owners breathe new life into Spenard vacancies

Alaskan business owners breathe new life into Spenard vacancies

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Words by Mariah Dejesus-Remaklus. Photos by Young Kim. There have been vacant buildings in the Spenard area for some time now, including the old buildings that once housed TapRoot and La Mex. But while Anchorage locals may have walked and driven by seemingly abandoned properties, they were actually passing by the resurrection of these “ghosts.” …

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Spenard via New York: A Transplant Love Story

Spenard via New York: A Transplant Love Story

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Words and photos by Darcy Stein Seven years ago, I moved here from New York, selling pretty much everything I owned besides some clothes, books and my 12-cup Bodum French Press. I grew up in a town called Long Beach, which is the most south you can go on Long Island. Basically, my hometown is…

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Enlighten Alaska: Locals supporting locals

Enlighten Alaska: Locals supporting locals

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In Spenard, being a part of the community has become what sets pot shops apart from the crowd. Enlighten Alaska, a family owned shop run by brother and sister Evan and Leah Levinton, opened its doors in 2017 and has made giving back to the community one of the pillars of their business. It all…

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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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‘Life Enlightened’ brightens up Spenard

‘Life Enlightened’ brightens up Spenard

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Photos by Young Kim A new mural is up in Spenard, spanning 60 feet across the side of Enlighten Alaska, a cannabis retail store. The painting features silhouettes of life-size creatures including a killer whale, flamingo and elephant, to name a few. The mural is titled, “Life Enlightened.” Taylor Gallegos, a California-based artist, visited Alaska…

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