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Snapshots of Spenard: Local photographer shares her passion of film photography

Snapshots of Spenard: Local photographer shares her passion of film photography

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By Victoria Petersen Whether you’ve seen her working at Anchorage Cycle or walking around the neighborhood taking photos of abandoned roadside fridges, you’ve probably seen Darcy Stein around Spenard. Stein, originally from New York, has called Alaska home for over five years. It was moving to Alaska and enrolling in a photography class at UAA…

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Duke

Duke

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By Victoria Petersen You may recognize Duke Russell’s paintings if you’ve ever eaten at Spenard Roadhouse or perused Dos Manos. His work reflects the neighborhood of Spenard and beyond. “Even though we get the reputation of having prostitutes and nightclubs, Spenard divorce and all that, I want to correct that attitude and find beauty in…

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Rocks, relatives and regalia: Neighborhood jewelry maker finds inspiration in family past

Rocks, relatives and regalia: Neighborhood jewelry maker finds inspiration in family past

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By Victoria Petersen Cleo Anderson has always been told she’s like her great-grandmother Jean. Granny Jean, as she knows her as, has been the key inspiration in Cleo’s new jewelry line Molly & Bella. The line made its trunk show debut last month at The Beauty Room, just down the street from Anderson’s home in Spenard….

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Born and raised Spenard: Turnagain Mud Co.

Born and raised Spenard: Turnagain Mud Co.

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By Victoria Petersen Inspired by her neighborhood of Spenard, Taylor Thompson is using social media and a pair of needles to create fun and functional Alaskan knitwear. What began as a tool for relaxation in law school, knitting has since grown into a profitable hobby for Taylor.  “I’ve knit for years, and I started doing…

Ramen House by Saijo highlights Japan’s Southern flavors

Ramen House by Saijo highlights Japan’s Southern flavors

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  Sitting all alone on the corner of Fireweed Lane and C St. is Ramen House by Saijo. A fairly inconspicuous building, one wouldn’t normally notice it if it weren’t for the packed parking lot during the lunch rush. The stand-alone building has been many things in the last few years. Most recently a Mexican…

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