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Faces of Spenard: Dia Matteson

Faces of Spenard: Dia Matteson

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Words by Ammon Swenson Photos by Young Kim Dia Matteson was 14 years old when she started working at the Anchorage House of Harley-Davidson in Spenard. When her dad sold her the business in 2012, along with dealerships in Wasilla and Soldotna, Matteson was 25, making her the youngest Harley-Davidson franchise owner in the world….

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Ylli

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Faces of Spenard: Ylli Ylli Ferati has been bartending for nine years, the last six years of which have been spent full time at Fiori D’Italia, his family’s restaurant. “I grew up in the restaurant world,” Ferati said. Ferati’s grandfather first came to Anchorage to work on the slope. On his off shifts, he helped…

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Nick

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Nick Carpenter wants to say thank you to Spenard. Carpenter first came to Alaska in 2009. He followed the path of his brother, who was working in the summer fishing industry. Carpenter, who is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, quickly fell for the midnight sun. As the amazement of summertime sunshine waned into sub-freezing temperatures and…

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David

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I inherited my taste for good wine and my love for photography from my grandfather, David Butcher. I was also lucky enough to inherit his stories and his history. Over a year and a half ago I moved in with my grandparents, into the house he built, next to my great-grandparent’s homestead and into the…

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Michelle

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Michelle Wilber has been a member of the Spenard community since 2008. “I really found that the downtown/midtown/Spenard area was sort of the center of the universe for me,” Wilber said. Wilber grew up in Anchorage and left for college, but moved back to the state after getting her degree in physics from Caltech Institute…

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