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Open for business in Spenard

Open for business in Spenard

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By Kirsten Swann It was Dungeons and Dragons night at Bosco’s and the parking lot was packed. Inside the big, brightly lit comic store, customers browsed aisles filled with books and games, and the back room buzzed with activity as players gathered around half a dozen tables. A lot has changed since the popular Spenard…

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In the beginning

In the beginning

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We see his name everywhere. Joe Spenard made quite a name for himself in Alaska, despite living here for only a decade. Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Spenard came to Alaska in 1909, where he would serve as the vice president of the Alaska Securities company. The City Express, Spenard’s transfer and taxi service was born…

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Ghosts of Spenard

Ghosts of Spenard

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Route 33 The building that most recently housed Route 33, was most notably home to the Fly by Night Club. Originally built in the 1950s as a hardware store, Mr. Whitekeys’ Fly By Night Club became popular for his “Whale Fat Follies” and “Christmas in Spenard” shows. The club operated for over 26 years and…

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Diamond in the rough: From crack house to beauty salon

Diamond in the rough: From crack house to beauty salon

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Dawn Dolphin-Wroblewski wanted diamonds for her birthday. Instead, her husband bought her a derelict building, that was once a haven for drugs, prostitution and crime. “It was pretty nasty when he bought it, so I was not real happy. I asked for diamonds and this is what I got.” Dolphin-Wroblewski said. In 1998, her husband…

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