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‘This could only happen in Spenard’

‘This could only happen in Spenard’

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Words by Abigail Slater Photos by Young Kim For residents of Spenard, the Thursday Food Truck Carnival has become such a large part of the neighborhood’s landscape, it’s easy to forget there was a time when the parking lot beside Koot’s was completely devoid of cupcakes, burgers and families. Darrin Huycke didn’t plan on becoming…

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From cart to storefront

From cart to storefront

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Words by Mackenzie Pope Photos by Young Kim Blue Market AK is a new business in Spenard, but the values and the people behind it have been here for years. If you frequented the Spenard Farmers Market, you might have seen the custom-made Little Blue Market cart stocked with bulk goods, low-waste alternatives and friendly…

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Faces of Spenard: Tommy Persons

Faces of Spenard: Tommy Persons

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Words and photos by Darcy Stein If you are carnivorously inclined, then you’ve probably tried — or at least heard of — Tommy’s Burger Stop. Located in the heart of Spenard at 1106 W. 29th Place, this iconic burger haven has become Anchorage’s favorite local spot for burgers. If you don’t believe me, get on…

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Charlou: An awakening of taste buds in historic places

Charlou: An awakening of taste buds in historic places

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Words by Audri Pleas Photo by Young Kim Splashed in tropical colors, 3300 Spenard Road is the home of coastal-inspired restaurant Charlou. The vision of La Bodega owner Pamela Hatzis and Charlou Co-founder and General Manager Nikole Gordon, the restaurant has been open since May 2019. For some in the community, the historic address will…

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Aftershock Espresso: A Coffeehouse for a ‘one of a kind’ neighborhood

Aftershock Espresso: A Coffeehouse for a ‘one of a kind’ neighborhood

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Words and photos by Ryan Chernikoff Nestled between 32nd Avenue and 33rd Avenue on one of the busiest stretches of Minnesota Boulevard lies Aftershock Espresso, one of Spenard’s most coveted coffee shops and day-time lounges. From the outside, Aftershock Espresso may seem like just another one of the many drive-through coffee stands scattered throughout Anchorage….

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