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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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‘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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Homecoming planned for Paradise Inn palm tree

Homecoming planned for Paradise Inn palm tree

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After a federal seizing, a legal battle, an auction and more, Spenardians have an idea for where they want the Paradise Inn palm tree to rest. The 22-foot-tall broken neon symbol of Spenardian pride will be welcomed with a homecoming parade in the near future.   Melissa Rustemov Lohr and Mike Linz both said in…

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Cultivated by community: Spenard’s first neighborhood garden debuts in May

Cultivated by community: Spenard’s first neighborhood garden debuts in May

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A group of Anchorage women have banded together to build the first community garden in Spenard. Leading the charge is Michelle Wilber, program manager for the Alaska Community Action on Toxics’ Yarducopia, Alivia DeBusk, a member of the Anchorage Permaculture Guild, board member of Alaska Cold Climate Permaculture Institute, and owner of Adrift Gardens, Julie…

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Carousel Lounge opens this spring, keeps historic name

Carousel Lounge opens this spring, keeps historic name

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The historic Carousel Lounge will be opening its doors to the public this spring. The neighborhood soft opening will be sometime at the end of April, and a grand opening will take place June 9, said owner Paul Berger. The bar will house three pool tables, four dart boards, a jukebox and a punching bag….

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