Homecoming planned for Paradise Inn palm tree

Originally published in The Spenardian. 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 … Continue reading Homecoming planned for Paradise Inn palm tree

Alaska Railroad’s first black conductor celebrates unprecedented 50 years with company

Originally published on Alaska Public Media. Harry Ross started moving trains when he was 21. Fifty years later, he’s still transporting passengers and freight by rail across the state. “I do not believe there has ever been nobody as foolish as I,” Ross said. It wasn’t a job Ross expected to get, and it wasn’t … Continue reading Alaska Railroad’s first black conductor celebrates unprecedented 50 years with company

Historic Carousel Lounge may see revival

Originally published on The Spenardian. The Carousel Lounge, one of Spenard’s most iconic bars, may see a revival. Paul Berger, a determined Anchorage businessman wants to bring a neighborhood-oriented bar to the vacant building, called the Bar on Spenard. “I would really love to have people just walk over,” Berger said. “Neighborhood guys and gals. … Continue reading Historic Carousel Lounge may see revival

Faces of Spenard: Ylli

Originally published on The Spenardian. 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 run … Continue reading Faces of Spenard: Ylli

The Spenardian: Enlighten Alaska hosts inaugural First Friday

Originally published in The Spenardian Spenardian photographer Darcy Stein will be showcasing her work for the first time from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 2 at Enlighten Alaska. The show will mark the first anniversary of the Spenard marijuana dispensary and their inaugural First Friday. “It’s exciting to have so many firsts all wrapped up in one event,” Leah Levinton, owner … Continue reading The Spenardian: Enlighten Alaska hosts inaugural First Friday

The Spenardian: Nick

Originally published on The Spenardian Nick Carpenter wants to say thank you to Spenard. The first time Carpenter came to Alaska was 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 … Continue reading The Spenardian: Nick