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

Writer’s Block hosts first author event

Originally published in The Spenardian In their first author event, The Writer’s Block Bookstore and Cafe will be celebrating the release of Kathleen Witkowska Tarr’s new book, “We Are All Poets Here.” The event will consist of presentations, door prizes and more. Tarr has spent over a decade writing and researching for her new book. … Continue reading Writer’s Block hosts first author event

The Spenardian: Alaska’s first electric bike shop moves to Spenard

Originally published in The Spenardian, syndicated by Anchorage Press Alaska’s first electric bike shop has moved to Spenard. Alaska eBike specializes in the sales, services and demos of electric bikes. Electric bikes have no throttle and are considered pedal-assist bikes. “You have to actually pedal. It’s much like swimming with swim fins,” owner of Alaska … Continue reading The Spenardian: Alaska’s first electric bike shop moves to Spenard

Orphans and canneries: The Spanish flu in Alaska

Historians estimate the Spanish flu killed 50 to 100 million people around the world, roughly 3 to 5 percent of the planet’s population. Per capita, more people died in Alaska, than anywhere else in the world, with the exception of Samoa. The flu hit Alaska in 1918, but it wasn’t until late 1918 and early … Continue reading Orphans and canneries: The Spanish flu in Alaska