Windmill to receive critical facelift, bringing back ‘former glory’

Originally published in The Spenardian. Sitting in the Koot’s parking lot is arguably one of the largest — both physically and figuratively — symbols of Spenard. The ornamental windmill, decorated with lights of green, red and white looms over the neighborhood. “I didn’t think it would become the icon it is today,” former owner of … Continue reading Windmill to receive critical facelift, bringing back ‘former glory’

In the beginning: Northern Lights Center

Originally published in The Spenardian The Northern Lights Center strip mall is home to many Spenard mainstays. Middle Way Cafe, Title Wave Books and Kaladi Brothers Coffee have been storefront neighbors for some time now. Big name retailers and trendy restaurants, like REI Co-op, Hearth Artisan Pizza and a revolving sushi bar, bring people from … Continue reading In the beginning: Northern Lights Center

Kanady Chiropractic grows with Spenard

Originally published in The Spenardian Throughout the years, a lot has changed about Spenard. Tim and Lynn Kanady, owners of Kanady Chiropractic, have seen that change unfold outside their shop’s doors, on the corner of Fireweed Lane and Spenard Road. The couple will celebrate their businesses’ 30th anniversary in August. Both Tim and Lynn grew … Continue reading Kanady Chiropractic grows with Spenard

Where do you draw the line?

Originally published in The Spenardian Spenard is a part of my identity. My great-grandparents homesteaded near Romig Hill. My parents met at local watering hole, Chilkoot Charlies. I made my pilgrimage there 21 years later. I had my first kiss in the history section of Title Wave. When I was born, I was brought to a home … Continue reading Where do you draw the line?

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

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