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’

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

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