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

The Spenardian: Fish Creek Festival will focus on what connects us

Originally published in The Spenardian You may have never noticed Fish Creek before, but the watershed winds its way all through the Spenard neighborhood. A major salmon fishery for the Denaina natives who originally inhabited Anchorage, Fish Creek was known as Liq’aka Betnu, or ‘King Salmon Creek’ in their indigenous language. Jay Stange, vice president … Continue reading The Spenardian: Fish Creek Festival will focus on what connects us

The Spenardian: Snapshots of Spenard: Local photographer shares her passion of film photography

Originally published in The Spenardian Whether you’ve seen her working at Anchorage Cycle or walking around the neighborhood taking photos of abandoned roadside fridges, you’ve probably seen Darcy Stein around Spenard. Photo courtesy of Darcy Stein.Stein, originally from New York, has called Alaska home for over five years. It was moving to Alaska and enrolling in a … Continue reading The Spenardian: Snapshots of Spenard: Local photographer shares her passion of film photography

The Spenardian: Duke

Originally published in The Spenardian You may recognize Duke Russell’s paintings if you’ve ever eaten at Spenard Roadhouse or perused Dos Manos. His work reflects the neighborhood of Spenard and beyond. “Even though we get the reputation of having prostitutes and nightclubs, Spenard divorce and all that, I want to correct that attitude and find … Continue reading The Spenardian: Duke

The Spenardian: Rocks, relatives and regalia: Neighborhood jewelry maker finds inspiration in family past

Originally published in The Spenardian Cleo Anderson has always been told she’s like her great-grandmother Jean. Granny Jean, as she knows her as, has been the key inspiration in Cleo’s new jewelry line Molly & Bella. The line made its trunk show debut last month at The Beauty Room, just down the street from Anderson’s home in Spenard. … Continue reading The Spenardian: Rocks, relatives and regalia: Neighborhood jewelry maker finds inspiration in family past

The Spenardian: Turnagain Mud Co.

Originally published in The Spenardian Inspired by her neighborhood of Spenard, Taylor Thompson is using social media and a pair of needles to create fun and functional Alaskan knitwear. What began as a tool for relaxation in law school, knitting has since grown into a profitable hobby for Taylor.  “I’ve knit for years, and I … Continue reading The Spenardian: Turnagain Mud Co.

The Spenardian: Ramen House by Saijo highlights Japan’s Southern flavors

Originally published in The Spenardian Sitting all alone on the corner of Fireweed Lane and C St. is Ramen House by Saijo. A fairly inconspicuous building, one wouldn’t normally notice it if it weren’t for the packed parking lot during the lunch rush. The stand-alone building has been many things in the last few years. … Continue reading The Spenardian: Ramen House by Saijo highlights Japan’s Southern flavors

The Spenardian: The Spenard Food Truck Carnival is now open for 2017 summer season

Originally published in The Spenardian Hot dogs? Cupcakes? Kimchi fried rice? With half a dozen or so food trucks lined up under the windmill, you’re bound to find something that will feed your appetite. The Spenard Food Truck Carnival, a weekly carnival featuring local food trucks and fire dancers, opened today for the 2017 summer … Continue reading The Spenardian: The Spenard Food Truck Carnival is now open for 2017 summer season

The Spenardian: Nearly 50 residents displaced by fatal apartment fire

Originally published in The Spenardian Two residents died and 16 others were injured early Wednesday, Feb. 15 after a fire broke out at Royal Suite Apartments on Spenard Road and Minnesota Drive. The fire is currently under investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The fence around the Royal Suite Apartments … Continue reading The Spenardian: Nearly 50 residents displaced by fatal apartment fire

The Spenardian: The windmill

Originally published in The Spenardian The windmill standing in the old Chilkoot Charlie’s parking lot has created a life for itself as an Anchorage landmark and a symbol of Spenardian culture. One of the most distinct features of the Spenard area is the old ornamental windmill looming over the Koot’s parking lot. The windmill is … Continue reading The Spenardian: The windmill