By Heidi Zemach
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re not in Anchorage, fighting the Black Friday crowds. If that’s not your cup of tea, consider shopping locally. It helps the community merchants, allowing them to stay open longer and to survive, and your own city, through sales taxes, property taxes, etc.
Some places that were closed following the summer tourist season, are opening especially for holiday shopping:
The Grazing Moose (Summer Market) Holiday Market, located at 312 5th Avenue, has reopened Friday, November 23rd for the Holiday Season after being asked to do so for the last few years. Their hours are Tuesday through Friday from Noon to 6 pm -ish plus December 23rd and 24th.
Lots of local artisans and bakers are bringing in items for the cooperative market, including Debra, who is baking Peasant Bread, Cinnamon Raisin Bread and Bacon Cheese Rolls for Friday, November 23rd, arriving at noon. Amy has a new Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and Chocolate Dipped Honey Comb Candy, Gingerbread Caramels, Chocolate covered Peppermint Marshmallows and Chocolate Covered Mocha Marshmallows. They’ll also be serving a hot, spiced drink provided they find something to keep it warm. . Katy Lee, Dorothy Urbach’s granddaughter, has joined the co-op with pretty, sparkly jewelry. Brenda brought in a brand new selection of her jewelry, Annie from Anchorage sent down a sweet assortment of silver earrings and necklaces, Annie Gaule will have her latest creations.
The Ranting Raven, on 4th Avenue downtown also has re-opened, offering a variety of clothing, gifts, artwork in addition to fresh baked pastries, hearty soups, quiches and specialty coffees.
Seward’s annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will be open Friday evening, November 30 and all day Saturday December 1st, at the Dale R. Lindsey Alaska Railroad Intermodal Cruise Ship terminal. It will feature over 80 vendors with arts and crafts, food vendors, photos with Santa, and local entertainment by the High School Choir, Community Band, and songster Luke Rosier.
Come down and find out who else is open. With gas at $4.30 a gallon, it’s a win-win!