When people see a reindeer walking around downtown Anchorage, lots of questions come to mind. What is a reindeer doing in a wine shop, for example.
Albert Whitehead, the caretaker of Star the Reindeer, never gets tired of telling the story to each passerby he meets. For him “Star #6″ is a small piece of a long history of reindeer living at the corner of 10th and I in Anchorage.
Todd Salat was born an Iowa country boy, making his way to the mountains as often as possible. Once he came of age, it didn’t take him long to find his way to Alaska.
Over the past 20+ years, mostly by trial and error, Salat has become one of the best photographers of the northern lights in Alaska, and the world.
Unique Blends has been serving Anchorage’s east side for years and has built a strong clientele based on their high standards. Beyond haircuts, the shop has also become a hub for Anchorage’s diverse community.
Creating up to 50,000 artistic pieces a year, Kenneth Williams can shape pipe cleaners into just about anything.
In addition to his business at Anchorage’s Sears Mall, Kenneth also creates intricate stop-motion animation films. His unwavering dedication to his craft, along with his kind-hearted personality makes Kenneth an inspiration to anyone who meets him.
When it comes to touring, Marian Call is a force of nature. It’s a phenomenon she describes as wanderlust.
While she’s an Alaskan at heart and on paper, most of her time is spent outside – playing her unique style of music in the lower 48, Canada, and Europe.
Each fall, mushroom enthusiasts flock to rainy Girdwood to pick all the choice edibles they can eat. But some hunters would prefer their favorite mushroom patches be kept quiet.
Kate Mohatt is an ecologist and one of Girdwood’s local mushroom experts. She shares tips on how to avoid poisonous mushrooms on a fungai hunt, and how to enjoy one of the northern-most mushrooming destinations in the world.
Ellyn Brown and Matias Saari are two of the most well known athletes in the Alaska mountain running community. Both runners have won Alaska’s toughest races, but will tell you they measure their success not by races won, but by how much time they get to spend running.
Patty Miller adores baking so much, she wins awards for her concoctions at the Alaska State Fair. She talks about her passion for cooking, while demonstrating how she bakes her famous chocolate cake and banana bread.
When Lonnie White first moved to Kodiak Island in the 1970′s, front yards in town were largely the domain of crab pots and junk cars, not ornate shrubberies.
However, in the past few years, local (and national) trends have caught up with his greenhouse business.
Whether it’s with cult films, theatrical performances, or musical acts, comedienne Collette Costa keeps her Juneau neighbors entertained year-round.
In Juneau, Pelmeni is a household word. It is both the name of a restaurant, and the small Russian dumpling served there.
Nicholas Haws is one of the crew of locals that tends the pelmeni pots.
Elijah Goodfarm’s father came to Alaska with the dream of mushing across the state, but would die shortly after arriving. After his father’s death, Goodfarm packed up his life and took his father’s place taking care of his 36 dog kennel.
Wendy Smith-Wood spent the early part of her life climbing mountains around the world and serving for the British Army.
When cancer struck at age 27, she decided to completely change her life. Now, she’s a fiber artist living 111 miles from Anchorage, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Alaska bush pilot Willy Fulton is known for his experience flying to remote locations, and his direct, likable personality.
Fulton is also known as the pilot who last flew Timothy Treadwell, and ultimately came upon Treadwell’s remains in Katmai National Park.