Duke Russell captures neighborhood Alaskan life from a unique perspective with his paintings.
His artistic journey has taken him from selling sketches to tourists as a teen, to becoming on of the most unique and renowned painters Alaska has ever seen.
Michael Anderson has been serving up sausages on Anchorage’s 4th Avenue at M.A.’s Gourmet Dogs for over 20 years.
Over that time, M.A. has built a uniquely Alaskan business geared toward to locals and tourists alike.
Nathan Shafer creates augmented reality – a digital overlay on the physical world.
His work is displayed worldwide and focuses on Alaskan subjects – from receding glaciers to Seward’s Success, a futuristic domed city that was never built.
There isn’t a whole lot of surfing going on in Alaska, but Homer based Scott Dickerson aims to change that.
After winning Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” Kastle Sorensen and her “Kastle’s Kreations” food truck have turned Alaska’s cupcake scene upside down.
Johnny B. travels throughout Alaska by bush plane to play his signature boogie woogie piano music to remote audiences.
Ionia is a remote, and sometimes misunderstood intentional community located outside Kasilof, Alaska. The community was originally formed nearly 30 years ago by four families, each seeking a simpler, quieter life.
The group, now numbering around 30 full-time residents, continues to pursue their goals in the relative solitude of their 160 acre communal property.
Year-round, no matter the conditions, Mako Haggerty takes his boat out across Katchemak Bay as a service to Homer’s residents and visitors.
The list of restaurants Kendo Shine has cooked in is staggering. From diners to Mongolian BBQ to fine dining, Kendo has been around the culinary world a few times, but he truly found a home when he bought a small trailer and started cooking, what he calls, Kendo-style food in Anchorage’s industrial area.
Bernie Karl is an entrepreneur, an innovator, and an Alaskan original.
And, amongst other things, Karl is the owner and chief Imagineer at Chena Hot Springs, 60 miles northeast of Fairbanks.
Mark Gould is one of the last coopers. The craft of barrel-building is quickly fading, but Gould has pursued it as a full-time job for the last 15 years. Through coopering and promoting Alaskan resources, Gould has found a passion and a guiding philosophy.
Winterlake Lodge on Finger Lake is an official Iditarod Trail checkpoint, 153 miles down the trail from Anchorage.
The Dixon family owns and operates the lodge, hosting mushers, their dogs and paying guests alike.
Russell Biggs is an Anesthesiologist by day, and the front man for the popular band The Council of Smokers and Drinkers by night.
Biggs believes that a strong balance of work and play is key to a happy life.
Bettie Upright is a bowler. She picked up the game nearly 30 years ago, at the age of 70.
Now at 98 (and a half), Bettie continues to live an active lifestyle, both physically and socially.
Cliff and Ivy have been performing as a goth band for over 30 years. For them, identifying as goth is empowering to people who are perceived as being different.
Reyne Athanas runs the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center, which is home to a successful Saturday Market modeled after those found in major cities around the country.
She is also a working artist.
From dresses made of horse hair, swan feathers, and red roses, Enzina Marrari creates garments that bridge fashion design and sculptural art.
By day, Kima Hamilton is a poet, a mentor, a father, and a community leader. But he pays the bills by DJ-ing in nightclubs.
Bethel, Alaska is home to the most taxi cabs per capita in the United States – with 66 cars serving a population of just over 6,000.
Naim Shabani is the manager of Kusko Cab, the largest cab company serving this unique bush Alaska city.
Angela Denning-Barnes has worked at KYUK in Bethel for more than a decade, reporting on stories from the very edge of society.
For her living in, and reporting on, bush Alaska is more than just a lifestyle – it’s a source of true happiness.