Shop local this Spring

As the days lengthen but the cool and wet temperatures drag on, the primal urge to seek signs of spring grows strong within us all. Budding trees and sprigs of green may be hard to find out in the natural world at this time of year in Alaska, but with a bit of simple modern technology and the help of some local professionals, they are simple enough to bring into your life and home.

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Kevin Burton and Matthew Tomter are turning the former Matanuska Maid Dairy blow mold building in Palmer into a 12,000+ square foot state-of-the-art brewing facility. Matanuska Brewing Company started production

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Not Your Grandma’s Jam

Imagine receiving a set of jams as a gift. Do you visualize a set of sweet jars topped with gingham fabric and little bows? If you do, you are not alone. However, two Anchorage entrepreneurs are out to change jam’s reputation in the world. Their handcrafted items are definitely “not your Grandma’s” jam. “But we do love our Grandmas!” say Noelle Hardt and Kim Kovol, the owners of Anchorage-based VooDoo Jams. The two women - who are “best friends first” - started their new company in early 2016. So what sets their product apart from other jams and jellies produced in the local area? Bold flavors, daring combinations …and a generous dose of liquor.

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