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New Years Resolution! Lets Get Healthy, Palmer! January 11th, 2012

Categories: Businesses

Logo-Final-01Peak Fitness was established in 2003 in Palmer and has been helping people stay healthy ever since. Peak Fitness is a very comfortable place to work out, and offers the feel of small town friendliness and all the amenities of a larger facility as well. I personally workout here and couldn’t be happier with the facility and amenities. The staff is wonderful and very accommodating and that speaks volumes for the structure of business and character of the company.

I spoke with Ann Riggs, the owner, and came to understand her passion for this gym and what it offers for the valley.

“I have always had a personal passion for resistance training and physical fitnessIMG_1798 so it was only natural for me to go in the direction of fitness industry. I have 6 children and they were all involved very heavily in competitive Valley sports. They all enjoy resistance training, as well as their favorite team sports. I have always enjoyed working with people and teaching them about fitness and a healthier life style.

After having 6 kids I was carrying a lot more weight than I wanted to, over the course of about year I managed to get rid of about 60 pounds and that is what started me on my way to a healthier life style. That was about 25 years ago. So I have been on both sides of the coin and have learned a lot through the years that is helpful for others in the same situation. Come get a tour from a staff member and receive a day pass to try us out and see if we fit.”
~ Ann Riggs

Peak Fitness offers a special for all new members: One Month Free with a 6 month or 1 year sign-up. It’s their way of saying thank you and showing members that they appreciate the business.  With your membership, you can take advantage of group classes ranging from Pilates to dancing and cycling CLASSES, racquetball, personal training, indoor tanning, massive selections of free weights and stationary machines, cardio equipment, child care, and so much more.

If you have more questions, visit the FAQ page.  When you’re ready, give them a call and get signed up today. In case you missed it, we recently showed you how to get fresh vegetables delivered weekly local weekly to help you start the new year off right CLICK HERE.

Peak Fitness
12051 E. Palmer Wasilla Hwy.
Palmer, AK 99645
Tel: (907) 746-3305
E-mail: [email protected]
www.PeakFitnessOnline.net
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Colony Christmas – Local Artists and More! December 12th, 2011

Categories: Around Palmer, Businesses, Events

Bad Girls of The North Art Show

Bad Girls of The North Art Show

On Friday I was able to visit the Arts and Crafts Fair and the Bad Girls of the North Craft Show and would love to share the wonderful artists with you! 
Raven Moon Studios had on display some beautiful artwork. Laurel is the gifted artist who creates hand pulled block prints and handmade silk paper collages. To see more information about the art visit www.ravenmoonart.com.

Bad Girls of the North is known for promoting the work of exceptional artists and artisans and they have done it again.

Vicky Potter was at the show to represent Bad Girls of the North and her handmade jewelry Orion Designs. Her hand crafted jewelry is unique and yet simple and classy.

The next artist in the room was Sound Soap, they make great soaps and healthy beauty products. You can find out more about how the soaps are made and the natural ingredients on the website www.soundsoap.com.

Lazy Mountain Leather Co displayed their bags and wallets, showing off their craft. They currently do not have a website but I met Mary and she said she would love a call if you’re interested in their leather goods at 907-373-7924. She also mentioned that they have a shop in Homer during the summer from June to August so feel free to stop in this coming summer.

Fish Lips and Bird Teeth Studio had a unique display of jewelry and home decor pieces crafted from polymer clay.

Rounding out the room I found some delicious delicacies made by Stacy De Priest. She calls her craft Gatherings and she welcome a call from you if you would like to order jams, flavored vinegar, pancake mixes and so much more. Stacy De Priest: 907-373-2302.

Next I headed to the Palmer Depot to see the booths for the year.

I was impressed by a company called A Twist Beyond. This company actually has an alpaca farm here in the valley and and uses all-natural alpaca threads for all their one-of-a-kind hats, gloves, and more. Email Lorie or Jan for more information or to purchase these very soft products.  [email protected].

Alaska Nibbles had some sausage and honey mustard samples I couldn’t refuse. Katheryn, the owner, was a delight to chat with and was very enthusiastic about her products. You can order online at www.alaskanibbles.com.

Another notable artist I met makes incredible wood carvings. Gerry Guay has been carving for so long his detailed work shows the fruits of perfecting his craft. He said feel free to email him if you have inquiries at [email protected]

Denali Dreams had some fantastic soaps. salves and balms. You can find out more or order at www.denalidreams.com.

I’ll end this post with a comment about fresh dairy products from Matanuska Creamery. In addition to great ice cream and cheese, they are now offering fresh-made butter, eggnog, milk and eggs.

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Drive up the Glenn Hwy July 6th, 2011

Categories: Around Palmer, Businesses, Restaurants and Cafes

I LOVE driving up the Glenn Hwy. I love it! Today I had to take a trip up near the Matanuska Glacier to put up some signs for Valley Market Real Estate. Both lots have glacier views and have quite a bit of acreage. Click above for more info about them.

Artsy iPhone snapshot

Artsy iPhone snapshot

As I stopped to put up sign number one, a camper van pulled over on the other side of the highway. I chatted with the couple from California. They were overwhelmed by the sight of the glacier and snapped several photos.

I stopped in at the Matanuska Glacier Recreation site to use the facilities and was hit on by an overly friendly tourist. I smiled anyway and took advantage of the perfect view of the glacier.

Nother artsy iPhone shot

Nother artsy iPhone shot

I’ve been driving, or riding, on this stretch of the Glenn Hwy for as long as I can remember. My dad would take my family camping almost every summer up in a cabin in the tiny community of Victory, around mile 95. Sometimes if we forgot breakfast supplies, we would stop by Long Rifle Lodge for some filling food in the morning.

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Home for Sale in Victory

Home for Sale in Victory

Today I stopped in at Victory Bible Camp and said hello to a friend from Palmer who is working up there for the summer. I dipped my feet in one of the lakes on camp property and my mind filled with memories of friends’ and family members’ baptisms as well as fishing/canoeing trips in the same water. Everyone waves at everyone else in Victory, whether they recognize them or not. I checked on a beautiful, newer home we currently have for sale and made sure the sign was still visible.

Long Lake

Long Lake

I stopped by Long Lake and greeted some fishermen and their dog. As I came into Sutton, I dropped in to the Sutton General Store and purchased a cold drink. I was wished a “Wonderful Day!” by the cashier.

The Glenn Highway is a memorable drive in any weather, but today was perfect. If you are interested in property or a home up this way, give my dad, Marty Van Diest, a call at (907) 232-7900.

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Moose Bites Personal Chefs May 25th, 2011

Categories: Businesses

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Moose-Bites.com
(907) 355-6549

Do you need an escape from the kitchen? What if there was a way you could entertain guests or throw a dinner party without stressing out over the food? Moose Bites Personal Chefs is a personal chef service which offers in-home cooking.

Use your imagination and follow the process below…

moose bites A Chicken CacciatoreYou contact Moose Bites Personal Chefs through their website form or call and set up an in-home consultation. At the consultation, you are asked questions about your food preferences and about any dietary concerns or goals. Once that is completed, they hand you a menu to get your mouth watering and ideas flowing about what you would like your personal chef to cook for you. It’s hard for you to decide on only five entrées because the descriptions of the entrées and sides sound so delicious. But you finally choose ones that excite you the most. Then you set a day when your personal chef will come to your home and cook all the savory meals.

On the agreed upon date, your chef shops for groceries in the morning to get the freshest meats, seafood, vegetables and other ingredients. Upon arriving at your home, your chef works diligently to prepare everything as you desire. Once finished cooking, your chef packages the meals for the refrigerator and freezer. All of the containers are labeled with heating instructions, making it easy to heat and eat home cooked meals. On the day your personal chef is to come, you’re busy at work but are excited all day, knowing you are going home to a house filled with wonderful aromas from a day’s worth of cooking.
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Owners Paul and Janice Villnerve didn’t do a lot of dining out with their large family of nine children aged 12 to 1. So as a pleasurable hobby they spent a lot of time cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. After 13 years as a professional engineer, Paul decided to spin his culinary hobby into a family business. He is now making it possible for busy professionals and anyone short on time to enjoy home cooked meals. And for those having dinner parties, he gives you back the time to be a part of the party and not stuck in the kitchen while the party goes on without you.

Moose Bites Personal Chefs began operating in November of 2010. They have steadily added clients by cooking in-home meals and dinner party menus. They also have a booth at Friday Fling, selling dishes from their southern roots, Shrimp Creole and Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. Be sure to, “like” their Facebook page for a chance to win free personal chef services. One winner is chosen each month.

Look for their booth at the Friday Fling!

Look for their booth at the Friday Fling!


They can be reached through their website at www.moose-bites.com or phone 355-6549.

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Valley BBQ Bash May 24th, 2011

Categories: Around Palmer, Businesses, Events

1st Annual BBQ Bash
June 11-12 2011

Palmer, AK

So you think you can cook? How about proving it!

Alaska BBQ Supply is putting on this yummy event and even if you aren’t a cook, you can enjoy the food! With $10,000 in cash prizes and 8 cooking categories, this is the contest to enter! This contest is not just for professionals; all you everyday backyard BBQer’s are encouraged to cook away!

Categories:
Steak
Salmon
Sauce
Brisket
Pork Butts
Ribs
Chicken
Desserts

Entry cost is $200 for all eight categories or $35 per category.
For more information go to AlaskaBBQSupply.com or call 907-841-0789.

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