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Alaskan Hot Dogs and More September 8th, 2014
An Impromptu Rhyme About a Hot Dog Stand:
Racks and racks
Of scrumptious snacks
So if you have a snack attack
Visit Kurt’s shack
(It would be convenient if at this point, Kurt acquired a yak who was black, but alak! No yak.)
Alright, I know that is bad poetry, but good food sort of moves me to poetry. The problem is, my skill is not exactly equal to the task. Fortunately, Kurt is a MUCH better cook than I am a poet.This has got to be the most gourmet hot dog I have ever eaten. Firstly, my bun (fresh from North Star bakery, this is no ordinary bun here) was toasted on the griddle. Whilst the bun is toasting, the hot dog, (from Indian Valley Meats, in several varieties) cut lengthwise, is sizzling pleasantly, smelling quite heavenly. Finally, the whole thing is stacked into a sort of hot dog sandwich and crowned with fried onions and peppers. Top with condiments and drool. Now the fascinating thing here is that this whole operation is run by Kurt Statz, who is 16 years old. He started his hot dog stand back when he was 14, and has been doing so well that he now has an employee of his own. Kurt saw that the market for food stands was open and capitalized. Besides hot dogs, the stand also serves grilled cheese sandwiches and frybread. Kurt tries to get his ingredients as locally as possible for all of his food.
So look for the silver hot dog stand outside Nonessentials by the four-way-stop near the train depot. Kurt will fry you up something tasty!
Monday Farmer’s Market August 7th, 2014As I leave work on Monday, I usually find that I have a bread deficiency. Specifically, a homemade bread deficiency. So I stop at the train depot in Palmer, where I know that many talented homemade bread makers are congregated, sharing their culinary talent with us common mortals.
The vendors at the Farmer’s Market seem kind of like superheroes. Their superpowers are things like:
Making lip balm from plants;
Recycling wine corks into keychains;
Making homemade noodles (think tortellini);
Sewing anything from aprons to potholders;
Making nectar—with hibiscus (Because regular nectar isn’t hard enough?)
Painting greeting cards;
Keeping flowers alive; (if this doesn’t seem like a superpower to you, then you have never tried to do it)
Producing good looking (and tasting) vegetables;
Making root-beer-carmel-filled chocolates;
Cooking authentic Mexican food;
And of course, the list goes on. Everyone smiles and chats with you about their merchandise. Many of the vendors work their booth as a family, so often there are kids helping out, learning about entrepreneurship and customer service from their parents. Every week it seems like there are different things for sale—new vegetables that have come into season, new flavors of chocolate, or different varieties of bread.
11am-7pm every Monday at the Train Depot. Whether you are just visiting and would like a chance to see and sample what Palmer produces locally, or you are a regular customer who needs their weekly homemade bread fix, go visit! This unique gathering of friendly and gracious vendors is sure to have something delightful to brighten your day.
Slivertip Design August 4th, 2014When people come visit us in Palmer, they usually want some Alaska souvenirs to prove that they survived the visit. And often, as we visit all the stores looking for said souvenirs, we find that they all have more or less the same things for sale. But as I browsed through Silvertip Design, I realized they have a completely different selection.
In fact, all of Silvertip’s merchandise is exclusive—caps, shirts, jackets, hoodies, even onesies and bags. This is because Silvertip does custom embroidery and screen printing, which means that all the items in the store were designed and created by Silvertip.
“You can get all kinds of Alaskana items from Walmart, but our niche is locally produced items.” Owner Ron Richards said. Ron was born and raised in the valley, and started Silvertip in 1985. He values the Alaskan lifestyle, and tries to reflect that in his business. Besides selling his own designs in the shop, he also sells local artist’s work, including things like jewelry, woodworking, and quilts.
I was surprised to discover that a lot of Silvertip’s business doesn’t come from the gift shop. They design products to sell, locally and around the state. They embroider caps for local business, and shirts for organizations like the Palmer Little League or the Dance Studio. Ron says sometimes people come with a specific design already planned out, but other times, they just have a vague idea of what they need, and the designers at Silvertip help them create their pattern. (Fact: you don’t have to be a business to commission your own shirts or caps. Contact Silvertip if you have a need for custom embroidery or screen printing.)
If you are a fan of the AlaskaGrown clothing line, a visit to Silvertip is definitely in order. Silvertip has the largest selection of AlaskaGrown clothing in the state! (Never before had I seen a Cameo AlaskaGrown shirt.)
This is one shop you don’t want to miss! Visit the Website for hours and contact information.
Funnies Extra! April 13th, 2012
“Funnies Extra” is a free, full-color, weekly publication carried in roughly 200+ restaurants, doctors offices, hotels, and waiting rooms in the Matanuska Valley. Pages of positive, family friendly, uplifting comic strips, puzzles, and word games for a wide audience. Funnies Extra is free for businesses to carry and free for the public to enjoy or take with them. See a digital sample HERE.
Funnies Extra will be paid for by advertisements and sponsors and provides an amazing opportunity for local and regional businesses to have their advertisement viewed while readers are smiling and laughing rather than when they’re reading negative news stories or political commentary.
“Funnies Extra” is the brain child of the marketing director for the world famous and local legend “Tundra: The Comic Strip“ to promote local community and businesses through humor and positive advertising. Zack Lanphier is the local agent and publisher for Funnies Extra here in the Matanuska valley. The valley is Home to Chad Carpenter, the cartoonist for “Tundra” and Zack Lanphier a.k.a “The Tundra Flunky” who can be seen at the local markets and fairs selling all the Tundra merchandise. (I highly recommend clicking on “the Tundra Flunky” above and reading more about him!)
Zack is excited to offer a positive platform to highlight your business. If you’re a local business looking for a new way to present your company/services to the valley, advertise in Funnies extra! Zack is offering contracts from one to twelve weeks to fit any budget. Don’t have the software to build your own ad? Zack can arrange that too!
Email: [email protected]
Zack’s Phone: cell 760-917-2417
Keymaster Locksmith January 19th, 2012I locked myself out of my car last week. It locks itself when running and although I have two keys I was smart enough to have them both in the car at the same time. So, there I was with a idling car in my driveway and no way to get into it.
It was dark, windy, cold. But at least I was home. I got on the phone and after calling several numbers contacted George Costley from Keymaster. I was happy to find someone on my side of the valley. He took directions to my home and in a short time he and his wife pulled up in front of my house.
He was able to unlock my car with a tool that he invented himself, I was impressed and happily paid the $60 to get back into my running car. Needless to say, I’m more careful about my spare key these days.
Keymaster Locksmith can also make the new chip keys for the recent automobiles.
Give him a call at 907 746-5373, or email at [email protected]
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