E-Commerce: Local Man Helps Boost Economies May 14th, 2011

Categories: Businesses, Palmer People

Joseph Davis is a local leader in using the internet to encourage local sustainable economics. He has traveled to Afghanistan, Malawi and Kenya and many other places to teach local people how the internet can help their communities thrive. His work has taken him to more than 30 Alaskan villages to help Alaska Natives utilize the internet to sell their art.

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One of Davis’ many overseas projects involved installing an internet system in an orphanage in Africa. The orphanage started a profitable internet cafe. This has proven very successful and helps the orphanage be self sufficient.

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Lately, Davis keeps busy leading e-commerce workshops in Alaskan villages. He has traveled to more than 30 villages and worked with more than 60 helping them set up eBay stores and eCommerce websites. Now they can sell their art and other handmade items to help sustain life in the bush. He provides continuing support for a month after the visit to help the community get everything up and running. Click here to watch a video about Joseph Davis’ work in rural Alaska.
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Friday Flings 2011 May 13th, 2011

Categories: Around Palmer, Events

Perfect Weather!

Perfect Weather!


The Husky Burgers were as delicious as ever if the line was any indication...

The Husky Burgers were as delicious as ever if the line was any indication...


It’s here again! I traipsed downtown to the Friday Fling under the pavilions today…and enjoyed the sun! The weather was perfect and there were lots of people. The Palmer High Jazz Choir performed a few selections as well as the local ConFusion Jazz Combo.

Returning vendors like Tundra Comics and local gardens/nurseries attracted many browsers. Newer businesses like Moose Bites Personal Chefs and other local artists also caught many eyes.

Josh Anderson of Palmer High Jazz Choir wowed the crowd with a jazz solo.

Josh Anderson of Palmer High Jazz Choir wowed the crowd with a jazz solo.


Most people were just out to soak up the sun and see what Palmer businesses had to offer. Downtown is bustling with tourists, cyclists and families out for walks. I was able to catch up with many people I knew from high school, families from my church and even an old neighbor. I love this community!
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Friday Flings will run through August 19th, every friday from 11am to 6pm.

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Palmer Alaska, Celebration of Cranes May 6th, 2011

Categories: Uncategorized

Palmer CranesDon’t miss the Celebration of Cranes tomorrow, Saturday, May 7 from 12-4 PM. It will be Palmer Museum’s 3rd Annual Celebration of Cranes in conjunction with the Valley Arts Alliance.

Live Birds from AK WildBird Rehab
Crane Art by local artists
Crane Paintings and sculptures by 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Graders at Birchtree Charter School
Bird Pose Yoga from 1-2pm with Erin of Blue Mountain Wellness
Origami Crane folding and coloring pages
“Crane Song” documentary
Children’s Story time

If we are lucky we will see a formation of Sandhill Cranes fly over on their way to the fields by the Palmer Airport.

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La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant May 4th, 2011

Categories: Businesses, Restaurants and Cafes

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132 W Evergreen Ave
Palmer, AK 99645
(907) 746-3335

By Amber Grissom

I recently dined at La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant in downtown Palmer. It was a pleasant experience and the food satisfied my need for authentic Mexican cuisine. Good lighting, hand painted walls, Mexican art and decor create a marvelous atmosphere. The staff was accommodating and very pleasant. While I was there, all the other diners that arrived were nice little families or couples. It made me thankful to be in a small town with great people!
la fiesta IMG_6744 (2)I ordered Carne Asada and the meat was tender and just spicy enough. I was tempted to eat so much more because their extensive menu has everything from nachos to flan! You can choose from breakfast selections, enchiladas, tostadas, quesadillas, fajitas, chili verde, chimmichangas, camarones, imported and domestic beers. The dessert menu includes authentic Mexican flan, fried ice cream, sopapillas, and cheesecake burritos. There is also a sizable kids menu with burgers and other more familiar choices.

One thing I really appreciated was how fast the food was served! There was, at most, a 15 minute wait for delicious food! They also do catering for larger groups! Just order ahead and pick up your fresh Mexican cuisine for your event! I hope you visit this restaurant soon and enjoy their food with family or friends!
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132 W Evergreen Ave
Palmer, AK 99645
(907) 746-3335

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Satori Day Spa April 27th, 2011

Categories: Businesses

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Satori Day Spa

1901 E Hemmer Rd Suite 213
Palmer, AK 99645

(907) 746-0005

Everyone needs some pampering now and then…and now you know where to go! The Satori Day Spa is located in the same building as Peak Fitness and All about Herbs, on the corner of Palmer-Wasilla Hwy and Hemmer Road.

Kelly Riggs, the owner, has been a massage therapist for almost 7yrs. She holds a degree from the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in Tucson, Arizona. Satori Day Spa opened in July of 2008 and has slowly grown into a very successful business. It currently houses 12 separate businesses within the spa.
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Available Services:
Hair Design
Brazilian Blowout
Hair and Skin Care Products
Botox
Juvederm
Pedicures and Manicures
Nails
Massage
Tattoos
Ion Foot Spa Detox
Laser Hair Removal
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“We work well together and are doing our best to serve the public more efficiently and conveniently,” says Kelly Riggs.

The convenient location offers plenty of parking and the atmosphere is calm and clean. In addition to great service, Satori supports local artists with a monthly “Winesday” event! Come see a local artist showcase on the first Wednesday of every month. Enjoy food, drinks and fun during the event! You can even take part in a raffle or book an appointment for 10% off! It’s an all day affair from 10am -7pm, the first Wednesday of every month so drop in anytime. If you can’t make it on Winesday, the artist’s work is displayed in the spa for the month, so stop on by!

Visit the spa website today and book yourself something special!
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