Matanuska-Susitna College April 11th, 2011

Categories: Around Palmer, Businesses

matsu1If you were to peer down through the clouds from the top of Pioneer Peak at night you would survey a sea of lights with a dark spot in the center, which in turn is illuminated by a small set of buildings in the middle. That vision is the Matanuska-Susitna College which sits on a thousand acres of primeval Alaskan wilderness, which in turn is surrounded by the fastest growing community in Alaska.matsu2

Nearly 2,000 students attend classes in a modern and expanding facility. The students come here to transform their dreams into realities. An energetic and talented faculty and staff work hard to create a positive atmosphere to facilitate the development of scholars and workers for the future of Alaska. There are few places in the world as majestic as this valley. There are few universities as affordable as this school. The Matanuska-Susitna Campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage is the gem in the statewide system of higher education. We welcome new students and visitors and look forward to many years of growth and opportunity in this borough.

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Dr. Talis J. Colberg – College Director


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Cover Ups! Your interior Connection in Palmer! March 30th, 2011

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Cover Ups specializes in custom blinds, drapes, bedding and more. They also reupholster or “up-cycle” vintage furnishings. They have been in business for 6 years in this location, however they have been around for 17 years. Just last year they opened up the other half of their business now housing Alaska Chicks and The Upholstery Gallery. There is a trendy store front comprised of unique consignment items from local artists. You will also find a nice selection of antique pieces and furnishings.

IMG_6681This full service home decor shop features an in-house workroom where they make draperies, pillows, slipcovers, and bedding. In addition to their beautiful fabric wares, they also carry one of-a-kind furniture pieces and accessories. The styles range from antique and vintage to up-cycled and salvaged. The owner says “Our goal is to help you create the home of your dreams!”

IMG_6682 The store is a “working” shop; while visiting, you may see a painted in progress, hear the sound of an upholstery gun or observe a consultation with a client trying to choose the perfect fabric. If you are looking for something in particular just come in and explore the possibilities because they are available for custom commissioned work.

IMG_6693A note from the owner:  “We are a creative bunch; with 8+ ladies constantly shopping and creating, our stock changes continually. The talent and imagination here is evident when you come through the door. My husband Roland custom-makes many of our wood items and repairs much of our “finds” before they make it to the sales floor.”

If you are in need of window coverings, give Cover Ups a call for a free, in-home consultation or stop by the retail shop to find a one of a kind piece for your home!

Cover Ups
“Specializing in Well-Dressed Windows”
840 S Colony Way
Palmer, Ak 99645
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Benefit for Palmer’s Sister City March 28th, 2011

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Received this from Melissa Jenski of the Palmer Museum of History and Art. Sounds like something everyone in Palmer should attend.

Palmer museumOn Sunday, April 3, 2011, from 2-6 pm, the City of Palmer and Palmer Museum will come together with your help to raise money in support of the Japan disaster relief efforts. Celebrate our sister city and the Japanese culture through art, music, food, and language during an afternoon of activities, exhibits and performances. Come support a great cause while having fun! For questions about the event please call the Palmer Museum at (907) 746-7668 .

See the Mayor’s official letter and call of support to the community here. Consider donating an item or service for the silent auction to help raise additional funds. Relief donations will be accepted in person or by mail to the City of Palmer, 231 W. Evergreen Avenue Palmer, AK 99645. For more information and official paperwork, please visit the City of Palmer’s website here. A physical form to print can be downloaded here. For questions about the silent auction please contact Katherine Vanover at (907) 745-4517 .

Money donations are also being accepted in person or by mail to the City of Palmer at the address listed above. Please make checks payable to the “City of Palmer” with memo “Japan Disaster Relief”. For questions about donating please call the Mayor’s Office at (907) 761-1317 .

We are looking for numerous volunteers to help out the day of the event with setup, clean up, and staffing at various locations. We are also in need of sponsors to help offset some of the overhead costs associated with organizing the event. All sponsors will have advertising opportunities and be recognized at the event. Please call the Museum at (907) 746-7668 if you are interested in donating your time or providing financial support.

All proceeds go directly to the people of Saroma, Japan as an official gift of goodwill.

Melissa Jenski

Executive Director

Palmer Museum of History and Art

(907) 746-7668

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Community Marketing March 26th, 2011

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byers and farmWe believe in community service marketing. We like Palmer, we have lived here for more than 40 years, and we want to give something back to it.

We want to help your business grow. We will promote your business on our website free of charge. This website has a lot of readers. is linked to a facebook page with more than 7,000 fans. These are people who also like Palmer.

Let us know if you would like to be featured as a local business or event.

We will set up the interview, take the photos, and write the article…or you can send us your own photos and article for posting on the site. No charge, it’s a free community service.

This website is sponsored by Valley Market Real Estate and we would be honored if you would consider us for your real estate needs, but you are under no obligation to do so.

Recent businesses promoted, Hot Hot Chocolate Shoppe, Arctic Chiropractic, Thrifters Rock, and more than 20 more.

Call or email us today!

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Alaska Chicks – Apparel and Accessories March 3rd, 2011

Categories: Businesses

Alaska Chicks

Alaska Chicks retail location is located at 840 S Colony Way, inside Cover Ups (right next to Carquest). Renting a space inside another business has given Charity Folcik, owner of Alaska Chicks the opportunity to run a business while being a stay-at-home mother of three. Check out her main website here.

Charity is a local farm girl, turned furniture and apparel designer. Some of her past and current furniture work is for clients such as Ozarks Antiques in Anchorage. Her new line of apparal includes Hoodies and Tshirts that read, “Tough Alaska Chick” as well as little girl shirts that read, “I love my Little Alaska Chick”

Alaska Chicks has since designed their own line of knitted headwraps and added a “Alaska Chicks” patch to the back of the headwrap. Most women are proud to be from Alaska, and Charity wanted to create a design for Alaska women to wear that is modern, yet has the vintage rugged look.

The above two photos are courtesy of Dashing Life Photography

You can “Like” Alaska Chicks on FaceBook, and look for weekly giveaways as well as stay up to date on new designs as well as new products. You can shop online at Keep an eye out for the new men’s tshirt design coming shortly!
Left photo courtesy of Katie Cannon Photography

Alaska Chicks recently got a new application that allows you to shop right from FaceBook. Check it out! Be patient, it might take a bit to load.

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