Shear Fire Design! March 3rd, 2011

Categories: Businesses

Written by Amber Grissom

Shear Fire Design is located across from Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union and back to-back with Flowers by Louise.

Shear Fire Design is a FULL SERVICE hair salon with honest prices. The owner, Jana Powell, was more than accommodating in answering all my questions. When asked how she keeps her prices so low, she said “I haven’t change the price for a hair cut since I opened in 2004; I don’t believe a haircut should cost $100 or even $30.” In fact, the price for a cut is $16.50 for a professional and $12.50 for a student (all students’ work is checked by a professional). As a full service salon, you will enjoy a shampoo/conditioner treatment and blow drying at these prices!

Shear Fire Academy of Hair Design is Jana’s beauty school, also located here. As a certified instructor in the state of Alaska, Jana has been teaching for over 6 years. But she has been in the beauty business for over 15 years! To learn more about the school, check out Shear Fire’s website.

I opted for a student hair cut and she did fabulous! Also, I felt 5 lbs lighter because I had her take quite a bit of hair off. She layered my hair and gave it texture and body. I was checked by a professional and left there pleased!

In addition to the salon, Jana keeps herself busy as a very active volunteer firefighter. Her inspiration for the salon came from firefighting and she decided to combine her two careers. The salon has a fun atmosphere, complete with Palmer Fire and Rescue Department memorabilia everywhere. The 10 salon stations are made with large craftsman tool boxes sending a nod to the building’s former use as an automotive garage. The salon offers a large line of professional products and a selection of accessories.

Services offered by students and stylists:

* Haircuts
* Colors
* Highlights
* Perms
* Styles
* Wedding and Prom Up-do’s
* Nails
* Pedicures
* Facial waxing
* Birthday parties for all ages

With 3 instructors, 15 students and 1 nail tech there is enough staff to meet your beauty needs. Their primary business is walk-in and with 10 stations there is plenty of room for you! Jana wants you to know that they are here for you, anytime!

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Palmer’s Own Hot Hot Chocolate Shoppe! February 19th, 2011

Categories: Businesses, Restaurants and Cafes

The Hot Hot Chocolate Shoppe is located in the Downtown Palmer Plaza, across from the Palmer Downtown Deli. This local specialty shop offers delectable chocolate goodies including chocolates, hot drinking chocolate, gourmet baking products, hand-made soap and scrubs. Their delicious chocolates are made with organic fair trade chocolate and local cream from Matanuska Creamery and Valley-roasted coffee beans!

There is a wide selection of specialty truffles, chocolate covered cookies and pretzels, giant peanut butter cups and more. If you can’t find a treat you fancy, ask and they will make most special requests. The owner Tai Duhamel has developed many unique recipes over the years featuring unusual ingredients like ginger, cayenne, tea, rose, lavender and curry. You will also find the wonderful classics like caramel, nuts, mint, sea salt and much more!

The Hot Hot Chocolate Shoppe also offers a selection of gluten-free products dipped in chocolate. Due to family with food allergies, the owner has made it possible for those with allergies to enjoy the sweetness!

Stop by and purchase some delicious chocolate and don’t forget to take some home to your friends and family!

Check out the Hot Hot Chocolate Shoppe’s Facebook Page!

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Valley Happenings this Weekend and Next! February 11th, 2011

Categories: Around Palmer, Events

Hey folks! Here are some things going on this weekend and next. Not all of these events listed below are in Palmer, but they all look to be enjoyable! If you know of anything else going on this month that’s open to the whole community, comment and I’ll try to post it!

Want to know my source? Vagabond Blues! The bulletin board outside Vagabond Blues in downtown Palmer always has posters and announcements about local happenings. Check it out and grab a tasty treat or beverage while you’re at it!

Click on the photos to enlarge and you’ll be able to read all the posted information. They may take a few seconds to load.

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Love3 A Celebration Of Beauty And Art February 8th, 2011

Categories: Uncategorized



Join us from 11AM-3PM Feb 12 for a pre-valentines second Saturday event in the Turkey Red event room located at 550 S Alaska Street in downtown Palmer.

Take in some lovely jewels by Sara Danielle Designs and Melusina, fabulous herbal skin care products by Flowerfolk, and paintings and stained glass from local artist, Morgan Meyer. Stop by, enjoy a glass of wine and chat with the artists!

Hope to see you there!

More information about the artists can be found at:

Sara Danielle Designs

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Arctic Chiropractic: Life is Better When You are Pain Free!! February 7th, 2011

Categories: Businesses

Arctic Chiropractic
(907) 746-7842

Arctic Chiropractic has been serving the valley for three years
and their future looks bright. They are located in the same building as Peak Fitness, on the corner of Palmer-Wasilla Hwy and Hemmer Road.

I (Amber) am a patient there and am more pleased with
the results and progress then ever before. I have spent thousands of dollars for just a quick crack of the spine at other chiropractors in the past. I feel fortunate to have found such a wonderful outfit that takes care of my needs, with an affordable price! I can tell now when I’m not aligned because my spine feels like grinding gears. But after an adjustment at Arctic Chiropractic, there is so much relief that I even breath better!


You will find treatment at Arctic Chiropractic is everything
but the “fast food” experience. Dr. Dwayne! In two months I have seen huge progress in range of motion and muscle stability along with physical capabilities improving. Dr. Dwayne Engelbrecht is a delight and always takes the time to listen to my needs and progress. He remembers me and anticipates what is next in my recovery. It is extremely refreshing to have a doctor really in-tune with what is happening with my body. At Arctic Chiropractic you can tell they truly love what they do!

On staff today was the wonderful Carleigh Carliegh who is always ready to work with me. She is kind and considerate on the phone and always helps me schedule an appointment at a time most convenient for me.

Arctic Chiropractic offers a full range of services
including Spinal & Postural Screenings, Massage Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Lifestyle Advice, Corrective Exercises, and unforgettable Chiropractic Care!

Become a new patient today and call them at (907) 746-7842!

Check out Arctic Chiropractic at! It’s a great resource for health information and further details on the services they offer.


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