NonEssentials July 3rd, 2014

Categories: Businesses

NonEssentials Contact Info:
728 S Alaska St,
(907) 745-2258
Hours:
Mon – Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

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“There is nothing in this store that you truly need.” Owner Denise Statz declared. At first, this might not sound like a good marketing strategy, but it has worked well for NonEssentials for 28 years. Twelve of those have been in Palmer—before that the store moved from Dillingham to Kodiak to Nome. Apparently everyone likes to buy things they don’t truly need. (It’s nice to know you aren’t the only one.)

For Denise, this store is an effort of love. She strives for great products, good relationships with the community, and seeks a way to supplement her family. She has a resilient entrepreneurial spirit, which she is passing on to the next generation—part of owning the store is giving her kids an opportunity to be involved and learn about business.

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So what sort of things qualify as “nonessential”? The store particularly focuses on specialty food. “Specialty” means food you can’t get at ordinary grocery stores. There are vats of specialty cooking oils, fancy baking mixes, assorted dried goods, a wide selection of chocolate, Alaskan condiments, exotic spices, even brightly colored dishes. But it doesn’t stop there. The store also sells local artists’ work, (more support of entrepreneurship!) and an assortment of little luxuries like lotions, candles, greeting cards, and scarves. (Major shopping hint: This is the perfect place to go if you need to buy someone a gift, and can’t think of anything to get them.)

NonEssentials

NonEssentials

Things I did not strictly need, but wanted:
Garlic Zoom, the rolling garlic chopper
Sunny Seeds, chocolate covered sunflower seeds (turns out I actually did need these)
Black “Squid Ink” noodles

Denise said she wanted to create a market for things that add enjoyment to people’s lives. Mission successful. This store delights even a casual peruser. For more information, visit the Nonessentials Facebook page

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Who Let the Girls Out v.4.0 April 21st, 2014

Categories: Events

It’s that time again! Spring is arriving quickly and we’re all ready to get out and enjoy it! Who Let the Girls Out (WLTGO) is this weekend! Loads of contests, special guests, activities and more for women of all ages. There will even be a “mobile mammography” truck!

Highlights of WLTGO include:
Friday:

  • Women’s 5k Fun Run/Walk on Friday, 6:30pm – late registration/bib pickup
    at the Eagle Hotel, 4-6pm
  • Cantora Arctica Spring Concert at St. John’s Lutheran Church after the 5k
  • Learn how to make delicious rolls and pizza at NonEssentials after the 5k
  • Saturday:

  • Flea Market on Wheels starting at 8am on S Alaska St.
  • Professional Women’s Clothing Exchange at the Palmer Moose Lodge, 11-5
  • Mobile Mammography by Providence Imaging – must call to schedule an appointment before April 25th. (907)212-3151
  • Purse Auction to benefit MyHouse at The Palmer Bar, 7pm.
  • Seed Exchange at Palmer Museum of History 11-1pm, plus a visiting agronomist to answer questions about gardening and invasive species
  • Personal Safety and the Well-Armed Woman – at Midnight Sun Yoga Center, 11am
  • Oula – Exciting and Easy dance exercise with Annie Prevost – at Midnight Sun Yoga Center, 1pm.
  • LIVE MUSIC! at Vagabond Blues, 2pm-8pm
  • And much, much more! Check out the insert in Make-a-Scene magazine at numerous downtown Palmer businesses. Or view the online version here. It might take a little while to load. The WLTGO Facebook page is also very active with daily updates about the fun events this weekend!

    Written by Tamara Van Diest

    Palmer Alaska’s Colony Christmas 2013 December 13th, 2013

    Categories: Events, Seasons

    Downtown Palmer Alaska

    Downtown Palmer Alaska

    It’s colony Christmas time again. Don’t miss all the events. Here is the schedule for this weekend.

    We will be handing out hot chocolate for the kiddies and coffee for the adults in front of our office on Alaska street so stop by and say hi!

    There is the smoosh race, parade of lights, cookie contest and lots more. Here is a previous post we have on Colony Christmas including a good photo of a smoosh race…Colony Christmas 2011

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    Amber Lanphier of Studio Ardent October 18th, 2013

    Categories: Businesses, Palmer People

    Amber Lanphier

    Amber Lanphier

    When I think of professional photographers I think stuffy and formal.

    I recently had my mind changed for me by an amazing photographer. Amber Lanphier of Studio Ardent has impressed me with her personal, easygoing style. She has an amazing ability to capture her clients in their natural environment.

    Much

    Much

    Better

    Better

    I was not pleased with my children’s school yearbook photos, so I hired Amber. I was hoping she could capture my kids at their best. She let them be themselves and only required that they be happy. The photo shoot was a success.
     
     
     

    As the owner of her own studio she runs things the way she wants. No cookie-cutter photos from this gal. She has many trade secrets that bring out the best in her clients. We won’t divulge them here, but if you want someone who thinks outside-the-box to immortalize the unique “you”, she is the one!

    Natural

    Natural

    At Your Best

    At Your Best

     
     
     

    What a great weekend to tell you about Amber Lanphier. She is having a grand opening at her new studio Saturday 7-9pm and a Christmas Card Mini Special Sunday, book your spot today! www.Studioardent.com www.facebook.com/StudioArdent or Call 907-315-5044

    Grand Opening

    Grand Opening

    Christmas Mini

    Christmas Mini

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Paradise Tanning October 16th, 2013

    Categories: Businesses

    Private Tanning options

    Private Tanning options

    I love this time of year for all its changes. New fall colors of yellow and orange replace the beautiful summer green with a topping of crisp white snow on Pioneer Peak. One thing I don’t like about winter is the lack of sun. I’m a sun junky, getting my fix in a tanning bed gets me through the winter.

    I recently discovered, in down town Palmer, the perfect place to get my tan on. “Paradise Tanning” .

    What I found interesting were the options the solon offers. I can lay down and relax, I can stand up for max coverage, I also have the option of a stand up spray tan if I’m looking for color in a hurry. Not only do I have all those choices, I can also pick a level of intensity for each.

    Lay Down and Relax

    Lay Down and Relax

    When I spoke to the owner, Tarrah Wuestenberg, she mentioned some of the reasons her client visit her shop, and was surprised to discover that it is not all about skin color. It is also about warming joints and bodies after being subjected to the cold for so long. Paradise Tanning also offers Red Light Therapy, a treatment promoting healthy skin.

    To book your own appointment under the “sun” call 907-745-8268, or just drop in at 550 S Alaska Street, in Palmer.

    Instant color

    Instant color

    By Jennifer Kinneen

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