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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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!

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