CashMob – Third Thursdays March 18th, 2013

Categories: Around Palmer, Events

It’s likely that you’ve seen our posts on our Facebook Page about Cash Mob. But what in the world is a Cash Mob?!? Let me tell you about it.

The Palmer Cash Mob is a monthly event with the following slogan: Buy Local, Meet Locals, Eat, Drink and BE Local! Every third Thursday of the month, 6:00pm – 8:30ish, locals will gather at a “pre-mob” gathering place. This gathering place is announced on the Palmer Cash Mob Facebook page. Mobbers are encourage to grab a bite to eat and/or drink, and introduce themselves to other locals. Here the “Host Business” (the business being mobbed) will be announced.

The Cash Mob will then head to the “Host Business” where each Mobber spends a minimum of $20. Buy gifts for friends or family… or just pamper yourself!

Rules for a Host Business:
1. The business must be locally owned.
2. The business must have products for both men and women and be large enough to hold the Mob.
3. The business owner must give back to the community in some way.
4. The business owner must approve the CashMob before the mob is announced.

Cash Mobbers are encouraged join in a social gathering after the mob.

Mobbers: At the Mob, there are three rules:
1. Spend $20
2. Meet two people you didn’t know before

Written by Tamara Van Diest

Winter in Palmer – 2012 December 17th, 2012

Categories: Around Palmer, Seasons

I love winter in Palmer… even at -15&#176.
Every little shop is playing Christmas music, the street lamps are decked with bell and star lights and even the Train Depot has Christmas lights around the perimeter.

Local businesses have great holiday deals and people are excited for Christmas vacation. My college friends are back in town and families are reuniting.

We finally have snow! After no snow all the way into December… we wondered if there would be a white Christmas at all! But the first couple weeks of December finally gave up a minimum of 8 inches. It looks much better than heavy frost on the trees.

Children are trying out the fresh sledding hills in Hatcher Pass and friends are playing weekly broom ball on Kepler Lake. Despite sub-zero temps, everyone is out and about in a hurry to finish holiday shopping and get home to families.

Merry Christmas, Palmer!

Written by Tamara Van Diest

Active Soles in Palmer’s Koslosky Building November 13th, 2012

Categories: Businesses

(907) 746-0600
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Active Soles

Active Soles

In the Koslosky Building in downtown Palmer is one of the most unique shoe stores in Alaska. Owned by a team of Physical Therapists and personal trainers it specializes in great shoes and exceptional customer service.

It’s called Active Soles for a reason, the owners specialize in gait analysis, computerized foot function analysis, and foot orthotics. Don’t know what that is? Neither do I…all I know is that they have fantastic customer service.

I don’t know any other shoe store that allows you to try a shoe out for 30 days to see if it will work for you with a guaranteed return policy if it doesn’t fit right.

I’m not much of a shoe person, but I found some great Keen shoes that fit my feet well and are comfortable. So I just keep going back for more of the same shoe… As I said, I’m no Imelda Marcos with a closet full of shoes. But I am a fan of this store.

I’m starting to get a good collection of different colors of the same shoe.

Check it out…here is their website. Active Soles

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Handmade Creations – Support Local Crafters and Artists! November 2nd, 2012

Categories: Around Palmer, Events, Seasons

Want to support local artists and find some great handmade Christmas Gifts? Check out some of the Palmer Area Craft Fairs this holiday season!

Nov. 2, 3 Annual Valley Fiber Arts Guild Holiday sale is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 2 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 3 at the Palmer Depot. Some 40 guild members will offer their hand-made creations for sale, including shawls, jewelry, socks, novelty items, blankets, rugs, paintings and ornaments. For more information, contact 745-3487, or visit

Nov. 10 Palmer Elks Lodge No. 1842 Craft Fair, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 10 at 2600 N. Barry’s Resort Drive. This is a great chance to get some holiday shopping done or if you are a vendor, to sell your wares. Registration forms are available at and we have spaces available. Food will be available for purchase. Vendor spaces are $35 and as always, buyers are admitted free. For more information, contact (907) 242-1865, or visit

Nov. 10 Fall Craft Bazaar at St. Michael Catholic Church in Palmer at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 10 Open to all with handcrafted goods, food, and music.

November 17 from 10 am – 5 pm at Farm Loop Christian Center Adoption Fundraiser Craft Show
Come do your Christmas shopping and raise money for adoption! Featuring handmade items and home based businesses who will all make a donation to the Jacobs family’s adoption fund. There will be door prizes, silent auction and a bake sale! The Jacobs have also decided to “tithe” off of event earnings this year, so they will be surprising another local adoptive family with 10% of the proceeds from this event!

Nov. 17 The Women’s Ministry of Palmer Church of the Nazarene annual bazaar is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 17 at the Palmer Depot, 610 S. Valley Way. For more information, contact 746-0261.

Nov. 24 Colony High School’s Holiday Bazaar is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 24 at Colony High School, 9550 E. Colony Schools Drive. For more information, contact 861-5500.

Dec. 7, 8 Colony Christmas begins at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 and 10 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Palmer Depot, 610 S. Valley Way. Multiple bazaars and craft fairs in downtown Palmer. Visit the website details. For more information, contact 745-2880, or visit

Dec. 15 A Christmas Bazaar is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 15 at the new Sutton Library. For more information, contact 745-0707, or 745-4467. The event includes a visit from Santa from noon to 1 p.m., door prizes and a raffle. Proceeds benefit the family of Renvek Larson.

This information was found in the Frontiersman’s 2012 Mat-Su Holiday Bazaars. For the Full article with info about bazaars around the entire Valley, click here.

Written by Tamara Van Diest

Fight Hunger, Feed Hope Starts today! October 1st, 2012

Categories: Around Palmer, Businesses, Events

Drop your donations for Fight Hunger, Feed Hope off at Valley Market Real Estate!
Our new office is located at 545 S. Alaska Street, across from the Valley Hotel & Coffee Shop.
Donations will be accepted Oct 1-13 during normal business hours.
More info on October 13th’s events can be found here.

Bonus: We are having a drawing for a $20 gift certificate to the Palmer Downtown Deli! One drawing entry per item. Bring 20 items, get your name entered 20 times! Easy as that.

We have a box in the foyer waiting for your donations to the Palmer Food Bank. Help us fill it up!

Fill This Box!

Fill This Box!

A list of other participating organizations and businesses can be found here.

List of Suggested Foods for Canned Food Drive:

Canned Fruits – applesauce, pears, fruit cocktail, peaches, oranges
Canned Vegetables – corn, peas, green beans
Canned Soups and Stews
Canned Pasta – Spaghetti-Os, Ravioli
Boxed Pasta or Rice Dishes – Hamburger Helper, Rice-A-Roni
Pasta Noodles and Canned Sauces – Spaghetti sauces, marinara sauce
Hot and Cold Breakfast Cereals – boxed cereals, oatmeal, Cream of Wheat
Peanut Butter
Canned Juices – apple, cranberry, grape, orange, V8, vegetable juices
Canned Meats – beef, chicken, sandwich spreads, corned beef & hash
Canned Fish – tuna, salmon, etc.

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