The staff at Alaska Nails, a professional nail salon and school, paints digits in dapper shades while pampering limbs with a variety of spa services. Clients and comrades can perch on multiple pedicure chairs or in-house high wires as technicians brush coats of polish onto outstretched phalanges. Add-ons such as long-lasting Shellac, hand and foot massages, and paraffin dips soothe appendages as patrons repose near the salon's hanging tapestries. Adept artists can also scribe custom nail designs onto tips, ranging from glossy bow ties to accurate topographical maps of the moon. Alaska Nails is open seven days a week until 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.
The longest-running regular-season college basketball tournament in the country, the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout invites eight men's and four women's teams from across the country for an intense tournament packed into Thanksgiving weekend. In the 34th edition of the men's field, the Seawolves host such formidable foes as Murray State, who dribbled and dunked their way into last year's NCAA tournament, as well as New Mexico State and Southern Mississippi. Gents battle to climb the brackets in four days of play so fast-paced that games must be announced by professional auctioneers.
Established in 1999 by tech expert Samson Chu and business leader Joel Kestenberg, Career Academy trains business professionals with a self-guided video curriculum. Programs include Office Productivity and Project Management certification as well as IT certification training and information-security strategies that go beyond changing all of your passwords to the name of your other dog. Most of the expert instructors boast decades in the tech industry, and many are successful business owners in their own right.
Whether kids have recreational or competitive cheerleading aspirations, the instructors at Alaska Athletics help budding cheerleaders and gymnasts hone their skills in all-levels classes. Tumbling classes for preschoolers help tykes grasp the basics of balance and body awareness. They build skills in these sessions that will eventually serve them to improve jumps, tumbling, and stunting abilities.
Essential Health Therapy uses the art of massage to alleviate chronic and new pain. Swedish, deep-tissue massage, and reflexology techniques help ease sore backs, boost circulation, and relieve anxiety. The staff further relaxes and invigorates clients with aromatherapy scents such as lavender, peppermint, or burnt toast.
Eye Level takes its name—and its philosophy—from the story of an elementary school teacher who visited the Smithsonian and, oddly, knelt down in front of each painting. When a guard asked him why, he explained that he was bringing his kids there the next day, and wanted to see the paintings from their perspective.
Eye Level's instructors share this focus on understanding students' viewpoints and needs. Whether they're teaching math, English, or Korean, they start sessions with a diagnostic test, which allows them to tailor the lesson to the child's skill level. The self-directed learning sessions end with student feedback, which allows tutors to further customize their future lessons.