The inspiration for Mabel McKinley came from the owners' grandmother, whose creative spirit overflowed into handmade Christmas cards, an illustrated cookbook, and beautiful trinkets curated at her own flea market. Mabel McKinley's vintage, handmade, and repurposed goods honor her with their eclectic beauty. Flattering dresses from Shabby Apple and Kiyonna wrap physiques in classic style, and candles, artwork, and home décor make houses feel like homes rather than oversize cereal boxes. The shop assembles a collection of unique pieces from all over the world, as well as Alaskan-made goodies such as art by Brianna Reagan.
Nimble hands in the kitchen of Nane’s Pelmenis fold up tender Russian dumplings, a highlight of the homey eatery’s varied menu. After fluffy potatoes or hearty beef are stuffed into buttery golden packages, clouds of sour cream envelop the dumplings' soft peaks, and the sides get dotted with verdant sprigs of cilantro, dashes of curry, and tiny elves racing snowmobiles. Diners can feel free to dress the meal in savory spices, soy sauce, or vinaigrette, which they can sop up with a piece of dark rye bread. Instead of kissing a sultan’s ring pop, sweeten the palate by sipping a bubbly soft drink and nibbling the soft cookie crust of an ice-cream sandwich. Although the cabin-like restaurant is closed on Mondays, its large french doors stay open after the dinner hour into the wee hours on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Circular outfits voguish vixens in hip designer and eco-conscious women's fashions in a trendy boutique environment. An elegant array of jewelry ($25+) brings eye-catching accouterments to ears, wrists, and fingers with recycled earrings by Resource Revival and woven-gold bracelets by Alkemie. Like a Gatorade-sweepstakes trucker hat, vibrant and textured tops ($50+), designed by LiaMolly and Alice + Olivia, make the bedecked feel like a million bucks. Or shower attention on jealous legs with jeans ($85+) by Reuse, a brand breathing new life into old blue jeans' lungs with recycled denim styles. Dresses by SkunkFunk and Tracy Reese allow ladies to coat their bodies in glamour from head to toe without the sticky residue of papier-mâché pantsuits.
After spending 10 years working in the style hub of Los Angeles, Anchorage native Haley Welsome decided to bring her fashion-centric passions back to her hometown roots. Now she keeps Alaskans abreast of the latest trends with her bustling storefront and informative fashion blog, which details the new arriavls. Dresses, tops, and jackets come in designer flavors like BCBGeneration, Max & Cleo, and Free People. Blush Boutique also carries high-end denim from 7 For All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, and Hudson. Dainty jewelry accessories come in sterling silver or gold-dipped styles. Other items include decorative, scented candles, make-up, and stylish handbags perfect for storing spare change and robot parts .
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers' market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,150 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options, such as the pepperoni pretzel and eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs, slicing it into bite-size nuggets, or using it to build historically accurate Austrian villages. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including flavored lemonade mixers.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. They also reach out to the community through fundraising opportunities.