The Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum takes visitors on a flyby of the the state's aeronautical history. The vast facility—composed of five hangars of planes and exhibits, a restoration hangar, and three theaters—covers aviation history from the early days of flight to modern military aviation. More than 20 vintage aircraft can be found throughout, including a 1931 Fairchild Pilgrim 100B, a 1943 Grumman G44 Widgeon, and a 1981 Boeing B737-290C. Meanwhile, the museum's spot on the south shore of Lake Hood—the busiest seaplane base in the world—gives visitors a glimpse of modern planes in action.
Over the years, Peter Ratner has played in rock bands and big bands, as well as jazz and pop groups. He's also recorded bands and singers and jazz, rock, pop, and classical musicians, and he boasts membership in the Audio Engineering Society and status as a voting member of the Grammy Academy. At Peter Ratner Recording, he uses his all-encompassing musical background to produce records for artists of diverse styles and backgrounds. His services range from on-location recordings of live performances to online mixing for far-flung clients.
For the past decade, Rub-a-Dub Dog’s groomer Andra Holmstrom has given cats and dogs spa treatments in the comfort of their own homes. She brings a fully loaded grooming van to domiciles or businesses to trim and fluff pets’ coats, making them nearly unrecognizable from the scruffy images on their drivers’ licenses. In addition to standard nail trimming and ear cleaning, Andra also lathers up canine pelts with specialty shampoos, brushes teeth, and staves off shedding with FurMinator treatments.
The same passion for classic and vintage video games that led Michael to the finals of a Donkey Kong tournament galvanized him to open Video Game Depot several years later, which he runs with an aim toward holding on to what video gaming used to be. Stepping into the shop is like stepping into an anachronism, where vintage Ataris mingle with PlayStation 4s on the shelves. Michael?s clientele often stop by to trade in old Nintendo Entertainment Systems for other consoles or pocket money for asking out Princess Peach?s less-distressed cousins. The store's inventory is constantly expanding, with recent additions including game soundtracks, an ever-rotating selection of consoles, and several arcade cabinets such as Donkey Kong and Ms. Pacman. His passion has passed onto his four sons, who help run the store's websites and counter before the family sets off for home to game together in the evenings.