Arctic Edge’s Lynn and Delamour Kriley, a dynamic husband and wife shutterbug-duo whose work has been featured multiples times in Alaska Home , capture personalities during one-hour indoor and outdoor photo shoots. At their 1,000-square-foot studio, the photographers snap images of families while drawing upon skills honed in photography classes taken around the world and on a lunar module. Lynn and Delamour also capture poses in their scenic backyard portrait park to incorporate natural lighting and dramatic woodscapes. After their sessions, the team helps patrons pick an image for a deskworthy 8”x10” print ($72), snag a pair of 5”x7” prints ($66), or select eight wallet-size pics ($16) that are perfect for gifting to orthodontists. Prints are not limited to one pose.
Owned by Steven Downer, winner of the World Tea Expo's 2011 Tea Infusion Challenge, Sipping Streams Tea Company hand-blends and brews an aromatic complement of caffeinated, herbal, and ornamental drinkables. Liquid nirvana seekers can pore over a catalog of loose-leaf teas available in an aromatic rainbow arcing from white King of Silver Needles ($21.25 for 2 oz.) and green Imperial Mao Feng ($26.50 for 4 oz.) to black organic Darjeeling ($19 for 4 oz.) and chocolaty Northern Serenity ($18.25 for 4 oz.) varieties. Crystalline kettles ($30 each) can house nostalgic wintry dioramas or showcase the transformation of art teas ($20 for 8 bundles) from lifeless leaves into aquatic blooms. Sipping Streams' eclectic menu of light bites lets tea tipplers pair their libations with Eastern- and British-inspired treats. Inundate mouths with a bite-sized barrage of steamed red-bean-paste buns ($2.50 each), or delicately nibble cucumber sandwiches ($4 each), which combine crunchiness and elegance, much like a Fabergé egg fashioned from potato chips.
The baristas and bakers at Julia's Solstice Cafe pour mugs of tea and gourmet air-roasted coffee to complement decadent vegan, gluten-free baked goods. Forks prone to wilt in the presence of dairy products coast unabashedly through a vegan, gluten-free Solstice cupcake, topped with a pineapple ring to signify its upcoming marriage to taste buds, or 100% organic and vegan Mayan brownies blanketed by a raw cacao ganache sweetened with yacon syrup. Steamed half-and-half and chocolate bolster the 12-ounce mocha breve to shake up slumbering eyes and fill daily chocolate quotas, and cups of cappuccino lord over espresso kingdoms beneath a crown of frothy foam.
Owner Sheri Olesen stocks her boutique Chartreuse with gently used apparel, jewelry, and accessories and blankets its walls in the creative output of local artists. Guests can cover upper hemispheres and tattoos of swear words with a women's top ($10–$30) or don a crochet hat ($30–$55) to keep noggins toasty. Legs shimmy into designer jeans or aerate calves in a skirt ($45 or less), and an array of belts ($20 or less) can keep wayward slacks from slipping off to rendezvous with capris sweethearts. Shoppers can drape collarbones in lanyards of handmade jewelry ($50 or less for most pieces) or adorn den walls with prints by local canvas-coaters ($25–$125).