At Tan Alaska, four different levels of tanning beds wait ready to bronze the skin of patient tanners. Specialized tanning lotions aid in this process, some with ingredients of caffeine, or hemp. Meanwhile, spray tans eschew the sun for quick, easy tanning, while hot tubs await, water bubbling, for relaxing jaunts away from the harsh colds of winter.
The experienced staff at Envy Salon Studio craft designs for all their subjects, from romantic updos to teased, futuristic styles that come with their own jetpacks. Wielding Paul Mitchell products at both on-location events and in the salon, they amiably attend to each client during simple snips or in-depth bridal styling, working with clients one-on-one to make their vision a reality.
The rustic and earthy ambiance inside the restaurant ensconces casual diners in hospitality while the locally-sourced fishes, meats and succulent vegetables get ready for their culinary close-ups. Red Beet's bistro menu changes daily, reflecting not only the freshest ingredients available to the kitchen but also the electromagnetic waves that make it readable. Though choices vary day to day, some sandwiches featured in the past include the slow roasted beef, and the lightly cured roasted ham, both topped with yogurt spread, sweet onions grown locally, and sliced apples. Red Beet is happy to work around dietary restrictions; call ahead with gluten, dairy, and other allergen free needs.
The team at WakeUp wants to make it as simple as possible for their customers to come in and get coffee. Patrons can call ahead to put in a drink order and save time during morning commutes by skipping the line once they stop in to pick it up. Prepaid drink cards free customers up from counting cash or running a credit card at each visit, and they can even leave the cards at the café for safe keeping. Frequent visitors reap rewards—after every nine drinks purchased they receive one complimentary beverage.
The menu is small but diverse. Baristas brew lattes and americanos from Alaska's own Kaladi Brothers Coffee and flavor mochas with white or dark chocolate. Steam continues to annoy gravity by rising from cups of hot tea or apple cider. For breakfast, patrons nibble on muffins or bagels with cream cheese, or munch on breakfast sandwiches such as maple pancake with sausage or croissant with egg, sausage and cheese. A weekly rotating lunch menu has boasted sandwiches such as philly cheesesteaks, salmon chowder, and herb-roasted turkey on a torta roll.
Every month at Paris Bakery Cafe, French chefs lay out a six-course tasting dinner, one for each faux pas Ben Franklin averaged when attending Parisian salons. They draw inspiration from France’s diverse culinary hubs, from the fluffy crepes of Saint-Malo to the seafood and piment d’espelette devoured in the coastal city of Biarritz.
Those monthly dinners are the most lavish display of the eatery’s commitment to authentic French cuisine, which chefs enhance with fresh, local seafood and seasonal veggies. Additionally, master pastry chef Antoine Amouret bakes crusty loaves of French bread daily and pipes meringue onto flaky French pastries.
Based in and supported by the community since 1979, Bean’s Café serves hot breakfast and lunch 365 days a year to those experiencing homelessness as well as low-income elderly residents and seasonally unemployed community members. On the busiest days, the staff of volunteers serves almost 800 free meals. Additionally, the organization's Children’s Lunchbox program provides meals to low-income youth at sites throughout the Anchorage area. The center also provides assistance and referrals for clients seeking employment, housing, rehabilitation services, and educational opportunities, as well as long-term assistance for veterans and those with disabilities.
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