Without clothing to keep them company, love-letter-filled shoeboxes and love-letter-filled skeletons would find the closet very lonely. Acquire closet companions with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of art, apparel, and accessories at Chartreuse in Fairbanks.
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).
Chartreuse's exterior ethereal peacock mural beckons customers to enter and peruse the treasures beyond its star-dappled tail. Honoring its credo of community support, the shop also hosts a public get-together on the first Friday of each month. During these events, the staff highlights a new artist's work and often showcases live music while serving up appetizers and beverages and delighting guests by juggling flaming shoes.