Clarion Suites Downtown
1110 West 8th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 222-5005
Fax: (907) 222-5215
This is an outdoor enthusiast's dream mall. In one long strip of shops, it contains a 20-year-old, two-story Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI), a full-service Post Office branch and the Great Outdoor Clothing Company (factory outlet). When you shop yourself into an appetite, visit the Middleway Cafe & Tea House, which serves health conscious food. Directly in the front parking lot is First National Bank of Anchorage's Northern Lights branch office.
Carrying spirits from every continent, this shop has a wide variety of wine, liquor and beer, with a staff that is knowledgeable about the stock. Competitive pricing and convenient location adds to the appeal of this downtown store. Just across the street from the Hotel Captain Cook, it is also just next door to the Voyager Hotel. Call ahead for order pick-up, if you know what you are looking for, or pop in for a browse and some friendly advice if you are choosing a gift.
Located downtown in a small brown house with a full outside wall mural of musk oxen, this store holds the handiwork of more than 250 Native Alaskan knitters. In 1969, this cooperative began knitting the remarkable, downy soft underhair of musk oxen called qiviut. The result is an unshrinkable, soft but durable, ten times warmer than wool, material that makes beautiful scarves, mittens, shawls and hats woven in village specific patterns. A unique wearable gift, it is an exclusively produced product. Online ordering is available at the Web site.
This store was opened in 1996 and carries only the freshest seafood in addition to having a very trendy downtown lunch patio. Some of the many great features this store offers are their espressos and in-house sushi (6 pieces for $5.50), sandwiches and Asian entrees (around $6). The owners carry ethnic foods including Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Hispanic, Thai, Chinese and more and carry the biggest and freshest produce. All typical American grocery items can be found here as well.
Smack dab in downtown is this well-rounded tobacco shop, which offers the largest selection of imported cigarettes found in the state of Alaska. It also carries more than 100 brands of individual and packages of cigars available in the large walk-in humidor. If you're not familiar with the brands, ask the staff for recommendations. Also available here, is a terrific variety of roll-your-own supplies, pipe tobacco and many accessories. This shop also offers a limited selection of over the counter drugs.
Here lies more than 4,000 square feet of unique Alaskan souvenirs and gifts. It touts "the lowest prices, widest selection and friendliest service in town", and invites you to put it to the test. If you are hunting for T-shirts, salmon and halibut products to take home with you, or videos of the many aspects and locations of Alaska; this is your place. When was the last time you heard a player piano? It has a ragtime playing player piano.
On the corner of Fourth Avenue, sits a large gift store with interior log walls and filled with unique items. Check out the birch wood bowls, spectacular and original birdhouses, chimes, handmade Alaskan soaps, baskets, blown glass candles, moose print blankets, pajamas, glass jewelry and pins. One will also find Alaskan wildflower decorated and scented candles, a selection of Alaskan books, caps, T-shirts, beautiful pottery and locally made ceramics. If you cannot find the perfect gift here, you are simply not looking. Shipping is available.
Since 1981, this shop has carried upscale items, many which are woven by rural New Mexico women. The sweaters and jackets found here are beautiful statements of the southwest and are made of chenille. The shop also carries a line of turquoise and silver costume jewelry, as well as some boots and classy broomstick skirts. On the north edge of downtown, you are only steps away from the Visitor's Center and the delightful Downtown Deli.
Directly across from the Log Cabin Visitor's Center, Alaska's largest photograph shop offers 60 years of collected Alaska color slides, movies, photographs and postcards for purchase. A resident reindeer provides you with a photo opportunity you are not likely to forget! Part of the historic registry, this 1921 building has its original pressed-tin ceiling. This shop is one of the largest resale outlets for Alaskan jade and it is available by the pound or by the ton.
This association not only purchases Alaskan books from other retailers and authors, but has also begun publishing its own. As the distributor for the many visitors' centers around the state, this is its main branch with wide selections of all Alaskan areas and a larger focus on Anchorage. More of an office than a bookshop, the staff has the capacity to track down any title you can imagine; the knowledgeable staff is familiar with many out-of-print titles.
David Green comes from a family of furriers dating back to 1690. In Alaska since 1922, this family has provided an assortment of beautiful Alaska-made fur products. Look for mukluks, slippers, parkas, combination fur and leather items and fur pelts; or take the opportunity to design your own fur coat or fur item. Next door to this store are its Fur Outlet and a cold storage location providing expert fur cleaning, as well as the safest storage environment for your fur during warm seasons.
Marked by a life-sized statue of a grizzly standing above the front entrance, this store holds a variety of gift options. Choose from a massive T-shirt selection and a variety of Alaskan theme stationery, magnets and calendars among other items. Located in the center of the store, the long glass jewelry cabinets hold Alaskan Jade, the vivid green and blue Alaskan Opals and gold nugget pieces. This shop also carries videos, CDs and cassette tapes; you can bring Alaska home with you in a variety of media. Mail orders are available online.