Downtown is sporting new streets and sidewalks, net new businesses, changes of ownership at commercial properties, some good demolition, more visitors and more investment.
Like any place, downtown has its challenges, but an overview of the last two years reveals that downtown is meeting its challenges and moving in the right direction. Completed and scheduled improvements to downtown’s roads and sidewalks will continue to impress in terms of scale and outcomes. Though master plans have informed and inspired some of downtown’s recent moves, the last two years brim with spontaneous additions. You hear all the time that downtown is getting... [Read more]
On May 1, Blue Door Antiques will host its grand re-opening. The shop includes trinkets and vintage items, as well as Alaskana, clothes, jewelry, gifts, and other collectibles. Unique treasures can be found on all three floors of the building.
Formerly know as Lady Lee’s Antiques Emporium, Blue Door is managed by a cooperative of 18 antique dealers. In addition to a change in name, the store is now housed inside the historic Mapleton-Sexton House. The house was built in 1933 for the senior engineer of the Fairbanks Exploration Company. The vendors at Blue Door have an excellent habit of opening shop in historic downtown buildings.... [Read more]
Join the ladies of If Only…a fine store as they celebrate their annual Made in Alaska, You Bet! event.
This month, If Only features the works of more than 40 Alaskan artisans: from the botanical prints of IceWorm Studio to chocolate from Willit House, Fairbanks’ newest chocolate company.
See jewelry designed by Krystie DePue of Eagle and head bands and smoke rings from Qivuet Creations.
If Only…a fine store
Friday, May 1 | 5-8 PM
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S Salon & Studio will host an exciting artist showcase this First Friday. See new artwork by Tom & Nelda Nixon, Janice Cleworth, Ann Tremarello, Linda Darnell, Becky Anderson and Matt Moberly. Painting, photography and handmade jewelry will be featured.
Tom Nixon’s “Just Out of Valdez” (above), will be raffled-off during Friday’s reception. Raffle tickets are $5 and proceeds will go toward providing wigs for cancer patients.
The evening will also feature live music by singer/guitarist Carl Addington.
S Salon & Studio
Friday, May 1 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM
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The Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center will feature artists Jeanne Cannon and Mary Matthews.
Cannon will display works inspired by the beautiful landscapes of Alaska, including Gates of the Arctic National Park and Denali National Park. Her artwork will be on display on Friday evening only.
Artist and dressmaker Mary Matthews will showcase her latest piece, a larger-than-life dress made entirely of natural elements found in the woods of Interior Alaska. Matthew’s dress will be on display throughout the summer.
The event is being hosted by Explore Fairbanks, the Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center, and Alaska... [Read more]
The Fairbanks Children’s Museum will host an information fair in recognition of Autism Awareness Month this April. The fair will provide families with valuable resources and information to support young individuals with the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.
During the fair, parents can network while children interact with sensory-friendly exhibits. These exhibits (and their uses) include:
Sorting Beans – fine motor skills
Colorful Rice Tub – sensory... [Read more]
MAC Federal Credit Union is sponsoring a Get REAL Financial Reality Fair at West Valley High School on Tuesday, April 21, from 8–11 AM.
The Get REAL Financial Reality Fair works with students on making decisions focusing on different aspects of their life, including keeping a budget. High School students today face a more complicated world when it comes to finances and budgeting. Organizers see this event as an opportunity to prepare students for the financial reality of their future.
The event provides students an opportunity to:
Identify the job they intend to have after school.
Work with an income and learn how to budget to provide... [Read more]
The Cushman Complete Street Reconstruction project will start in late May and conclude by September 30. The project area runs from Gaffney Road to 1st Avenue, and about 50’ up (or down) each cross street.
Street construction is disruptive, but the project’s Traffic Control Plan is the engineer’s way of mitigating a range of short-term impacts. The TCP is general in nature, but has several “hard” requirements for the contractor (yet to be chosen) to follow:
Maintain one lane of traffic northbound and one sidewalk open to pedestrians at all times.
Intersections will remain open throughout the project. Any intersection closures will... [Read more]
Lauren Hatty is the winner of the 2015 Midnight Sun Festival Logo Contest!
The Downtown Association of Fairbanks announces Lauren Hatty as the winner of the 2015 Midnight Sun Festival Logo Contest. The public chose Hatty’s design from among five finalists. Her submission received 234 votes, more than a third of the 663 votes cast during the three-day voting period.
“I’m very excited and want to thank everyone who voted,” Hatty said. “I just couldn’t be more pleased!” Hatty’s design will feature on all official Midnight Sun Festival collateral, including the highly collectible festival t-shirts. She will also receive a $300 cash... [Read more]
You are invited to the Downtown Association of Fairbanks’ annual pre-summer coordination meeting about all things downtown with downtown businesses, motor coach companies, city engineers and Explore Fairbanks.
Topics will include:
forecasts from Premier and HAP Alaska-Yukon about visitor patterns, times, and numbers of visitors coming downtown.
discussion of summer visitation from Explore Fairbanks
update on the Cushman Complete Street Project
information-sharing among downtown businesses
Refreshments will be provided.
Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center
Monday, April 13, 6-8 PM
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For First Friday, Alaska House Art Gallery will feature “The Brooks: Arctic Refuge, Gates of the Arctic, and the Wild – Part 2″ a collection of new artwork by Lynn Larsen. Artwork from Larsen’s collection was showcased in March, as well.
The gallery is based inside one of downtown’s most historic and scenic buildings. Alaska House was originally founded by Claire and Joe Fejes and is Fairbanks’ oldest gallery.
Refreshments will be served. There will also be live music by guitarist Ron Veliz.
Alaska House Art Gallery – 1003 Cushman St.
Friday – April 3, 2015
5:00PM – 8:00PM
Yolande... [Read more]
For First Friday, If Only will feature floral designs from Ekelund master weavers of Sweden. Established in 1692 and based in historic Göteborg, the woven kitchen and table linens of Ekelund are some of the finest in the world. New floral designs, trays, and gift sets are available to help Fairbanks celebrate spring!
There will be refreshments and a door prize drawing!
If Only – 215 Cushman St.
Friday – April 3, 2015
5:00PM – 8:00PM
Rebecca Morse at 457-6659
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With Good Friday (April 3) and Easter Sunday (April 5) fast approaching, here is a list of 7 churches downtown holding services and events for each. For event information on the Easter Sunrise Service at the William R. Wood Centennial Footbridge, please click here.
First Presbyterian Church (547 7th Ave.)
Easter Sunday: 8:45 AM | 11:00 AM
Fairbanks Lutheran Church (1012 Cowles St.)
Good Friday: 7:00 PM
Easter Sunday: 7:00 AM |8:30 AM | 11:00 AM
The 7:00 AM Easter Sunday service will be special sunrise service held at the William R. Wood Centennial Footbridge.
St Matthew’s Episcopal Church* (1030 2nd Ave.)
Good Friday: Noon... [Read more]
Tammy Phillips – one of Fairbanks’ premier watercolorists – will present new artwork this week at Two Street Gallery’s First Friday event. The debut also celebrates the gallery’s third-year anniversary.
“Face of Alaska”, Phillips’ show, features artwork showcasing Alaskan faces: animal, avian or human. While Phillips is known for her floral watercolors, her new show includes images of dog teams traversing frozen rivers, polar bear families atop ice floes, and snowmachiners practicing their passion.
Phillips, who owns her own gallery – Phillips Studio & Gallery – appreciates how close the artist... [Read more]