Downtown Association of Fairbanks – Fairbanks Alaska


The Downtown Market season has been extended due to popular demand. The Market will continue every Monday from 4:00pm-8:00pm in Golden Heart Plaza, with a Grand Finale on Monday, September 19th. Fresh produce from Calypso Farm, Rosie Creek Farm, Dave’s Greenhouse, and Cripple Creek Organics continues to fill Market stalls and shopping bags, while other vendors offer colorful felt purses, affordable pottery, Alaskan wildlife photography, jewelry, and homemade liquid soap.

Each week, a free drawing is held for a Market Basket, compiled of items donated by vendors. Market patrons can sign up for the drawing at the Downtown Association of Fairbanks table. See photos of past winners here and here.

How can you keep in touch with the latest news on the Downtown Market?

  • Read the Downtowner (subscribe on our homepage)!
  • Tune in to a live feed on 96.9 FM broadcasting from 5:00pm-7:00pm on September 12th for details about the finale and giveaways.
  • Listen to a special Market edition of the Downtown Association’s weekly radio show on KSUA 91.5 FM College airing Friday, September 16th from 3:00pm-5:00pm. Expect live interviews with vendors, details about the finale, and giveaways.
  • Stay current with the Downtown Association on Facebook and Twitter.

A Grand Finale celebration on September 19th will occur during regular Market hours. If you’re interested in tabling or vending at this event, fill out our online application or call 452-8671. Grand Finale highlights will include:

  • downtown giveaways
  • live music
  • free souvenir posters (while supplies last!)
  • a photo booth
  • end-of-season sale by select vendors during last thirty minutes
  • and more!

Thanks so much to those of you who have attended and supported the Market all season long. It’s been a very successful first year, and you deserve the credit!


EcoSeg Alaska has been offering segway tours in Fairbanks for three years, harnessing the power of two all-terrain wheels to the delight of locals and visitors. Their tour options include a Downtown Snapshot Tour, a Chena Riverfront Tour, and a Segway Experience Ride designed for people who just want to “get on and ride,” says Katrina (Trina) Jeannett, Co-Founder of EcoSeg Alaska.

Segway tours fall somewhere between walking tours, which are more limited by time and distance, and tour buses, which don’t always provide access to the curious nooks and crannies of a city. Trina and her husband, Charlie, were inspired to introduce segway tours to Alaska after enjoying their speedy, outdoor style while vacationing at the beach.

The newest mode of travel to hit the streets of downtown is popular with both spectators and riders. Charlie jokes that the first law of segways is, “Do not ride a segway if you do not want to be photographed” by the many people you pass on the way.

Each tour begins with a training session, which teaches three helpful ways to tell when you’re doing something wrong. The first is to watch for a red light between your feet, flashing at misbalanced riders. The second is to look for a frowny face on the digital console. The third is to listen for a “growl” asking you to please lay off the speed. But generally  the segways- each named for a different Alaskan feature or character- are user-friendly and easy to ride.

My coworker, Kara, and I took advantage of a recent sunny day to put segways to the test as a mode of travel and touring in downtown Fairbanks.

Our tour began with an inaugural photo at the antler arch, and continued to the Lend-Lease Memorial Statue in Griffin Park. Trina explained the WWII shuttle system for newly minted Russian aircraft and its significance to Fairbanks and the war effort. Trina takes her role as a historical and city guide to heart. She spends her spare time reading up on Fairbanks history and browsing local museums.

At Immaculate Conception Church, we dismounted and followed Trina inside to see photos of the relocation effort to move the church from across the river to its present day location. Trina told us about a lucky save during the haul that many of her clients chalk up to divine intervention.

From the Alaska Highway Signpost to the Masonic Temple Lodge and the First Unknown Family Statue, we coasted beside Trina and soaked in some sun while absorbing new knowledge about downtown Fairbanks.

For example- have you ever noticed the memorial to Judge Wickersham that stands at the corner of his former residence on Noble Street? Or the aurora display on the side of the courthouse (“the closest you’ll get to the Northern Lights,” Trina tells her summer clients.) Or the smell of flowers in bloom while zooming around a sidewalk corner?

We passed newer additions to downtown Fairbanks, as well- including the recently completed mural on Noble Street and the Looking for Love banner, still hanging off the highest floors of the Polaris building.

Trina fields many questions from visitors about life in Alaska and cherishes close interaction with clients- about half of whom are locals. She tailors her narrative to include details about history, hunting, or cultural aspects of Fairbanks depending on their interests.

“That’s what’s different about our tour from a self-guided walking tour,” Trina points out. “You get to converse with us. It’s pretty much one-on-one.

Custom rides can be designed to accommodate any agenda, including a Segway Date Ride complete with instructions on how to perform a proper segway kiss without tipping each other over.

EcoSeg Alaska runs drop-in tours out of the parking lot of the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center from 9:30am-1:00pm each weekday throughout the summer. Their last day at MTCVC will be September 10th, though tours are available by appointment until the end of September. Riders 14+ are welcome, with exceptions for younger children on a case-by-case basis. Groups as large as seven can be accommodated. A useful list of frequently asked questions about segways is available on their website.


9:30am-1:00pm, Monday- Friday

and by appointment


Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center

101 Dunkel Street





Buying local has gained traction as a new consumer paradigm. Fairbanks has its own program- Fairbanks First- to promote this ethic and both businesses and individuals are catching on. A recent article by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner highlighted  the initiative taken by downtown restaurants on this front.

Cribs, Cradles & Things is making it easy for expectant families to equip newborns and nursing mothers with high-quality items purchased in town, rather than through online orders or on special shopping trips.

In their new location on the 1st floor of the Sadler’s building, Cribs, Cradles, & Things gives Fairbanks parents, grandparents, and family members the local hook-up on all things baby. A grand opening celebration from 11:00am-4:00pm on Saturday will debut their new location, and include door prizes, refreshments for kids and parents, and a raffle for a glider rocker. Cribs, Cradles, & Things will host a First Friday exhibit featuring Kelsey Park Photography the night before their grand opening.

The store began six years ago with just furniture, but today the retail floor of Cribs, Cradles, & Things showcases a wide variety of baby necessities, including beautiful dark wooden cribs and changing tables alongside clothing, car seats, strollers, and products to aid in nursing, diaper changing, or keeping infants warm in the chilliest Alaskan weather.

“We have everything- you can find it in Fairbanks,” Becky Hamsley, Owner, points out while giving a tour of her space.

The expanding maternity section carries clothing, diaper bags, breast pumps, and bodycare products safe for mothers and newborns. Expectant mothers undergo rapid body changes and Becky says it’s important to be able to try on new clothing to assure a comfortable fit. Several online companies do not allow returns on expensive items like bras.

“It’s the biggest selection in Fairbanks even though it’s off to a modest start,” Becky says of the maternity products she has in stock. None of the box stores in Fairbanks carry maternity clothing.

Cribs, Cradles, & Things isn’t just local- they source locally, as well. Over fifteen vendors contribute handmade baby items to their inventory, ranging from adorable patchwork dresses to pretty pillowcases, soft blankets, comfy knit hats (including one made to look like a grinning orange monster), and stylish diaper bags.

“That’s what people want- the high end stuff,” Becky says of her local products as well as popular brands like Ju-Ju-Be, Skip Hop, JJ Cole, and her newest line- Petunia Pickle Bottom.

Becky embraces her return to downtown, where she was once employed by Sadler’s.

“I really agree that we need to reenergize downtown. I grew up on the other end of 2nd Avenue so downtown is what I’m used to,” Becky shares.

Improvements to her space (formerly a real estate office) include whimsical Peter Pan murals, new paint, and large wooden display racks resembling cottages that line one wall. Her son also built a raised floor for elaborate window displays, which Becky plans to change often.

Cribs, Cradles, & Things can also assist with special orders and runs a popular baby registry for showers.


11:00am-7:00pm, Monday-Thursday

11:00am-6:00pm, Friday

10:00am-6:00pm, Saturday

12:00pm-5:00pm, Sunday


Cribs, Cradles, & Things

Suite 103, 610 Cushman Street





A brand new store and a two year anniversary provide cause for celebration this First Friday, featuring beadwork, paintings, photography, and the written word in addition to the usual mix of great music and fine dining. If you’re in the mood for a makeover, sign up for discounted feather hair extensions or make an appointment at your most artistic downtown salon while viewing the latest exhibits. Teddy bears made out of beaver fur and a watercolor commentary on the unique character of Alaskan men will round out another incredible evening downtown.

Claire Fejes Memorial Exhibit @ Alaska House Art Gallery, 1003 Cushman Street

“Alaska Men,” Margaret Donat @ Co-Op Arts, 535 2nd Avenue, Suite 103

Kelsey Park and Deanna Hennen @ Cribs, Cradles & Things, 610 Cushman Street

Patricia Carlson @ If Only… a fine store, 215 Cushman Street

“A BeautiFALL World,” Kristi Sandberg & 2 Year Anniversary @ Chartreuse, 729 1st Avenue

For the Love of Books! @ Lady Lee’s Bath House Emporium, 825 1st Avenue

“Outside the Lines,” Brianna Reagan @ S Salon & Studio, 901 Cushman Street

Feather Hair Extensions @ The Cat’s Meow, 212 Lacey Street

Snappy Ron’s Photography @ Morris Thompson Center, 101 Dunkel Street

Pony Rides @ The Dawg Wash, 541 9th Avenue

“The Fur Bearer,” Angie Hickman @ Arctic Travelers Gift Shop, 201 Cushman Street

Open House @ Taoist Tai Chi Society, 407 1st Avenue, Suite 219

Portrait of Alaska by SJ Powell Photography @ Fairbanks Community Museum, 410 Cushman Street (photo pictured)

Fall for Beads @ Beads and Things, 537 2nd Avenue

Coffeeshop Art @ Alana’s Espresso Escape, 535 2nd Avenue, Suite 101

Live Jazz @ Bobby’s Downtown, 609 2nd Avenue

Sand Castle @ McCafferty’s, A Coffee House, Etc, 408 Cushman Street

Weekend Entertainment @ The Big I Pub & Lounge, 122 N Turner Street

Arly—Jylz @ Big Daddy’s Bar-B-Q, 107 Wickersham Street



Looking for a place to stay on a visit to Fairbanks? Need some extra room for an out-of-town guest? Four bed and breakfasts in downtown Fairbanks carry all the class and charm you want, at prices you can afford. The feel of these accommodations range from historic frontier days to country kitchen, and offer full breakfasts served hot at your convenience.

Alaska Heritage House
410 Cowles Street

“This is like staying in a museum. You get to taste Fairbanks society at the turn of the century.”
–Van Newstrom, Owner

Prices: $150-$195

Special Amenities: piano, WiFi, marble fireplace, handmade soaps, locally-sourced foods, laundry, bicycles, cable TV, close to central bus station, flexible arrival times.

A stay at the Alaska Heritage House is a lesson in early Fairbanks. Walk up the narrow wooden stairway and pass antique bed warmers used to heat the linens of its first residents. The building is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and was one of the city’s grandest homes when built in 1916. Slanted ceilings, bottom-clawed bathtubs, lace curtains, and handpainted wallpaper make the Heritage House the most elegant stay in Fairbanks. The owner, Van, has extensive knowledge of the home’s early history and a collection of first editions from an author who once lived there.  Cuisine from all corners of the globe is served up at breakfast. Food grown in the yard or greenhouse will likely make it to your plate, and you’ll find handmade soaps waiting when you arrive.

Ah, Rose Marie Bed and Breakfast
302 Cowles Street

“These are 1920s houses- the kind of houses where you find nooks and crannies everywhere.”
–Chris Davis, Co-Owner

Prices: $65-$99

Special Amenities: picnic area, high speed internet, enclosed front porch, friendly dog, family rooms, luggage storage, complimentary snacks, trip planning, monthly rentals in winter.

Great service at Ah, Rose Marie B&B is a family affair. Owner John has worked with son, Chris, to run the bed and breakfast for many years. Now with a second house next door to the original, Chris is taking over the business with the aim of keeping it up with his father’s high standards.  Rooms in two neighboring houses are available for rent, each built in the early 20th century and decked out with modern renovations that preserve the early homestead ambiance. John is particularly well-known for serving up huge breakfasts, and is a valuable resource for guests looking for local advice. Chris grew up with the bed and breakfast and looks forward to gradually acquiring the family business, which is named  for his grandmother. Ah, Rose Marie is just a “hop, skip, and a jump” to downtown restaurants and shops.

All Seasons Bed and Breakfast
763 7th Avenue

“We as innkeepers not only provide a place to sleep and a good breakfast, but we also have the knowledge of Alaska. People have a natural curiosity about our lives here.”
–Mary Richards, Innkeeper

Prices: $99-$215 

Special Amenities: WiFi, laundry, common areas, luggage storage, trip planning, private baths, free local calls, computer access, lending library, cable TV, free parking with plug-ins.

All Seasons B&B Inn dwells in a cozy log building with a deeply carved birch tree and a sunroom for soaking in the summer rays. Rooms are themed by color and once served as living quarters for employees of the First Fairbanks Airport. The innkeeper, Mary, has many stories and a former column in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner dedicated to colorful experiences with guests. Each is paired with a recipe from her scrumptious breakfasts including egg puffs, apple oat muffins, cheese grits, glazed bacon, and spinach quiche. All Seasons is open year-round and Mary is happy to share the knowledge of Fairbanks she’s amassed over 34 years of life in the last frontier.

Minnie Street Bed and Breakfast
345 Minnie Street

“We try to make each person special. They haven’t come to just lay in a bed somewhere.”
–Marnie Hazelaar, Co-Owner

Prices: $129-$239

Special Amenities: WiFi, bathrobes, gift shop, lending library, cable TV, computer access, luggage storage, laundry, trip planning, ticket sales for community events, free parking, hammock. Suites- heated floors, Jacuzzi, electric fireplace, massage service.

Several growth spurts since its grand opening 21 years ago have made Minnie Street B&B into a collection of four homes that now cover an entire city block. Yet the owners, Lambert and Marnie Hazelaar. manage to retain all the charm and coziness of a homestay. Minnie Street is the perfect place for large family gatherings or parties with a long out-of-town guest list. Individual rooms are also available. Each room is named and decorated after an Alaskan flower. A wide outdoor deck is a favorite spot for dinner and parties. Suites (with Jacuzzi tubs and massage service) are available and each guest is entitled to amenities like WiFi, soft bathrobes, a four-course breakfast, and a lending library.



A recycling initiative by Project Fairbanks is seeing increased use at the Downtown Market just as produce (including a giant zucchini) fills the stalls and tables of weekly vendors.

This grassroots service began as a way to make it easier for businesses and residents of downtown Fairbanks to recycle. Curbside recycling is not available in Fairbanks and, before this program, a downtown recycling dropoff didn’t even exist.

Project Fairbanks compiled a survey last spring to gauge interest in recycling and received overwhelming positive response.

Now, the group is taking action to help spur enthusiasm for and bring attention to the relative lack of downtown recycling infrastructure. Volunteers from the group collect recyclables each week at the Downtown Market and accept items from households and businesses as well as Market patrons and vendors. Though the first few weeks of the Market were slow with the early phases of outreach, Project Fairbanks is now seeing a steady stream of recycling enthusiasts who cart bags and boxes of cardboard and cans to their booth each week.

Patrons can bring glass, aluminum, paper, cardboard, and plastic to Project Fairbanks each Monday in Golden Heart Plaza. Project Fairbanks asks that recyclables be clean and placed in the proper container. The group delivers the recyclables to a local facility, serving as the in-between for downtown residents and distant waste handlers.

Project Fairbanks is a nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing downtown Fairbanks through public art, popular events, and charitable volunteerism. The group consists of Isaiah Mangum (907group), Sheri Olesen (Chartreuse), and Scott Allison (S Salon).

The Downtown Market continues every Monday night from 4-8pm in Golden Heart Plaza and will open through the third week of September.


Mondays, 4:00-8:00pm
June 6-September 19th


Golden Heart Plaza



Opposite the gleaming Alaska State Court building, the moldering Polaris has long eluded revitalization and demolition.

The City Council will hold a work session August 22 with the Polaris’ owner Marc Marlow to review his plan to refurbish the Polaris building.  Following the Alaska Design Forum’s Looking for Love Again installation in April of this year, a May 3 letter from the City Building Official brought the question to a point:  what plans does the owner have for the Polaris building?  The meeting is at 6 PM in Council Chambers at City Hall and is open to the public.

Taking into account current and desired future uses downtown, the Vision Fairbanks land use framework identified the Polaris site – situated as it is – as ideal for offices as a principal use, a part of a future ‘Chena Office District.’


Drag queens working for charity on Saturday, August 20th will happily accept your donations and photo requests at a pink carpet fundraiser in the former firehouse studios of Dance Theatre Fairbanks (DTF).

“You’re going to see over-the-top dresses and lots of heavy makeup,: says Jay Howe, Ensemble Co-Director and charitable queen. He adds, with emphasis, “It IS appropriate to tip a drag queen.”

Why pink? DTF staff often jokes about how students love dressing in “pretty pink recital costumes” for performances, Jay explains, and this show needed a theme to make it fun and engaging. Wearing the color will get you in the doors for $5 less, and helps demonstrate your support.

Thus- The Pink Party.

“When you come in, everyone’s wearing pink,” Jay describes. “It’s an opportunity to support it visually.”

Alongside drag queens, staff at Dance Theatre Fairbanks will perform as the Safety Dancers and a few brave parents of DTF students are busting out hiphop moves as the Dance Revolution Crew. A burlesque troupe known as Crazy Shakes is also set to make an appearance.

The evening will include a silent auction featuring products and services from local salons, donated artwork, gift certificates for dining out, and a hand-painted toilet seat adorned with a pin-up girl from Chartreuse. Admission (21+ only) ranges from $10 for those who wear pink, to $15 for those who don’t, with a limited number of $25 VIP tickets for the first three rows.

The doors open at 8:30pm to give show-goers time to mix, mingle amongst the queens, and settle in with drinks before the performance. DVDs of the show, digital albums, and professional photos with drag queens will be available for purchase, with all proceeds (and tips) benefitting Dance Theatre Fairbanks. Attendees are encouraged to stay after the performance for a dance.

And if that weren’t reason enough to come- your first drink of the night is on the house.

Jay points out that dressing in drag and throwing a great party is a chance for DTF staff to do their part in earning money for student performances.

“We’re doing this as a gift to our students,” Jay says. “They work really hard to raise money for the studio, as well.”

Funds raised during The Pink Party will help cover expenses for the scheduled winter performance of Vavaldi’s Four Seasons, and a spring ballet of Peter Pan.

“Productions are no easy task and without funding and donations, they can’t really happen,” Jay explains. “Costumes alone cost about $50 apiece and each performer wears an average of four costumes per show.”

Dance Theatre Fairbanks teaches around 130 students each year in classes ranging from hiphop to ballet, and for ages from “3 to 103,” according to the DTF website.

Dance Theatre Fairbanks is located at 656 7th Avenue. Look for silhouettes of performers adorning the old firehouse doors. The studio has also recently released its fall schedule.


Saturday, August 20th, 2011
Doors open 8:30pm
Performance at 10:00pm


Dance Theatre Fairbanks
Edna Wise Theatre
656 Seventh Avenue




Spectacular landscape photography and watercolors debut downtown in at least three locations this Friday. Mix in a one-year anniversary celebration, quirky takes on femininity in Alaska, and a florescent exhibit on the walls of a favorite boutique- and you’ve almost covered the range of options available at August First Friday. Don’t forget to check out the activities like pony rides, live music, scrapbooking, and dancing to round out a perfect late summer evening in the heart of Fairbanks.

Claire Fejes Memorial Exhibit & Don Standing Bear @ Alaska House Art Gallery, 1003 Cushman Street

Leonard Ward @ Chartreuse, 729 1st Avenue

“Peaks of High & Low,” Kate Wood @ Co-Op Arts, 535 2nd Avenue, Suite 103

“Iron-y,” Aeron Henderson @ l’assiette de Pomegranate, 414 2nd Avenue

Jill Marshall @ If Only… a fine store,  215 Cushman Street

Scrapbooking @ Lady Lee’s Bath House Emporium, 825 1st Avenue

“True Horizon,” Alexis Vaught @ S Salon & Studio, 901 Cushman Street

Earring Sale @ The Cats Meow, 212 Lacey Street

Susan Stevenson Photography @ Fairbanks Community Museum, 410 Cushman Street

Pony Rides @ The Dawg Wash, 541 9th Avenue

907 Designs & Beads @ Beads and Things, 537 2nd Avenue

Tekenya Rosetta Photography @ Alana’s Espresso Escape, 535 2nd Avenue, Suite 101

First Friday @ Space for Movement Studio, 410 2nd Avenue

Live Jazz @ Bobby’s Downtown, 609 2nd Avenue

Sand Castle @ McCafferty’s, A Coffee House, Etc. 408 Cushman Street

Weekend Entertainment @ The Big I Pub & Lounge, 122 N Turner Street

Arly—Jylz @ Big Daddy’s Bar-B-Q, 107 Wickersham Street


The Community Service Patrol transported 1,255 incapacitated or intoxicated people from downtown to home or an appropriate point of care in the past twelve months.

The program, similar to that of many cities, handles non-criminal behavior that is dangerous to the individual or disruptive to downtown business. Though “protective custody” is mandated by Alaska Statute Title 47.37.170(b) for publicly incapacitated individuals, law enforcement agencies are unable to handle every call in Fairbanks.

Three CSP ambassadors from Securitas, Inc. fill this need in a specific area downtown. The entire program, including van maintenance, fuel, cell phones and wages, operates on an $185,000 annual budget.

These ambassadors are familiar faces on the streets of Fairbanks.

Officer David Edmond came to Fairbanks from South Carolina as an infantry soldier.  He notices some differences in his newest line of work. “In the army infantry, you’re aggressive,” David explains. “(CSP) is about helping people the best you can. You’ve got to have patience. You’ve got to know how to talk to people.”

Officer Jacob Blackburn started work with the CSP in March. He grew up in Anchorage before moving to Fairbanks to earn a history degree. He likes to recommend the Fairbanks Community Museum when visitors stop him to ask for a local opinion.  “I really, really wanted this post,” Jacob says of his new assignment. “It’s pretty much the best security post in Fairbanks because you actually get to walk around and meet people instead of just telling them to get off a lawn.”

Supervisor William (Eric) Yost has worked with the team since early 2010. He had ten years of hospital security under his belt before coming downtown, along with twelve years as a hunting guide.  Does patience come naturally to him?  “Oh no- no, no, no, no.” Eric laughs, eyes wide. He is quick to credit basic training in the military, where he served as a military police officer for five years.

Each ambassador follows protocol for finding an appropriate point of care for inebriated individuals, with home as the first priority. “You always ask them, ‘Do you have a home to go to?’” David outlines. “If they say yes, it’s best if they can give you a phone number. The person who answers has to be over 18, sober, and willing to accept them.”

Jacob and Eric reinforce that CSP can handle problems aside from inebriates. “Because we’re on foot in the downtown area- we can usually be there as fast as the police and we can help with any nonviolent problems,” Jacob emphasizes- from shoplifting to vehicle breakdowns.  And the foot patrol has other advantages.

“It gives the downtown area a more personable feel because we talk to people and get to know them,” Eric says. Jacob adds, “We actually get to meet people- whether that be store owners, visitors, or the people we assist.”

David says his time on the streets has helped him get to know many of the individuals he transports. “From what I see, most of them don’t want to be an alcoholic.” David says. “They don’t want to live that life. When you see them sober- they’re different people. They’ll say hi to you, thank you.”  Though misconceptions still abound, David takes to setting the record straight about his work whenever he gets a chance. “Most people think we’re just the jail van, that we automatically take you to jail,” he laments. “I hate the jail reference. Our main mission is to help you out.

His coworkers share that sentiment. “There isn’t any quota and we’re not out to get people- we’re there to try to help them as much as we can, “ Jacob points out. “You can still catch hypothermia at 60 degrees in the rain.”

So -how do you know a CSP officer when you see one?  In the summer, look for red polos with “Community Service Patrol” across the back. In winter? “We look like the big navy blue Michelin tire man,” Eric jokes. “Put the bibs on along with the overcoat and you could be a double.”

The patrol is available by phone at 907-978-6100.

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