Do you have fits of anxiety coinciding with slumps in The Downtowner publishing cycle? Are you hopelessly lost without updates and web posts from the Downtown Association of Fairbanks to help map out your social life?
If so- you’re obviously itching for more insight than can be supplied in our biweekly newsletter. Luckily, the Downtown Association’s social media presence is quick becoming a real and useful connection to the daily news and highlights of downtown Fairbanks.
On Facebook and Twitter, you’ll find updates detailing the swirl of social, political, and economic activity that surrounds my desk at the corner of 5th Avenue and Cushman. I’ll try to keep these posts interesting and relevant- which means I’ll avoid updating every time I see a car wreck outside my window (two so far this year) or allow my coworker, Kara to convince me to try a new coffee concoction that puts me on the brink of a sugar coma. There are limits to your unabashed love of all things downtown, and I respect that.
But let us consider, just for a moment, how fabulously in-touch you could be via these two virtual streams.
First of all- daily news and specials will be routed directly to your inbox, iPhone, or news feed. Kara and I regularly post (or repost) coupons, discounts, event notices, and contests in the downtown core. If there’s a News-Miner article relevant to downtown business, activity, or policy- or a hot deal for lunch or a haircut- you’ll find it on our pages.
Better yet- if anyone at the Downtown Association is wondering how better to build capacity for great public space, we take our questions directly to Facebook and Twitter and anxiously await the thoughtful, colorful, real-time feedback you never fail to produce.
For example, Kara recently tweeted about an idea she’s developing for the summer: “First thing you think of when you hear ‘Downtown Summer Market.’ Ready… Go!” Just last week, she tweeted “Any suggestions on how to improve First Friday?” and passed this feedback along to participating businesses.
Facebook gives us a forum to share photos of events like ONAC, Tired Iron, and First Friday. Recent status updates have highlighted locations to purchase Goose Watch tickets, questioned how best to move forward after the defeat of Ordinance 2010-09, and put out a rather popular St. Patty’s day PSA announcing the 10am opening of the Big-I.
The Downtowner is rich in content but lacks interaction. Your only option to “reply” is through email, which only one person (me) will ever read. But when you comment through Facebook and Twitter, I can actually see you (sort of), and so can others- thus creating more opportunity, personality, and vibrancy.
There remain, of course, essential communication channels outside the virtual realm, and I’ll continue to rely on these to connect with you who prefer to not submit to Facebook and Twitter, or who lack access. But I hope those who do find us online will keep in regular touch and discover a new and useful downtown network. The Downtown Association is fortunate to have stellar connections with news, events, businesses and organizations in both the social media and tangible world. Why not tap our insider knowledge for all its worth?
Our social media accounts are relatively young and have ample room for growth. Join us now and we’ll keep you in the loop.
Find ways right here in the center of the Golden Heart City to help prevent youth homelessness and domestic violence from taking a stronger hold in the greater Alaska community:
CHOOSE RESPECT RALLY
On Thursday, March 31st, forty communities across Alaska will rally to “Choose Respect” as part of a state-wide effort by Governor Parnell to raise awareness of domestic violence and aid in its prevention.
Fairbanksans interested in participating in the rally should be at the Golden Heart Plaza at noon. The Fairbanks Office of the Governor has partnered with the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living to organize the lunchtime show of support. This is the second annual Choose Respect initiative in Fairbanks. About a hundred people gathered for the first installment last March.
Burke Barrick of the Alaska State Troopers and a representative from Governor Parnell’s office are scheduled to speak to the crowd, and participants are welcome to bring signs or use ones provided on-site. Information about domestic violence prevention and the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living, a 24-hour domestic violence and sexual assault shelter, will be available. The rally is expected to last about an hour, with coffee and light refreshments served throughout.
WE ARE VISIBLE BENEFIT CONCERT
SOAP is at the forefront of assisting this underserved population, and operates a daily drop-in center at 530 7th Avenue for homeless, runaway, or at-risk youth to find friends, receive free clothing and hot meals, connect with social services, and work on resumes and job applications.
A half-day benefit concert to support SOAP’s continued work will be held from noon-11pm on April 9th at 310 1st Avenue (formerly Café Alex).
Titled WE ARE VISIBLE: A Benefit Concert for Homeless Youth, the day will include rotating musical acts, free guitar lessons and haircuts, a craft room, and prize giveaways. Eating For Two, InVein, New Teen Paranormal Romance, and Until Death are scheduled to perform.
Several downtown businesses have donated to the effort, including McCafferty’s, Music Mart, Forget-Me-Not Bookstore, and the Downtown Association of Fairbanks. Monetary or prize donations are welcome (contact Dan Vogel at 374-9913 or visit fcaalaska.org).
SOAP clients, who range from 10-21 years old, have helped organize the fundraiser by making a poster and performing at the benefit. Much of SOAP’s budget comes from grants but fundraisers like this are an “added bonus” and can fuel new programs like music lessons which would not otherwise be funded.
“Revitalization Plan Fails.” That is today’s front page headline, top of the fold. Ouch.
Thanks to many downtown property owners, downtown business people, downtown residents and others for writing and testifying to the usefulness of new zoning tools in revitalizing downtown Fairbanks.
Unfortunately, it was not enough to persuade the Borough to create the new zones and consequently the Borough whiffed its chance to assist downtown’s revitalization. I speak for many when I say we regret not being able to carry the day. Read News-Miner story.
What next with Vision Fairbanks? It will take some time to determine future efforts to achieve structural change downtown. We will keep you all in the loop via this website and other media as meetings to consider this question are convened, as future plans take shape.
The GCI Open North American (ONAC) is returning to downtown Fairbanks this weekend. Here’s what you need to know to attend:
WHAT IS ONAC?
ONAC is the oldest continuously-run sled dog race in the world, bringing mushers from around the globe to compete for the Governor’s Trophy over three days of racing, with heats of 20 miles on Friday and Saturday, and a nearly 30 mile run on Sunday. Each team competes in all three heats, and the champion is crowned on Sunday. “Open” refers to the unlimited number of dogs permitted to a team, as long as a musher can safely handle the whole group (the largest team ever was 24-26 dogs, but the average is 16-20). ONAC co-chair Kathy Fitzgerald says she expects around 23 teams to compete in 2011.
WHERE TO PARK
The parking garage on Lacey Street and Second Avenue will be open 24 hours for payment by credit card and 8am-6pm on Friday for cash and debit cards. Fees are $1.00 for every hour after the first thirty minutes.
Street parking along 1st Avenue, 3rd Avenue, and 4th Avenue will be available.
The courthouse parking lot on 1st Avenue will be open for public use.
Parking in front of the Big I off of Cushman Street will be available to race enthusiasts.
Sadler’s parking lot on Cushman Street is open to the public, as always.
The parking lot in front of Immaculate Conception Church on the north side of the Chena River will be open on Friday and Saturday, and is just a short walk across Centennial Footbridge.
Second Avenue, the parking lot between Second and Third Avenue (beside Big Ray’s), and the Mt. McKinley Bank parking lot will be closed to public parking.
WHEN TO GO
Saturday and Sunday are the biggest race days, and ONAC organizers have put together events to keep you entertained on these afternoons while teams are out on the trail.
Here’s the full schedule:
Wednesday, Mar. 16
12-2:30pm- Jeff Studdert Invitational, featuring “Mayors Challenge,” a passenger race between Mayors Cleworth, Isaacson, and a representative from Mayor Hopkins’ office ride along, and steer the sleds, for each half of a 7.7 mile race at the ADMA Mushers Hall on Farmers Loop. An estimated fifteen teams compete in all.
6pm- ONAC team sign-ups and starting position draw @ Northern Latitudes, Westmark Hotel & Conference Center
Friday, Mar. 18
11am- Teams begin arriving on Second Avenue for pre-race preparations.
1-1:30pm- Teams depart Second Avenue for first heat of 20 miles.
2pm- Teams begin to return from first heat.
Saturday, Mar. 19
11am- Teams begin arriving on Second Avenue for pre-race preparations.
1-1:30pm- Teams depart Second Avenue for second heat of 20 miles.
1:30pm (approx)- Soda pop scramble for kids (free drinks!)
2pm- Teams begin to return from second heat.
Sunday, Mar. 20
11am- Teams begin arriving on Second Avenue for pre-race preparations.
1-1:30pm- Teams depart Second Avenue for 27.5 mi heat.
1:30pm (approx)- Parka Parade- model your homemade parka or watch the parade. (prize donations welcome- contact Kathy at 907-385-7322)
2:30pm (approx)- Teams begin to return from final heat.
3pm- Governor’s Trophy awarded to ONAC champion.
*note: Second Avenue will be closed to traffic from 5am-4pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
OTHER RACE INFO
Expect a few vendors on the street (offering caribou steak and reindeer dogs, as well as drinks from River City Café). Many downtown shops and restaurants will also be open for business.
You can listen live every day from 12:30-3pm at KFAR 660 AM. Online streaming of the broadcast and a live webcam are available at the Alaska Dog Mushers Association website.
Here in downtown Fairbanks, we have the resources to get you safely up the Dalton Highway, dye your pet guinea pig to look like an Easter Egg, or help restore your health after a car accident.
Intrigued? Read more about these five services you probably didn’t know existed, right here in downtown Fairbanks.
Blue Ribbon Grooming & Dawg Wash can make your pooch look like a Chinese Dragon. Or a Cheshire Cat. They can give Fido a temporary tattoo or just a simple bath and trim. Blue Ribbon’s six self-wash stations offer the chance to do it yourself for less (shampoo and towels included). Professional nail clipping and teeth cleaning are available, as well as a “shedless” treatment that will blow out a winter coat before it lands on your living room floor. Services at Blue Ribbon aren’t just limited to dogs- they also handle cats, guinea pigs, horses, rabbits, parrots, and once even treated a rat. Pet merchandise is on sale at the counter, and look for upcoming pet care seminars on First Fridays. Walk-ins welcome for self-wash, all other appointments at 907.479.3294.
A visit to SpruceWind Healing Arts is almost guaranteed to put mind and body at ease, with massages ranging from 30 minutes to two hours at prices of roughly $45-$140 per session. A standard massage of 1-1 ½ hours can take many forms, as each of four certified therapists at SpruceWind has a different specialty, including Activated Isolation to help break bad muscle habits and Acutonics, which uses tuning forks to send vibrations through the body. Custom sessions are available to help patrons recovering from injury or surgery, and one therapist specializes in teaching parents to massage a new baby. Appointments can be scheduled online or by contacting a specific therapist.
S Salon is a full-service hair salon on Cushman Street fully equipped to provide everything from a simple cut to color treatments, perms, extensions, and updos. Basic cuts start at $45-$55 for women and $25-$35 for men. S Salon has eight stylists to choose from in a new, modern salon featuring rotating art exhibits for First Fridays. Lines from Paul Mitchell and TIGI are available for purchase, including S Factor, KMS, and Catwalk products. The salon hopes to add makeup applications soon- just in time for spring and summer proms or weddings. S Salon is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9am-6pm. Call 907.374.3181 for appointments.
The Alaska Public Lands Information Center helps locals and travelers learn more about, and plan their visits to, lands owned and managed by nine different state and federal agencies. Employees can give you tips on every topic from nearby berry-picking sites and scenic drives to multi-week backcountry excursions deep into the wilderness. Wondering what to expect when driving the Dalton highway? These experts have answered that question countless times. Their most popular recommendations are Chena Recreation Area and the White Mountains because of proximity to Fairbanks, vehicle accessibility, and varying trail lengths. The Center is happy to share maps and knowledge about everything from birding and fishing to rock climbing and low-cost outdoor activities. A full list of programs, including daily films, is available online.
The joint operators of Rent-A-Wreck on Twelfth Avenue, who also happen to be brothers, admit that their business doesn’t quite live up to its name. Instead of “wrecks,” they offer vehicles comparable to all other national rental companies, but at a lower price. Family-operated since the late 1970s, Rent-A-Wreck has cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs equipped with studded or Blizzak tires for the winter- a rare service in the car rental industry and an extra bonus for Fairbanksans who need a reliable vehicle for a weekend trip or to drive while theirs is in the shop. Rent-A-Wreck has vehicles specially suited to gravel highways, and can arrange one-way rentals. Debit cards and cash are accepted, and rentals are available to those under 21 who meet driver requirements. Call 907.452.1606 for more information or to reserve a rental.
Perform 37 plays, the most recent being just shy of 400 years old, from the most highly-acclaimed dramatist in history. Do it with only three performers, limited wardrobe and props- and keep it under 90 minutes.
Oh, and it has to resonate with a 2011 crowd whose preferred language is text message shorthand.
It’s no wonder that the latest production of the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, titled The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr, takes the form of a rapid-fire comedy laced with celebrity references and mature humor. Sarah Palin and Charlie Sheen get one mention each, mixed in with the most recognizable scenes from Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet, creative recaps of lesser known works, and a rushed summarization of all 16 comedies at once.
What else can you expect?
Open ridicule for your lack of Shakespearean sophistication at the start, followed by scripted plot stumbles from those onstage. The actor reading Shakespeare’s biography will unwittingly transition to the life of a certain Nazi leader partway through.
Converse shoes and colorful tights. Shakespearean English with refreshing quips like “I’m feeling a bit spin-y” added at the troupe’s discretion. Titus Andronicus as a murderous cooking show followed by an explanation that this play was written during Shakespeare’s “blood and guts” stage.
You’ll learn the Old English definition of “moor,” hear Othello performed as improv rap, watch King John, King Lear, and Henry VIII play out as a sequence of handoffs in a football game, and be told that Shakespeare was ultimately an incredibly gifted “formula writer.” He figured out what gimmicks and devices would get you to laugh or cry and used these- “over, and over, and over” again.
And, of course, plenty of audience participation. Come ready to laugh it up and feel a little ridiculous. You may even be part of the lucky crowd section that gets to chant “Cut the crap, Hamlet! My biological clock is ticking and I want babies NOW!”
Believe it or not, this phrase finds its place amidst a somber Shakespearean drama in this fast-paced, delightful mix of old with new.
The finale is three abridged versions of Hamlet, each faster than the one before, and Hamlet in reverse. The narrator pipes up, “Be sure to listen for satanic messages!”
The intimate upstairs space of the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre (entrance on 3rd Ave.) helps bring the performance to your footstep- and sometimes even closer, particularly for those seated in the first two rows.
The show will run every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until March 20th. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre website.
8:00pm, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre
535 2nd Avenue
A long and treacherous Iron Dog came to a close this weekend on the Chena River, as Chris Olds and Tyler Huntington sped by Todd Palin and Eric Quam just hours before the finish in downtown Fairbanks.
This year’s 2000-mile snow machine race was burdened by lots of snowfall and sudden winter storms. The crowd turnout on the Chena River at around 6 p.m. on Saturday, just before Olds and Huntington raced in for their title, was a great show of support for these hard-working teams.
Several hundred fans leaned against the railing of Centennial Footbridge and lined the fence around the official finish line. People from all ages burst into applause and shouts at the first glimpse of Huntington and Olds, who quickly dismounted their sleds, embraced, and turned to greet the throngs of fans and media waiting in the cold.
The Tired Iron (read a great recap here) enjoyed similar success. This year’s two-day event had scores of activities for children as well as vintage snow machine races for those loyal to their pre-1979 sleds.
Kids got a chance to race, too, and their competitions were in full swing on Saturday afternoon. Little boys in big helmets and racing jackets lined up their snow machines under the footbridge. The small course for the “Wired Iron” Juniors Race required three laps, and it was soon apparent that a young girl would give these boys a run for their money.
Those children without a miniature snow machine enjoyed sliding down the banks of the Chena (on sleds or their bottoms), or being launched down a cleared section of river ice by the giant slingshot in an inner tube (the popular “Kid-a-Pult Curling”).
Big Daddy’s BarB-Q provided hot dogs and pulled pork all day long out of a tent in the Golden Heart Plaza.
Congratulations to these two fabulous winter events- it was great to have you downtown!
Help us plan for next year. Take a short survey about the events this past weekend.
A retro band with a huge Fairbanks following in the 1980s is being reunited by a downtown business owner who was one of their most devout groupies.
Harold Groetsema remembers the days when he used to hang out at the Greyhound, and old bar in Fairbanks where Rick Mensik & the All Stars played until five in the morning nearly every day of the week.
Now, Harold is bringing the band back to Fairbanks for their first concert together in twenty years.
Rick Mensik & the All Stars will play this weekend to show off the stage and dance floor upgrades at Big Daddy’s BarB-Q, and draw owner Harold’s old crowd back together again.
The band puts on a variety show featuring favorites like “Wild Thing” from the ‘60s and ’70s as well as limbo contests, hula hooping, sing-a-longs, and costumes. Showgoers should expect plenty of crowd participation and high-quality entertainment from a lead man who has performed in Las Vegas hotels and alongside such top names as Ray Charles and Harry Chapin.
“It’s high energy,” Rick says, “and it’s a lot of fun. (My bandmates) are just super musicians if we can keep from laughing at each other when we start playing these songs.”
“Fortunately we have Google now so I can look up the words,” he joked.
But Harold says it’s the memories that will draw crowds to Big Daddy’s this weekend, which is now offering live music every Friday and Saturday from 10:00pm-1:00am. He hopes to recreate the spirit and entertainment culture of his “heyday” in Big Daddy’s Wickersham Street venue.
“I was a groupie. I was there every weekend, we had a lot of fun together,” Harold recalls. “I’m hoping to bring out all the people who used to go to the Greyhound.”
Rick shares Harold’s fond memories of the low-key party culture of Fairbanks in the ’80s.
“It was a special time in Fairbanks,” Rick remembers, “We would have 200 people in (the Greyhound) and no security guards, and everybody dancing and having fun.”
Rick Mensik couldn’t be happier to have a fan like Harold. The band started rehearsing together earlier this week after drummer Mike Allex and bass player Boyce Pitman flew in from their homes in Colorado and Nevada, respectively. Pete Richardson (keyboard, vocals) and Rick (guitar, sax, fiddle) both live in Fairbanks. This weekend’s concert will include special tributes to two band members and close friends who have passed away- Hank Spitzer and Bob Rushlow.
Fans and first-timers may want to make reservations for Big Daddy’s, as Harold expects a crowd and Rick promises a show jam-packed with crowd favorites and lively banter. The show will run from 9:30pm-1:00am on Friday and Saturday. Food is served until 11:00pm on weekends and there is no cover.
Big Daddy’s is “always looking for new talent” and bands are welcome to contact the restaurant for more info. Visit Big Daddy’s BarB-Q Alaska on facebook to keep up with the latest shows.
Big Daddy’s BarB-Q
107 Wickersham Street
Join us downtown for March First Friday, which promises two high-quality LIVE performances as well as another impressive artistic lineup. A Shakespearean play and throwback 80s band reunion concert add unique flair to a spectacular selection of drawings, photography, ceramics, paintings, and jewelry. Seasonal themes mix and meld with winter and springtime shows, and all the usual venues will be open for dinner and drinks before or after you browse these great downtown spots. So be sure to bring a friend!
“Spring is in the Air” @ Co-Op Arts, 535 2nd Avenue, Suite 103
“Body is Beautiful,” Davya Flaharty @ Chartreuse, 729 1st Avenue
Leola Rutherford, Ceramics @ If Only… a fine store, 215 Cushman Street
Lillian Misel, Rebeka Del Castillo & Jessica R. Pena @ Interior Aids Association, 710 3rd Avenue
Student Art & More @ Denali Elementary School, 1042 Lathrop Street
“Mines, Ice & Wilderness,” Krista Heeringa @ River City Café & Espresso, 533 2nd Avenue
Mary Jo Carr, Jewelry @ Lady Lee’s Bath House Emporium, 825 1st Avenue
“Balance Act,” Adela Grace Jackson @ S Salon & Studio, 901 Cushman Street
“Four Seasons in Color,” Hana Esop @ Julia’s Solstice Café, 206 Driveway Street
Richard Hansen Photos & Clarence Pate @ l’assiette de Pomegranate, 414 2nd Avenue
Up With Art, Student Works @ Morris Thompson Center, 101 Dunkel Street
First Friday @ Alana’s Espresso Escape, 535 2nd Avenue, Suite 101
Free Dance Drills @ Space for Movement Studio, 410 2nd Avenue
Gabrielle Cross @ Lavelle’s Bistro, 575 1st Avenue
Live Jazz @ Bobby’s Downtown, 609 2nd Avenue
Sand Castle @ McCafferty’s, A Coffee House, Etc. 408 Cushman Street
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare @ The Empress Theatre, 535 3rd Avenue
Rick Mensik and the All Stars @ Big Daddy’s Bar-B-Q, 107 Wickersham Street
Every morning, downtown Fairbanks is a bustling center of coffee commerce as dozens of varieties of coffee and espresso change hands. And though the business of roasting coffee beans is far removed from most cafes, Diving Duck and McCafferty’s are keeping it fresh downtown.
McCafferty’s started roasting three years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Christopher Quist of Diving Duck just debuted his business last month. Diving Duck is housed in Julia’s Solstice Café, which is owned by Christopher’s mother, Julia Quist. Christopher hopes to expand his brand-new venture through sales at Julia’s and wholesale to other cafes.
“The philosophy of the business is to start with really good coffee and treat it well,” Christopher says of his roasting technique.
“Roasting coffee is not for everybody,” Bill Rogers, owner of McCafferty’s, attests. “It’s meticulous, it’s detailed, and you have to pay close attention.” Bill is a fan of lighter roasts, and jokes that dark roasts are like “taking a really good piece of meat and burning it to death.”
Both businessmen start with the bean when talking about coffee. A roaster must choose from a rotating selection of in-season beans grown in equatorial fields of steep slopes and high elevations, says Bill. Growing conditions and political strife in poor countries that deal in coffee can limit supply.
“We tend to forget the bean was hand-picked, crushed, dried, and that it’s a very labor intensive product,” Christopher points out. “It’s important for people to understand that coffee is a luxury product.” Christopher tries to cultivate this sense of respect by hand-labeling each bag of specialty coffee he sells.
Bill has 6-7 coffee blends and 4 espresso blends (a blend is made by roasting different varieties of beans together) for sale at McCafferty’s and encourages his head roaster to experiment. The medium roast at McCafferty’s is always new, and each variety of coffee Bill orders is tested at every level of roast (light, medium, dark) to find the “sweet spot” of flavor.
Christopher orders his coffee from a broker in California and, like Bill, chooses fair trade and organic whenever possible. He has ten coffee varieties and 1 espresso blend, and just ordered another eleven varieties with which to experiment.
These coffee enthusiasts (one self-taught, one trained in the corporate coffee business) might very well like roasting and creating new coffees as much as drinking them.
Bill, who runs a recording studio in the basement of McCafferty’s, walks me through the stages of roasting while delighting in the musical metaphors he can equate with the process.
“When we do blend coffee together, I try to give them names that have to do with music,” Bill says. Thus the Girl from Ipanera Blend he demonstrates for me.
After waiting for the roaster to heat, I watch Bill pour the beans into a chute at the top of the large, boxy machine. They drop into a barrel and begin to churn as the temperature climbs, slowly darkening from light green to a familiar deep brown with the heat of electric coils. A toasted nutty smell fills the room.
Bill chatters away about the “harmony,” “overtones,” and “masking” of flavors and sounds in coffee and music while we listen for the “first crack” and “second crack,” (akin to the sounds of popcorn and Rice Krispies, as Bill puts it). The second crack, which is actually the sound of beans expanding and releasing gas, indicates the beans are done for this particular roasting level.
Christopher at Diving Duck chooses to air roast his coffee- a process of convection instead of conduction. Christopher says it’s easier to achieve consistency in the bean and his roaster can reach optimal temperatures in less time. He is one of only three coffee roasters in the state to use this method.
So why go to all the trouble?
Christopher says the value lies in knowing exactly how and when each bean was roasted. The freshness of flavor, which peaks at around 48 hours after roasting, is also a huge selling point for Diving Duck. Christopher offers freshness and flexibility like no other.
“When coffee is green, it’s very stable. After coffee is roasted, it can become stale very quickly,” Christopher explains.” I can roast it tonight and bring it to you tomorrow,” and he will deliver to customers in Fairbanks.
Bill likes the freshness, and acknowledges other benefits.
“(Roasting) makes everyone here be a little more educated about coffee,” Bill says. You won’t find a barista at McCafferty’s who doesn’t have at least some clue about the flavor, process, and level of roast in your cup of coffee. It also saves costs and, in his words, “It’s just a matter of fact, if you roast your own coffee, you’re going to stand out.”
Customers are welcome to sample each of their custom blends either while out or at home. If you want to try their personal favorites- stop in for a cup of Guatemalan Equinox at McCafferty’s or Ethiopian Sidamo at Diving Duck, a coffee with a “bright, fruity, berry” flavor, Christopher describes.
A selection of fresh-roasted Diving Duck coffees is always on sale at Julia’s Solstice Café, in ¾ lb. bags and other quantities by request.
McCafferty’s sells ½ lb and 1 lb bags, as well as 3 oz. packages of ground coffee.
Diving Duck (at Julia’s Solstice Cafe)
McCafferty’s- 408 Cushman Street
Diving Duck- 206 Driveway St, Suite A
Diving Duck- (907)460-3825