Love Note: Coffee with a Cop


Kaladi Brothers Coffee has been hosting “Coffee with a Cop” this summer, and it’s a great way to engage with members of our local police force (while enjoying a cuppa!). This officer says that his favorite part of his job is “the unexpected nature of it and how incredibly nice most of the people who live here are.” Thanks KBC and APD for being catalysts for community and connections!

Love Note: 100Stone


I loved this project so, so much. If you haven’t had a chance to experience 100Stone by Sarah Davies at Point Woronzof, hurry: the figures come down Saturday, April 9!

100Stone is a public art installation of 100 stories of personal struggles with mental health, told in sculptural form. Much has already been written about it (here, here, and here, to share a few), so I’ll just say that visiting the figures is deeply spiritual. I love the way exterior forces – weather, tides, animals, people who love them, people who disregard them – have made their marks, but the basic figure remains. Much like each of us as we age, growing weathered but richer and more interesting for it.

Downtown Scavenger Hunt…BE THERE.

Downtown Anchorage ADP

Ever wanted to test your knowledge of downtown? There are a lot of us that think we know every nook and cranny, all the “Best Places to <fill in the blank>,” and the fastest way to get wherever we want to go…but do we really?

Saturday, May 2 is the perfect opportunity to prove your downtowniness at United Way’s Downtown Scavenger Hunt. I’ll be there with my team, the Infuriated Chipmunks, ready to match wits and speed with the best of Anchorage!

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Love Note: Skinny Raven Shoe Shine

Shiny Shoes!

Did you know that when you stop by Skinny Raven Sports and you happen to be wearing a pair of scratched, scuffed, all-around dull Danskos, a ridiculously nice salesperson will smile sweetly and beg to shine your shoes? I didn’t either, until today… Although the wear and tear of this pair of Danskos isn’t as bad as previous pairs, they were not looking their best… and now look at them shine!

Thank you Skinny Raven!

It’s been a while…

Grover and Teddy

But just because Gretchen Loves Anchorage has been a bit quiet (for so long that since I last wrote summer ended, we sped through fall, and it snowed last week) it doesn’t mean there hasn’t been plenty going on in town – First Fridays, Salmon Daze, Pirate Pub Crawl, Hip to be (Town) Square, End of Summer Camp, PARK(ing) Day Anchorage… countless others. There’s always something fun to do!

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