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Local Style: Boutiques in Alaska

Jan 15, 2019 | Eat. Shop. Play. Stay., Magazine, Retail, Small Business

Welcome to 2019—and a new year full of potential. Speaking of potential, there’s no better time of year to fling open your closet doors, take stock, and (having cleared out the things you just don’t love anymore) realize something is missing: that easy dress for brunch on the weekend, those funky leggings you wear just anywhere, or that perfect blouse that you’ll wear and wear again as you work your way up the corporate ladder. Whatever that special piece is, there’s no better place to find it than one of Alaska’s boutiques, which feature a refreshing mix of unique fashion and local design.

ShuzyQ is locally owned and operated by Dawn and Shawna and is located at 11124 Old Seward Highway in Anchorage, close to South Restaurant and Coffeehouse. This boutique offers a selection of shoes, handbags, and accessories for women and girls that run the gamut from every day wear to special event accessories. shuzyq.com

Trickster Company has a physical location in Juneau at 224 Front Street and is owned by siblings Rico and Crystal, who “focus on the Northwest coast art and explore themes and issues in Native culture.” The store sells apparel, jewelry, paper, home goods, sports equipment, and fine art. trickstercompany.com

Octopus Ink owner Shara is the designer, artist, and creator behind the shirts, skirts, sweatshirts, and other clothing found at the boutique’s downtown Anchorage gallery located at 410 G Street. Octopus Ink also features jewelry and accessories designed and produced by other local Alaskan artisans. octopusink.com

Bottoms Boutique is “below the waist fashion,” located at 325 W. 5th Avenue in downtown Anchorage. Avid shoppers can visit the store or browse online the boutique’s range of clothing, including jackets and cardigans, shoes and boots, dresses, tops, accessories and, of course, bottoms. bottomsboutique.com

Infusion Boutique operates out of two locations in the Valley, one at 1733 E. Palmer Wasilla Highway in Wasilla and the other at 125 W. Evergreen Street in Palmer. The boutique’s mission is “to provide an eclectic mix of style. Trendy fashion mixed with great basics for a variety of people.” infusionboutique.com

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Circular opened its doors in 2007 and provides shoppers with “beautiful, unique, style-conscious, and eco-friendly fashion from around the world.” Circular is located at 320 W. 6th Avenue, Suite #132 in Anchorage. circularboutique.com

Salmon Sisters, established in 2012, sells clothing and other items with original designs by two women “born and inspired by the wilderness of Alaska and the sustainable fisheries of the North Pacific.” While Salmon Sisters products are sold at stores through Alaska, the boutique operates two gallery locations, one in Homer and one in Seward. aksalmonsisters.com

AK Starfish Co. artist and founder Marci is a third generation Alaskan. Her first design, a starfish, “was inspired by the sea of starfish in Sadie Cove, Homer in the summer of 2003.” AK Starfish Co. has locations in Anchorage, Homer, and Seward and features hoodies, shirts, hats, pants and leggings, jewelry, and household accessories. akstarfish.com

Crab Terror Island’s beautiful collection of shirts, hoodies, and other products are designed primarily by the company’s founder and owner, Sina. This “unique boutique for awesome women, by awesome women” also features jewelry, handbags, and other accessories produced by Alaskan artists. crabterrorisland.com

The Beauty Room, located at 1433 W. Northern Lights Boulevard in Anchorage, is a day spa and beauty boutique. In addition to make-up and haircare, it offers clothing and accessories, including tops, dresses, bottoms, jewelry, bags, scarfs, and shoes. beautyroom.net

FisheWear’s mission is “to create comfortable, functional, and fashionable fish-inspired apparel and gear for women,” such as leggings, shell skirts, long-sleeve tops, totes, dry bags, wading belts, nippers, and fly boxes. All of FisheWear’s products are available online, and the store’s headquarters are at 4011 Arctic Boulevard in Anchorage. fishewear.com

Adonia is a clothing and accessories boutique located at 17034 N. Eagle River Loop Road in Eagle River. The company says, “Our mission is to offer you clothes that make you look and feel amazing,” and the boutique offers sizes from XS to 3X. uradonia.com

Shoefly, a shoe boutique located at 109 Seward Street in Juneau, is “owned and operated by Juneau women who love shoes beyond reason.” The store’s offerings include everything from rain boots to sparkly heels, as well as a daily chocolate happy hour. shoeflyalaska.com

Second Run, which opened in 2004, is “upscale resale.” The consignment boutique is located at 720 D Street in Anchorage and provides to its shoppers hand-selected merchandize that includes “high-end designer labels and popular contemporary labels that reflect current trends for women.” secondrunalaska.com

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