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10/6 Rage Room: During the early part of the pandemic, Jessica McClung spent her time researching the chambers of rage that had sprung up across the United States.
She wanted to give people a fun way to relieve stress. So I took out a $5,000 loan and paid contractors to fortify old office space in a downtown building.
The 10/6 Rage Room was born at 618 Gamble Street.
Participants wear hard hats, face shields, and buttons. They use hockey sticks, baseball bats, and heavy hammers. They get a safety lesson, then smash glassware, laptops, windows and other items into a plywood-protected room.
They do this to trigger healing and, often, for group bonding exercises, McClung said. One can choose “Mood Swing” for five minutes. Groups can book a room for up to two hours at a $300, “Off With Your Head” option.
“There’s definitely a lot of laughter and sometimes there’s screaming,” she said. And sometimes people get a little weird, like, ‘Oops, I broke that, but I’m supposed to break that. “”
Global problems like the pandemic and inflation have added to the anxiety, McClung said, and the Rage Room is a fun outlet.
“It releases a little more energy and feels more relaxed and happy,” she said.
The room has often been reserved since it opened earlier this year, she said. Hosted birthday parties, weddings, corporate gatherings and other events. You buy breakable items from second-hand stores.
McClung owns another useful business. “I clean houses,” she said. “But more than that, I’m now cleaning the rage room.”
Mindy Cell: Tristan Belotti, a first sergeant in the Alaskan Air National Guard, said his friends have always loved his homemade tree.
Two years ago, knowing that Anchorage had a limited field industry, he decided to draw on his expertise and open Hive Mind Meadery.
It was launched Friday afternoon, July 15, from its warehouse in South Anchorage, at 600 W. 58th Ave. , Suite A, near Double Shovel Cider.
The opening of the business, he said, was a “boot” effort. He spent his savings, which got a boost during the pandemic in part because he saved money on gas and other items. Pick up used equipment from breweries.
The sweet beverage, sometimes called “honey wine” and made primarily from fermented honey, water and yeast, is easier to prepare than beer, he said. But he said he’s generally not forgiving if you make mistakes.
At Hive Mind, he said, he will focus on making traditional sticks made without many ingredients. One of the popular flavors was Strawberry Buzz. He plans on getting the apple flavored med and other options as well.
Hive Mind is open at noon on weekends and 4pm from Wednesday to Friday. Closes at 8 pm
Everest Restaurant: Family and friends from Nepal started this restaurant to bring Indian and Nepalese flavors to Anchorage, said co-owner Bigyan Kaksapati.
“I felt like there weren’t enough restaurants in Anchorage, especially for Nepalese food,” he said.
Dishes include sweet and spicy dumplings, crunchy Manchurian cauliflower, chicken tikka masala, chicken lollipops and overnight marinated wings with 32 different spices. There is also Hawaiian garlic shrimp made with jumbo shrimp.
Kakshpati said he moved to the United States as a teenager about 20 years ago with his family, leaving the civil war in Nepal between the Maoist communists and the royalist government. He said his family opened Nepalese restaurants in Colorado before moving to Hawaii and more recently Anchorage.
Kakshpati, a former chef, said he had hired former co-workers from other restaurants to open Everest. His wife Balbi Kakchapati is working as an assistant manager.
Everest is located at the former Turnagain Arm Pit grill in Anchorage that closed in May – across from the new Sagaya Midtown Market – at 3637 Old Seward Highway.
Daily working hours from 11 am to 10 pm
Aster + amethyst: Kristen Chandler said the lack of clothing stores in her hometown, Eagle River, prompted her to open this women’s clothing store. It is located in the Eagle River at 12551 Old Glen Highway, Unit C, near Corks and Hops beer bar.
Chandler, a mother of two, said many Eagle River residents leave town to shop in Anchorage or Wasilla. She wanted to give women a chance to get what they needed locally, from a nice dress to jeans and a T-shirt, without ordering online or driving elsewhere.
She also wanted to bring diversity to the fashion scene.
“Even in Anchorage in general, everyone wears Costco and Target and we all look the same,” she said. “I love my Costco clothes, but when we all have the same Costco jackets, I’m like, ‘Okay, we all look real authentic. “”
Chandler said she is trying to serve a relatively small demographic. She is the only authorized Eagle River distributor of the popular Pit Viper goggles. She sells jewelry, hats, and other things too.
The store has a large floor area. Once overseas markets close, she said, Chandler also plans to sell locally made items, from clothing to labels to cookies.
Chandler said her husband’s garage renovation work was doing well during the pandemic as people made improvements to the family. The income helped her open the store. Aster + Amethyst is named after her children’s birth flower and birthstone.
“Growing up here, I knew that clothing stores were something we always needed the most, and that kind of thing was in place,” she said.
Palm Tropical Fusion: Diego Romo, co-owner of this colorful breakfast and lunch spot in downtown Anchorage, adds a tropical twist to soups, salads, and sandwiches.
Seafood and mango mix in ceviche. Chicken tortilla soup garnished with avocado. Spicy pork chilaquiles feature tortilla chips in a chorizo-bacon tomato sauce. Smoothies may include coconut milk and pineapple.
Romo said he and many other employees at the restaurant are longtime workers in Anchorage’s food service industry. They have lost their hours and income amid pandemic-related restrictions on restaurants, prompting them to start Palmyra, at 323 Barrow Street.
Romo was tending the bar at Tequila 61. His partner and wife, Andrea Cuevas, served in Pangea.
“After COVID, we decided to start our new place,” Romo said. “We invited a whole group of friends to work here.”
The little diner feels like a great Caribbean cafe. Servers wear island plaid shirts. Warm weather plants cover the walls. Fruit fills the baskets, waiting to be squeezed.
“We wanted to give it a tropical feel,” Romo said.
Palmeira, which means palm tree in Portuguese, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., sometimes later. It is closed on Mondays.
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Cold Stone Creamery: The Ice Cream Parlor, an international chain, has opened a third location in Anchorage, at the Northern Lights Center in 1300 W. Northern Lights Blvd. It is located near the Middle Way Café.
Fan Lee: This pop-up Vietnamese restaurant 817 W. Sixth Ave. is closed. In “the foreseeable future,” according to its website. It opened this spring.
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