Alaska Fur Gallery

Larger location for hassle-free shopping

Family-owned, the Alaska Fur Gallery has been apart of the Skagway economy for a while. This year, the store has moved to a new location directly across from the Post Office, near Sixth and Broadway.

“We’ve been in business since 1935, we’ve been in Alaska since 1964 and in Skagway we came in I think maybe ‘91 or ‘92, so we’ve been here for a while,” said Malena Hausinger, operator of the Fur Gallery.

With its main store in Anchorage, the company manufactures approximately 80 percent of its products, Hausinger said, meaning there are a lot of Alaskan-made goods for sale.

The gallery’s new location is a bigger spot overall, and much wider, which opens up the inside of the store and makes for more pleasant browsing. Hausinger said a point of pride at the Alaska Fur Gallery is that the fur products are accessible to the customers for them to feel and try on.

“When people come in, they are happy to see fur, because they think of Alaska, they think fur,” Hausinger said.

The styles at the gallery are kept up-to-date, with a number of colors and fashion statements available. Capes, wraps and coats cut and sewn to a modern style populate the racks, and the store has leather jackets for men, hats and even fur coats for children.

“Our fashion is really up to date…because we are manufacturers we can make things that are purple and pink, and not just black and brown,” Malena said.

Mrs. Pullen’s Panaderia

PHOTO BY COLTON ANDRE.

History, classy decor and tasty treats

The powerhouse character of Harriet Pullen caught Allison Pappas’ eye last year. It was Pappas’ first season in town, and while exploring Skagway she stumbled across the sign talking about Pullen, and a single, strange detail stuck out.

“The thing that hit me the most is that she made apple pie,” Pappas said. “And that’s something I’ve always done for Thanksgiving…and really love making.”

Seeing Skagway had already been “love at first sight,” but Pappas said she then explored the other memorials and artifacts to Pullen, and grew absorbed with the story of the unflappable, self-made businesswoman from the Klondike Gold Rush Era.

Mrs. Pullen’s Panaderia grew out of that, with Pappas saying she wanted to do something to honor Pullen’s long history in Skagway.

Pullen got her start by selling apple pies to stampeders, and eventually ran a home-turned luxury hotel in Skagway, famous for hot baths, soft beds and fresh milk, cream and vegetables from her local farm and garden.

Pappas is particular with her ingredients as well; her apple pie is made from scratch using organic ingredients, almond and coconut flour, honey and coconut sugar.

“So it’s all real, simple, pure, good ingredients,” Pappas said.

In addition to pie, Pappas also offers coconut-flour gold bar brownies, covered in edible gold. She calls them the Mr. Smith, after famous Gold Rush conman Jefferson “Soapy” Smith.

“I figured Soapy would enjoy that one,” Pappas said. “I brought some to the Days of ’98 Show – I said ‘I’ve got to pay you in gold bars.’” The bakery will also feature special-made treats in addition to the staple items.

Freshly-made goodies aren’t all people get at the panaderia. Pappas dresses in Gold Rush-era clothes, and shares history about Pullen with the visitors to her bakery. One-of-a-kind artwork showcasing Skagway’s beauty, historical artifacts like a working turn of the century record player and fine china to dine off and drink coffee from fashion the bakery into a unique experience.

“I want people to feel like, when they walk in the doors, you’ve just stepped back 100 years,” Pappas said.

Klondike Brewing Company

The craft culture of Skagway

Fresh from a rebranding and a move to a new location on Second Avenue between Broadway and State Street, the Klondike Brewing Company is a beer snob’s dream.

“We’re offering all kinds of varieties,” said project manager Joel Probst. “We’re doing barrel-aged products, so currently we’re doing bourbon barrel-aged, we’re going to look at getting into other barrels as well.”

The brewery produces a range of suds for all palates, from its popular Hammerstone Double IPA to a coconut brown ale.

“[It’s] a pretty traditional brown ale recipe, and then we added some black patent malt just to try to cut the sweetness of the coconut back a little bit, and then we added 40 pounds of coconut to the beer,” said. “It’s pretty popular, that one we just put out last week.”

For coffee nuts, the Klondike Brewing Company has a coffee blonde stout, made with Ripinsky Roasters coffee beans, cacao nibs and Madagascar vanilla beans.

In an ode to Skagway, the brewery is also planning to roll out a Garden City Pie series of beer.
“That’ll be a rotational fruited ale,” Probst said. “The first one we’re going to do is going to be a strawberry mango.”

With Madagascar vanilla beans and wheat to give of hints of graham-cracker crust alongside the fruited pie filling, Probst said the staff is excited to roll out some new brews.

“We’re going to do a bunch of different stuff,” Probst said.

The tasting room is open and beer is served from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., though the staff’s enthusiasm for the product make the hours for touring the facility a little flexible.

“Pretty much if anyone’s standing outside we’re going to open up the door and let them in no matter what time it is. You might only be able to get beer between certain hours, but we love showing the place, we love talking about beer,” Probst said. “Sharing in the celebration that is the world’s perfect beverage.”

The Klondike Brewing Company is one in a number of brewing companies in Skagway, and Probst said “we definitely want to work and carry on with what Skagway Spirits [Distillery] and the Skagway Brewing Company are doing, really make Skagway a craft destination.”

“Whether it’s craft gin, vodka, whiskey; craft beers with ourselves or over at the Skagway Brewing Company or artwork, earrings – any of that, really emphasizing Skagway as a town of willing and able people that are dedicated to their craft, no matter what that might be,” Probst said.

 

Blueberry Boutique

Fashion for the fashionable

On the north side of Fifth Avenue, a new boutique has opened to fill a niche need in the Skagway fashion scene.

Blueberry Boutique has sweet duds in the latest styles for savory prices.

The season has been off to a quiet start, but owner Karla Ray said the customer feedback has been very positive.

“Our Whitehorse customers really like it, and we’ve gotten some good local reaction,” Ray said. “I’ve heard them bragging around town when I was at the grocery store about some cute hat they got there.”

Skagway doesn’t have a plethora of specialty fashion stores, and Ray said the market exists for a local boutique to catch on and take off.

“I think that’s what left for the new Skagway businesses, is the specialty businesses that try to catch that niche,” Ray said. “Because there are a lot of ‘everything’ stores.”

The Blueberry Boutique has everything the fashion-inclined need: hats, dresses, pajamas, handbags and jewelry.

The best part is that prices are kept affordable, so year-round and seasonal residents can buy all the accessories they want, and still have money for that $7 gallon of milk they need for home.

“I think it’s just something new to add to the community,” Ray said.

Java and Jeeps

One-stop shopping

The eye-catching, bright orange paint may have been clue enough, but there’s something new on the corner of State Street and Second Avenue.
As the name implies, Java and Jeeps serves a dual purpose. Heath Goebel, owner, said his jeep rental business expanded from last year, requiring a new place to keep the vehicles and a place from which to run the check-ins for the do-it-yourself jeep tours.

The result of this was a building – formerly See You Latte, which was relocated from the Dyea Road turnoff – sitting in prime real estate to serve hot drinks and snacks.

Goebel said they’ve ordered picnic tables for patrons to enjoy those sunny Skagway days, and will be featuring lunch options in addition to a full range of coffee and espresso products during the day.

Goebel is also planning for Java and Jeeps to have a smoked pulled pork charity benefit on-site once a week.

“And we’re going to rotate the different charities that we sponsor, but they’ll be local charities, and those will be advertised in advance,” Goebel said. “We’re actually going to smoke the meat right on property.”

Java and Jeeps will also be open late on the weekends, for people out and about late with empty stomachs.

Addison Hanna Gallery

All-American art gallery with a contemporary flair

Underneath the walls scattered with local artwork and shelves stacked with gently-blown glass is a colorful tale of a St. Louis artist and his journey to embark on a freeing Alaskan experience.

For 28-year-old gallery owner Addison Hanna, a tag on the Skagway Swap Facebook page is ultimately what sealed his fate as a burgeoning business owner. Hanna arrived in Skagway on April 20, and has been preparing for a grand opening party ever since.

“I got into town and I started working everyday, pretty much by myself just painting and arranging,” Hanna said. “I had a lot of help from close friends of mine like my buddy Charles who came up from vacation and ended up helping me decorate. It’s been nice having a helping hand.”

Hanna’s career began at the age of 15, where he served as an apprentice for many Missouri glassblowers and he went to school to further his studies at Florida State University. After working at Jewell Gardens for four years Hanna realized that the quaint and charming nature of Skagway had sneakily stolen his heart.

“That’s where I kind of fell in love with this little town and the community and everybody in it so I kept wanting to come back,” Hanna said. “It’s just nice to have a little tight knit community where you go down the road and you see three of your friends, four of your friends that you wave at. You need a favor? You can ask anybody off the street for an extra hand and you know they are willing to do it.”

Nestled by State Street and Fourth Avenue, Hanna is on a mission to collect and curate true Alaskan art.

Hanna has a no-nonsense policy – his exhibits will only display art from close friends or local artists in order to provide a more genuine experience.

“I try to kinda support all the locals and American artists that I have grown to love,” Hanna said.

“If they’ve been working on a painting or drawing or got a really cool photograph, I will move some of my art in my gallery to display it.”

Hanna’s end goal is to offer a space to reflect on art or sell art made by the people of Skagway all-year round.