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UTUMN IS IN THE AIR and, in Anchorage, that means turning our attention to serious things—like school, winterizing homes and getting our snow tires on. Like voting. While there’s a presidential election around the corner, let’s be real here: The race for the White House will determine the course of our nation, but it won’t tell you where to buy a good French dip sandwich. That, dear readers, is where we come in. I first pored over the annual Press Picks ballots when I was in high school. At the time categories like “Best Coffee Shop” felt crucially important, and topics like “Best Auto Dealer” belonged to the fantastically foreign world of grownups. I would emphatically vote for a few things I had strong, 15-year-old opinions about, then get stuck over auto detailers and funk/indie/punk/rock/metal/pop bands. These were paper ballots, of course; the “World Wide Web,” as we called it, was something only my best friend’s nerdy little brother used with any regularity. My ballot inevitably ended up in a crumpled ball at the bottom of my JanSport backpack. It was with some chagrin, therefore, that I recently realized I was to be in charge of an election I had never actually voted in. With civic duty in mind, I fired up my computer about a month ago and went online to make my voice heard. Almost immediately, I found myself stuck again. Best… day spa? When was the last time I saw a live country band perform? Why did “Best Auto Dealer” still seem too grown-up for me to know about? I will tell you, getting the qualifying 50 percent filled out took some time, thoughtfulness and writing down random things I looked up on the Internet. Having been through the process, I am newly impressed with the approximate 1,500 Anchorage residents that completed it—if U.S. election ballots were 137 questions (or so) long I think the national voter turnout would be about equivalent in number to a small town in Iowa. The results from this year tell us something about Anchorage, and how our experiences stack up to those of the general public. I didn’t know that Anchorage, in general, enjoyed the parade of humanity that is 4th Avenue on a Friday night, as I do. Anchorage loves Snow City for breakfast and brunch, and Club Paris steak for dinner. Anchorage, apparently, loves Mayor Dan Sullivan—he’s won best local politician three years running now, yet Anchorage also voted the defeat of Prop. 5, which he opposed, as one of our biggest failures. Anchorage also sees “snow” as both one of our biggest successes and failures. Make up your mind, Anchorage! Perhaps what this demonstrates is the diversity of our Press readership, not to mention the loyalty of people who love Snow City breakfasts and all the rest of this year’s winners. - Victoria Barber, editor

Contents

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Goods and Services

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Restaurants and Dining

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Fashion and Style

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Mixed Media

13 Outdoors 15 Bands and Entertainers 15 Nightlife 15 Everything Else Stories contributed by Scott Christiansen, Daniella Cortez, and Shelby Carpenter.

A moose gets nosy at the AWCC.

ON THE COVER: Cover design by Dean Potter.

Photo by Erin Cadwallader

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GOODS AND SERVICES ART GALLERY 1 – Katie Sevigny Studio 2 – Artique 3 – Dos Manos AUTO DEALER 1 – Continental Auto Group 2 – Kendall Auto 3 – Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Anchorage AUTO REPAIR 1 – Big O’s Automotive 2 – Arctic Import Repair 3 – A&A The Shop BEST BIKE SHOP 1 – The Bicycle Shop 2 – REI 3 – Chain Reaction Cycles CAR CUSTOMIZER 1 – Perfectionist Auto Sound & Security 2 – SoundWorks 3 – Safe & Sound CAR STEREO STORE 1 – Perfectionist Auto Sound 2 – Safe & Sound 3 – Soundworks CAR WASH 1 – Pink Elephant 2 – Alaska Laser Wash 3 – Monster Wash CELL PHONE COMPANY 1 – AT&T 2 – GCI 3 – ACS

CHIROPRACTOR 1 – Bilan Chiropractic 2 – Ireland Clinic of Chiropractic 3 – Curzie Chiropractic

HEAD SHOP 1 – Popeye’s Emporium 2 – Black Market 3 – Planet X

TOBACCO SHOP 1 – Pete’s Tobacco 2 – G&P Fine Tobacco 3 – Black Market

CREDIT UNION/BANK 1 – Alaska USA 2 – Credit Union 1 3 – Denali Alaskan

LOCAL HOME AUDIO/VIDEO STORE 1 – Best Buy 2 – Shimek’s 3 – Pyramid Audio Video

VETERINARY CARE 1 – Diamond Animal Hospital + Emergency 2 – VCA 3 – The Pet Stop

DAY SPA 1 – Allure Day Spa 2 – COR Cosmetics 3 – Ice Spa at the Sheraton

LIQUOR STORE 1 – Brown Jug Warehouse 2 – La Bodega 3 – Gold Rush Liquors

DENTIST 1 – Murphy Family Dentistry 2 – Mint Dental 3 – Biederman Family Dental

MADE-IN-ANCHORAGE PRODUCT 1 – Oomingmak 2 – Creations By Christina 3 – COR Cosmetics

DOCTORS 1 – Medical Park Family Care 2 – Anchorage Women’s Clinic 3 – Primary Care Associates

MASSAGE 1 – Allure Day Spa 2 – Massage Now! 3 – Captain Cook Athletic Club

FLORIST 1 – Bagoy’s Florist 2 – Mylord’s Floral 3 – Uptown Blossoms

MOTORCYCLE/ SNOWMACHINE/ATV 1 – House of Harley-Davidson 2 – Anchorage Yamaha 3 – Alaska Cycle Center

FURNITURE STORE 1 – Bailey’s Furniture 2 – Sadler’s Home Furnishing 3 – Scan Home GUN SHOP 1 – Alaska Tactical and Security 2 – Great Northern Guns 3 – Sportsman’s Warehouse GYM/HEALTH CLUB 1 – The Alaska Club 2 – Planet Fitness 3 – Body Renew

WINE SHOP 1 – Wine Styles 2 – Crush Wine Bistro and Cellar 3 – Brown Jug

OPTOMETRIST 1 – Alaska EyeCare Center 2 – Makar Eyecare 3 – Dimond Vision Clinic REALTOR 1 – Kathy Fernandez 2 – Jamie Harvey 3 – Jacob Sebring ROLFER 1 – John Driscoll 2 – Courtney Cox 3 – Ed Toal

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BEST BIKE SHOP

The Bicycle Shop

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he Bicycle Shop has long been known for personalized service, and that’s the real difference between selecting a bicycle off the rack at a department store and shopping where people ride, repair and build the bicycles they sell. A good bicycle is fit to the rider, much like a pair of shoes ought to be fitted. You won’t be riding very often if cycling quickly becomes pain in the back (or the butt for that matter). Department stores often carry just one size of each bicycle they sell, because they can set lower prices by ordering thousands of identical bicycles. “That is like walking into a shoe store and you go right over to the men’s section and buy a 42, or size 10, because that is all they can offer,” said Ray Clayton, The Bicycle Shop’s general manager. “Our bicycles are professionally assembled and come with a free follow-up tune up, by guys who do bicycles not by guys who did furniture one day and bicycles the next.” The Bicycle Shop stocks Raleigh, Specialized, Salsa and Cannondale. You can also find more exotic rides such as tadpole-style tricycles by Terra. That’s a cycle with two wheels upfront and one in back that the rider propels from a recumbent position, leaning back as if in a chaise lounge. The pedaling is more efficient and easier on the body. The low center of gravity is exhilarating and can make cycling feel new again—a person can retrieve a feeling of freedom usually reserved for children on their first trip around the block. And freedom is what cycling is about: freedom to get further along a trail; freedom to drop into an exhilarating downhill; freedom to ride over snow with fat tires or navigate icy slick streets with studs; freedom to pull off a tail whip on a BMX frame; or, just the simple freedom of getting around town without stopping for gas. Whatever your flavor of freedom, The Bicycle Shop can help you achieve it. – Scott C.

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RESTAURANTS AND DINING BAKERY 1 – Fire Island Rustic Bake Shop 2 – Super Star Pastry Design 3 – Great Harvest Bread Co.

CHEF 1 – Al Levinsohn, Kincaid Grill 2 – Jens Hansen, Jens’ Restaurant 3 – Robert Kinneen, Fresh49

FARMER’S MARKET 1 – Spenard Farmer’s Market 2 – Anchorage Downtown Market 3 – South Anchorage Farmers Market

PIZZA DELIVERY 1 – Sicily’s 2 – Uncle Joe’s 3 – Guido’s

BBQ 1 – Turnagain Arm Pit BBQ 2 – JD’s BBQ Pit 3 – AJ’s Ribs A Go Go

CHINESE 1 – Panda 2 – Charlie’s Bakery and Chin 3 – China Lights

FOOD WAGON/STREET VENDOR 1 – Kastle’s Kreations Cupcake Truck 2 – Benny’s Food Wagon 3 – M.A.’s Gourmet Dogs

PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER 1 – Orso 2 – Crow’s Nest 3 – Simon & Seafort’s

BREAKFAST 1 – Snow City Café 2 – Gwennie’s 3 – Jackie’s Place

COFFEE SHOP 1 – Kaladi Brothers 2 – Jitters 3 – Starbucks

FOR LESS THAN $15 1 – Taco King 2 – Bear Tooth Threatrepub 3 – Middle Way Cafe

RESTAURANT FOR LOCAL INGREDIENTS 1 – Spenard Roadhouse 2 – Glacier BrewHouse 3 – Maxine’s Fireweed Bistro

BRUNCH 1 – Snow City Café 2 – Sack’s Café 3 – Bear Tooth Theatrepub

DECK/PATIO 1 – Snow Goose 2 – Peanut Farm 3 – Bradley House

FRENCH DIP SANDWICH 1 – Blues Central 2 – Club Paris 3 – The Perfect Cup

BURGER 1 – Tommy’s Burger Stop 2 – Arctic Road Runner 3 – Lucky Wishbone

GAME MEAT PROCESSORS 1 – Indian Valley Meats 2 – Alaska Sausage and Seafood 3 – Mike’s Quality Meats

FAMILY DINING 1 – Red Robin 2 – Spenard Roadhouse 3 – City Diner

HALIBUT TACO 1 – Humpy’s 2 – Bear Tooth Threatrepub 3 – Tap Root Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt 1 – Cold Stone Creamery 2 – Tastee Freeze 3 – Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

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NEW RESTAURANT 1 – Table 6 2 – Olive Garden 3 – Brown Bag Sandwich Co.

SALAD 1 – Moose’s Tooth 2 – Bear Tooth Theatrepub 3 – Glacier BrewHouse SEAFOOD 1 – Simon & Seafort’s 2 – Glacier BrewHouse 3 – Sea Galley SANDWICH 1 – Middle Way Cafe 2 – Sara’s Sandwich Shop 3 – Urban greens STEAK HOUSE 1 – Club Paris 2 – Sullivan’s Steak House 3 – Double Musky SUSHI 1 – Dish 2 – Samurai Sushi 3 – Peter’s Sushi Spot THAI/VIETNAMESE/LAOTIAN 1 – Pho Lena 2 – Thai Kitchen 3 – Ray’s Place VEGETARIAN 1 – Middle Way Café 2 – Organic Oasis 3 – Bear Tooth Theatrepub VEGGIE TO GROW 1 – Carrot 2 – Tomato 3 – Zucchini WORLD CUISINE 1 – Yak & Yeti 2 – Hott Stixx 3 – Bombay Deluxe

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BEST BAKERY

Fire Island Rustic Bake Shop

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arly in the morning, there is a magic that happens in my neighborhood—especially when there’s a slight breeze and clear skies, the sun is shining through the windows and people are out walking their dogs, waving hellos and making the street feel like community. Then the Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop lights up their wood ovens and the aroma of fresh baked goods wafts across the alley to my house. Magic. I, like a lot of the residents of downtown’s South Addition, am drawn to the little bakery that is our neighbor. Sundays in my ‘hood are especially sweet, with an eclectic cast of characters queuing up for morning coffee, artisan breads and, my personal favorite, savory scones. Even in cool weather the sidewalk patio is full, and while the line might be long, the company is good. Operating five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, the crew at Fire Island specialize in small-batch baked goods and the kind of down-toEarth cheer that comes with being a true neighborhood business. You can’t go wrong with a bakery that does everything from scratch, from the lemon zesting to “feeding” the sourdough, assuring their patrons—whether they’ve come from around the corner or across town—nothing but the best. – Daniella C.

Scones with a view. Photo by Daniella Cortez

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FASHION & STYLE

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CHILDREN’S CLOTHING STORE 1 – Once Upon A Child 2 – Spoiled Boutique 3 – Kid to Kid

NAIL SALON 1 – Pro Nails 2 – OMG Nails 3 – COR Cosmetics

HAIR SALON 1 – Studio FX 2 – Trend Setters 3 – Escape Salon and Spa

TANNING SALON 1 – Sunsation 2 – Run To The Sun 3 – Sun City

INDEPENDENT CLOTHING STORE 1 – Flawless Gemstone Apparel 2 – Lulu E. Bebe 3 – The Clothesline

TATTOO SHOP 1 – Larry Allen’s Anchorage Tattoo Studio 2 – Body Piercing Unlimited & Tattoo 3 – The Hole Look

JEWELRY STORE 1 – Fred Meyer Jewelers 2 – Jewelry Cache 3 – Michaels Jewelers

THRIFT STORE 1 – Value Village 2 – Salvation Army 3 – Bishop’s Attic

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BEST RADIO STATION

KZND, The End, 94.7 FM

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OUTDOORS

BEST OUTDOOR/SPORTING GOODS STORE

REI “Shelby...?” a voice wafted over me. I was in the REI attic excitedly putting together a Black Diamond Skylight tent. My head was inside the tent as I attempted to erect it from the inside out, while my legs stuck out through the door. Even without seeing my face, my friend Rachael recognized the sight of me taking advantage of REI discount items. The tent was just what I was looking for—a single-wall, lightweight, mountaineering tent. It typically retails for $450, but I was able to find this gently used version for just $150 at the REI Attic, a special section of the store where members can buy items that have been returned. I was so excited to find this tent at such a good discount—I already have plans to use it on Rainier and on other peaks in the Cascades next summer. While REI has a wide selection of new equipment and clothing you can buy, the reason I love REI is the Attic. If you’re willing to check the Attic regularly for used gear, you can make out like a bandit. – Shelby C.

BEST PLACE FOR A SUNDAY DRIVE OR DAY TRIP

Girdwood

Fantastic views off the Seward Highway are just one of the perks of a day trip to Girdwood. Photo by Sarah Evans

FISHING CHARTER 1 – Saltwater Safari 2 – Rust’s Flying Service 3 – Seward Fishing Club

MOUNTAIN RACE 1 – Mount Marathon 2 – Crow Pass 3 – Lost Lake

FLYING SERVICE 1 – Rust’s Flying Service 2 – Talkeetna Air Taxi 3 – K2 Aviation

OVERNIGHT HIKE 1 – Crow pass 2 – Lost Lake 3 – Resurrection Pass

OUTDOOR/SPORTING GOODS STORE 1 – REI 2 – Sportsman’s Warehouse 3 – Mountain View Sports

PLACE FOR A PICNIC 1 – Kincaid Park 2 – McHugh Creek 3 – Park Strip

GARDEN CENTER 1 – Alaska Mill Feed & Garden Center 2 – Bell’s Nursery 3 – Mile 5.2 Greenhouse

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PLACE FOR A SUNDAY DRIVE OR DAY TRIP 1 – Girdwood 2 – Talkeetna 3 – Hatcher Pass

SCARE 1 – McHugh Creek 2 – Russian River 3 – Kincaid Park

Girdwood is one of those greeting card kind of places, especially in winter, when it has everything a skier (or snowboarder) could want: great jslopes, lots of snow, and delicious local food and beer. The main attraction for me in Girdwood has always been the Alyeska Resort. With 1,400 skiable acres and an average 650 inches of annual snowfall, Alyeska has always had plenty to keep me busy on winter weekends. Not to mention the views of Turnagain Arm from the top of the mountain are astounding. There are plenty of options for entertainment off the ski slopes. I’ve always enjoyed going to Jack Sprat for a beer and a bite to eat after skiing. Girdwood restaurants are also a nice place to stop on your way back to Anchorage if you went backcountry skiing in Turnagain Pass. The only downside to Girdwood is that all of these activities cost money, from lift tickets to food and drinks. But if you can fit it in your budget, Girdwood is a great place for a day trip, especially in the winter. – Shelby C.

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ress readers won’t let a little thing like where a band lives stop them from voting them into the top slot of Best Indie Band. The popularity of The Hoons continues, despite their departure from Anchorage to the Pacific Northwest last year. The band won in both the indie and rock categories this year. As for second place, a name change has done nothing to stop the momentum of The Modern Savage (formerly The Young Guns). This five-piece has built a dedicated and rambunctious following in the short time they’ve been together; you can find them on show bills around town, so there is absolutely no reason not to see them live. Rounding out the list at third is LaVoy. A staple in the Alaskan music scene, they’ve been around since 2006 and consistently pack shows all over the state. Each of these bands represent a different aspect of what “indie rock” means: The Hoons with their powerful, rock-driven sound, The Modern Savage’s collection of synth-pop dance jams and LaVoy’s mixture of standard rock ‘n’ roll and synth pop. – Daniella C.

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INDIE BAND 1 – The Hoons 2 – The Modern Savage 3 – LaVoy

COUNTRY 1 – Ken Peltier Band 2 – Brook Faulk 3 – Blaze & Eric

JAM SESSION 1 – Blues Central 2 – Tap Root 3 – Arctic Roadrunner

COVER BAND 1 – The Eternal Cowboys 2 – Alex the Lion 3 – H3 3 – is Nervis Rex (TIE for 3rd)

FESTIVAL 1 – Girdwood Forest Fair 2 – Salmon Stock 3 – Bear Paw

DJ 1 – DJ Encyclopedia Brown 2 – Alaska Thunder Funk 3 – Alex the Lion FUNK 1 – Alaska Thunder Funk 2 – Big Fat Buddha 3 – Superfrequency

JAZZ MUSICIAN(S) 1 – Dan McElrath 2 – 36 Crazy Fists 3 – Blaze & Eric METAL BAND 1 – 36 Crazy Fists 2 – Decepticide 3 – Thera

POP BAND 1 – Turquoise Boy 2 – Evil Ted & the Thick Pink Antiseptic 3 – H3 PUNK BAND 1 – Alaska Thunder Funk 2 – T.I.A 3 – Evil Ted & the Thick Pink Antiseptic RAP 1 – Alaska Thunder Funk 2 – Chill Factorp 3 – Indefinate Etticate ROCK BAND 1 – The Hoons 2 – Thera 3 – 36 Crazy Fists

NIGHTLIFE BAR 1 – Rumrunner’s 2 – Bernie’s Bungalow Lounge 3 – Chilkoot Charlie’s

LATE NIGHT BITE 1 – Bear Tooth Theatrepub 2 – LeRoy’s 3 – F Steet Station LIVE THEATER 1 – Cyrano’s 2 – TBA Theater 3 – Out North

BARTENDER 1 – Orion Donicht, Spenard Roadhouse 2 – Joe Joyner at Chilkoot’s 3 – Sara Jones at Blues Central

REGULARS 1 – Darwin’s Theory 2 – Humpy’s 3 – Chilkoot Charlie’s SERVICE 1 – Bear Tooth Theatrepub 2 – Eddie’s Sports Bar 3 – Ginger

LIVE MUSIC VENUE 1 – Tap Root 2 – Chilkoot Charlie’s 3 – Bear Tooth Theatrepub

BEER SELECTION 1 – Humpy’s 2 – Moose’s Tooth 3 – Tap Root

SPORTS BAR 1 – Peanut Farm 2 – Eddie’s Sports Bar 3 – Buffalo Wild Wings

LOCAL BREWERY 1 – Broken Tooth Brewing 2 – Midnight Sun Brewery 3 – Glacier BrewHouse

BREWERY 1 – Midnight Sun Brewing Co. 2 – Moose’s Tooth 3 – Glacier BrewHouse

STRIP CLUB 1 – Great Alaskan Bush Company 2 – Crazy Horse Saloon 3 – Club Sin Rock

MARTINI BAR 1 – Sub Zero 2 – Bernie’s Bungalow Lounge 3 – Sullivan’s Steakhouse

DIVE BAR 1 – Darwin’s Theory 2 – Buckaroo Club 3 – Pioneer Bar

WINE BAR 1 – Crush 2 – Whale’s Tail 3 – Orso

MEAT MARKET BAR 1 – Chilkoot Charlie’s 2 – Rumrunner’s 3 – The Anchor

GAY BAR 1 – Mad Myrna’s 2 – Kodiak Bar 3 – The Raven

OPEN MIC 1 – Rumrunner’s 2 – Tap Root 3 – Chilkoot Charlie’s PLACE TO DANCE 1 – Chilkoot Charlie’s 2 – Mad Myrna’s 3 – Platinum Jaxx

JUKEBOX 1 – Pioneer Bar 2 – Al’s Alaska Inn 3 – Darwin’s Theory KARAOKE 1 – The Woodshed 2 – Asia Garden 3 – Mad Myrna’s

BEST BARTENDER

POOL TABLES 1 – Billiard Palace 2 – Buckaroo Club 3 – Pioneer Bar

Orion Donicht, Spenard Roadhouse

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’ve been plugging away on a bourbon passport at the Spenard Roadhouse for years, and I don’t know a lot about my favorite brown liquor other than it’s delicious. Thankfully, Orion Donicht does, and he’s turned me on to several of my favorite ways to consume the amber ambrosia. He’s a staple behind the bar at the Roadhouse: a one-man band known for his raucous performance style in the down-and-dirty bars of Anchorage. Donicht is a genuinely enthusiastic, if slightly odd, gentleman. Just this last summer I happened upon him playing guitar on the patio at the Roadhouse with a man in a monkey suit. When he was done with his impromptu performance he went back to work without skipping a beat and barely acknowledged the eccentric behavior. This, in a nutshell, is Orion. Although we’ve met more than a dozen times in a dozen years, you can bet that he won’t connect my byline to my face when he reads this. Sometimes remembering names gets lost in the shuffle, but trust that even if he can’t recall your name you’ll still be greeted with that big smile and raspy laugh. As long as he keeps making my Kentucky lemonades with the perfect combination of bourbon to lemon, I don’t mind the anonymity. – Daniella C.

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