You don't usually expect to find unique, quality gifts at the airport, but this shop in the Ted Stevens Airport is a charming, notable exception.
"Sourdough" is lingo for an expert, or someone who's been in Alaska for a long time (the opposite, tourists should take note, is a "cheechako"). Located at the head of the C concourse, Sourdough Mercantile is committed to selling a variety of excellent Alaskan-made products, from tiny vials of gold ($4) to quality local art.
While you'll find a whimsical selection of Alaskan-designed t-shirts, you can also choose from locally made jewelry—from little trinkets to solid, gold-nugget earrings—as well as carved ivory and native crafts such as masks, hand-carved totem poles, sealskin slippers, or even a sealskin yoyo.
The store works with local artists and sells authentic Alaskan art, but you can take a smaller taste of Alaska with you. As a nice alternative to the usual airport candy, pick up a made-in-Alaska chocolate bar for your on-the-go snack.
Season and hours
Open daily year round, from 5:30am to 1:30am.
Between B and C concourses, near security exit.