Locals know this Homer institution as the place that has everything—from sporting goods to oil for your car, art supplies to prescription medications. While it has a staggering amount of variety, it maintains a charming mom-and-pop vibe.
When your Alaska travel plans include outdoor activities (and they should!), gear up with affordable, high-quality equipment rentals from local experts. Alaska Outdoor Gear Outfitter & Rentals will pull together what you need for everything from a summer campout to a winter snowshoe or aurora viewing expedition. So get out there!
In the winter, Powder Hound is filled with all kinds of the latest ski equipment in toddler to adult sizes. You can ski in and out, and will find boots, ski, jackets, goggles, helmets and more. Skiers may howl when the snow leaves, but Powder Hound can deck you out with essential items that will keep you comfortable and busy all summer. They offer all types of bike rentals, from hybrid style touring bikes to all mountain and downhill bikes. You can even rent stand up paddle boards to enjoy some of the area's scenic waterways.
Watch craftsmen turn birch logs into heirloom bowls, browse some 1,500 Made in Alaska products or custom design your own laser engraved bowl while at the Great Alaskan Bowl Company. Started over 20 years ago, this family-run business is one of the last operational bowl mills in America, and it thrives because of the quality products and large selection. Not only will you find unique More...
May through mid-September
Sample delicious syrup and sweets made from birch trees - like maple but not maple -at Kahiltna Birchworks in Talkeetna—the world’s largest producer of birch syrup. Stop in or shop online to experience this unique, local spin on a tempting treat. Located at mile 1.1 of the Talkeetna Spur Rd, just off the Parks Highway
You might feel there's a gift shop at every turn in Alaska, but few of these offer the opportunity to contribute to the protection of Alaska wildlife like the Discovery Gift Shop at the Alaska SeaLife Center. With their "Round up for Rehab" program and a guaranteed percentage of profits going to aquarium programs, your purchases here contribute to the rescue and rehabilitation of More...
Homer is known throughout Alaska as the state's premier artist community, home to dozens of galleries and artists. You'll find a convenient cluster of galleries worth visiting along "Gallery Row," the stretch of Pioneer Avenue between Main Street and Lake Street. Here are three we like.Picture Alaska
Picture Alaska (448 E. Pioneer Ave.) features original paintings and fine art More...
Stop into this small log cabin near the end of Main Street Talkeetna to find handcrafted Alaskan made goods. You'll find products ranging from Devil's Club salves, goat milk soaps, organic teas & herbs, and stoneware pottery made right here in the Upper Susitna Valley. They're also the first company in Alaska to offer a line of Hemp Seed Oil balms, soaps, and oils.