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
As this shop’s name would suggest, you’ll find beads of all kinds here: glass, ceramic, and crystal, just for starters. Owner Beth Valentine grew up here in Talkeetna and travels to exotic places in search of beads with beauty and style. She also carries jewelry, handbags, hats, plaques, and glassware from all over the world; it’s all located in a cute log cabin with a sunburst pattern located on the right as you enter town.
It’s hard to miss this shop — it’s the biggest log cabin on Main Street. And the family who runs it knows Talkeetna well — they came here in 1959. Inside is a wide variety of gifts: totem poles, gold-nugget jewelry, quilts, Denali-themed trinkets, and moose nugget lip balm (called “lip chap” in rural Alaska). Woman also love the “red hat ladies display,” a nook filled with hats/boas, high heels, jewelry and other “red hat” style gifts. And it’s… ...more
Dancing Leaf Gallery. Owners Stacy and Troy Smiley built this shop new for 2011! The large building features Stacy’s signature batiks and silk screens done right here in Talkeetna from her own linoleum block print. Stacy is also known for her mixed media jewelry, like neclaces of a necklace of pearl, glass, wood, stone and metal.
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.
Browse some of Alaska’s best handcrafted art in this summertime outdoor market. The artists man their own booths, which gives you a chance to chat with people like Dora Miller, from Willow, Alaska, who makes beautiful jewelry from Alaskan stone. The market is operated by the Denali Arts Council.
Home to a little grocery store and the West Rib Brew Pub, Nagleys also has internet access and a few camping supplies upstairs. There’s a rich history here: Nagleys supplied miners and trappers starting in 1921; you’ll see the antique store items lining the walls. Rumor has it that the original owner, Horace Nagley, kept the store open for business while rolling the building on logs down Main Street to its current location.
You’ll really get a feel for Talkeetna in this little shop, since locals own and run it. You can see exclusive items by Talkeetna photographer Jim Trump and scrimshaw artist Mary Barr. And don’t miss the unusual earrings from a Talkeetna outdoorsman/artisan; they’re made of beaver teeth and other unique materials.
This small historic cabin was built in 1930 in the Norwegian style — with hand-hewn logs and lock-lap notches without nails or spikes — and today it’s owned by local residents Tom and Margie Waite. The Indian fragrance nag champa wafts over you as you browse Talkeetna’s most original collection of native artwork; Margie’s Aleut ancestry has given her great connections and insight into native culture. Look up on the walls and you’ll see a squirrel… ...more
A commitment to Alaskan artists and native Alaskan traditions is why you’ll want to stop in at the Tokosha Coffee & Gift Shop. Here is where you can indulge in your coffee fix from morning to night. Enjoy lattes, espressos as well as to-go sandwiches, sodas and snacks. Take it with you or linger as you take in the Denali views. Most of the gift shop’s products are hand-made by natives or crafted in-state, meaning you’ll be supporting locals ...more