Inside Passage: A Shopping Guide
Juneau, check out expertly crafted
and one-of-a kind items available at
A trip to
Inside Passage isn't complete without some serious shopping
and souvenir hunting.
Yes, commerce is alive and well in this southeastern strip of
is immensely popular on cruise ship routes and famed for its beautiful
scenery and fascinating history. But how to tell the real finds
from the rubbish?
Check out these expert tips and advice for shopping Alaska's treasures:
Native Alaskan artists are known for their creative use of natural
materials. Handicrafts may be fashioned from traditional materials
like gold, silver, wood and ivory, or from more unique materials
like roots, grasses and soapstone. Pottery, glassware and hand-carved
sterling silver are particularly popular. Of course, the ultimate
souvenir is a hand-carved totem, available in a range of styles
don't miss SoHo CoHo (5 Creek Street), which sells contemporary
Alaskan artwork and souvenirs, including works by pop artist Ray
Corrington's (5th and Broadway) has been selling genuine Alaskan
ivory, native art and other collectibles since 1976.
check out the authentic crafts at Caribou
Crossings (497 S. Franklin Street), which is proudly owned
by a local family.
smoked or canned? Salmon
and specialty food items available
at Skagway's Dejon Delights.
Accessories buffs will find heaven in the endless string of jewelry
shops lining the streets of Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. Diamonds
and gemstones are plentiful, and deals are to be had, especially
toward the end of the summer season, when most shops offer steep
discounts to offload goods before shutting down for the winter.
Keep an eye out for uniquely Alaskan gems, like "Glacier
Ice," a bright blue topaz, and "Alaskan Black Diamond,"
or hematite. Jade, Alaska's official state gem, is also popular.
And don't forget authentic remnants from Alaska's mining history
- a piece of jewelry fashioned from a genuine gold nugget.
visit Spectrum (two locations, at 54-A Front Street and 116 Front
Street) for jewelry handcrafted from natural Alexandrite, Tanzanite,
Tourmaline and other precious Alaskan gemstones.
jewelers Casey McBride and Marcia Cook are behind the wilderness-inspired
designs at Taiya
River Jewelry (252 Broadway).
indulge in Alaska's official state gem at The Jade Shop (321 South
Franklin Street), which offers jade from its very own mine in
Alaska prides itself on its abundance of fresh seafood, and luckily,
it offers visitors the chance to take some home. Smoked salmon
is everywhere, as are other salmon products like canned salmon,
salmon dip and even salmon jerkey. Artisanal preserves, honey,
barbeque sauces and chocolates are also popular souvenirs.
A Taste of Alaska (18 Creek Street) offers all kinds of regional
Delights (387 5th Ave) specializes in vacuum-packed salmon
and halibut, smoked in their secret recipe. Plus, they offer free
find the original smoked salmon at Taku
Smokeries (550 South Franklin Street). You can also pick up
gifts and souvenirs.
the Author... Jessica Arriola Marati
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