With its lack of sales tax and unique products, shopping in the Last Frontier can be a dream come true—if you know where to go. At Westmark, we love to shop small and support our neighbors, so next time you’re in town, take a stroll around and check out some of our favorite northern boutiques.
- For the cutest kicks in Alaska’s biggest city, pop into one of ShuzyQ’s two locations. One is downtown, just walking distance from the Westmark Anchorage Hotel and the other is located in South Anchorage. Both stores are filled with fun heels, flats and boots for every personality, as well as jewelry, trinkets and some great handmade Alaska gifts. Bonus: if you’re down in Juneau, check out ShuzyQ’s sister store, Shoefly!
- Many boutiques are targeted solely at the female population, and that’s where The Mercantile comes in. A menswear and handmade goods shop started by two young Alaskans this year, The Mercantile provides rugged but stylish accessories and clothes for the modern man.
- In Fairbanks, In My Element is “where function meets fashion.” Set up to dress Alaska ladies stylishly during the cold winter months as well as the long, hot summer days, you’ll find selections like fun boots, adorable sweaters, swingy dresses and handmade jewelry. Check out their Instagram account for new arrivals and sale information.
- Let’s not forget about the Yukon! If you’ve brought the family to Whitehorse, swing by Angellina’s Toy Boutique where you can find items from the super practical to the extra fun. The kids will love perusing the toys, and parents might have a hard time leaving empty handed as well with enticing items like puzzles, brainteasers and more.
Supporting local entrepreneurs always makes our day, and it’s also one of the best ways to head home with some one-of-a-kind pieces of Alaska and the Yukon. Check out these shops and feel great knowing you’ll be walking away with quality, hand-selected items to commemorate your northern adventure.