Definitely About Downtown: September 8, 2016

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Did you know we co-wrote a series of articles on 2nd Avenue? We did! Thanks to Charlie Dexter of the UAF Community and Technical College’s Department of Applied Business, we wrote three articles (and provided information for a fourth) as part of the weekly Inside Business column in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. With the following hyperlinks, you’ll be able to read an introduction to the series, take two virtual walking tours (one historic and the other on art) and also get an insiders look at the Co-Op Plaza!

The 2016 Exploration of Food and Wine was a great success! This elegant evening was filled with generosity, laughs, and good company! Oh, and did we mention we raised over $50,000 to support the great activities at the museum, as well as the Museums for All program? Thank you to all our generous donors who make the museum an amazing place for families!

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The back steps of Courthouse Square are undergoing a renovation. The historic building, managed by JL Properties, saw new steps installed on its Cushman Street side during the summer of 2015. What is one significant improvement that this new renovation will bring? The property will now be ADA compliant, as ramps will be installed to better facilitate wheelchair access to and from the building!

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Downtown will soon welcome a new business into the fold! Blanchard Family Funeral Home will open on the site of what was previously Wilton Adjusting. The property is on Noble Street across from the Westmark Hotel & Conference Center and renovations on the new funeral home will begin this year. The new funeral home will be built adjacent to the former Wilton Adjusting building. Keith Blanchard, who has recently returned to Fairbanks, is the owner and has been a funeral director for almost 25 years.

Lost & Found has moved to a new location. The record shop, formerly of The Co-Op Plaza, is now located next to Alaska Rarelost and found new shop Coins at 551-A 2nd Avenue. The shop features an eclectic mix of vinyl records, music equipment, art and jewelry.

The Towne House Motel and Apartments had undergone an extensive exterior paint job. The facade, formerly only white, has been repainted with a strong red accent. The motel and apartment complex is located on Cushman Street.