Twenty plus unique shops that line both sides of the Market and drown the center.
As you stroll through The Market at Kenai Landing you will enter a warehouse full of surprises. The atmosphere is a very old warehouse with its wooden floors, exposed beams and wood and panel glass windows from its original structure. You’ll feel taken back to those times you see in the old movie classics.
The Market has twenty plus shops that are all different in their own unique way and they offer those unusual, beautiful and original works of art by local artists.
How do I get to The Market at Kenai Landing you ask? On K-Beach you go south about 2 miles past Bridge Access. Look for Cannery Road and go right. Follow Cannery all the way to the end of the paved road and you will see the entrance to Kenai Landing. Can’t miss it.
Rose’s Emporium will draw you in just seeing the stained glass that Rose herself has made. She is a one of a kind artist that incorporates her own little touch to her work. She offers collectibles, nautical items, sea glass frames and other gifts that are perfect for special gifts.
Enter the Market and visit with yesteryear, today and tomorrow. Many opportunities to get your early Christmas shopping done.
You will also visit Raven’s Trinkets finding canvas totes, beach glass, sun catchers, and fleece vests with embroidery, T-shirts and more. The wind art is some kind of special as well. Raven’s shares space with The Winds Got It Kites where you will experience a wonderland of kites. The colors are all so brilliant and the shapes and sizes are great. Stunt kites are available for those who are inquiring. When was the last time you flew a kite?
Close by you can enter Timeless Treasures and see antiques that will take you back to yesterday. Lamps made from diesel truck engine parts that any man would want to have in his den, and watercolors by a local artist. There are quilted jackets for kids that have colors of the rainbows or spilled blueberries.
Ever see a “tundramuffin”? Well, they are just too cute. You can see several different ones at the Kenai Seniors Connection. Their shop displays many of gift items for that special person from quilted art to pillows, stained glass and more. This shop is operated by seniors and proceeds help with the Kenai Senior Center.
The Mountain Ash shop sports a little bit of everything. A must see with selections of native ivory carvings and jewelry. There is original art by local artists and those Alaskan souvenirs for those visiting. A must stop shop.
A casual stroll through the many shops will make a day of great shopping.
You are most welcome in The Glass Menagerie to see the skill of sixteen different local artists work on display. From metal art, baskets, wood art and of course, Joyce Getchell’s own stained glass work. Elegance and flare this shop will awe you.
You will truly want to visit with Kristen and her Ice Cream Shop to enjoy a root beer float, a milkshake or a hand dipped ice cream cone with a variety of toppings. Or is a hot fudge sundae more your style? You enter smiling, you leave smiling. Ice cream does that to us!
Call of the Wild Bear Den will interest you with their bear rugs, birch baskets and beaded jewelry. You can find framed art as well as native seal skin art. Stop in and say hello to Bonnie and Bob. They hail from Texas and have the hospitality to prove it.
Vintage, vintage, vintage and much more you will find at Silver Fox Boutique. Clothing from yesteryear that has such style and class it has made a comeback. Beautiful dresses, blouses, shoes, jewelry and accessories from an era that embodied style. Some are designer items that will make a statement when worn. You can also see fur slippers being made if you catch the resident artist at work.
If you get that urge for a hot coffee or a smoothie you can always visit Mary and her crew at Coffee @ The Landing. You can find the mochas, chai teas, regular coffee, fresh pastries and Oprah’s favorite drink that is now available, the Frozen Hot Chocolate. It’s delicious and worth the trip to get one. Mary keeps her hands busy operating the coffee shop as well as Hook-y Charters. Where does she find the time? `
Tom Cooper of Alaska Horn & Antler has also set up a shop with his beautiful carvings on display. This is truly the “master” of carving and the detail on his work is like no other. Visit the shop and buy early for Christmas for that special someone.
The Artist Tree of Alaska displays original paintings by Stanley Aho, a local artist. The shop also offers a large variety of turned wood bowls and carved sculptures, and unique work surely to amaze you.
Keep your hands close to your side as you enter The Cove Gallerie. You’ll want everything you see from beautiful hand painted silk scarves, dolls, ornaments, handmade beaded jewelry, pottery and tapestry bags. There is fur, gloves, hats and Alaskan wildlife photography and much more. Such a wonderland to walk through.
If seeing the fine details in works of art is thrilling to you, be sure to visit with Rick and Angie, owners and contributing artists at The Alaska Decoy Company. Beautiful wood carving replicas of fish, ducks, birds. You will find stained glass, feather art and jewelry. Be sure to ooh and ahh at the beautiful carved rainbow trout mounted and displayed. An eye catcher.
If a sweet tooth is what you have, go straight to The Candy Shop. You will find the very thing that made you turn in the shop to begin with. Chocolate and other sweet treats such as the fantastic fudge. Yummy. Need I say more? Kathy is also the owner of Candy Bouquet in Soldotna. Everybody needs chocolate. Take some home for tomorrows attack!
White Dove Paper and Design will have handmade paper in a huge selection. Darla has beautiful handmade journals and lamp shades. There are other items for that certain spot in your great room or gifts for special friends and family. Be sure to inquire with Darla about her classes and workshops. She herself is a true artist.
Don’t miss your walk through Johnny T’s and see the crafty work done on the wood carvings. Bears, eagles, fish and more as you will see the true work done with a chainsaw. Both wood carvers Johnny Trofimuk and Steve Toth have their work on display. You can also see willow chairs, bark frames and beautifully framed wildlife photography by Arne Grisham.
Let’s go back in time when Jesse James was alive. You can do that at Kenai Kate’s Old Time Photo’s and look like you’re wanted by the law. Select your outfit and look like an outlaw, a sheriff, Annie Oakley or Belle Starr.
And what better gift at Christmas than a family portrait that is ready for you in less than thirty minutes?
Driftwood Cards and Gifts will definitely have what you’re looking for in way of cards, T-shirts, hats, socks, Alaskan souvenirs, mugs, stuffed animals and photo albums. You can also find the beautiful sparkly jewelry and more when you visit with Jeanette and Joan. Hospitality isn’t wasted here as you feel very welcomed when you enter.
Stroll through the world of pottery as you visit with the Kenai Art Guild shop that teamed with artworks to display some of the most exquisite pottery and art you’ve ever seen. Local artwork by affluent artists and finding that special something will be a tough selection. And you may just bump in to one of those local artists while shopping there.
If Jaen has time, ask her about her trips to the far away places she goes to buy her goods such as Peru and Bali. She has a keen eye and a world of information on how these beautiful exotic clothes are made. You’ll discover sarongs, blouses, robes, jackets and accessories to outfit you for any casual occasion. Jewelry from many ports will be found at Turtle Island Imports
If you’re visiting The Market at Kenai Landing you will want to allow time for shopping and dining. Whether you enjoy lunch or an early dinner, you can feast on a menu that is reasonably priced. Weekends you will find the local talent playing your favorite tunes in the bar where you can enjoy your favorite spirits and visit with family or friends. Or catch a show of Damon’s Alaskan Frontier now showing through August 6 in the new theater. If you want to make it a weekend getaway from home, relax and experience something so different, inquire at the office about their lodging. If you’ve yet to see The Market or dine at the Sockeye Restaurant, you owe yourself a treat before season ends. And when you visit again next year there will be more. It just keeps getting better and better.
Next time you’re asked where you’re going simply say, “to the market”.
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