Local crafts jump start Holiday shopping at Soldotna Sports Center

Posted: Tuesday, November 28, 2006


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  Shoppers look over locally made arts and crafts at the annual Holiday Bazaar at Soldotna Sports Center.

Shoppers look over locally made arts and crafts at the annual Holiday Bazaar at Soldotna Sports Center.

More than twenty vendors and local crafters gathered for the annual Holiday Bazaar at the Soldotna Sports Center the weekend before Black Friday. Everything from premium quality candles and accessories to handmade quilts and baby clothes were available for local shoppers seeking unique and one-of-a-kind items for their holiday shopping list.


Locally made arts and crafts at the annual Holiday Bazaar at Soldotna Sports Center.

Those wishing to dress up in traditional retro-garb of the Last Frontier were even able to create their own custom holiday greeting card at Kenai Kate’s Old Time Photos. Elizabeth Eskelen, alias Kenai Kate, has her summer shop at Kenai Landing. She became interested in retro-photography when looking at historical photographs, “I’ve always been a fan of Alaskan history and interested in old aviation and commercial fishing photos, having been brought up on a fishing boat, and I had a couple of friends in Anchorage and Fairbanks that had a similar business and they encouraged me to start my own business out at Kenai Landing. Being there at the old cannery reminds me of growing up on a fishing boat as a kid,” explained Eskelen.


Candice Braud and Melisa Bassetti at their Northern Lights at Home booth.

Kenai Kate offers several options of costumes ranging from old time fishing gear to dance hall girl outfits, “I’m really wanting to expand in featuring old time fishing outfits and original rain gear so that folks can have a photo dressed just as the commercial fishers were 50 to 70 years ago,” said Eskelen. Kenai Kate also has a photo shop in the Van Gilder Hotel in Seward. Kenai Landing is closed for the season, but special holiday appointments may be made by calling 335- 3512.


Linda Lowery of the new Designed by U craft co-op, displays an array of locally made items.

Linda Lowery, manager of the new Designed By U craft co-op in Soldotna also had a booth at the Holiday Bazaar that featured a wide variety of home made items, “We invite everyone to stop by our new crafters co-op during the holidays. You’ll find a huge arrangement of handcrafted and unique items that would make great gifts or just to reward yourself with something special. Just a sample of items in our store include metal art, abstract art, handmade jewelry, fur slippers, Alaskan painting, custom clothing, and even stress relief items,” said Lowery. Designed By U is located on the Sterling Highway in Soldotna where Summit Dry Cleaners use to be located. For more information call 260-3633.


Kenai Kate's Old Time Photos was a popular attraction at the annual Holiday Bazaar.



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