Downtown streets are lined with shops
offering authentic (and delicious) treasures
Sure, you'll find plenty of souvenirs in local gift shops, but you'll definitely want to take home something uniquely Juneau to commemorate your trip. When it comes to shopping in Juneau, here are few places not to miss during your visit.
Art collectors will find a feast for the eyes here. Juneau's stunning natural landscape has inspired many artists whose paintings, drawing and photos are displayed throughout the city. Sculpture and carved totem poles are also popular art pieces. Take a walk downtown — there are several galleries clustered along a couple blocks of South Franklin Street — or in the Mendenhall Valley shopping districts to find something that strikes your fancy.
To find the perfect Alaskan accessory, hit the local specialty shops for limited edition designer pieces and beautiful Native Alaska jewelry. Drop by local shops like Caribou Crossings, The Jade Shop or the Jewel Box to discover a variety of unique items. Native carved silver bracelets with totemic designs are an excellent choice. Juneau is home to world-renowned designer of all things “pin,” William Spear, and Wm Spear Design. With over 800 designs to peruse, the shop on South Franklin Street is surely one of Juneau’s most unusual retail shops.
There are plenty of delicious local foods to bring home with you. Coffee lovers can pick up some of Heritage Coffee's specialty roasts (the company has been satisfying Juneau's caffeine fix for 38 years). If you prefer hops to beans, pick up something from the Alaskan Brewing Company, whose beers have garnered international awards. For the chocolate aficionados, Alaskan Fudge Company should be your first stop. And you can't leave town without a taste of the area's incredible smoked salmon. Local providers will prepare and pack your selection (ice and all) so you can take it with you or have it shipped directly back home.
Visitors looking for locally made gifts should check out Glacier Smoothie Soaps, winner of a Manufacturer of the Year award, presented by the Alaska Department of Commerce's "Made in Alaska" program. Deliciously fragrant soaps contain a bit of real glacier silt, which gently exfoliates your skin for a radiant glow.
To read about unique Juneau artists, click on the articles below:
"Portrait of an Artist: Rie Munoz"
"Hi Ho Silver: Discovering the Silver Lining"
"Seeing Through Art"