Dimond Center calls itself "Alaska's Favorite Mall" for a reason. Several restaurants as well as candy shops and pretzel stands tempt even most serious shopper as they explore the mall. For sports and exercise, try the Dimond Center Athletic Club, which is complete with two pools, racquetball courts, a weight room, and nautilus equipment. There is also an ice-rink on site. Visitors can also catch a movie at Dimond Center 9 Cinemas.
This four-story mall has all of the most popular shops: The Body Shop, Banana Republic, Eddie Bauer, Coach, Gymboree, Bebe and Sullivan's Steakhouse, among others. There is plenty of parking in the two adjacent garages, which are accessible to the mall through skywalks, elevators and escalators. Sullivan's Steakhouse is at the east end and the Alaska State Troopers' Museum is on the first floor, which means that there is something for everyone at this popular complex.
This is a favorite store because of its name brand selections and factory outlet prices. Whatever you are looking for—chances are—it is here. Name brands such as Calvin Klein, Jones New York, Nine West, Perlina, Preview, Ann Taylor, DKNY, Woolrich, All That Jazz, Givenchy, Franco Sarto and others are offered at 25%-60% off. Do not shop till you drop; it's easy to stop for an hour to refuel. Just across the street is a terrific Thai restaurant, Siam Cuisine that offers a lunch buffet.
Filled with a variety of authentic Native arts and crafts, this shop also happens to be Alaska's largest fur pelt dealer. See the museum quality collector's items like ivory carvings, whalebone jewelry and scrimshaw artwork. Other gift ideas include horn carvings, soapstone, Alaskan jade jewelry, masks made of fox, caribou and muskrat, hats, slippers and the traditional Eskimo footwear, the sealskin mukluk. The exchange also produces some of the fur pelts as coats in otter, wolverine and fox, and carry hats made of wolf, lynx and coyote.
Carrying the largest selection of natural gold nuggets in Alaska, watch as Alaska Mint's artisans construct designs of gold including fishermen at salmon streams, eagles, and more on to pendants, watches, coins and earrings. With the largest gold sales in Alaska, this store has the spirit of the gold rush within its walls. Whether you design your own or purchase pre-made, the wealth of options in jewelry is amazing here. One particularly beautiful item is the delicate snowflake earring set this establishment is known for; they make a great gift.
Here lies more than 4,000 square feet of unique Alaskan souvenirs and gifts. This shop touts "the lowest prices, widest selection and friendliest service in town," and invites you to put this motto to the test. If you are hunting for T-shirts, salmon and halibut products to take home with you, or videos of the many aspects and locations of Alaska, this is your place. When was the last time you heard a player piano? This shop has a ragtime playing player piano that you can tap your toes along to as you shop.
Located downtown in a small brown house with a full outside wall mural of musk oxen, this store holds the handiwork of more than 250 Native Alaskan knitters. In 1969, this cooperative began knitting the remarkable, downy soft underhair of musk oxen called qiviut. The result is an unshrinkable, soft but durable, ten times warmer than wool, material that makes beautiful scarves, mittens, shawls and hats woven in village specific patterns. A unique wearable gift, it is an exclusively produced product. Online ordering is available at the Web site.
This formal wear store carries a complete line of tuxedos and accessories such as ties and cuffs, as well as many shirts, vests, socks and shoes. In addition to sizes from 3-64, the owners offer custom fitting and one-hour or next-day service. Tuxedos, business and regular suits are available and it rents or sells brands such as Oscar de la Renta, Raffinati, Bill Blass, Christian Dior, After Six, Dynasty, Pierre Cardin and Yves St. Lauren.
On the corner of Fourth Avenue, sits a large gift store with interior log walls and filled with unique items. Check out the birch wood bowls, spectacular and original birdhouses, chimes, handmade Alaskan soaps, baskets, blown glass candles, moose print blankets, pajamas, glass jewelry and pins. One will also find Alaskan wildflower decorated and scented candles, a selection of Alaskan books, caps, T-shirts, beautiful pottery and locally made ceramics. If you cannot find the perfect gift here, you are simply not looking. Shipping is available.
Jeweler Doug Robuck offers appraisals, consignment, service, repair and design. Come in and check out the downtown location filled with diamonds and gem stones. You will enjoy perusing the stock of 14K, 18K and platinum necklaces, bracelets, rings and earring sets in addition to the wide variety of Alaskan gold nuggets and ivory items. Also featured are carvings of jade, ivory and bone. Many estate items are also carried, if you are looking for something especially unique.