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.
The main attraction (and namesake) of the Mall at Sears), this store holds an auto center, portrait studio and optical department. All varieties of apparel (casual to formal, women's, men's, children's) are sold, as well as jewelry, housewares, hardware by Craftsman and others, sporting goods, stereos, TVs, computers, shoes, kitchen appliances, luggage, hearing aids, furniture and mattresses, water heaters, water softeners and other items. With a long reputation of quality and guaranteed merchandise, it stands out from the competition. Home delivery and home servicing programs are available.
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.
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.
Browse along the narrow walkways and find your next treasure. It carries many paintings, beautifully preserved lace runners, women's gloves and other textiles and a wide array of porcelain housewares. Throughout the shop you will find furniture, clocks, decorative dressing room dividers, hanging tapestry's and more. Pick from a wide selection of decorative glass slippers, dolls, feathered hats, Indian basketry, rare firearms and other fine items.
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.
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.
Directly across from the Log Cabin Visitor's Center, Alaska's largest photograph shop offers 60 years of collected Alaska color slides, movies, photographs and postcards for purchase. A resident reindeer provides you with a photo opportunity you are not likely to forget! Part of the historic registry, this 1921 building has its original pressed-tin ceiling. This shop is one of the largest resale outlets for Alaskan jade and it is available by the pound or by the ton.
Marked by a life-sized statue of a grizzly standing above the front entrance, this store holds a variety of gift options. Choose from a massive T-shirt selection and a variety of Alaskan theme stationery, magnets and calendars among other items. Located in the center of the store, the long glass jewelry cabinets hold Alaskan Jade, the vivid green and blue Alaskan Opals and gold nugget pieces. This shop also carries videos, CDs and cassette tapes; you can bring Alaska home with you in a variety of media. Mail orders are available online.