First Friday Event

IJ 1 2014Join us for a very special Spring Trunk Show of handcrafted jewelry featuring the work of Kurt and Courtney Tripp of Bothell, Washington.  Stylish and eco-friendly, their jewelry focuses on fossilized mammoth, fossilized walrus, vintage ebony wood and mammoth tooth.  With a wide range of styles, you are sure to find pieces perfect for Mother’s Day and graduation.

Like a Lamb

LambIf March comes in like a lion, it’ll go out like a lamb.  Conversely, if March comes in like a lamb, it’ll go out like a lion.  I first heard this expression in grade school.  Over the years, I’ve come to realize that this saying is more of a rhyme than a weather-predictor.  The Farmer’s Almanac concurs but contends that March tends to be a changeable month.  We can hope that if the month starts off stormy it will end warm and sunny.  This year in Fairbanks, we would hope that March will end the way it began, sunny and not too cold.  Of course in between we can hope for some delightful spring snow to cheer the athletes in the Arctic Winter Games and those of us who love to get out on the river for some spring skiing.  And let’s not forget those sprint dogs that are training right now for the North American Open.  We’re just a few short weeks away from all that spring frenzy.  We’re getting plenty of light which lightens our hearts and reminds us of why we put up with the darkness of the last few months.

I am itching for spring.  For me that means passing on what I don’t need, cleaning, culling the clutter, and getting a fresh vision for life.  You’ll see that evidence inside the store.  Fixtures have moved, greeting cards have a facelift, new shelves flank the fireplace.  There are changes every day as the staff prepares for spring and all the visitors coming by this month.  I invite you to come visit soon to take it all in and check out some fine new products.

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My Name is Martha

Martha Outisde 2013 3My name is Martha and I stand by the entrance of If Only…a fine store greeting everyone who enters and those who pass on the street or sidewalk.
I’m on the street during the hours the store is open, rain or shine, 90 degrees or 45 below zero.  I’ve become a Fairbanks icon!  In 2006, I received the Visitor Ambassador of the Year Golden Heart Award from the Fairbanks Downtown Association.  I see and hear a lot, and people from all over the world have their photo taken with me.

Compliments of If Only…

We aim to make shopping at If Only…a fine store a stellar experience. We provide complimentary packing and shipping at your request. You pay only the postage and insurance.

Upon your purchase of wrapping paper from our exquisite paper selections, we provide complimentary wrapping services and ribbon for your package.

We are happy to provide a private shopping experience for your club, organization, or office. Call us to schedule a time. We also provide personal service for weddings, special events, and information on pens and inks by special arrangement or appointment.