First Friday Event

Time, Nature & Silk, March 2nd 5-8 pm

  Guest artist Terra Shideler will introduce her eco-dyed silk scarves.  Terra harvests from her surroundings to create unique and original dyes with alder, chokecherry, dogwood, and wild spiraea to name a few.  Listen to Terra explain her process and choose your purchase from a curated collection.  Take your pick between crepe de chine, habotai, or charmeuse silk.  Refreshments and a door prize drawing.

Taste the Difference!

 Here at the store we’re starting off the New Year with an explosion of tastes.  Our January First Friday event offers you the opportunity to taste award winning artisan balsamics and olive oils.  Our Ritrovo Selections  are all organic, aged in oak barrels and produced in Italy.  

Organic Citrus Balsamic Vinegar:  inspired by the sun-drenched lemon groves of Sorrento, this bright balsamic vinegar is a blend of lemon juice, Trebbiano white grape must, and wine vinegar.  Serving suggestions:  finish grilled or smoked salmon; drizzle on fresh garden salads; add zest to fruit or berry deserts; drizzle on ice cream; use in seafood, chicken or tofu marinades; blend in Shrubs for a Spritz or cocktail (Shrubs are a blend of fruit, sugar and vinegar, originally created during the Colonial Era to preserve fruit long after harvest. The vinegar provides a distinct tangy bite); pair with a Tuscan blend or milder extra virgin olive oil for a sunny dressing.

Organic Tomato Balsamic Vinegar:  delivers an invigorating sweet and savory flavor.  Serving suggestions:   use for tomato vinaigrette; pair with extra virgin olive oil for caprese or tomato salads; use in seafood salad; drizzle on grilled tuna, halibut or oysters; use on burgers instead of ketchup; add to tomato-based soups and stews; ideal on bruschette; add zest to Bloody Marys; drizzle on oven roasted tomatoes.

Organic Apple Balsamic Vinegar:  a combination of organic Trentino apples with organic Modena white grape must which produces a balanced “agrodolce” vinegar.  Serving suggestions:  use as a finish on pork chops; use on roasted beets; drizzle on fresh fruit and cheese plates; use on spinach salads; add to BLTs; blend with olive oils for dressings; pair with a fruity extra virgin olive oil, Dijon mustard, and Fennel & salt.

Organic Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar:  a combination of Italian raspberry juice and Trebbiano white grape must.  Serving suggestions:  use in salads with spring greens, feta cheese, fruit, and pine nuts; drizzle over grilled radicchio; use as a sauce for duck; drizzle over cheeses or yogurt; drizzle over fruit cobbler or pie; pair with a fresh mint-infused olive oil for an exotic dressing; pair with a milder extra virgin olive oil for vinaigrettes.

Enjoy.  I wish you healthy eating in the New Year!


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My Name is Martha

4E0B3C2D-4431-4DEF-A734-89B6D51675B4My 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.