Sorry for the Inconvenience

Saturday January 10th, 10 am to 6 pm

We will be closed on Saturday January 10th due to unavoidable circumstances.  We are sorry for any inconvenience and will be open on Monday at 10 am as usual.  Be sure to check out our after holiday sale which includes 40% off several of our favorite things, a large selection of Vera Bradley, and holiday decor.

Smiles and Laughter

IMG_2507 (1)This is a special time of year when we think more about others.  I’d like to think we should make it a practice year around.  Secret Santas leave gifts on office desks when you’re least expecting someone to walk by.  A box appears on the front porch.  It is a UPS delivery from far away.  The light on the answering machine blinks bright red in the dark of December when we make our way home in the evening.  It’s a message from someone dear who thought to call.  Surprise and surprise.  Strangers smile and say hello as they pass on the street or in the grocery.  We let ourselves chuckle aloud over something we find humorous.  We find it easier somehow to be generous.  This is the season of anticipation.  I always look forward to this time of year because I get to see so many friends as they come into the store.  I enjoy overhearing their laughter as they talk and enjoy each other’s company.  When the early afternoon is dusky with snowflakes falling as it was this afternoon, a hush comes on Cushman.  It is almost sacred.  And as dusk turns to darkness, I see the tree light up in front of City Hall.  Yes, it is a magical time of year!  Soon I will listen for the click of reindeer hooves on the sidewalk as we head toward solstice.  And all will be still again with lights twinkling.  I send smiles and laughter and thoughts of generosity to all.

Read Martha's Diary

My Name is Martha

IMG_2504My 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.