First Friday Event

Celebrating Handmade Books, November 7, 5-8pm

Celebrating Handmade Books 1 Join us for a very special First Friday.  Celebrating Handmade Books features works by members of the Northwoods Book Arts Guild.  Members demonstrating binding stitches beginning at 5pm include Susan Campbell, Mary Maisch, Margo Klass and Laurel Herbeck.  Come by and learn the difference between Coptic, Long Stitch, and other bindings.  Handmade books will be on display and available for purchase.  Other guild members whose books will be featured include Corlis Taylor, Linda Adamson, Connie Stricks, Sue Cole, and Oralee Nudson.  Refreshments and a door prize drawing.

Warmth

IMG_2238At this time of year, the store changes.  It is a noticeable change.  From a focus on summer’s warmth in previous months when we have our entry door open, we’ve now transitioned to scarves and gloves and our shelves are filling with specialty food items that will warm our tables during the next few months.  The flower beds outside are bare.  The windows cleaned.  At home it is time to change up the wardrobe, get out the thicker blankets, drag out the survival gear tote for the car or truck, find the pesky window scraper, reach for the lone boot in the dark corner of the closet.  But in all of this, remember to look up to the heavens in gratitude, enjoying the company of the early northern lights and the glow of bright stars.  Remember the warmth in the hearts of our friends and neighbors.  Take time to tell a story, have a cup of tea, share a moment with a friend, show someone you care.  Here at If Only we are all excited about the upcoming season.  We love the new products and displays.  We want you to enjoy them too, so come on by.  Soon and often.  And yes, Be Warm!

Read Martha's Diary

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.