We walk towards the look out. I point out the various points of interest "Do you see that string of street lights? That's Dimond, if you follow it far enough, you'll see The Hideaway Club."
Years ago when parents first moved here, we stayed at grandmother's in her basement. My parents were drinkers and she wasn't for grandmother was a "saved-again-christian" who watched the PTL Club faithfully. She has plants galore and sleepy air. When sitting in her living room, it made you very relaxed and you ended up sleeping no matter what. Since no alcohol was allowed in her house, they went looking for the nearest bar, which was the Hideaway Club. They walked in and made friends with the bartender/owner. Come closing time they asked my parents if they wanted to stay. The answer was yes, so the owner locked the door and stopped charging and they got politely drunk.
That was over 30 years ago and now parents are both gone and so was the original owners. When I got my freak inheritance, I bought the bar and kept the staff on for they know what they're doing.
"The first time I came here was years ago when I was in summer camp. 10? 11? Anyways, younger than I am today and we climbed to the smaller hill next to Flattop and had picnic there. Which is over there. The bigger, more adventurous campers climbed the mountain while we waited. I didn't climb it until next year. Coming down, some fool knocked loose a rock and barely missed my head by 4 inches. I felt it whiz by."
"What brings you to Alaska? I hope you didn't come up here to 'Live off the Land'? If you are, Anchorage is a poor place to start."
"Nothing of the sort, after college I decided I got tired of the desert heat and wanted a climate change. I was a fan of 'Northern Exposure' and thoroughly loved 'Into the Wild' and seen some movies that were filmed here. I had to experience it for myself."
"Ah...well what do you think of it so far? If you noticed, we don't have counties but burroughs and the Natives don't throw tomatoes at white folk on Thanksgiving."
"Yes, I figured most of the storyline in Northern Exposure was all Hollywood. I heard it was filmed in some small town in Washington state. Wasn't there a brief television series set here in Anchorage, it aired on Fox back when it first started."
"Yea, I seen maybe three episodes, they tried for the whole 'we both dig each other but we're in relationships right now and won't be able to do anything about our romantical hunches' one scene that sticks out is the lead character tells roommates why he's late coming home. there was a bear blocking traffic on Denali street. Almost believeable. We do have 300 black bears here in our town. They travel miles for the fish in the local creeks. But they travel at night and just along the creeks, so most of the city don't see them but every so often you'd see bear scat. The moose population is bigger, 300 year round residents and in wintertime, it jumps up to 1,200."
"I've seen a couple of moose since I been here. I been mainly getting my store ready and haven't been paying attention to anything else. Starting your own business from scratch is exhausting. Filling out paperwork left and right, trying to build inventory. From mixers, double boilers, candy thermometers, food wrappers, refrigerators, freezers, liquid chocolate pumps, which was difficult to find. The internet is good for something other than surfing for free porn. Then looking for space big enough for my business, one thing I've noticed about Anchorage, there are few chocolatiers so business should prosper."
"What do your parents think of your new business?"
"Oh, they're the ones who gave me seed money to start it. They knew I have a thing for everything chocolate. When I was younger, we used to go to state fairs and I've seen one food booth with chocolate covered frozen bananas. I totally loved it and did my best to recreate at home and then I was hooked. Melting the chocolate was difficult if you don't know the tricks. I burned many batches before I knew about double boilers. Then it was all about research, buying every cookbook I could find. The available chocolate products are all processed with man-made chemicals and tastes nasty. I'm making my own chocolate from scratch. I buy whole organic cocoa beans and process it myself. Everything is fresh and organic. A little expensive and I don't think it'll last very long but I love it."