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Dancer’s Workshop March 3rd, 2014

Categories: 365 Things To Do In The Mat-Su Valley

Dancer's Workshop

Dancer’s Workshop

Come join the fun at Dancers Workshop in Wasilla!

We are committed to providing dance students with solid dance education in a caring and nurturing environment. We offer a complete curriculum, including Mommy & Me (18 months to 2), Ballet for ages 3 and up, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballroom and more! Join the families at the Dancers Workshop and discover what dance can do for you or your child.

Dancers Workshop
[email protected]

Written by Marty Van Diest

Whipple Painting Services LLC April 17th, 2013

Categories: For Buyers, For Sellers, Getting Ready For The Sale, Matanuska Valley Businesses

Whipple Painting Services

Whipple Painting Services

If you are looking for good painters in the Palmer or Wasilla area, you need to call Whipple Painting Services.

I have known Joe and Jacob Whipple since they were boys and can vouch for them as honest, hard workers. Spring is here and Whipple Painting Services is licensed, bonded and insured

These men grew up in the Valley. Support the local guys, give them a call!
Here is their contact info:

Phone 907-354-4626

Written by Marty Van Diest

Sophia’s Cafe January 9th, 2013

Categories: Matanuska Valley Businesses


Sophia's Cafe

Call Sophia’s Cafe at (907) 745-9001

Sophia’s Cafe (formerly called Sophia’s Kafe Neo) at 9191 E Frontage Rd, off the Palmer-Wasilla Highway, east of Trunk Road. It’s easy to drive right by without really noticing that there is a great little restaurant just off the busy highway.

If you enjoy authentic Greek and Mediterranean food… stop driving by and drive right in! Good service and great food await you. I had the Chicken Pita Sandwich. Excellent! And if you like real Gyro’s, I mean the real thing…Sophia’s are second to none.

The interior is not showy, but neo modern warehouse chic. Local art on the walls, comfy chairs and sofas in the corner, exposed steel beams on the ceiling.

They often feature local music and art, as well as community events. Check their Facebook page for updates.
Sophia's Kafe New

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Written by Marty Van Diest

Beary Cool Yogurt – Locally Owned Business August 7th, 2012

Categories: Matanuska Valley Businesses

Beary Cool Yogurt
591 East Parks Highway, #235
By Blockbuster in the Wasilla Carrs Mall
(907) 357-2379
Review by Tamara Van Diest

I recently purchased a savings card from one of the Palmer High Football players. It offered a variety great Valley deals at locally owned businesses. One of those was Beary Cool Yogurt in Wasilla. I had never heard of it! I Googled it and then promptly went over to check it out.

Beary Cool Yogurt is located in the Wasilla Carrs Mall, right by Blockbuster and Great Alaska Pizza Company. They are on summer hours right now, so they’re open from 11am-9pm Sunday through Thursday, and 11am-11pm Friday and Saturday.

I walked in and fell in love! The interior is decorated like an old ice cream parlor, with bright colored walls and good seating. The employees were cheerful and easy to chat with.

Product wise, Beary Cool Yogurt offers 10 different flavors of frozen yogurt made by Honey Hill Farms. The flavors vary each week, and you have an option to swirl different ones together. You pay by the ounce, its $0.51 per ounce, but so worth it! They have 16oz and 20 oz cups, as well as fresh made waffle bowls. The Fro-yo is self serve, as you can see from the picture, and then you have a choice of over 40 different toppings ranging from fruit to chocolate to big gumballs.

I tried Red Velvet Cupcake, Caramel Pretzel and Triple Chocolate. Amazing! I thought they tasted better without toppings (the flavoring is spot-on).

While the price was a little spendier than other places offering icecream, you know you’re getting better nutritional value in frozen yogurt than in fatty icecream. They had sugar-free, low-fat and fat free options in both frozen yogurt and toppings. Their prices rival Fruit Land and Cold Stone, but they offer a one-of-a-kind product!

I came in at 7:30pm on a Friday night and it was busy!! How was I the last to know about this awesome shop?!?

Beary Cool Yogurt
591 East Parks Highway, #235
By Blockbuster in the Wasila Carrs Mall
(907) 357-2379

Written by Marty Van Diest

Mat-Su Dental Center May 23rd, 2012

Categories: 365 Things To Do In The Mat-Su Valley, Matanuska Valley Businesses



951 E. Bogard Rd. STE 203

Wasilla, Alaska 99654




Mat Su Dental Center has been such a wonderful dental office to work with!

I have had trouble finding a dentist to work with me because I do not have insurance. I went in on a personal referral and had them assess my teeth and work up a treatment plan in order of priority. I have not been to the dentist in over 5 years and needed some work done. It was nice to space it out and get the most important stuff done first.

All of the staff was really helpful and worked with me to make me feel comfortable and taken care of. I must say that a trip to the dentist is not my favorite thing to do but still this experience was by far the best I have had.

Dr. Land worked on my teeth with care and precision. I am amazed at Dr. Lands knowledge and attention to detail. To not have constant pain in my teeth is such a relief and I’m very grateful to the staff for fixing me up!

Dr. Land

Dr. Land

Jennifer Smart is the wonderful office manager who helped me along the way, she wants to make sure you know the following:

Mat-Su Dental Center is a compassionate office where patient comfort is a priority. We have great understanding for the timid and will work with you to make your visit the best it can be. We give back to the community by going to the elementary schools and doing oral care instructions along with visual exams for the children at no charge.

We accept both child and adult Medicaid and provide the full range of services Medicaid offers for both children and adults. We can also assist those with grants from different community organizations with their dental care.

Give them a call today to see how they can help with your dental needs!

Written by Marty Van Diest

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