Hi, my name is Alyssa!

I'm a mommy, graphic designer, and coffeehouse owner. Born and raised Alaskan, lifelong zen seeker, and decade old vegetarian. 

Recovering perfectionist, self-love/care enthusiast. Talking genuine feeling, and sharing healing. 


Working on this space


my experiences in eating clean, local places in AK with vegan options


books that change my world, currently reading


Things we love, places we go, sights we see

October 6, 2018

Guess what?! My favorite restaurant in Anchorage is turning 40!

And to kick off 40 the right way, Simon's is celebrating 40 days of festivities, events, promotions, and surprises! (Taking notes for my 30th.. You'll catch me hosting celebrations the entire month of December 2023.) 

I was so thrilled when my sister and I were asked to participate in the kickoff, the Harvest of Alaska Dinner on October 1st, but quickly turned pale at clicking the Facebook event link and viewing the beautiful five course meal that'd be presented to us. I don't think anyone I know is unaware that I've been a vegetarian for a decade this year, and I panicked. (yes, I am the meme of the obnoxious veg who must tell everyone eve...

August 23, 2018

After a whole adulthood of making sure everyone I meet is aware that I’ve lived in Kona and Los Angeles and Bainbridge Island, I’m finally doing what I never wanted to. I’m embracing the fact that I’m an Alaskan. Admittedly, a true blue (& gold), always comes back home, sleeps in the sun, howls at the moon, cold-nosed, warm-hearted, Alaskan. 

Mostly, this revelation is thanks to the summer we’ve taken advantage of. It’s thanks to being clothed by sunburns at the lake and mosquito bites at Hatcher’s Pass. It’s thanks to wearing toddlers like accessories as we climbed up and down rigid terrain in the sun and the rain. It’s thanks to the highlights in our hair and the dirt under our nails. The view of my...

July 12, 2018

     I’ve been using my Hopper app incessantly to check on flights because I’m about one stressful email away from booking myself a ticket to Bermuda. In other words, this past weekend, I couldn’t have needed to get away more. The tension in my head spread to tension in the house and everyone was super on edge. June was a stressful month filled with challenging business crossroads, emotionally taxing personal endeavors, and a real lack of self-care. Celebrating independence was the last thing on my mind, yet unbeknownst to me, what I needed most.

The customers at my coffeehouse were asking me all day on July 3rd, “any plans for the 4th?” to which I’d reply “uhhh, getting my hair done?”. We ha...

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