Artist Love

You have been asking and we haven’t been very helpful in answering. When is our final day you say? Well, December 22nd will be our last day. As of now, all merchandise is 20% off and will continue to fall as time rolls along, but get in before it’s all gone!

We have had a blast these last amazing 10 years and couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks for all the love and support, Anchorage. Keep showing the other fab Anchorage mom and pops, and brick and mortars your love – they all need it, now more than ever. In the time of the internet and a slowly growing dumpster fire of an economy, it’s YOU who will keep these guys alive.

And no! Our fearless leader isn’t going anywhere – you can still find her Annie’s Arts & Follies line around town and soon in a new studio (look for open studios, First Friday events, etc – go follow her on facebook. Go ahead. We’ll wait.). So, no, she isn’t moving. No, she isn’t done making fun things. Just a slightly new direction in this awesome adventure.


Thanks for all the great memories guys! (maybe someday I’ll write a book). Stop by to say hi or bye (I’m not a hugger, so none of that please), pick up fab handmade goodies on sale, or take home some of those displays you have drooled over all these years. Going to miss 2601 Spenard, but it’s onto the next!  Hip, hip, hooray! – Annie





After 10 fabulous years in business, Bella will be closing its doors at the end of the year. We have had such a blast getting to know our customers and supporting handmade in Anchorage, as well as artists outside. But it is time to head on to the next adventure.

Our fearless leader will still be around town with her handmade jewelry line Annie’s Arts and Follies and you will see her at shows as well as volunteering her time to fab causes (say hi when you see her ushering at the PAC! A fun volunteer job supporting the arts!).

Keep your eye on our social media pages for markdown schedules and special sales. Be sure to get the good stuff before it’s gone!

Wow. 2016 was a rough one for Anchorage businesses. I don’t think there is a single local mom and pop that didn’t experience a noticeable decline in sales throughout the year, and most notably during the holiday season. There are of course many theories about this…from the state’s own economy being in the toilet with ever consuming debt, to the uncertainty of the greater system after that dumpster fire of an election in November (I think we still have a mild hangover). But I really think the biggest part of this giant hit to our local small business is this. The internet. The thing which is hosting this little post.

Remember when all the small towns were up in arms about WalMart when they were coming in and decimating small local economies? Well, that is kind of exactly what is happening now, but on a much larger scale. So many folks are turning to Amazon and other sites to do their quick “click and ship” shopping and it is hurting some very real local business owners. Hard. Now we aren’t saying that you should never use Amazon – we do. And we love it! And free shipping to Alaska? Hell yeah!! – but remember that each click takes a few pennies (ok, more like lots of dollars) out of your friends and neighbors pockets.

We have already lost so many gems in this town this year – shops that have been staples for years and years – and if we don’t reign this trend in, we are going to lose more. Those awesome little shops with one of a kind things? The shopkeeper who knows your name and asks how your kids are? The place on the corner that calls you when they just know you are going to love something that just came in? That is all going to go away. I think our UPS guy is pretty great, and I’m pretty sure the regular mailman on our route is some sort of a saint, but that doesn’t mean I want my shopping experiences to be whittled down to delivery men and boxes.

The week before Christmas a customer was in making some holiday purchases. When I asked if she was honing in on the holiday gift buying finish line, she said “Oh. I did all of my shopping online. But now it is so close to Christmas that things won’t ship on time so I had to come out and go to actual stores.” I think my heart actually broke a little. You know that scene in the Grinch when his heart gets bigger and little springs and screws go ‘ping’ and ‘boing’? That was my heart – but in the opposite direction. And you know, this girl was not alone. Not even close.

We really need to reign this in. This online buying thing. It really is having a very dramatic, and very real effect on our local small business landscape. It is already too late for some of our favorite local haunts, but it doesn’t have to be too late for all. Please. PLEASE. Think before you click. Can you get that in town? How devastated would you be if _______ closed? While of course many local shops have online personas as well – Etsy, their own point of sale websites, etc, etc – which is awesome!! And we aren’t saying that the internet is bad (no Luddites here!)…..just be aware of who and where you click from.

I love Anchorage. I love how tight-knit our community is. I love that we are so unique. Let’s not allow the big giant interweb and the convenience of stored credit card information and free shipping ruin it. Because that would be the ultimate sad.



There are so many great new things coming into the shop that we need to make room! And how do we do that? We have a sale!! What’s marked down right now:

40% off ALL Jes Switaj tees and hoodies

35% off ALL Elisabethan skirts and tops

30% off ALL Curly Girl chocolates


Start your holiday shopping early! Grab these deals because the goods won’t be around for long!

We are so excited about the upcoming Lillith Moon trunk show!!! Cori is definitely bringing her A game and we couldn’t be more thrilled with all of the amazing one of a kind goodies she will be showing!

Lillith Moon trunk

We know how hard you guys crush on the Cuppow lids. You know – those cool lids that let you turn a mason jar into a travel cup?!


Well, you’ve asked for cozies to keep your hands safe while you enjoy your beverages…and they have arrived! Check out these fabulous sewn and *lined* cozies for your jars by local seamstress Trina McBride! Woo hoo!


Loads to choose from and all full of awesome.

In January, Mr Bella and I hopped on a plane, skipped across the Pacific, and landed in Okinawa, Japan to visit with Stephanie Tonino of Tama Press and her amazing family. They graciously allowed us to crash on their living room floor, teach their toddler fab words (dung beetle!) and played the best tour guides one could have asked for. In addition to all of the fabulous food and culture, being so close to the Tama Press studio in person was pretty amazing. It was so cool to see books in the works and the famous paper stash!

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It’s so neat to see the process and all of the cool paper specific tools! I bet if you asked nicely the next time you’re in Okinawa, she’ll give you the grand tour as well!


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