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Ketchikan offers some unique shopping opportunities for visitors, including the purchase of whale bone carvings, masks, and totems, many of which are produced by local artisans and Alaska natives. When considering a purchase, look for the Made in Alaska insignia, featuring a polar bear and cub. For articles created exclusively by Native American Alaskans, the Silver Hand emblem is your clue.
Creek Street is Ketchikan's most popular street, bordering Ketchikan Creek, famous for its abundance of fish, and in particularly, salmon. On Creek Street, you'll find shops, boutiques, and art galleries featuring everything from the above-mentioned items to glassware, jewelry, and many different types of handcrafts.
Julie's Fine Jewelry and Gifts is a good-sized shop that caters to the varied interests of Ketchikan's visitors, offering things like totem poles (might not fit in your suitcase), ivory carvings, soapstone otters (they'll fit), sculpture, and more traditional gifts like jewelry, pottery and other souvenirs. Take a work of art home from Alaska Eagle Arts, one of Creek Street's own.
Everyone knows the real reason you came to town. It's to sample the famous fish that made Ketchikan the "Salmon Capital of the World." You can visit a restaurant and order a fillet, perfectly done, and then you can purhase a can (or several) of smoked sockeye or king salmon to take home as an edibe memento from Ketchikan's
Silver Lining, which has its own retail store.