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11-Jul-2018 copyright Elizabeth Bickel

Along the Road to Homer

Alaska

Based on this store seeming to be in the middle of "nowhere", it certainly got me to look. It even got me to stop for a quick photo. A sizable store (with auxiliary parking), the store must get busy at times. However, I can't image "where" the customers come from. Other than a lot of Nature, I honestly didn't see much other along this stretch of the highway. On the day I was there, the parking lot was completely empty. My photo only frames about 20% of the store's first floor. Two stories high, it was a really big place. The instant that I spotted the building, I found it curious. Seeing the banner in frame made me even more curious. I guess people must come from all over for this particular specialization. Not that the population for hundreds of miles is huge. "Fishing Gear" in this remote location might not have attracted my notice as much as "Bra Fitting." The store also had no signs nor any indication that it did anything else beyond "Bra Fitting".

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Update 2022:

Out of curiosity, I finally did some research.
I actually found the store in my 2018 photo above.
At the time of my photo, it had just moved to its new, larger location in what seemed-to-me like the "middle of nowhere". Below is also what else I discovered.

"FREE bra fitting by certified fit specialists! The largest variety of designer bras in cup sizes up to N and band sizes up to 56". We also offer the largest variety of adult toys and intimates, lingerie, lubes, lotions, and SO MUCH MORE. We started as an adult store, then moved into custom bra fitting and lingerie. We've grown tremendously in 5 years."

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Looking at the store's on-line reviews, many customers surprisingly come from the lower 48! Meanwhile, quite a few Alaskan clientele rave about how a visit to this store is well worth a 5 hour, ONE WAY drive. All seem happy about the "sex toys". Some like both the bra fitting and the sex toys. From what reviews indicate, upstairs is where a woman can get a bra fitting. Downstairs is the Sex Shop.

Anchorage (150 miles away) Customer Review:
"Wide range of inventory for every kind of person. With a private back entrance, this business is a lot more than it looks like on the outside! Downstairs you can find just about any adult toy you could dream of. The sales associates are kind, very helpful and knowledgeable when it comes to fabrics, adult toy materials etc. worth the drive!"

Okay, now, I understand more. Customers really are coming from "far away".
But I still don't understand how they "know" to go there until they've visited at least once before.
The shop stands alone like a bump in the road. Or at least it did back when I photographed it.

With a rear parking lot and back entrance, the shop may have been busier than I originally thought.
Maybe everyone was in the back (away from prying eyes) when I shot my photo.

Just another slice-of-life of everyday life in Alaska.
I often find the everyday lives of everyday people as fascinating as tourist attractions.
Every slice of life has a story.

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Dennis Hoyne09-Jul-2022 03:57
Probably not much competition in the area. This is a great find!
LynnH09-Jul-2022 02:29
As someone who has to wear a specialty bra for huge breasts (K in US is a curse, not a blessing) I really value a proper fitting. A fine department store will do one, but not always able to fulfill the order due to limited sizing. V
larose forest photos08-Jul-2022 01:34
Completely bizarre but so interesting too, a sign like that in the middle of "nowhere" urban would definitely catch attention. V
Ray :)07-Jul-2022 19:59
Totally bizarre. I wonder how much bra fitting they actually do as opposed to fulfilling the needs of passing drivers?
cits_4_pets07-Jul-2022 19:42
LOL, hmm if someone has back problems and they blame it on the weight of their boobs, guess they could write off a trip to Alaska to get just the right fitting bra... Too funny, guess the men like it for the sex toys they can purchase as well... V
Don Mottershead07-Jul-2022 17:25
Yup, that's a head scratcher.
Graeme07-Jul-2022 12:52
What a find in the middle of nowhere, Liz. Great info about it.V
Carl Carbone07-Jul-2022 11:34
Crazy find in the middle of nowhere. You should put up a separate gallery of the inside! ;-)