The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Wild Razzberry right blend of zingy

New coffee and tea shop offers drinks and light eats


If life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Or if you are Karen Ables, you add it to a high-end loose leaf tea.

Then you open a new café and that is the short story of the Wild Razzberry, a new café that opened its doors for business last week.

Focusing a great coffee, specialty teas, infused waters and a limited but light and healthy menu, Ables said she is trying to keep it simple.

"It's all designed to be fast food," she said, "but healthy food."

Valdez Star photo

Karen Ables takes a quick snap of a big bowl of soup served at the Wild Razzberry.

Ables said she came up with the idea after the commercial building she owns sat empty for nearly a year. With spare equipment from her other businesses, artwork on display (and for sale) by local artists, the project came together.

"I'm just really proud it came together so easily," she said, though it took a great deal of time to put it all together.

The Wild Razzberry also features a small gift shop, a large community bulletin board and Ables said she and manager Joel Brown are exploring hosting events such as First Fridays and Saturday markets.

"It's a relief it's finally open," she said Friday. "It's been a process."

The business is located on the corner of Chenega and Egan.


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