LIST: Alaska businesses offering discounts, other assistance during government shutdown

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The government shutdown is affecting the lives of thousands across the country, and right here in Alaska. Some employees are furloughed or working without pay, and others are off the job entirely until the shutdown ends.

To help curb the impact this is having on the lives of Alaskans, local businesses and agencies are providing goods and services free of charge or discounted to federal employees, or allowing deferred payments or payment plans. This article will serve as a list of those limited offers.

This list is developing. If you know of any other businesses or organizations offering deals for federal employees, please email


GCI customers can set up payment plans for the duration of the shutdown. GCI customers who want to set up a payment plan to defer payments can visit their local GCI store or call customer service at 907-265-5400 or 800-800-4800.

People Mover

From now through the duration of the government shutdown, any federal government employee can ride the People Mover bus for free.

Simply show your government ID upon boarding, and let People Mover do the rest.

Kaladi Brothers Coffee

KBC decided to offer all out-of-work federal employees free Red Goat brew of any size, with refills all day until the furlough is over.

The offer is good at any Kaladi cafe during the furlough with a valid federal worker ID to receive free Red Goat brewed coffee.

Declination Roasting Company

Until the shutdown situation is resolved, DRC will be giving away a free half pound bag of coffee to any furloughed federal employee when they make an online purchase.

Anchorage Concert Association

Anchorage Concert Association is offering free tickets to Saturday’s show with Dustbowl Revival and Hot Club of Cowtown to federal workers affected by the government shutdown.

“I hope a night out with some great live music can spark joy to those who need it right now,” said Jason Hodges, executive director of ACA

Body Renew Alaska

For the duration of the shutdown, all Federal Employees can work out at any Body Renew Alaska locations for free.

Enchanted Alaska

The party planning company will be offering free private visits with princesses on Saturday, January 26, to families of Government Employees affected by the shutdown.

The visits include a 15 minute one-on-one with the child's favorite princesses, where they can play games, talk and interact with the child, as well as photo opportunities.

The Anchorage Museum

The museum is offering complimentary general admission to federal employees who are not receiving a paycheck during the partial government shutdown.

Federal employees may present their federal ID when checking in at visitor services to receive free admission for themselves and their accompanying family members.

The University of Alaska Museum of the North

UA's Museum of the North in Fairbanks is offering free general admission during the month of January to all federal employees affected by the government shutdown.

Federal employees should show their government ID to gain admission for themselves and one guest.

Fairbanks Children's Museum
The Fairbanks Children's Museum is offering free admission to federal employees affected by the shutdown, and their children. Show your government ID to gain admission.

The Baby Store Alaska

The Baby Store Alaska is offering 50 percent off any gently used maternity, baby and children's clothing and goods, 30 percent off bath and baby care products, 30 percent off cloth diapering products. An LES is the documentation needed, the store says, noting that part of the partnership that owns it is a federal employee family working without pay during the shutdown.

Black Birch Books
This Wasilla book store says it's offering a buy-one book get-one book discount to government employees who have been furloughed.

Tiki Pete's Alaskan Grill
This BIg Lake-area eatery is offering a drink and chips on the house to government employees out of work or working without pay. "If you're hungry, but can't afford to pay right now, we'll take your IOU since you have to, also," the business wrote on Facebook. The grill is open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Mile 52 Parks Highway.

The Hott Spot Restaurant
This Anchorage eatery at 6311 Debarr Rd. is offering a 20 percent discount to furloughed federal workers and their immediate family until the shutdown is over. Show employee badge to receive discount.

Arctic Valley Ski Area
Arctic Valley is offering free skiing and riding for federal government workers and immediate family affected by the shutdown. The offer is good only for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26-27.

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