This cleverly named shop is built with the knotty spruce pines that grow wild in Alaska. Knots and burls are everywhere inside and outside this shop. Our young kids and their cousins filled the front yard and laughed at all the animals shaped from the strange wood and pretended to get bitten by the huge mosquito while I took their picture.
Inside is filled with souvenirs which were some of the best that I saw during our visit to the Fairbanks area. The back of the store hosts a wildlife display from taxidermied animals. The ice cream was amazing and we adults dreamed of more Mocha Mash Up scoops after we returned home.
While we ate our ice cream outside on the benches, we visited with a local Alaskan who has lived in the area for about 50 years. He said he always takes his family and visitors to the Knotty Shop because it's the best place in the area with the nicest souvenirs and the yummiest ice cream. We were glad we stopped too.