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Vandals hit Sugarspoon twice, leave playing cards

By Heather Hintze 8:31 PM December 9, 2013

Broken windows bring frustration for Spenard small business

ANCHORAGE – Running a small business isn’t easy, but for Mariko Churchill it’s a labor of love.

“We’re just trying to do our thing every day,” said Churchill, owner of Sugarspoon in Spenard.  “We’re making good cakes, cupcakes, pies; and selling them out and having enough money coming in so we can pay our bills, pay our employees and do what we need to do. We’re not getting rich over this, we’re just trying to make it day-to-day.”

Shelling out hundreds of dollars to repair vandalism doesn’t make that easy.

“Especially at $500 a pop, it gets really expensive really quickly and there are other things I’d rather spend our money on,” Churchill said.

Vandals hit Sugarspoon twice in the past couple weeks. The latest attack was Saturday night when someone threw an empty jar at the window. There were two playing cards inside the container.

What’s more unusual, Churchill said, is that someone threw a wrench through another window the night before Thanksgiving and it also had a playing card with it.

“I’m just really frustrated because there’s no reason for it. It’s glass. Why are you breaking it?” Churchill said. ”There’s no point to it.”

Kitchen Manager Austin Sas was one of the employees in the shop when it was hit Saturday night.

“The other employee ran out,” Sas said.” A guy on the corner says it was a guy who was about six feet tall, white, wearing a black hoodie and jeans. He said he took off down the street on the other side of the wooden fence. We tried to see if we could catch him but didn’t find anything.”

Like Churchill, he also finds the calling cards a little strange.

“The ones we found in the jar were an ace of spades and queen of hearts. The first time it was an ace, don’t know what the suit was,” Sas said. “It went from something that was completely random to something premeditated. It doesn’t seem like as much of a coincidence as it did before.”

Churchill said she doesn’t know why the shop is being targeted, but hopes the vandals lose interest in destroying her property.

“We don’t want anyone else to have to deal with it either … I just want it to stop,” Churchill said. ”I want it to end.”

The broken window will be repaired Tuesday. Churchill also said she’s looking at installing security cameras around the building as well.

Anchorage police ask anyone with information on the case or similar cases of vandalism to call police dispatch at 786-8900.


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