The Silverbow has the unique distinction as
Alaska's oldest continuously operating bakery.
It all began in 1898, when Gus Messerschmidt
emigrated from Austria to Juneau. The Messerschmidts
lived in an apartment above the bakery, as do
the present owners. Gus, who died in 1938, is
rumored to maintain a friendly haunting presence,
especially to early risers.
In 1914, a three story concrete building was
added which is the historic facade associated
with the famous Silverbow Inn. Originally, the
first floor was a retail bakery, and the upper
stories were apartments. The Silverbow remains
one of the largest kitchens in Juneau, presently
serving both a bakery and a restaurant.
In March of 1997, Jill Ramiel and Ken Alper
purchased the building in an attempt to bring
the bakery back to its glory days. A full shipping
container arrived from Seattle, stocked with
bagel making equipment. On June 4th, 1997, Alaska's
first traditional bagel bakery was opened and
a downtown social hub was reborn.
Whether you are coming for a romantic honeymoon trip,
a vacation, a friend's wedding, a convention
or to go Salmon Charter fishing, or whale watching,
The Silverbow is a hotel alternative destination spot for you.
is super fantastic. The hospitality is exceptional
and all employees are so ready to be of assistance.
Thank you for a wonderful experience."
-Julie and John
"Time to move on
from a very special place where the staff cares
for the well being of guests and owners. ...something
profoundly right about the Silverbow Inn."
-Karen and Peter