Ricardo Búrquez
This past spring, local artist Ricardo Búrquez was putting paint brush to wall inside the soon-to-open Alaska Coffee shop at 310 Front St., constructing a unique mural that incorporates individual people and vehicles from Ketchikan.
Displaying a view of Front Street, the mural provides a glimpse of the area between Alaska Coffee and the famous tunnel next to the ornate Thundering Wings eagle carving at Eagle Park.
It took the artist a month and a half to create the piece that measures 15 feet 2 inches by 8 feet 9 inches.
Janet Hoffman, manager at Alaska Coffee and a friend of Búrquez, requested the mural, hoping for something "simple" that showcased the cityscape, according to Búrquez. Hoffman, along with the owner, Dallas Hoffman, recently moved Alaska Coffee from its former location on Mission Street to the new spot. 
"'(I've) got this big wall and I really think it'd be cool if you'd do a downtown mural for me.' And I just kind of made a list of stuff that I wanted on it," Janet Hoffman said in a phone interview with the Daily News. "Mostly it was the tunnel and then I wanted the businesses on the right."
Hoffman said she wanted to show Alaska Coffee in the mural, along with Annabelle's Famous Keg and Chowder House and the Coastal Keller Williams Realty. Also on her wish list was a display of individual people who had helped her and Alaska Coffee. 
"Kay and Rich (Andrew), you know, who own Annabelle's, have been mentors to me for over 20 years, you know, going on three decades," Hoffman said. "So I wanted them in front of their business, and the people who were important to me. Mike Eldering from Coastal, he's standing out in front of Coastal and he's the one who helped us go into business from the very beginning eight years ago."
In order to get individual people painted in the mural, Hoffman took photos of the specific people she was hoping to have in the mural for Búrquez to use as reference. The people include family members and friends of Hoffman. 
When it came to the actual logistics of the mural, Búrquez said adding people "give(s) life" to the painting. He also said that painting ornate and detailed cars allows the mural to display history.
He added that he likes to credit his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico, into his work. For the mural in Alaska Coffee, Búrquez added a white painted sign above the downtown tunnel saying, "Ricardo was here" and under that it says "Tijuana."
"I keep credit to my city and I'm trying all the time to create like cool bridge in my two cities, especially because the two cities, they're like a frontier city," Búrquez said in an interview with the Daily News. 
Hoffman is hoping to have Búrquez add a few more items to the piece once the weather cools down, including people on the stairs and, "hopefully," animals such as a deer and an eagle. 
Overall though, Hoffman was hoping for a "conversation piece" - which is what she said she got.
"I love it," Hoffman said.