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Kodiak business spotlight: Tyler Randolph takes over Kodiak’s State Farm Insurance from father Ed
By NICOLE KLAUSS Mirror Writer State Farm Insurance agent Ed Randolph recently passed the family business to his son, Tyler Randolph, before heading to Fairbanks to work at a new agency. Ed Randolph started the State Farm agency in Kodiak 30 years ago, and worked there until June, when he moved to Fairbanks to take over an agency for his uncle, who recently retired. The decision to leave Kodiak was pretty simple f...
Jun 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak business spotlight: A wild ride on the Wild Side
Not many people can say they get to see whales, bears and sea otters in their natural environment on a daily basis, but Wendy Close Eskew can. Close Eskew runs Kodiaks Wild Side!, an adventure tour business that gets her out seeing the wildlife every day by leading kayaking tours around the island. She has lived in Kodiak for 30 years, and has been running the business for the last 12. Kodiaks Wild Side! focuses o...
Jun 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak business spotlight: Kodiak art supply shop owner retiring
After almost 30 years, the walls of the castle are coming down. Sallie Morris, owner of Castle Rock Art and Supplies, the largest independent art supply store in Kodiak, is closing her longtime business, retiring and moving to Anchorage to be closer to family. “The people are what I’m going to miss the most,” she said. “It’s just time to move on.” Morris, who is in her 70s, started Castle Rock in 1983 to give Kodi...
May 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak business spotlight: Scott’s Plumbing in new office
Scott Pillans walked up to the toilet with a smile on his face. “Come here; I want to show you something,” he said. Taking the raised lid of the toilet in both hands, he pushed it down violently. Instead of slamming closed with a clatter, the lid instead fell slowly and quietly, cushioned by a spring. “It’s the kind of thing only a plumber could think about,” he joked. While Pillans has a sense of humor about his ...
May 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Business spotlight: Adventures on the Ayakulik
Kodiak Island’s Ayakulik River is well known as a rearing ground for young bears. When Amy Fredette saw four cubs with a sow in 2010, she didn’t think anything of it beyond the family’s rarity. Most Kodiak bears have at most two cubs per year. “Twice in my 20 years I’ve seen that,” Fredette said. As the summer went on, Fredette encountered another bear family, one slightly older. That sow’s two cubs were in the ki...
May 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Business spotlight: Smaller Cy's Sporting Goods has big plans
When Cy Hoen closed his downtown Kodiak shop in early March, he said he wanted a chance to slow things down and enjoy life. On Friday, as he drove a backhoe around his home, the new site of a downsized Cy’s Sporting Goods, he made the statement into a laughing lie. Cy Hoen, who turns 70 next week, isn’t about to slow down. The new Cy’s Sporting Goods, ensconced within half of the Hoens’ garage on Russian Creek Roa...
May 09, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak business spotlight: New house hunters take aim
Summer means moving season in Kodiak, and this year three new faces will be guiding the hundreds of new Coast Guard and Navy families coming to the city of Kodiak. Realtors Stephanie Wyszkowski, Matt Zytkowicz and Lisa Kostelecky have wildly different backgrounds, but each said he or she has a lot to offer home-seeking and home-selling Kodiakans. Transfer season starts in February and March, when members of the mi...
May 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Scuttlebutt: Emerson Boat Works gives new look to classic dory
A 1968 article by Bill Prosser in the Rockland (Maine) Courier-Gazette described the new-model boat as “slim, low and graceful.” Peter Spectre, former editor of WoodenBoat magazine, pronounced her “the most elegant of light rowing dories.” To boat enthusiasts familiar with the wonderful wooden boat shows and races popular on the North Atlantic seaboard, she’s known as the Gloucester Gull, the Gloucester Light Dory...
Apr 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak business spotlight: A lot of miles on little road
When it comes to transportation on Kodiak Island, there are more than a few night riders but only one kit. That’s KIT — Kodiak Island Taxi — which turns one year old this week. The service, started by Kodiak resident Bonnie Marie, began as a taxi dispatch service and evolved under changing city codes into a general taxi company. “I’m an acronym nut,” Marie said. “We went through a bunch of names … once we picked K...
Apr 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak business spotlight: Credit Union 1 banks on charity, local control
To celebrate its 60th anniversary, Credit Union 1 isn’t giving away free samples. Instead, the Kodiak branch of one of Alaska’s largest banking institutions is holding a fundraiser to benefit the Kodiak High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America club. The branch will host a complimentary lunch, then a silent auction and free hors d’oeuvres 6-8 p.m. Friday. “All that (silent auction) money goes to c...
Apr 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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