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Business Spotlight: Ice House sells refrigeration options to Kodiak visitors
KODIAK — It’s tough to sell refrigeration to Alaskans in winter. Gretchen Wing doesn’t have to — they come to her. Wing is the owner of Ice House, a cold storage company that operates on Shelikof Street. To her and her husband, Chris Wing of C-Wing refrigeration and electrical, opening a cold-storage business seemed a logical step as they watched countless tourists make summer walks past their front door. Many of ...
Jan 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Business Spotlight: Kodiak gift, clothing shop expands into next generation
KODIAK — When Norables Dela Cruz opened her fashion and gift business in 2001, she named it for members of her family: CNJ’s stands for daughter Crystal, Norables, and sons Jhunesen and Sabino. Today, after expanding her business with separate locations for clothing and gifts this summer, she has decided to give ownership of the businesses to family members as well. Beginning with the new year, Crystal Dela Cruz, ...
Jan 11, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak business makes interior move
Calvin Haakanson unloads a couch from the bed of a pickup truck into the newly expanded Total Interiors building, Tuesday afternoon on Mill Bay Road. The store has taken over the space formerly occupied by Belles and Beaus. (James Brooks photo)
Jan 11, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Business Spotlight: Pacific Alaska Freightways comes to Kodiak Island
The sign on the building hasn’t changed, but it’s a done deal. On Monday, Southern Alaska Forwarding was officially absorbed by Pacific Alaska Freightways, ending a company that began in 1979. While Pacific Alaska is new to Kodiak Island, it’s not a newcomer to Alaska. The company was founded by Rex Sears in 1961 to deliver freight to the 49th State. When PAF was founded in 1979, it was a partnership between the S...
Jan 04, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Business Spotlight: Poulterer hatches business plan in Bell's Flats
KODIAK — Frozen eggs, expensive feed and slick ice. These are the problems facing Chris Ford as she expands her Bell’s Flats poultry operation from a hobby to a full-fledged business. Then there are the bears, hawks and foxes. “We haven’t had the problems some of my neighbors have had with hawks,” she said on a chilly Tuesday afternoon during a tour of her poultry yard. “We’ve put up electric fencing all along (th...
Dec 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Feeding Kodiak’s hungry herds
The rain came down in sheets, but inside the barn the hay was stacked high and dry. For a sixth winter, C&E Feeds in Bell’s Flats will be supplying livestock and pet owners with feed and supplies, providing things otherwise inaccessible on Kodiak Island. To owner Darlene Cain, another year of business means continuing a life that began when she was 15 years old and started working at the feed store that ultimately...
Dec 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Business Spotlight: Island Seafoods gets fresh with customers
Some people said it wouldn’t be possible to sell seafood in Kodiak when Island Seafoods opened on Shelikof Street in 1999. Instead, more than a decade later, the seafood outlet is still in business and thriving after a first season offering a variety of fresh seafood and increased direct sales to customers across the country through its website. The storefront also boasts more than 40 varieties of seafood availabl...
Dec 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Business Spotlight: New salon and spa blooms in Marine Way mall
KODIAK — A new salon and spa is offers an island of relaxation in the middle of downtown Kodiak. Bloom Salon and Spa, owned by Dana Horn, opened this month in the Marine Way mall, next to Safeway Liquor Store. Behind an unassuming mirrored window and a door emblazoned only with “Welcome” is a scene that wouldn’t be out of place in Anchorage or Seattle — chromed chairs and soft music, earthen colors and mirrors. Ho...
Nov 30, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Shipping pioneer moves on; company stays
In 1965, Ronald Sears came to Alaska for the first time. Serving as a messman onboard a barge escort, he plowed the choppy ocean between Washington state and Whittier six times — seasick each time. The experience was enough to make him swear off sailing for a while. More than a decade later, he arrived on Kodiak Island as his own boss, owner of freight company Southern Alaska Forwarding. During the 31 years betwee...
Nov 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Business Spotlight: Kodiak Wood Fuels tries to fire up Kodiak
KODIAK — Which came first, the chicken or the egg? For Peter Olsen, owner of Kodiak Wood Fuels, it’s not a cliched riddle — it’s a business problem. Olsen wants to spread wood heating on Kodiak Island, but in order to do that, he needs to encourage people to take up heating with wood instead of oil. People won’t switch unless there’s a supply of wood. And to develop a supply of wood, there needs to be a market. “I...
Nov 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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