Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
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 | 8 8 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 | 36 36 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 | 6 6 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 | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Business Spotlight: Family digs into excavating
It didn’t take long for an excavator to discover the value of windows. When Rick Ryser began Golden Alaska Excavating, the first pieces of heavy equipment he had were an old trackhoe and a dump truck formerly used by Western Alaska Fisheries to haul fish guts. “Our first trackhoe didn’t have windows,” he said at a job site Tuesday, “and we were working about this time of year.” The wind blew in, but the work went ...
Nov 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Business spotlight: Sea Hawk Air still flying high after 36 years
KODIAK — Rolan Ruoss stood on the deck of a salmon seiner and knew he wanted to fly. He saved his money, squirreling away dollars earned commercial fishing, and earned his pilot’s license. He kept fishing, working through high school and college, then went on to flight school. He began flying commercially, and today is the sole pilot for Sea Hawk Air, an air taxi service operating out of Near Island’s Trident Basi...
Oct 26, 2011 | 3 3 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rolling along at new digs
Midtown Auto Repair opened at its new location at 2181 Mill Bay Road, across from the Kodiak Police Department, Monday. The new building has eight bays and now offers same-day oil changes without appointment. Also available at the new building are tire balancing and winter tire changeovers. Midtown is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Derek Clarkston photos)
Oct 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Business spotlight: Kodiakans put their skin in the hands of The Beauty Bar
KODIAK — The new location of The Beauty Bar Skin Care Boutique realized a dream for esthetician Lacey Roberts when she started welcoming clients there in March. “This has been on my mind constantly ever since I got out of school,” Roberts said. After finishing her training in Anchorage in 2007, she worked out of a small room in her parents’ house in Kodiak. Now, the neat, peaceful and spacious set of rooms at 3146...
Oct 12, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stylist cuts out niche on mall
Summer or winter, a little second-floor shop on Kodiak’s downtown mall stays a toasty refuge of style. Hair stylist and business owner Lisa Wietfeld called Lisa’s Island Hair and Tans “My little piece of the tropics in Kodiak,” thanks to palm tree decor painted by her talented friend Jo Rouss. Wietfeld has been a stylist for 31 years. She started in Washington state, then moved to Kodiak and worked in a few salons...
Sep 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Techs know electronics backward and forward
The only thing backwards about Aksala Electronics is its name. Kodiak’s primary dealer of shoreside radio systems went into business in 1979, but it has remained up-to-date, selling, repairing and maintaining communications systems island-wide. Curt Law, who owns the store with Joe Stevens, said his goal is to provide quality equipment and service, not just the cheap items you can find at Walmart or through an onl...
Sep 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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