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Woman starts dog bakery business in Kodiak
A new business is helping Kodiakans pamper their pups with fresh dog treats. The Barkery, a dog treat bakery, sells treats made with natural ingredients. Amy DiObilda, owner of The Barkery, moved to Kodiak two months ago with her husband, a Coast Guardsman. She started the business because she had already been making dog treats for her own dogs for more than a year. DiObilda started making homemade treats after on...
May 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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New owners at local businesses
Spring is a time of change and some local businesses in Kodiak have also changed hands and locations. Sara Bruce took over as the new owner of Kodiak Canvas Company, located at 2414 Mill Bay Road. She runs the business part-time and also works as a school counselor at Main Elementary part-time. This is Bruce’s first business, and she said the company was a good fit for her because it combined her interests. “I was...
May 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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New salon opens in Kodiak
The biggest penny in the city is hanging on the wall of Kodiak’s newest salon. Silvia Gridley, owner of Penny Lane Salon, said the inspiration for her salon’s name came from the giant penny wall decal she purchased for the building. “When I was looking for inspiration to decorate, I found a penny online,” she said. “I saw it and thought ‘oh my gosh, that’s it.’ When people come in they can see my big penny.” Renov...
May 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Speak To Me Communication Therapy helps people learn to communicate
Blocks, mats, art projects, trucks, dollhouse pieces and a bean table fill the playroom in Tina Clumpner’s office. While she might be a kid at heart, the toys aren’t for her. They’re for the kids who need her help. Clumpner is a speech language pathologist who runs her own business, Speak To Me Communication Therapy, now in its second year. Her job as a speech language pathologist is to work with children and adul...
Apr 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Business focuses on helping the disabled
A business in Kodiak is working to help people with disabilities get out of poverty. Don Roberts, owner of AK Endeavors, said he started the business two years ago in Kodiak, but it’s been a slow process getting established. AK Endeavors’ mission is to assist “exceptional people” in finding jobs and learning about financial literacy. Roberts doesn’t believe in using the term “disability” because he believes people...
Apr 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coastal Contracting is a doctor for sick houses
With the good weather approaching, businesses like Kodiak’s Coastal Contracting Inc. are preparing for a summer of building. Owner Matt Corriere started Coastal Contracting in 2002, but at that time he was just doing carpentry work. He has since expanded his services to include building and design, heavy equipment rentals and snow plowing. “I’ve always known I wanted to work for myself ever since I was young,” Cor...
Apr 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Company provides mobile drug and alcohol tests
Kodiak Island Mobile Screening is working to make drug tests easier for Kodiak’s employers. Thomas Vest and Rosemary Culver provide mobile drug and alcohol testing options 24/7 to people through Kodiak Island Mobile Screening, which began operating one year ago. The idea for a mobile drug testing company came to Vest while he was working as a medical laboratory technologist at Kodiak Island Medical Associates, whe...
Mar 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bead store has new owner and new location
There are more than a million individual beads in Susan Killary’s bead shop, Stringbeadz by Susan. Strings of colorful seed beads hang on a rack, crystal beads are stored in drawers, and larger earth-tone beads are displayed on tables around the store. Killary, a 13-year Kodiak resident, purchased the bead business from former owner Dana Robinson at the beginning of 2013, and has moved it to downtown Kodiak. “I wa...
Mar 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Man starts computer repair business
Fighting off computer viruses and recovering long-lost family photos is all in a day’s work for Todd Musgrove. Musgrove recently launched a computer repair and maintenance business, Rat_Logic Computing, to help Kodiak residents solve their computer issues. Musgrove said he started the business after realizing there was a need for computer help in Kodiak. “My landlord kept telling me we need another computer guy in...
Mar 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Man combines talents and hobbies to start mechanics business
Ryan Kitka loves riding his dirt bike in the summer. In the winter, he switches to his snowmachine. It’s a cycle he grew up with, learning along the way to keep his rides in running order. It was only natural that he combine his skills and hobbies and turn them into a business — Pacific ATV & Engine Repair. Kitka started the business about two years ago after friends kept asking him to do general engine work on th...
Mar 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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