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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 | 20 20 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 | 16 16 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 | 15 15 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 | 4 4 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 | 2 2 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 | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Split between two buildings, Kodiak Marine Supply is growing
Kodiak Marine Supply has a new home and an expanded selection of big marine items. Kodiak Marine Supply recently purchased the Harbor Building on Shelikof Street and is operating out of both its old and new locations until it can move completely into its new home. This new location will be Kodiak Marine Supply’s third since it was established in 1985. Kodiak Marine Supply manager Debra Davis said the business, own...
Feb 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guardian Landing offers new housing option
Newcomers to Kodiak often struggle with finding short-term housing or places to stay while on vacation or temporary job assignments — Guardian Landing hopes to solve that problem. Guardian Landing is housed in a 5-bedroom home with a unique setup. The house has rooms to rent, but it’s not quite a bed and breakfast. Residents can rent one bedroom in the home, or multiple bedrooms, either for a few nights or a few m...
Feb 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Monk’s Rock expands to include store and bakery
Situated high above Monk’s Rock Coffeehouse and Bookstore, High Tide gives people a quiet space to shop, eat or read a book. The shop is a side effort of Monk’s Rock, which is also expanding to include a bakery in the space formerly occupied by Eugene’s Restaurant in the white-sided building at the downtown Y. High Tide opened around nine months ago but got off to a slow start, said Monk’s Rock manager Susannah Da...
Feb 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Business spotlight: Coffee stand opens on Near Island
Near Island Coffee is bringing coffee closer to the hardworking fishermen of Dog Bay. The coffee stand opened two weeks ago after nearly two months of hard work by manager Jasmine Gilpin. Gilpin moved to Kodiak at the beginning of October and was having trouble finding a job. She had worked as a manager at a coffee shop in Wasilla for three years before moving and was hoping to find a similar position in Kodiak. “...
Feb 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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