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Women in Business: Simeonoff seals the deal at KVOK
Denise Simeonoff is the lady behind the advertisements on your radio. Simeonoff is the account executive at local radio station KVOK/Hot 101.1. The homegrown product — she is a 1991 Kodiak High School graduate — is responsible for luring businesses to purchase radio spots and writing copy for those spots. “I enjoy it,” she said. “I feel like in some ways it is a small contribution to boosting the economy and moral...
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Women in Business: Branson finds the keys to Kodiak success
In 1968, Pat Branson nearly got into a fight while campaigning for Eugene McCarthy in Omaha, Neb. In 2012, as Mayor, she awarded the key to the city of Kodiak to a rapper named Pitbull. When Branson moved to Kodiak in 1982, she was looking for a lifestyle change. It’s safe to say she’s found it. “I came to the conclusion after I graduated from college that I’m happiest when I’m busiest,” she said. As Mayor of Kodi...
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Women in Business: Whether guiding Fil-Am or counseling the ill, Guilas-Hawver helps
When Mary Guilas arrived in Kodiak on Jan. 2, 1987, she enjoyed the perfect recipe for culture shock. She was 20 years old and left the plane still warm from the balmy, crowded conditions of the urban Philippines. Two days later, she was shivering in boots and a hairnet, cold and wet on a slime line. “I got my bachelor’s in psychology; this is not what I want to be,” she remembers thinking. In the 25 years since t...
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Women in Business: A healer’s musical hands
On a summer day, the sound of musical instruments echoes across Rezanof Drive and the Kodiak High School parking lot. Follow the sound, and you won’t be led to the high school’s band room or a music studio; you’ll end up in the office of Dr. Laura Creighton. Creighton, the sole chiropractor listed in the Kodiak phone book, lets her healing hands occasionally roam across a marimba, a xylophone-like instrument that ...
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Women in Business: Myrick balances time between two jobs
Adelia Myrick works in two different fields — one is dominated by men and the other is dominated by women. Myrick spends most of the year working at Kodiak College as the adult basic education coordinator, but she spends her summers working as a fisherman at a set net site. Myrick started fishing at a young age with her family in Kodiak. She knew she wanted to keep fishing in the summer months after she graduated ...
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Business spotlight: Laird opens her own real estate business
Kodiak's newest independent Realtor is a familiar face to Kodiak home buyers and sellers. Paula Laird, a longtime agent for Alaska One Realty, has left that agency to open her own business, Kodiak Island Real Estate. Laird said her desire to have her own business came about because she wanted a new challenge and a chance "to experience my full potential." Since she opened the business on Sept. 21, she has hit the ...
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Sparrows brings Greece to Kodiak
Kodiak now has a Greek restaurant, but the new addition to the island’s cuisine came about only because of a last-minute itinerary change for its founders. From a white building on Rezanof Drive, Sparrows serves up gyros, Greek pizzas and a rotating menu of about five different specials each day. It almost didn’t happen. Sparrows owner and chef Alfredo Garcia arrived in Kodiak with his wife on May 1, the day befor...
Oct 03, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fitness for moms and their babies
A new exercise class in Kodiak combines babies, strollers and running to help moms get in shape. Stroller Strides is a new hourlong fitness class that allows moms to work out with their babies. Jamie Herron and Brooke McLaughlin are the co-owners of the Stroller Strides franchise in Kodiak. Stroller Strides is a national company, founded in 2001 by a California mom. In Stroller Strides classes, moms use the natura...
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Pennington closes photography studio
After 21 years in the photography business, Kodiakan Jan Pennington is closing her studio and switching to part-time work as she focuses on her family. Pennington, who has taken portraits for hundreds of Kodiakans and snapped shots across the island, said the choice to close shop wasn’t simple. “This is not an easy thing,” she said. Pennington’s prominent 13-year-old studio on Mill Bay Road now boasts a for sale s...
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Ton of Fun brings Halloween to Kodiak
Skeleton cake pans, rats, spiders and bloody brains are making their way onto the shelves at Ton of Fun, the party store in downtown Kodiak. These items are just the beginning of the full collection of Halloween supplies that Ton of Fun owner Erica Young has ordered for Kodiak. The fall is the busiest time of year for Young because adults and kids search for unique costumes and decorations for Halloween. “I have a...
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