Business

Kenai works to attract new business

Kenai is open for business. Several entrepreneurs have chosen to set up shop in Kenai, like the new Brothers’ Cafe, Puffin Chiropractor, and Magical Gardens.… Continue reading

 

Shop Talk: Fresh365 provides fresh greens

Fresh365, a hydroponic farm atop Whistle Hill in Soldotna, is looking to innovate how farmers and restaurateurs do business on the Kenai Peninsula. Owned by… Continue reading

 

East Rip, a new marijuana retailer, is photographed on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. The new business is situated in a busy, central part of Kenai. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

East Rip: The peninsula’s newest cannabis shop opens in Kenai

East Rip is the peninsula’s newest recreational marijuana retailer, and the first cannabis business located in Kenai’s compact commercial center. Ryan Tunseth has been working… Continue reading

 

Customers pick out plants during the Central Peninsula Garden Club’s annual plant sale at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road on Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. The annual plant sale is always popular — this year, volunteers said that there was a massive crowd gathered even before the sale opened at 10 a.m., nearly clearing out the tables in less than two hours. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Shop Talk: Central Peninsula Garden Club begins new year of monthly programs

Since 2007, the Central Peninsula Garden Club has been educating and connecting gardeners in the area. Renae Wall has been serving as the nonprofit’s president… Continue reading

Customers pick out plants during the Central Peninsula Garden Club’s annual plant sale at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road on Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. The annual plant sale is always popular — this year, volunteers said that there was a massive crowd gathered even before the sale opened at 10 a.m., nearly clearing out the tables in less than two hours. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)
Kacey Cooper plays with some of the smaller dogs staying at her kennel on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Kasilof, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Shop Talk: Cooper’s Wounded Bear Farm and Kennels

Kacey Cooper has always worked with dogs, so opening her own dog kennel was a natural fit. “For my first job I would go around… Continue reading

Kacey Cooper plays with some of the smaller dogs staying at her kennel on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Kasilof, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Pamela Parker, co-owner of Everything Bagels, started the bagel shop with her husband, Matt Parker, and friends, Brooke and John Campbell, in 2016 on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Everything Bagels: Bringing a big city favorite to a small town

What started as a way to pass time has flourished into Pamela and Matt Parker’s full-time gig. When the two moved to the peninsula over… Continue reading

Pamela Parker, co-owner of Everything Bagels, started the bagel shop with her husband, Matt Parker, and friends, Brooke and John Campbell, in 2016 on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Laurie and Brian Olson at their farm on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. The couple was recently named Farm Family of the Year by the Alaska State Fair. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Shop Talk: Alaska Berries

Alaska Berries is exactly what it sounds like. Owners Laurie and Brian Olson cultivate a large variety of berries, from saskatoons to haskaps and everything… Continue reading

Laurie and Brian Olson at their farm on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. The couple was recently named Farm Family of the Year by the Alaska State Fair. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Dale Bagley on top of the roof of his business, Redoubt Realty, where he installed 48 solar panels earlier this summer on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Solar power growing on peninsula

Stephen Trimble wants everyone to know that the business of solar power is growing. His company, Arctic Solar Ventures Corporation, has been installing more and… Continue reading

Dale Bagley on top of the roof of his business, Redoubt Realty, where he installed 48 solar panels earlier this summer on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Dr. Jennifer Reed and Dr. Adam Hawkins with their rottweiler, Tank, who is training to be Reed’s service dog. (Photo courtesy of Puffin Chiropractic)

Shop Talk: Puffin Chiropractic

Jennifer Reed said she was never coming to Alaska. A Texas native, Reed couldn’t see herself quitting her job and moving 4,000 miles away from… Continue reading

Dr. Jennifer Reed and Dr. Adam Hawkins with their rottweiler, Tank, who is training to be Reed’s service dog. (Photo courtesy of Puffin Chiropractic)
Diane Hooper opened TipsyGypsy Coffee Shop earlier this summer to pursue her passion for food and people on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Phot by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Shop Talk: TipsyGypsy Coffe Shop

After selling Veronica’s Cafe about three years ago, Diane Hooper still found she had a passion for food and people, prompting her to open TipsyGypsy… Continue reading

Diane Hooper opened TipsyGypsy Coffee Shop earlier this summer to pursue her passion for food and people on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Phot by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska Sea Glass now offers etching services on their glass pendants on Friday, July 27, 2018, in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

From broken glass to bling: Alaska Sea Glass

A desire to recycle more glass on the peninsula has become a long-lasting business for a Nikiski family. In spring 2012, former Nikiski High School… Continue reading

Alaska Sea Glass now offers etching services on their glass pendants on Friday, July 27, 2018, in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Deanna O’Connor plays with Chloe, an alpine goat, at her home in Nikiski, Alaska on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. O’Connor milks her 11 goats twice a day, and uses the milk to make homemade ice cream, cheese and soap. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

From surplus to soap: Peninsula goat farmers get crafty with products

Goat hobby herds are becoming more and more popular on the Kenai Peninsula. While some farmers sell their excess milk through herdshare programs — in… Continue reading

Deanna O’Connor plays with Chloe, an alpine goat, at her home in Nikiski, Alaska on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. O’Connor milks her 11 goats twice a day, and uses the milk to make homemade ice cream, cheese and soap. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Shop Talk: Heather and Heather Screen Printing

One of Heather Lawson’s signature phrases is “it’s all good.” So when she was traveling in Oregon and found a shirt with her favorite line,… Continue reading

Shop Talk: Reading Corner

When Aurora Kleinschmidt first opened the Reading Corner nearly four years ago, she said it was all a labor of love. The used bookstore works… Continue reading

Inlet rebound comes at cost to state during price plunge

The turnaround in Cook Inlet oil and gas production in recent years is one of the big success stories for Alaska. It has come at… Continue reading

Trends 2016: Central Peninsula Hospital continues expansion

Over the past six months, Central Peninsula Hospital has made several moves to expand and modernize its facilities and services. A long-awaited new space for… Continue reading

Central Peninsula Hospital sees rapid expansion

Soldotna’s Central Peninsula Hospital, one of two borough funded hospitals on the Kenai Peninsula, has been expanding steadily since it began as a clinic operated… Continue reading

Kenai Airport land policy irks some locals

Much of what is now central Kenai was a military airfield during the 1940s and ‘50s. One of its legacies is a large holding of… Continue reading

Trends 2016: Tech takes off: Opportunity abounds in UAV field

A Kenai-based business owner has tapped into the unmanned aircraft and sensor industry beginning to grow in Alaska, and says there is room on the… Continue reading

Trends 2016: Mobile food vendors change culinary landscape

Amid the larger sectors of the Kenai Peninsula’s economy, the standalone coffee carts and flexible food trucks that litter the peninsula have a role to… Continue reading