The Ivory Goose spreads its wings
A new antique store opened in down town Homer last week at the Lake Street Mall. “The Ivory Goose,” owned by Colletta and Raymond Walker, contains an inventory of 19th century, Victorian and turn-of the century furniture, linens and china from the Midwest.
The Walkers have lived in Homer 19 years and own the Beary Patch Bed and Breakfast on Soundview Drive.
SMA wins Alaska Marketplace Award
The Kachemak Shellfish Mariculture Association through an application by Marie Bader was awarded $27,945 at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in the Alaska Marketplace competition. KSMA was one of 166 contestants, 42 finalists and then one of 11 winners.
“Shellfish represents a basically free resource that could be fueling economic growth in the Bush, says Bader: “We are growing oysters in Kachemak Bay now, but that needs to be expanded to Seldovia and all the little bays and coves. It’s a struggle to do that: Transportation is hit-and-miss, and there is no central place for training, or to give people opportunities to work on an oyster farm.” Bader said at the competition.
“When a shellfish farmer can get $4 per pound for mussels, for example, and it’s a free product here, we have to find a way they can be cultured and marketed.”
Now the KSMA has a facility, the new two-story building on the Homer Spit, to coordinate transportation and marketing issues, as well as training people or groups to help them develop their own economic opportunities. The building should be ready for business in the spring. For more information, call Bader at 399-1864.
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