Maritime Helicopters wins ‘Business of the Year’ award

Maritime Helicopters of Homer took top business honors last week as they were presented with the Bill Bivin Award for Excellence at the State Chamber of Commerce Convention.
The Bill Bivin award was established in 1993 to pay tribute to businesses that exemplify leadership, ethics and organization. Businesses are recognized for consistent community involvement, an excellent business reputation and established leadership in their fields.
Owner Don Fell said he was surprised and pleased by the award.
“I had no idea what the competition was about,” he said.

Sprucing up the Spit through improved parking

The way Pat Coleman sees it, Homer has the cheapest parking in the world.
“Seriously, where else can you park free seven days a week?” he asked.
Coleman is senior planner with USKH Inc. – the Alaska-based planning and design firm the City contracted to assist in preparing a future development plan for the Homer Spit.

Economic pie tastes better with local supply

Chain stores that supply less expensive goods for consumers isn’t the only answer to keep a town thriving: creative businesses can step in to fill market gaps in a manner that can save a community’s charm.
That’s just one idea offered by Americorps-VISTA Volunteer Carol Bevis, who released a quarterly report called “Economic Development 101 a la Homer… Pie Anyone?”

‘Versatile’ Pelaia keeps things in perspective

Realtor of the Year relates to Homer’s diverse array of home shoppersby Naomi Klouda Homer Tribune A local real estate agent who spends her days selling homes and managing rentals, Gina Pelaia “moonlights” by helping her neighbors. The Homer agent keeps several different perspectives in mind when helping young couples struggling to buy in today’s […]

The Alibi – revamped

New ownership seeks to bring back diversity, comfortBy Katie Emerick Homer Tribune Big changes are underway at the Alibi. For several years now, the little club on Pioneer has been filling a niche.  Like all bars in town, clientele pick and choose their settings according to what they find inside. The Alibi has become known […]

Homer gains two new medical professionals

By Naomi Klouda Homer Tribune The Homer community expanded its  healthcare services last week, adding a new surgeon through South Peninsula Hospital, as well as a new acupuncture clinic.Dr. Todd Boling joined the staff part-time at South Peninsula Hospital, making it possible now to obtain surgeries that formerly necessitated patients traveling out of the area. […]

Business Briefs

Organic hair designer opens Homer shopHair Designer, Vesta Elliott, recently opened Organic Hair Design at its new studio in East Village Shopping Center at 3585 East End Road. The Hair Studio features local artist exhibits, as well as a refill station for organic shampoos and conditioners to conserve plastic. Organic Hair Design first opened in Anchorage […]

Business Briefs

The Ivory Goose spreads its wingsA 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 […]

Sustainable Homer

Sponsored by Peg Belcastro On these beautiful fall days we use any excuse to get away from our computer screen and our endless e-mails and enjoy the weather.  Wouldn’t it be great if a simple walk to the mailbox in the sun rewarded us with a letter from an old friend, like in the days […]

New home at last for shellfish growers

HOMER TRIBUNE/Jane Pascall Home at last for shellfish growers The Kachemak Shellfish Mariculture Association, a cooperative organization of oyster farmers, will likely see its new building completed by next spring. In the meantime, the small oyster sales building that served for retail purchases on the Spit gets moved away to make room for the two-story […]

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