Business

It was a turbulent year for business owners on the Kenai Peninsula, trying to survive the ecnomic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. What strategies and programs were helpful? What not so much? Brittany Brown, Shanon Davis and Tim Dillon, the executive directors of the Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce and Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, take a look back and peer into their crystal ball for the year to come.

Welcome Growler Bay Brewing, in Valdez, to the Alaska craft beer family. Plus, interviews with Barnaby Brewing Co. in Juneau and Double Shovel Cider Co. in Anchorage and a return to the simple pleasure (but not-so-simple to brew) pilsner. Cheers to surviving 2020!

Kenai River Brewing Co.

Pumpkin beer has come a long way since its roots in colonial America. Learn its history on this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier. Plus, Bill visits with Odd Man Rush Brewing in Eagle River, Bleeding Heart Brewery in Palmer and Kodiak Island Brewing Co. Cheers!

Grace Ridge Brewing

Tour the craft beer scene in Alaska as Bill checks in with Grace Ridge Brewing in Homer, Valdez Brewing Co. and the new Lat 65 Bewing Co. in Fairbanks.

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A year and a half ago, Rhonda McCormick localized a nationwide effort to support shopping and eating at locally owned businesses. The Soldotna Cash Mob was born.

Once a month, she invited any interested participants to eat at a designated restaurant at a designated time, then, as a group, go shop at a selected store. But since March, the “mob” mentality needed to change.

“Well, when COVID came and we went into lockdown, that kind of changed things a little bit and someone asked me if we were going to do a takeout version,” McCormick said. “And I was like, ‘Well, that’s a great idea.' So I set that up and then I thought, 'Well, we might as well do shopping that way, too.'”

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