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Old 03-13-2013, 05:49 AM   #16
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I can't really say which was my favorite souvenir, but I do want to put in a plug for Alaskan-owned businesses. Many people don't realize that a ton of the shops in Alaskan cruise ports are set up just for the cruise season and taken down afterwards, owned and run by out of state people. That's why you'll see a lot of the same stuff. I always like to support local businesses, but even more so in resort towns where business often all but dries up in the off-season. I found better, more unique items and comparable pricing in the shops owned by locals.
How do you know if a shop is a locally owned business vs an "out of state" business? I would like to support local businesses, but wondering if there is a list or way to tell?

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Old 03-13-2013, 06:51 AM   #17
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I also love the glacier silt soap. I'm on my last bar that I bought 2 years ago. And I agree that it makes great gifts. Reasonably priced and authentically Alaskan. Located close to the pier too.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:24 AM   #18
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How do you know if a shop is a locally owned business vs an "out of state" business? I would like to support local businesses, but wondering if there is a list or way to tell?

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Old 03-13-2013, 08:15 AM   #19
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The Glacier Silt soap I bought in a little bitty shop in Juneau.
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How do you know if a shop is a locally owned business vs an "out of state" business? I would like to support local businesses, but wondering if there is a list or way to tell?

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I can't recall how to differentiate between stores, but items actually made in Alaska have a sticker saying so....

I'll second the Christmas in Alaska store as a good place for souvenirs - we picked up a couple of ornaments.

I also got the $20 jacket & have worn it as my winter coat here in Indiana for the last 2 winters. I did have to mend the lining of the pockets, but otherwise has held up well so far.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:11 AM   #21
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I think I read there is a certain sticker they have on the door. I know Salmon Etc in Ketichikan is locally owned- well, unless it was sold in the last 5 years, which seems unlikely (I dated a close relative of the owner). It is on the main street with the big sign. He also owns another store on Creek St but for the life of me I can not remember the name- but a T shirt/ knick knack place. It was really close to the Ray Troll store and gallery Soho Coho (also local and awesome!).
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:22 AM   #22
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Thanks for all the great replies. I see several things I will have to keep my eye out for. I hope whatever excursions we end up booking will allow for enough time to shop as well.
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The shops themselves will put up signs saying Alaskan Owned, and the employees will be forthright when asked.
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The shops themselves will put up signs saying Alaskan Owned, and the employees will be forthright when asked.
Thanks for the information. I plan on shopping only at local places.
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The shops themselves will put up signs saying Alaskan Owned, and the employees will be forthright when asked.
Yes, good to know. I guess you can find the same items in the local shops that you can find in the cruise-owned shops?
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I can't remember the name but there is an artist that makes Alaskan Nativity scenes with clay and are Alaskan themed like igloos, whales , they are beautiful.
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I bought a set of Disney themed Alaska matryoshka wood dolls (the nesting ones). They are so cute and I just love them. I'm not usually one for "dust catchers" but I really like these. I can see Mickey in his fisherman outfit (Deadliest Catch Mickey) sitting over on my bookcase right now and he makes me smile just seeing him over there.
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I bought a set of Disney themed Alaska matryoshka wood dolls (the nesting ones). They are so cute and I just love them. I'm not usually one for "dust catchers" but I really like these. I can see Mickey in his fisherman outfit (Deadliest Catch Mickey) sitting over on my bookcase right now and he makes me smile just seeing him over there.
I'm with you on "dust collectors." I usually hate knick knacks but I saw those dolls and thought they were super cute.
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In Ketchikan over on Creek Street there was an art shop called Soho Coho. Crazy, mostly fish related Alaska themed art by a guy named Ray Troll. I'm sorry my calendar ran out but I have tee shirts and other stuff.
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I'm with you on "dust collectors." I usually hate knick knacks but I saw those dolls and thought they were super cute.
I know, *so* cute...and we were one of the last Alaska cruises so they had them marked way down. I was meant to buy a set. At least that's what I told myself.
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