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Open for business - June 13, 2013

 

Leon Youngblood | The Seward Phoenix Log

The Pit Bar, owned by long time Alaskan businessman Frank Dahl, includes the fine managerial staff of Lisa and Melissa not to mention the proficient bartending skills of Roxanne Mehia, pictured here. The world famous Pit Bar is located at 11857 Seward Highway, a.k.a. mile 3.5, and closes for three hours from 5 to 8 a.m. for restroom cleaning. The Pit Bar also features a liquor store and still has the same old phone number, 224-3006.

While the U.S. economy continues to see some positive signs of growth, consumer spending in one sector is booming – tourism. Travel also continues to lead export growth, accounting for a 23 percent rise in U.S. exports. Homegrown tourism is also experiencing a surge, with more and more Americans opting to take “staycations”, enjoying recreational and entertainment options closer to home as opposed to hitting the roads and skies. The forecast is good too. The Department of Commerce predicts that the U.S. can expect a 3.6 to 4.3 percent average annual growth in travel and tourism over the next four years.

Leon Youngblood | The Seward Phoenix LOG

The seasonal opening of the Marina Restaurant is facilitated this summer by Kevin Barnes, Telesia Muasau, Theresa, Tina and Michelle Meganack. Found at Fourth Avenue and North Harbor Street, the restaurant features breakfast, lunch and dinner menus along with espresso, soft serve ice cream, beer and wine. Open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m, 224-2449.

It’s never too late to plan ahead while enjoying the fair weather patronage of visitors and locals alike. Take a look ahead by planning for repeat customers, attracting more business from neighboring communities and either getting involved in local events or planning one’s own. Taking business to where the traffic will bear is another strategic decision that can benefit from research during “the season.” Outlet stands and food trucks are a a couple of portable ways to extend a line of business. Check in with the Seward Chamber of Commerce at 224-8051 for local resources and visit tinyurl.com/2013sbatourismtips for more tips.

 

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