You have pushed us to new places and inspired us everyday with your enthusiasm for what’s wild and strong and beautiful in the world. We wanted to create a special experience for our customers that goes beyond our webshop, and lets us be more flexible and connected to our Alaskan community. We’re excited to announce the newest additions to our Salmon Sisters family, the Fleet and the Flagship!
Salmon Sisters will be on the road this summer with our Small Fins Fleet, a van and trailer pop-up shop. The Fleet was designed to forge strong customer connections across the state and to bring Salmon Sisters goods to communities in Alaska that are small, remote, with limited shopping options. No need to travel far, we'll bring the shop to you! Check out our summer schedule and @fleetandflagship on Instagram to stay updated on our whereabouts.
Once a shipping container used to pack fish across the sea between Alaska and Asia, now our tiny flagship store in Homer, Alaska. We designed and constructed the Flagship with a team of talented young Alaskans we grew up with – an architect, a welder, and a woodworker. The Wheelhouse lives a stone’s throw from two fabulous breweries, down the street from the Homer Farmer’s Market, and at the base of the Homer Spit, where the boat harbor and summer shops bustle. Though it's pint sized, the Flagship is a space for community. We stock your favorite Salmon Sisters designs and the work of local artists and makers. We will be holding events and workshops throughout the summer for all to enjoy. Our doors are open, so take a trip to the end of the road and say hello!
Shipping Containers have always been part of our landscape in Alaska, but we started thinking hard about their potential after working with shipping company Maersk Line on a project last summer. We would like to thank everyone who helped our Flagship happen: Container design by Will Anderson, who will be attending Columbia's graduate program in architecture this fall. Metal fabrication by John Roedl, owner of RMC Metalworking. Woodworking and installation by Ashton Callahan, of Callahan Custom Construction. Signage by Brad Conley, of Cold Water Designs. Everyone who helped construct the Flagship are graduates of Homer High School and involved in marine trades. We are so grateful for these talented folks, who came together to build something special amongst the flurry of pre-season boat work and the summer season. We're proud to work with such talented young people in our community! This summer, the fabulous Britni Siekaniec and Grace Mellenthin will be running the show while we're away fishing. Stop in and say hi! We are located at 1652 Ocean Drive, Homer, Ak 99603 (hint: across from Grace Ridge Brewing, near the base of the Homer Spit).
Photos: Scott Dickerson
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Today, we are celebrating the first anniversary of our Give Fish Project with a total of 46,000 cans of salmon already donated, 22,000 on their way to the food bank in September, and our next delivery scheduled for December! We are super proud of these numbers, and our favorite part of this accomplishment is that it is entirely customer-driven. Your individual contributions have helped start something incredibly impactful for the wellbeing of Alaskan communities. We could not feel more grateful.
Last summer, we had the opportunity to host a film crew from Maersk, a Danish shipping company that plays a major role in Alaska's seafood industry, during our fishing season. This project made us think about what it means to share the fish we catch and our designs with the world. Our passion is providing people with healthy sustainable wild seafood, and honoring our relationship with the ocean by creating good sand garments that speak to the wildness in all of us.
Every week we share the stories of Alaskan makers and young fishermen on our social media channels. This project has given us a deeper appreciation for the community who work on Alaska waters and those who work to create Alaska goods. Everyday we learn from new people who inspires us to be better fishermen and create more beautiful things. Enjoy the following stories from a few of the Alaskan fishermen and makers we've learned from. Stay tuned for more wonderful stories this summer!