Online Marketplace Launched For Alaskan Artists
Cold Coast To Provide Niche Market For Residents And Native Crafters
ANCHORAGE, AK. – An online marketplace to support Alaskan artists and residents has been launched. Cold Coast gives an identity to Alaskan artists and businesses that may otherwise be lost or hard to find in global marketplace providers. Cold Coast is local to Alaska, and is an alternative to shops where commission rates are much higher, to the tune of 40-60%. Global marketplaces also do not support the sale of restricted items that Alaskan Natives have the ability to sell to the U.S. Commissions created by sales currently fund the marketing for the website within Alaska and the lower 48.
“There are a lot of online marketplaces out there,” said Rhianna Brandon, Cold Coast's owner and webmaster. “But this one was created specifically with the intention of selling items that many Native Alaskans craft, such as carved ivory, antlers or animal pelts. A lot of marketplaces do not accept these items, which is unfortunate because they’re a source of income for a lot of people.”
There are special categories that allow Made in Alaska permit holders and Native Alaskans to stand out from the crowd, but we also accept any Alaskan residents that may not have formulated a business, but have something unique to sell.”
Although the Made in Alaska program is not affiliated, Cold Coast supports businesses that have taken the time to register their craft to the State of Alaska.
While many restrictions on Native Alaskan handicrafts are still not solidified, Cold Coast has been guided by Fish and Wildlife, as well as Made in Alaska to ensure compliance.
Cold Coast is free to sign up, and is currently seeking Alaskan sellers. In the future, the website intends to feature stories on sellers that have a great story to tell about their work and their lives.
About COLD COAST LLC
Cold Coast LLC is an Alaskan-registered business that aims to support Alaskan artists and businesses with an online marketplace service which is marketed to the rest of the United States. It is maintained and managed in Anchorage, by a born and raised Alaskan. coldcoast.us