Among the companies that barely missed the Top 49ers ranks this year, two are long-established, family-owned dynasties. Bailey’s Furniture and Sourdough Express are currently waiting in the wings, but they could easily take the stage, sooner or later.
Though the company is a newcomer to Anchorage drivers gassing up their cars and trucks, Vitus Energy is no stranger to retail fuel after steadily growing through a decade of wholesaling.
As the cannabis industry has grown, the distinct odor of cannabis has become a more familiar scent; but unlike consumers who may allow the smell of their private cannabis use to permeate the air, the industry itself is subject to state and local regulations that take odor into consideration.
Window graphics, business shingles, and roadside banners by Broadway Signs have been catching eyes across Alaska since 1969. All that time, the Anchorage-based business has been run by the Shockley family—which will continue for the foreseeable future.
When John Hendrix’s company, HEX, acquired Furie Operating Alaska in July of last year, after much negotiating and an almost dead deal, the longtime Alaska resident had a lot to contend with.