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In the Alaska Business Editorial department we’re passionate about cats, plants, and Bob Ross, but those are all secondary to our investment in Alaska businesses and their contributions to the state’s economy and communities.

Through our monthly print edition, online content, e-newsletters, and social media platforms, our goal is to highlight the individuals, corporations, nonprofits, and other organizations that create jobs and opportunity throughout the state.

Our best resource for that information is the community: we frequent conferences, attend luncheons, and hustle to media briefings; we scour press releases and obsessively check in on social media; and of course, we reach out to our sources, the professionals who are here in Alaska doing the work and pushing the projects we love to feature.

And we want to hear from you: acquisitions, partnerships, mergers, certifications, new hires, additional lines of business, unique service offerings, innovations, initiatives, projects, contracts, subsidiaries… and we certainly wouldn’t turn down a good pie recipe.

We are Alaska’s business advocates.

MANAGING EDITOR

Kathryn Mackenzie

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Height: Appropriate
Weight: Impeccable
Age: Majestic
Favorite book: The World According to Garp by John Irving
What animal would you be: Dolphin
Pet peeve: Bright, sunny days

Associate Editor/Web Editor

Tasha Anderson

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Height: Tallest
Weight: Marshmallow
Age: Classic
Favorite book: Sunshine by Robin McKinley
What animal would you be: Baby otter
Pet peeve: Putting dirty dishes in the sink instead of the dishwasher

Digital & Social Media Specialist

Arie Henry

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Height: Yes
Weight: Sterling
Age: Puppy
Favorite book: The Game by Ken Dryden
What animal would you be: Canada goose with dual citizenship
Pet peeve: Other drivers not using a turn signal

Alaska Business Magazine January 2020 cover

In This Issue

The Marx Bros. Café

January 2020

Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.