Bill and Lisa Wright opened their kitchenware and homebrew supply business, Gourmet Alaska, in the summer of 1997 in its present location in the Nugget Mall.
Bill was a state worker for the decade prior to that, but always had an interest in small business. The beginnings of the retail store was actually a homebrew supply that Bill started in his garage in 1991.
Home beer and wine making was and still is a small niche market, so in order to support a full time store, more products had to be added. Beer has been called liquid bread for good reason --- the process and ingredients are very similar to cooking. And since Bill and Lisa enjoy both brewing and cooking it seemed appropriate to combine the two activities.
Now, homebrew products comprise about 15% of Gourmet Alaska and the rest of the store is filled with over 2,500 quality kitchenware products. Everything from high quality knives and cookware to 25 varieties of tea and 75 different hot sauces and dip mixes.
Thanks to a computerized inventory system, slow moving products are phased out and new items are regularly brought in. What you find in Chef’s Catalog and on the web is often on the shelf at Gourmet Alaska. And at similar prices. “We get all the catalogs and shop the web, too”, says Bill, “if we can’t offer competitive prices, then we don’t carry it.”
“And,” Lisa adds, “whenever we travel, we always look in other stores for ideas.” “We compare very well to kitchen stores in the Lower 48.”
Stop in and browse Gourmet Alaska when you’re looking for a unique kitchen utensil or special gift for someone who loves to cook, eat, drink or entertain. You will be glad you did.