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Making the Perfect Easter Basket

Every year, the Easter bunny sneaks into homes dropping off beautiful pastel and brightly colored baskets for little ones. Historically, the Easter Bunny, originating among German Lutherans, originally played the role of judge for children’s’ behavior at the start of Eastertide. The bunny carried eggs, candy and toys in his basket – all of which we still see today.SEAMART_EASTER

Trail to the basket

Rather than just having kids dig right into their baskets, it’s fun to send them on a hunt. Use little eggs or goodies or fill the plastic ones with a scavenger hunt to make a game out of finding the basket! We love the little chocolate eggs, it allows kids to have some sweets along the way.

Good mix of candy and healthy treats

It’s not all about the sugar. Rather than just big bags of candy, purchase some of the plastic eggs that you can fill and add a couple treats to each – this is especially good if you have more than one kid to make a basket for. You can really get creative and it’s a fun way to also include healthier snacks. Bunny grahams and cheddar bunnies make great additions. We’ve also used fruit snacks, grapes, nuts, cheese cubes, raisins, blueberries and baby carrots.

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Get creative

We have several basket options you can purchase for your Easter Basket. You can also think out of the basket! Flower pots, toys (like a big truck or doll crib), and tin buckets make great baskets kids can reuse over and over again. Don’t forget about Sitka Sneakers – if your little one needs a new pair, fill them up with Easter goodies and just tie a bow!

Unique items

The unexpected always makes for a fun alternative. We’ve seen homemade rice krispies treats decorated for Easter, bath bombs shaped like eggs, a special sweet or coloring items – all of which make great Easter gifts. If you have a trip coming up (yay – miles!), find something your little one can use on the plane or when you get to your getaway!

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Spring/outdoor stuff –

Outdoor toys are always fun too! Think about bubbles, chalk, bug kits, a boomerang, or a kite. In case of the rare sunny Sitka day, it’s always fun to have a few things to grab before you head outside with your little one. All of these encourage your family to get active and enjoy the sunshine together, they definitely make great Easter basket items!

Once your Easter bunny basket it ready to go, we think getting into the kitchen and coloring eggs is a fun activity to enjoy with the family. With so many options these days, you can really be creative. Traditionally, eggs were boiled with flowers to give them the pastel colors we are accustomed to at Easter and this “brought spring” into everyone’s homes. Fasters would then break their fast by eating the colorful eggs. It’s a little bit easier with so many kits to choose from these days. Share photos of your Easter eggs in the comments below for a chance to be featured on our social media!

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New Year, New Resolution

In today’s world, we aren’t very complacent. We’re always looking towards improving, doing more, eating better, and the list goes on. Although many resolutions fail after the first two weeks of the year, we still make them and sometimes we return to previous ones that we lost focus on. You’ve probably heard many quotes over the last two weeks similar to “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” or “A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan.” Some resonate with us more than others, but they all carry the same gist, you need a plan in order to accomplish your goals.
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A better workplace

Do you have goals at your place of work? On the Sea Mart crew, Cassandra (Deli Manager) and Ian (Dairy Manager) both want to improve their departments. Setting SMART goals – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound – will help you create order, schedules and watch your progress. When setting goals at your workplace, break them up into smaller goals that will help you reach your larger, ultimate goal. Having a timeline whether via a special calendar or Excel can help you determine realistic benchmarks, so the goals aren’t daunting and unrealistic. You can also include checking your progress on your timeline so you can check in with yourself and see if you need to adjust your course.

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A happier you

Living on an island can make you feel stuck sometimes, especially during these cold, winter months. One resolution we hear every year is to travel more. That is just what Joy (Front End) is setting out to do this year, and it is something that has worked out well for her in the past. When it comes to traveling, saving and careful planning are a must. At Sea Mart, we’ve got your back with the SMART Card so you can earn more miles; now it’s up to you to pull out the couch cushions and find all your pennies. Set a goal to save a specific amount each month before you go out to even one meal. Or try Redbox for a date night. Go for a snowshoe instead of hitting the bar for a game once in a while. You’ll watch your piggy bank fill up fast, and you’ll be ready to book your next getaway in no time!

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A healthier you

We’re all about the food at Sea Mart, and we couldn’t let this year go by without recognizing someone’s resolution to be a better cook. The kitchen is one of our favorite places, and we’re excited for Dennis (Asst. Store Director) as he begins to explore more. Our team is here to help. Ask us questions and ask us for recommendations. We can get you started on an easy path that won’t deter you from trying out new things.

Whatever your goal is, share it with your family and let them help you create a path for success. Have some recommendations for our team members? Share them below!

Fill the Bus

On Giving Tuesday…

Fill the Bus

Strong community ties are the backbone of any family owned business. They become even stronger when you live in a small community isolated on an island. As our tagline states, “We Proudly Serve the People and the Spirit of Alaska.” The Spirit of Alaska is something you have to experience, the Spirit of Sitka is even more remarkable. There is something to be said for driving down the street waving to your neighbors, grabbing a cup of coffee that turns into a two-hour catch up with an old friend, and spending time seeing your community partake in the arts and cultural festivals. Sitka has been our home for 67 years, and this community has supported us since we opened our doors. We can’t imagine being anywhere else.Sitka Cemetary

As we head into the final few weeks of the year and turn the calendar page to another Giving Tuesday, we remember all of the fun we had supporting the great organizations around Sitka this year. The Hames Corporation has donated to 80 organizations or individuals totaling about $60,000 so far this year. We had some great fun doing it too! The cello player during the shopping spree was a first, and definitely not the last, of its kind. Giving the Welcome Bags to the Sitkan families coming to support their United States Coast Guard families is always a special day, we love seeing our community grow and evolve. Supporting volunteers, the arts, the animals, and the land we live on helps keep our town what it is. Do you know, we even occasionally get to support feeding the bears at the Fortress of the Bear? We’ve hit a few softball games, danced along to music, and supported local artists too – it’s been quite the year!

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Here is the rundown of some of the larger donations we made to our partners in the community:

  • Sitka Cemetery Association
  • Sitka Economic Development
  • Brave Heart Volunteers
  • Sitka Summer Music Festival
  • Alaska Raptor Center
  • Sitka Community Land Trust
  • Sitka Young Life
  • Sitka Softball Association
  • Greater Sitka Arts Council
  • Coast Alaska
  • Sitka Chamber of Commerce
  • And many more!

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We can all do our part.

Whether it’s cheering on a local team during a tournament; two-stepping the night away; bringing out of town guests to local animal centers; purchasing locally produced goods; or giving a hug, high-5 or smile to someone in need; today and every day should be about strengthening our community.

Thank you for your continued support of our community.

An Alaska Day Celebration

The community of Sitka is special, it’s why we live here, and it’s why the people who have left come back to celebrate and see their families so often.

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Ede Turns 15 in Sea Mart Years

Ede Fishing

Ede has been with us for 15 years. As the manager of the Sea Mart POS team, her attention to detail is astounding, and she helps to keep us all in line, on time and ready to serve you as best we can. We sat down with her to learn a little bit more about some of her favorite things.

To kick it off, she’s usually at the store, so we started there. Ede loves her job here. The Point of Sale team has to be hyper-focused on details, able to troubleshoot, self start projects, and make the technological aspects of the store run smoothly. She loves to learn, researching and troubleshooting are two of her favorite duties, she can never learn enough.

When she’s at home taking a break from all the happenings at the store, you can usually find her out fishing, she loves it! We definitely think she lives in the perfect place for being on the water.

Her favorite movie is a toss-up between Braveheart and Pretty Woman; although, if she’s home sick, she will pick Pretty Woman over any movie.

Ede also loves spending time with her grandchildren. Her dream vacation is to take them to Disneyworld over Christmas, and she’s saving to make that happen.

Here’s to making dreams come true. Thanks for being such a special member of our team Ede!

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We Love our Dads

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our Father’s Day contests. Every day our community gets a little bit stronger and our family a little bit bigger. You are what makes Sea Mart so special. We hope all the dads out there had lazy Sundays spent by the grill eating good food.

Thank you to Silver Basin for putting together three amazing gift baskets for our drawings. Scroll down to see all the winners.

Maggie White – Fish Lover’s Delight Basket
Maggie White

Natalie Brown – Man Essentials Basket (Please note Natalie asked someone to pick this up for her)
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Howie Pitts – Grill Master Basket
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And, we can’t forget our photo contest! Thank you to everyone who participated this year. We loved seeing your photos (some were from 1940!) and learning more about the men in your life.

Kathy Ingallinera – $100 Sea Mart Gift Card
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Peachie Ann Wolff – $60 Sea Mart Gift Card
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Miranda Byrd Littlefield – $30 Sea Mart Gift Card
Miranda Byrd Littlefield

Our next giveaway is coming up for the Fourth of July. Stay tuned and check out Facebook for more excitement happening at the store.

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Throw a Bombtastic Barbecue

With all the sunshine we’ve had recently, it’s hard not to daydream about picnics and barbecues while we’re sitting at work. With Father’s Day ahead of us, we’ve put together some of our favorite ideas on how to host the perfect barbecue to celebrate the perfect man in your life.

First, let’s be honest, almost everyone loves a little competition so don’t forget the entertainment. Some of our favorites include ladder toss, corn hole, croquet, and horseshoes. Let the games begin!

Croquet

With all the gaming, it’s important to stay hydrated. We recommend mixing in sodas, lemonade, juice, and water with all your adult beverages. Have you ever tried sangria or margarita pitchers? Those can be made ahead of time and are great to have on hand as guests are coming in, allowing you to easily greet everyone.

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Our perfect, simple lemonade recipe includes:
6 lemons, juiced
½ c. sugar
4 c. water
Just mix the ingredients, pour them into your favorite cup, and add a straw!

While your guests are enjoying themselves, you’ll want to be mingling too. What barbecue is complete without burgers and dogs? A great idea for a main course that you can set up ahead of time is a burger bar. Here’s a list of some of our favorite ingredients, to get you started.

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The big cheese – feta, bleu, cheddar, swiss, and pepper jack.

Make it vegelicious – lettuce, tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, avocado, jalapenos, and pickles will help make sure your guests don’t go hungry.

Get saucy – ketchup, mayo, and mustard are musts, but don’t forget the hot sauce, bomb sauce, and try some garlic mayo, it will help make the flavor combos unique!

Buns for days – potato buns and sesame seed buns are both delicious, but add in some other options too. Pretzel buns are a favorite of ours, and we also like adding in focaccia or tortillas. Taco burger anyone? Let your guests get creative!

Make the sides count. Spice up your potato salad with some of the garlic mayo and, we promise, guests will love it. We love cooking up some tortellini to give our pasta salad a cheesy kick. Quinoa and orzo are two other great bases for salads, and they can both be made ahead of time. Add some Latin flair to your grilled corn by adding lime juice, cotija cheese, and cilantro. Deviled eggs, grilled asparagus, coleslaw, and grilled potatoes are fun to add in also, leaving your guests with plenty of options and fully satisfied.

A great way to keep the “hangries” away is to offer chips and dips ahead of time. Don’t forget must-have party dips like guacamole and salsa, but give guests options by adding in Cowboy Caviar, loaded ranch, spinach artichoke, greek yogurt, or 7-layer bean dip.

Two great things to have on hand are sunscreen and bug spray (in case you party into the night), both of which will help keep guests comfortable while enjoying the outdoors.  Happy Summering from our family to yours!

Behind the Scenes at the Customer Appreciation Sale

It wasn’t the first time, but we definitely had the best time at this year’s Customer Appreciation Sale. Read more

How we got our name.

And other fun facts you may not know about Sea Mart.

It’s Leap Year and while we set our sights high on trying to find 29 things you may not know about Sea Mart, we settled on four in celebration of February 29th only coming around once every four years. The best part about tracking down all these little-known facts was that many of them led us to fond memories of Barbara Hames. Read on and give Grandma Barbara Hames a nod as you go.

Sea Mart by the Numbers

  • the first grocery store in southeast Alaska to feature “computerized checkstands”
  • the first grocery store in southeast Alaska to have UPC scanners as part of the registers
  • the largest grocery store in southeast Alaska
  • the fourth largest grocery store in the state of Alaska
  • has expanded twice since 1978.

Why is our street number 1867?

You’ve probably seen it above our entrance, but did you know our address is 1867 Halibut Point Road? During the planning stages of construction, the City of Sitka gave Lloyd and Barbara the liberty to select an address (within certain parameters). Barbara selected 1867 as it was the year Alaska transferred to the United States from Russia.

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How’d we get our name?

We actually held a contest, well, Barbara did. At a creative loss, Lloyd and Barbara hosted a contest, open to the public, to name the new grocery store (originally located in Ketchikan). 2,557 entries were received for entrance into the grand prize drawing, a trip for two to Hawaii! The name Sea Mart (Lloyd and Barbara’s favorite) was submitted by three persons: Orville E Collins, Florence Turek, and Sandi Martin. The grand prize winner was picked in a public drawing and announced on the local radio station in Ketchikan, KTKN, and in the Ketchikan Daily News. Elsie Collins, a cashier at the time, actually won – she had to quit her job in order to win and was rehired when she returned!

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How’d a grocery store get a captain?

Barbara Hames of course! After the name was chosen, Barbara saw a photo of a sea captain and decided that “Sea Mart needed a captain too.” She worked with a local artist in Ketchikan and the rest is history!

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A Veterans Day Shout-Out

From the first shots of the Revolutionary War to the men and women serving our country today, we owe an immeasurable debt of gratitude to our veterans. Their uncommon courage helped build our great nation and continues to keep it safe today.

Today we honor all Veterans, past and present, including those in our beloved Sitka.

We feel extremely fortunate to have the presence of the United States Coast Guard protecting our borders and people. Air Station Sitka is one of the most demanding flight environments, with over 180,000 square miles of water and land, including 12,000 miles of isolated and rugged coastline.

Sitka coast guardSince 1977, Air Station Sitka’s aircrews have saved over 1,800 lives, assisted thousands of others finding themselves in danger and saved several hundred million dollars in vessel property. On average, Air Station Sitka completes 130 Search and Rescue operations per year. Often the rescues involve 70-foot waves, severe turbulence, arctic conditions, and extended darkness to save individuals and property from the perils of the sea.

We are amazed by the bravery shown day after day.

One of the greatest high seas rescues in the history of the Coast Guard occurred 195 miles west of Sitka. On October 4, 1980 – only 35 years ago – the Dutch cruise ship Prinsendam caught fire in the Gulf of Alaska. Air Station Sitka crews were part of a joint international rescue effort consisting of 13 aircraft, 3 Coast Guard cutters, and 3 commercial ships. All 500+ passengers and crew were rescued within a 24-hour period, despite an incoming storm, 30-foot waves and low visibility.

Prinsendam rescue(Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard)

Many of our employees have also given precious time to their country, and we couldn’t be more proud to have them as part of the Sea Mart family:

Lloyd Hames (father of Roger Hames)
Served in the Army from 1946-1947
Discharged as Private First Class (E-3)

Kenneth Whiteley (father of Mary Hames)
Served in the Marines from 1943-1973
Retired as a Master Sergeant (E-8)

Steve Huddleson (Front End Manager)
Served in the Marines from 1988-1992
Discharged as a Corporal (E-4)

Dave Simpson (Store Director – Market Center)
Served in the Marines from 1971-1975
Discharged as Corporal (E-4)

Ede Welsh (POS Manager)
Served in the Air Force from 1976-1989; Served in the Air Force Reserve from 1990-1995; Served in the Army from 1995-2000
Retired as a Staff Sergeant (E-6)

Not just today, but every day, we honor all of the brave men and women who have served our country. To those who have given their lives to protect our freedom, we cannot put into words our heartfelt gratitude for your sacrifice. To those who have served or continue to serve, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Who are the amazing Veterans in your life? Let us know about them in the comments!

And if you can, give them a hug today.