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.


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!

Kathy Ingallinera

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)
Natalie Brown

Howie Pitts – Grill Master Basket
Howie Pitts

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
Kathy Ingallinera

Peachie Ann Wolff – $60 Sea Mart Gift Card
Peachie Ann Wolff

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.

Bacon bleu burger

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!


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.


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.

Bacon bleu burger

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.


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!


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!


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.

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“She walks through the doors and grabs a cart. Heading towards the deli, there is hope in her heart that our famous fried chicken hasn’t been snatched up. Luckily, we made an extra batch that afternoon.