Journal

A Note from the Owner

by Christy NaMee Eriksen

Once at an art market I bought a zine from the girl next to me. Then she came to my table and bought some of my poems. I bought stickers from another guy and he bought a book from another and we joked that we were just passing the same $20 around.

The same thing happens when you buy from small local businesses. Artists shop at Kindred Post and we buy their art to add to our collection. Parents shop at Kindred Post and we donate to their kids' dance team. We get our office supplies on Front street. We get our insurance on Seward street. Between my employees and I, we get a drink or eat out on Franklin street like 12 days a week, lol. When you spend your money locally, you allow us to earn money locally and then we spend money locally and we all make an honest joyful living, passing the same $20 around.

And local businesses are run by local people. We don’t call you customers, we call you our community. We love you. We’re all closed right now not just bc we're mandated but bc we give all the damns about you. We want you to be safe!

But I’m gonna be real with you. Small business owners are feeling some titanic level stress right now. Like, these ships are... sinking. We wonder will there be enough lifeboats for everyone? Should we play music on the deck? Something calm and cheerful so the passengers don’t panic?

You may have heard about the near cancellation (likely complete cancellation) of a cruise ship season for Juneau. It’s the right thing to do. AND it is a catastrophe for our friends in the tourism industry. AND it will also hurt non-tourism businesses like us who pass their metaphorical $20 around.

A lot of the problem has to do with the cost of rent for a tourism district and other seasonal variables that may just plain change in the future, but for now many of us are grappling with business plans and annual budgets that do not and will not make cents (pun always intended). This is a delicate time of year for local downtown businesses because our winter expenses naturally eat up our reserve and our cash flow is lower because of upfront costs of inventory for summer. But the most crucial piece is the loss of cruise ship season revenue, which many downtown businesses rely on in order to stay open year round.

I recognize that things are hard for everyone in every circumstance right now. I can't even begin to imagine the stress you are each uniquely under. Our gravity is everywhere, below us above us beside us! And still we are asked to rise. It feels impossible sometimes.

But if you have capacity, for example if you are still securely employed, and if you're looking for something you can control in the midst of chaos, or a way to help in a sea of helplessness: please consider creating your own stimulus package by investing in the small businesses you love. Buy goods, buy services, buy gift certificates, hell even just donate money with no strings attached and tell them you believe in them.

I know your money will return to you, because that’s just how local economy works.

It’s not a spreadsheet, it’s a relationship. It’s a perpetual, wonderful debt.

Let’s owe each other forever.

Answering Your Frequently Asked Questions

Kindred Post Frequently Asked Questions

Hello friends,

We're here to answer your current Frequently Asked Questions!


Are y'all open?

At www.kindredpost.com, yes, always! We're fulfilling orders everyday.

At 145 S Franklin we are currently closed to walk-in customers. 


I shopped online! Can I pick up an order at the store instead of having it mailed?

Yes! We offer curbside no contact pick-ups. After you order, you'll receive an immediate confirmation. Once we've compiled your order, we'll email you to let you know it's ready and our hours/no contact process for pick-up. 


How long will my order take?

Please allow 1-3 days for us to gather your items and contact you for pick-up or prepare them for the mail. The shipping speed you choose at checkout includes these 1-3 days for us to process your order in our estimates.


Are you "doing mail"? 

We are not processing mail for the public at this time. We do, however, have stamps on our website for you to purchase and you can arrange a no contact pick-up or have them shipped to you. 

If you have a postal account with us, please email us to arrange a no contact drop-off.


We want to support you! How can we help?

Thank you! This is a turbulent time for us so we appreciate you looking out. Always secure your own oxygen mask first before assisting others!

If you feel safe and have the capacity, shopping online or buying gift certificates keeps our team employed and our business forging ahead. We'll also be posting some free ways that you can help support our work in the coming days. We appreciate you <3

Artist of the Week: Permafrost Beards

" We didn't care for what was out there and there wasn’t really much available in 2017 when we opened up here so we decided to try and fix that."

Permafrost Beards family photo!

Presenting our Kindred Artists of the Week series! We are big fans of all the artists we work with and we are so excited to share their stories!

This week we are featuring Permafrost Beards, a family and veteran owned-and-operated beard care company based out of Fairbanks, Alaska. Nick and Courtney Adkins started Permafrost Beards in 2017 after they realized that the beard care products they wanted just weren't out there. As resourceful Alaskans, they decided to make their own, and the rest is history. Read more about them below!

Who are you and what do you do?

We are Permafrost Beards and we make certified Made In Alaska beard care products.

Permafrost Beards is owned and operated by my wife and me. I am an Army veteran that retired with over 22 years of service, first as an aircraft mechanic and then as a Chinook helicopter pilot.

Who/what inspires you?

My daughter, Bean, says “We just wanted beard balm that wasn’t greasy!” 

She isn’t wrong on that. We didn't care for what was out there and there wasn’t really much available in 2017 when we opened up here so we decided to try and fix that.

After trying many recipes while searching for the right hold, sheen, scents, and still using all natural ingredients that would nourish both the beard and skin we created the current recipes and decided on the four main scents.

What is your favorite moment in the process?

Getting our “Spotted” and Permafrost Beards Beard Famous pictures from our awesome folks! What an honor that they not only like us/our products, but they are willing to take the time and share the experience with us.

What is next?

Take over the world, Pinky!

         

See Permafrost Beards products on KindredPost.com!