A move for the better

Posted: Wednesday, January 03, 2001

Although Odie Pack is no longer running a restaurant, the Soldotna resident said she enjoyed the experience the business gave her.

"I loved it, it was definitely a learning curve," she said.

Pack closed Odie's restaurant Oct. 18 after problems with carpal tunnel syndrome and surgeries for thyroid cancer. Odie's opened in February 1998.

She said running the business was to much for her and her health.

"I could feel it was starting to slip," she said.

Two months before closing, Pack bought Bead It, a bead store from store owner Debra Jackson. Though she closed her restaurant, Pack kept Bead It, which she has moved to the Peninsula Center Mall.

She said she thought it would have been hard to stay in the area, seeing old customers and explaining her decisions to close, so she moved to a 1,500-square-foot store in the mall.

"My main reason was emotional," she said.

Since moving, Pack said her health has improved, and she has received a lot of positive feedback from customers.

"It has been a nice move," she said. "For me, it's been a nice change."

But Odie said she has not totally ruled out other future businesses.

"We'll dream, I'll get recovered, and we will see where the Lord takes us."

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